Like most of you, I’m underwhelmed with the current crop of “rumored” candidates. I’m in for Mitch Daniels and a few of my friends dig this John Thune cat, but other than that…meh. I read a comparison on the Twitter to 1990 when Dems wanted to defeat Bush41, but said “meh” to their candidates until a Bill Clinton emerged. Some people are even ready to wait until 2016.
Before we give up altogether…Obama is beatable. Easy? No. Beatable? Yes. If you look at some of the states he won in 2008, some of them (FL, IN, NC, OH, VA) are traditionally “red” states the party has come back in over the past few years. Throw in Colorado and Wisconsin…and say hello to President-Elect DanielsThuneRomneyPawlentyHuckabeeLaDukePalinGingrichCain.
Mark McKinnon had a number of reasons why Obama is beatable next year. Yes, I realize McKinnon is one of them “no labels” RINOs who is secretly working with the Democrats and probably looking to install Sharia Law in the states. That said, my man does bring up some good points…
Debt Bomb – The national debt reached $10 trillion under President Bush, but deficit spending is at an all-time high under President Obama, with $1.4 trillion added in 2009 and $1.3 trillion in 2010. And the CBO now projects a deficit of $1.5 trillion this year. That means the federal government will borrow 40 cents for every dollar it spends. Bankruptcies loom for many states faced with unfunded public pension liabilities; strong-arm demands for bailouts by unions will threaten Democrats’ credibility. Sixty-eight percent of likely voters already express a preference for smaller government and lower taxes. Talk of more federal spending and the potential for state bankruptcies will increase voter anxiety. As the GOP educates voters about what the exploding debt burden means for future generations, its cost-cutting measures and messaging will resonate.
Voters Aren’t Better Off – In 1980, President Ronald Reagan famously asked: “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” The answer for many is “no,” with higher unemployment, more debt, record-high home foreclosures, and another housing dip on the way. The long road to economic recovery will continue to frustrate voters. And weekly reminders of rising prices at the gas pump and grocery store, where it hurts most, may cost Obama the election.
Ailing Health Care – If “Obamacare” was historic legislation, so too was the House vote to repeal it. Though repeal today may be moot as Senate passage and a presidential veto are unlikely, as the true bottom line becomes known, in terms of increased costs, decreased access to care, and increased government controls, health care once again will be a decisive campaign issue. Efforts to dismantle or defund Obamacare will continue for the next two years. And as the public listens more to the credible Rep. Paul Ryan, the president will be on the defensive daily.
I highly recommend reading the full column, because lists NINE other ways Obama can be beatable. Like I said before, it’s not going to be easy. As far as impossible goes, Democrats though the same thing in 1991.