As Republican candidates pummel each other, Obama can only smile

Mopvyzo USA 2012/03/11 08:44:14
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As the Republican presidential candidates continue to battle and improvement in the US economy is seen, President Obama is getting better public reviews – good news for his re-election bid.

By Brad Knickerbocker, Staff writer / March 10, 2012

With eight months to go before the presidential election – can it really be that long? – a lot could go wrong for President Obama.

The US recovery could falter and unemployment inch back up – perhaps as a result of European economic difficulties jumping the Atlantic. Gasoline prices could become even more burdensome on businesses and individual Americans. Disengaging from war in Afghanistan could prove more difficult than Pentagon planners figure. Obama may have to fulfill his very public pledge to “cover Israel’s back” in response to Iran’s nuclear weapons capability.

And of course there are always what former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld used to call “unknown unknowns … things we do not know we don't know.”

But for now, at least in terms of presidential election politics, there must be at least a few Cheshire cat grins around the White House.

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None of the four remaining Republican contenders shows any signs of dropping out as they continue to pummel each other on the primary/caucus trail. If Newt Gingrich were to do badly in next Tuesday’s primaries in Mississippi and Alabama and call it quits, that would leave Rick Santorum to concentrate his fire on front-runner Mitt Romney – who would have to respond, further delaying the point at which he can concentrate fulltime on Obama, return to his inherently moderate self, and hope to look presidential.

Meanwhile, as Fox News political analyst Juan Williams pointed out this week, “The protracted political battle on the Republican side has already begun to do damage to the party’s brand.”

“An NBC News/Wall Street Journal from last week found that 40 percent of adults say the primary process so far has given them a less favorable impression of the GOP. Only 12 percent say they have a more favorable impression,” Williams wrote on Fox’s website. “When pollsters asked people to describe the GOP primary in one word or phrase, almost 70 percent responded with a negative comment … ‘painful,’ ‘poor choices,’ ‘depressed,’ ‘discouraged’ and ‘uninspiring.’”

At the same time, Obama’s own “brand” is starting to become shinier.

The poll Williams refers to also finds that Obama’s approval rating has inched back up to 50 percent. He would beat Romney 50-44 percent in a head-to-head match today (and the other GOP hopefuls by wider margins).

For one thing, the Wall Street Journal reported, the poll found diminishing signs of economic pessimism, with 57 percent of Americans now saying the "worst is behind us,'' up from 49 percent in November. February’s employment report – US employers added 227,000 jobs to complete three of the best months of hiring since the recession began – is good news for the Obama re-election team as well as for the country.

“A real recovery, in line with historical rates of economic rehabilitation, has finally arrived,” writes Adam Sorensen, editor of Time magazine’s “Swampland” political website.

“If it continues, it could shift the burden … to Republicans, completely rebalancing the 2012 presidential race,” he writes. “Mitt Romney (most likely) would have to make the case that things would be much better now if Obama had not hampered the economy with onerous regulation. Rather than asking Americans if they’re better off, he’ll have to dive into the weeds of Big Government gone bad and persuade voters that Obama is not realizing America’s full potential.”

Again, events could interfere with Obama’s upward political trend.

But for now, Democratic pollster Peter Hart told the Wall Street Journal. “President Obama is probably in the best political shape he's been in since the first year of his presidency.”

“If he were the prime minister of Britain, he would dissolve the Parliament and run for re-election in the next three weeks,” Hart said.

Alas for Democrats and Obama, they still have to slog it out for eight more months.

