Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Anxiety of Defeating Obama

Seldom in our lifetime have we felt the degree of anxiety about a presidential election as we are as we begin the campaign season for the election of 2012.  The Nixon vs. Kennedy elections of 1960 probably come the closest.  We were fourteen and thirteen years old, attending junior high school in Newark, N.J.'s First Ward and there was a strong possibility that John F. Kennedy would become the first Roman Catholic president in U.S. history.  He won the mock election in our school, and because Roman Catholics were the majority in our neighborhood, we were in the minority in our support of Nixon.  It was a period of anxiety.

There is a similar atmosphere of anxiety about the presidential election of 2012.  It has nothing to do with religion or race.  Obama has already made history by being the first black man to be elected President.  Religion doesn't play a part either.  What does influence this election and create the anxiety for us it the fact that the survival of our nation as a sovereign republic hangs in the balance.

The incumbent, is a president who made promises of hope and change and has not done anything to improve our economic situation domestically and abroad.  We are burdened with unsustainable debts and he can't even pass a budget that reduces expenses.  He is trained in the ideology of "sharing the wealth" and anti capitalism, socialist beliefs which make many Americans nervous.

One would think that his defeat in the election of 2012 would be a slam dunk decision, as Americans are looking to a leader who will generate employment, cut wasteful expenditures, fix the problems surrounding health care, Social Security and Medicare.  Yet the Republican party offers a hodgepodge of candidates which make it difficult for party members themselves to agree on one person who can lead us out of this quagmire.

Those who foll0w the polls see them fluctuate between the Democrats and the GOP.  There is  speculation that Obama will be easy to defeat. and speculation that he is unbeatable.

Depending on your political affiliation, these are anxious times.  Perhaps today's featured article can assuage our fears, calm the nerves, and give us something to work towards - Saving America and defeating Barack Hussein Obama.
Two Sisters From The Right 

Yes! You! Can!

(Defeat Obama, That Is)

Seven ways he could still blow this

by Lisa DePaulo

Barack Hussein Obama
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If there's anyone who knows that nothing is a slam dunk in politics, it's Mark Penn. (Remember President Hillary Clinton?) The chief adviser to Hillary and Bill understands a thing or two about winning, losing, and Obama. Here he explains to GQ's Lisa DePaulo how Obama could still end up out of a job next fall.
"Obviously, he took the biggest risk of his presidency with the Osama operation. He took a huge risk and it completely paid off. He was right. But watch out now for the over-confidence that comes with success. Don't try this again with Mullah Omar, the head of the Taliban. It's a common thing for presidents to do, particularly on the basis of a risky success. They think, "Well, that went great, let's try something like that again." The next risky mission could end up being a disaster that will be very difficult for his presidency to recover from. I sometimes think Bush got into Iraq because the original Afghanistan mission seemed to go so easily. It was won in two weeks, with very few troops involved. I think that led to a notion that he could have equally quick success in Iraq. Instead he wound up with something that defined the rest of his presidency. See, presidents often have two modes. One is: 'Hunker down, we gotta be careful.' And the other is: 'Things are great, don't worry about it.' It's when they get in that second mode that mistakes happen."


"Obama no longer has national security as a deficit. He's answered the 3 a.m. call. But health care is still a vulnerability. The deficit is a huge vulnerability. Unemployment is a huge vulnerability. The whole economy is a huge vulnerability. If he doesn't get re-elected, it will be because someone really taps into one or more of those four vulnerabilities. And there are still questions about how in touch he is with people out in the heartland. After the Gulf War, I don't think Bush 41 got cocky. He just wasn't mindful of the economy, and then he had the moment with the supermarket scanner. You always watch out for that moment that symbolizes what might be a negative in the back of everyone's brain. So for Obama, this is not the time for another Broadway date. And the period between now and the election is a Martha's Vineyard–free zone."

4. He Ignores a Big Chunk of His Constituency"
Obama has more support from those making over $200,000 than any Democrat in history. So when he makes the fight about the Bush tax cuts for upper income voters, well, he has nearly as many upper income voters as the Republicans! Which is one of the reasons why, when he didn't agree to the tax-cut deal, the congressional elections turned out so badly. Then, after the election, when he agreed to the deal, his numbers soared. Now he is saying, once again, that one of his priorities is to raise taxes on "that group." "That group" is his voters! Believe it or not, those are his people. It used to be that upper income voters were 3-to-1 or 4-to-1 for the Republicans. Obama does best with people who make the least and people who make the most. So if he returns to the class warfare rhetoric of the budget fight, he is going to be recreating the midterms. And that kind of election is a loser for him."







GQ © 2011 Condé Nast Digital



 

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