Skip to comments.Obama OK in 2012?
Posted on 12/27/2010 5:52:19 AM PST by StatenIsland
On the day after Boxing Day, its worth noting that Barack Obama is down but not out.
You could tell as much from the contrast between his petulant post-election press conference and his peppy pre-Christmas press conference. In the former, he was crabby about accepting Republicans demands that income-tax rates on all taxpayers not be raised. In the latter, he was celebrating the lame-duck Congresss acceptance of his stands on the New START treaty, repeal of dont ask, dont tell, and even the previously reviled tax deal.
Obama has obviously figured out that Americans prefer to see their president describe the glass as half full rather than half empty. Thats a good lesson for him, and for Republicans, as well especially those who believe that the Obama Democrats shellacking in the midterms means that Obama himself will definitely lose in 2012.
History should provide some caution for these folks. Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush saw their parties fare pretty well in their midterm elections. But they were nonetheless defeated in their reelection bids.
In contrast, pundits thought that Ronald Reagans Republicans took a shellacking in 1982 (actually, about half their losses resulted from redistricting), and Bill Clintons Democrats definitely did in 1994. But both the 40th and 42nd presidents were resoundingly reelected, carrying 49 and 31 states.
Several factors will likely work less strongly against Obama in 2012 than against the Obama Democrats in 2010. Turnout will be different, for one thing. We may see again the record turnout of blacks we saw in 2008. Young people who pretty much shunned the polls in the midterms may turn out and vote though the 34-point margin they gave to Obama was halved to 17 points for congressional Democrats in 2010.
The balance of enthusiasm favored Republicans and conservatives in 2010, as it had favored Democrats in 2006 and 2008. It could conceivably shift and favor the Democrats once again.
Another factor is that polls show that most Americans have favorable personal feelings toward the president. Bill Clinton and George W. Bush both happened to have personal characteristics that people on the other side of the cultural divide absolutely loathed. Obama doesnt.
His reliance on his teleprompter, his secret smoking, his irritability when not adored these are pretty minor failings. People like his family and his obvious devotion to them. They dont mind that he likes to get away and play golf or shoot hoops from time to time.
Then there is the powerful desire Americans have to see their presidents succeed. That worked for Bill Clinton in 1996 and George W. Bush in 2004. Polls and focus groups showed that voters in the middle of the political spectrum were ready to overlook their weaknesses and appreciated their strengths in those years. That could be the case with Obama in 2012.
Moreover, there will be a reluctance on the part of many voters, understandable in light of our history, to reject the first African-American president. Im convinced though I cannot prove that Americans who feel this way far outnumber those few who cannot abide seeing a black man in the White House.
All of which does not mean that Obama is a sure winner. Polls suggest that if the election were held today he could lose to several possible Republican nominees who are much less well known and have weaknesses of their own. But they also suggest he could win.
Still, there are substantive issues working against Obama. Most Americans want to repeal Obamacare; he wants to keep it. Most voters rejected his vast expansion of the size and scope of government; he still thinks its a good idea.
Obama came to office with the assumption that economic distress would increase support for his policies to (in his words to Joe the Plumber) spread the wealth around. But the 2010 midterms make it about as clear as these things can be that voters reject such efforts.
American voters are not seething with envy over income inequality and are not convinced that well all do better if the government takes away more of Bill Gatess money. Obama, like the academics in whose neighborhoods he has always chosen to live, think they should be seething and that, if the message is just delivered the right way, they can be convinced to do just that.
Thats a big difference on some fundamental issues. Enough to make the difference in 2012? Not clear.
He has been the best thing for DC since the New Deal. More power has accrued to DC in 2 years of Bammy...than in the previous 234 years put together. He has gifted away more of our treasure to his henchmen and supporter than all other presidents in history put together. That represents a reservoir of goodwill that will find absolutely NO major players in US or International powers on the other side of him in 2012.
Unless there is an absolutely unprecedented grass roots, highly motivated groundswell in Flyover Country that generates hereto for unseen numbers of voters AND the institutional corruption of the vote that characterizes many Red States suffering Blue representation is dealt with ahead of time, he will be insurmountable.
If you cant see what the last election just did to the rats party then you are clueless.
The number that are waking up grows every day and by 2012 that will be a majority of the voting populace.He’s done for 2012.
5. A parasite.
> 5. A parasite.
Yes, and, as Kenny Bunk pointed out, the LBGTXYZ goonery.
2012 bump for later..........
Zero is a legless CHAMELEON! A belly crawling minion of dark design and malignant intent. A forked tongued miscreant, who speaks from both sides of his mouth simultaneously. He must be forced into the scrutiny of reavealing light so ALL can see the “Gollum” in him.
I don't care one way or the other about his family. I want him out of that office to save our nation.
“Don’t hold back, tell us how you really feel!”
Can’t happen without a whole lot of sinning on my part...
Barone is in fact a rather level-headed analyst. I do suspect that his observation about Obama not being so widely disliked stems from his
inside-the-Beltway residence (as opposed to a binge from the bottle).
Thanks to Obama, Washington, D.C. is now America’s Boom Town. Stores and restaurants are mobbed, incomes are sky-high, and jobs are plentiful. The rest of America...not so much.
If the Republican congress gets this economy jumpstarted again Obama will receive much of the credit and therefore be in a good postion for reelection. My perverse nature almost wishes the economy stalls in order to remove him from office. Many in the MSM are also overlooking his incompetence in foreign affairs. If Korea or Iran flares up, if terrorists attack or any one of a dozen other unpleasant things occur he will be toast in 2012. It's pretty bad when the only way to keep him from winning in 2012 is for our country to suffer.
I agree, but I think if will be Donald Trump playing the role of Ross Perot, not Huckabee. Donald is a polical outsider & successful businessman with loads of money to keep him in the race, just like Perot.
Hopefully Obama KO’d in 2011.
The obvious scenario for the Trumpster would likely be Palin as Republican candidate, and Donald as the establishment favorite.
Baraq’s hard core supporters might deliver him a win with that scenario. I think the votes would be split pretty evenly.
The biggest issue is still the lousy economy. In the last week, I discovered two long-time (local) businesses that I frequent are going out of business. My neighborhood is filled with empty storefronts. They’ve been empty for YEARS. Obama’s people keep saying he will begin to focus laser-like on the economy, but we’ve heard that for 2 years, to no effect. Instead, he works on handouts to unions, Obamacare, outreach to Muslims, DADT and START. I refuse to believe the American people will put up with another term from this ideologue.
He could be caught in the act committing murder or drug dealing, and he’s STILL going to get 95% of the black vote.
LOL! This is just the lull before the storm. That eerie quiet before the onrushing gale engulfs your ship.
And we ain’t even begun to see what crabby looks like! And the whining? Everyone better make sure the batteries in their noise cancellation earmuffs are at full charge!