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  • Magdy mohamed 2012/03/13 17:12:36
    Magdy mohamed
    Take the advice of your elders, stop the fear mongering and tone down the rhetoric, if it's not setting well with Republican leaders, it can't be doing too well with independents.
  • ☆stillthe12c☆ 2012/03/13 05:52:45
    Unfortunately the polls may be correct. Even thought this President has done nothing that has helped the economy in-fact he has made just about every bad move that could be made and the economy is improving in spite of him. He is taking credit for the oil that we have while he has interfered with it production and even has canceled permits. The oil that we have today is do to the previous Administration and that that has been brought in on private lands.
    Yet I still read and hear people that give him credit and praise when none is do. The one thing that he has done is get some bad guy's I do have to give him credit there. He has trampled all over the Constitution and for that matter has been aided by Congress. Even The ACLU is not happy about NDAA.
  • Captain-Morgan 2012/03/13 03:01:12
  • Dynasty Fighter 2012/03/12 14:40:06
    Dynasty Fighter
    Obama is too ignorant and too confident two characteristics that are dangerous together
  • Quazimoto 2012/03/12 13:49:59
  • Ashley 2012/03/12 13:28:24
    I don't know what you are reading to think things are improving. The only one giving reviews are the liberal media... kinda like tooting your own horn?
    Wait until Israel bombs Iran, he won't be smiling then.
  • Tom 2012/03/12 12:18:19
    The whole election is a J O K E! This election is to clear the crap in office and potential wave makers, so that next round we have two new groups come up and the GOP gets its turn at office again.
  • findthelight2000 2012/03/12 05:29:19
    They are providing the Obama campaign with plenty of irrefutable evidence in video clips of their lies and pandering.
  • MO.gal 2012/03/12 01:57:25
    Yes we can, again!
     obama 2012  obama 2012
  • jay 2012/03/12 01:49:52
    Hell yeas he is smiling. Its better than running on his record or the economy. Yes the economy is improving, but not until we had a republican house that stopped his agenda.
  • JessyBear 2012/03/11 23:41:10
    Not true that's just what they would like you to think...
  • bigfoot 2012/03/11 21:06:39
    no he can't.the RWNJs are sick people.and he can't afford to take this situation lightly.
  • KoAm bigfoot 2012/03/12 01:45:18
    Yet another shining example of liberal "civility." Anyone who disagrees with you is "sick" and a "nut job."
  • Centrist_Bill 2012/03/11 19:47:25
    Oh will ya lookie here. A couple of NEO-CONS quoting rasmussen. I have a bit of FYI foy yall. Rassmussen has the credibility of The national enquirer. You want REAL numbers go to Gallup or anything that corresponds with the rest of the pollsters check out this link. http://www.pollingreport.com/...
  • CuresCancer 2012/03/11 18:33:51 (edited)
    Rasmussen has Romney beating Obama 48 to 43. The same poll also has Santorum edging Obama 45-44.

    Here is an example of Obama smiling:

    evil Obama

    Here is the real Obama:

    crazy Obama
  • goinpostal 2012/03/11 17:48:56
  • The_Chouko 2012/03/11 17:41:50
    And this is why people need to start supporting more than just the Democratic and Republican parties. Everyone complains about both parties but yet we don't do anything to try to change what's happening in our government. And I have to disagree... "improvement with the US economy is seen"? I have yet to see any real improvement where I live. Then again, even if the economy could be getting better, any money we're getting now is just going into insane gas prices.
  • robinswebnest 2012/03/11 17:38:40
    mmmm how about the most recent Rasmussen Report that says that Romney is at 48% and obama is at 43%. Even Santorum is ahead of obama.
    I agree that the repubs need to get their act together, but, saying that obama is doing well is just a fantasy and someone is smoking some really good stuff.
  • TerryAgee 2012/03/11 17:26:22
    Good for him!
  • twocrows 2012/03/11 17:24:40
    the current crop of candidates just keep on confirming my hypothesis:
    they don't want to win this time around. aamof, those already in office in Congress want out. it's so much easier, especially during such trying times as these, to sit on the sidelines and criticize, moan and complain than to roll up your sleeves and do the hard work required - - - so they want out.
    and they're proving it every day. you don't win by alienating 52% of the likely voters in the country.

