It occurs to me that President Obama must be sleeping really well. Not because he got Osama and not because he refuses to recognize the glaring inadequacies of his presidency, but because the Republicans have no one who has the scarcest chance of beating him in 2012.
This is a president who has learned almost everything on the job, much to the detriment of the American people. Once assuming the office of the presidency Obama learned that he couldn’t close Guantanamo, couldn’t make the Arabs love us, couldn’t lower the unemployment rate by spending trillions in “stimulus” money, couldn’t hold terrorist trials in Manhattan, and on and on. That’s what happens when a community organizer is elected to the nation’s highest office.
Obama’s major “accomplishment” was to cram a poorly drafted health care law through congress. After all, 550 pound fat men who sit in stuffed rockers smoking cigarettes, watching television and drinking buttermilk should receive the finest health care, regardless of cost. Is it any wonder that the nation’s spending is out of control? If you’re a “community organizer” you know where money comes from; it comes from government. What else could we have reasonably expected from Barack Hussein Obama?
Yet he sleeps comfortably knowing that the likes of Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Tim Pawlenty, Michelle Bachman, and perhaps Sarah Palin want his job. None of them have a chance in hell of beating Obama. Let’s take them one by one.
Mitt Romney will never live down the fact that he gave Obama his model for healthcare reform when he was governor of Massachusetts. Mitt might be the Republican candidate, but he doesn’t have the charisma to beat Obama in 2012.
Newt Gingrich had his run back in 1994 when he championed the “Contract with America”, a Republican promise to reduce the size of the Federal Government. The Republicans defaulted on that contract and Newt has firmly established himself as an insider republican with taste for real spending cuts.
Rick Santorum failed to win re-election to the US Senate in 2006 and is uncomfortably conservative on social issues. He is already a political loser and is not ready for prime time.
Tim Pawlenty, my former governor, balanced the Minnesota budget during his 8 years in office without increasing taxes. That sounds good until you realize that much of the “balancing” came from shifting school district payments into future legislative sessions. He also cut local government aid, which gave many local politicians a “justification” to raise property taxes. Tim’s a good guy…no skeletons in his closet, but he’s unknown and not very charismatic.
Michelle Bachman is a popular congressman from a conservative Minnesota republican district. She’s bright enough, but often puts her foot in her mouth. If she receives the Republican nomination I predict a series of verbal mistakes that will give Obama a landslide victory.
Sarah Palin was labeled by liberals as “factually challenged” when running with John McCain. I know that many of my readers love Sarah, but she can’t beat Obama. Oh, and one more thing…she actually is factually challenged.
Given the above cache of Republican opponents, Barack has nothing to worry about. He’s slick, he’s charismatic, and he’s got millions of voters who will give him support no matter how unwisely he governs. Republicans won’t be able to get the “middle ground” voters unless (1) they’ve got a better candidate than those listed here, or (2) Barack blunders badly between now and November, 2012.