    and it's not only the presidential candidates and members of Congress who are proving my point. Republican governors and attorneys-general across the country are doing the same:
    Michigan's Rick Snyder
    Wisconsin's Scott Walker
    Louisiana's Bobby Jindall
    Arizona's Janice Brewer
    Mississippi's Haley Barbour
    the list goes on and on.
  • twocrows twocrows 2012/03/11 21:20:28
    and, oh my, how silly of me. I left my own 22% Rick off my slate of folks who sincerely want to lose this Nov:
    rick scott
  • Charles R. Anderson 2012/03/11 17:21:52
    Charles R. Anderson
    Obama's turn for criticism will come soon and given the awful state of the economy, he will falter badly. Private investment is too low to bring on recovery. The same number of jobs are missing based on the not seasonally adjusted employment numbers in Feb 2012 as were in Feb 2011 and Feb 2010. Real per capita GDP is still lower than at the start of the recession. There has actually been no recovery. Claims that there has been are an illusion, an attempt to misdirect our attention from the awful mess we are in.
  • Giantsfan Charles... 2012/03/11 19:25:05
    Hey Chucky baby, who got us in this mess in the first place? You guys. Who had no ideas how to fix anything? You guys. Who's only idea was to let everything and everyone fail and take it's course? You guys. Stop blaming Obama for your own short comings. If republican short comings were a penis you'd need a magnifying glass to find it.
  • jeepsru... Charles... 2012/03/13 00:38:30
    Really, You might to check this out because you're talking out of your ass. http://www.bea.gov/newsreleas...
  • HenriLewkowiczhenri 2012/03/11 16:54:50
    anybody who would be voting for these .... SCHMUCKS,,,,,REPUBLICANS ........DESERVE TO BE CASTRATED NO MORE NO LESS
  • SiliconSorcerer 2012/03/11 15:44:52
    That's the ONLY thing this socialist can do well other then take away our freedoms and destroy the country!
  • Swampdo... Silicon... 2012/03/11 17:54:26
    Swampdog PWCM
    And has done a great job at that! The little weasel.
  • jeepsru... Silicon... 2012/03/13 00:29:32
    Name one freedom this President has taken from you. Just one name it. Then explain how a President takes freedoms away. You are ignorant.
  • luvguins 2012/03/11 15:34:06
  • shadow76 2012/03/11 15:23:25
    There is no recovery! If gas prices keep going up like Owebummer wants he will have more problems than you lefties think!
  • patrona 2012/03/11 14:55:33
    Well what do You know.. Democracy is coming to the U,S,A,;
    Politics & Sports....GREAT MEN..! FATHER land !!
    No..I Refuse to Play..
    I am My Father's Daughter *
    I am only a Women.. Motherhood..
  • Swampdo... patrona 2012/03/11 17:56:22
    Swampdog PWCM
    Democracy, we are a representative republic. Democracys are failures.
  • Freedom 2012/03/11 14:55:27
    I believe that you are right. If the economy picks up just a little bit more and the gas prices come down, he'll probably win by a landslide. He may not be the reason that those things happen but by being the sitting President he will get credit for it, I'm sure.
  • les_gvt 2012/03/11 14:50:39
    This will come back and kick him in the butt, by the time the GOP primary is over, we are going to know about the bowel movements of the candidates, and anything that could be harmful will be old news.

    On the other hand, there are many new things coming out about Obama, plus he has his failure of the last 3 1/2 years to defend
  • boston 2012/03/11 14:44:15
    i think that is why it is hard to beat the home team they just set back and see what your people say about you
  • Gloria 2012/03/11 14:18:04
    While the GOP gets penalties for fighting President Obama is making goals.
  • CAROLYN NTARWNJBS 2012/03/11 14:10:36
    Oh yes and he has a beautiful smile!
  • gbudavid 2012/03/11 13:53:05
    We will see in November...
  • redneck 2012/03/11 13:25:25
    We will see who smiles next Nov,we don't have a verry good crop to chose from.Maybe that's the plan,so the great deceiver gets more time to destroy what's left of our country.The CFR has a plan that started with the great rapist and theif slick willie and his lezbo wife .Just take a good look at california,that will be all 50 states soon.Bankrupt and full of government hand outs,and no common sense .The great deceiver and all his hand picked czars have to go,they have done more damage to our country than any terriost group could.The great progressive leader of demacratic party has a desk full of bills that he won't bring to the floor,mean while the blame the GOP for not doing any thing to solve the countries troubles.The great deceiver and lier must be replaced before it's to late.
  • Jimbo redneck 2012/03/11 14:00:31
    Take a good look at Texas, same per capita debt as CA, $3 less per hour in median wage, educational achievement below CA. Blue states pay more to the Federal government in revenue than they get back. Red states are on the so called "dole".

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