A Reminder: Obama Could Easily Lose Next Year

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


The prevailing narrative from the O-Bots says President Obama’s reelection is all but certain because he enjoys the power of the incumbency, an alleged $1 billion dollar campaign chest and the GOP field if full of kooks.

But, I say not so fast and so does Salon’s Steve Kornacki:

“Well into 1992, even as economic anxiety was soaring and unemployment was approaching 8 percent (a significant jump from the start of his presidency), George H.W. Bush was still seen as a good bet for reelection because of the supposed weakness of that year’s Democratic field. Eventually, Democrats settled on Bill Clinton, who finally pulled ahead of Bush in July — and then never looked back. (Note: Ross Perot had nothing to do with Bush’s defeat that November; it was the economy that sunk the president.) Rest assured, if the economy doesn’t improve — or gets worse — the GOP will be well-positioned to oust Obama in 2012, provided the party doesn’t nominate a fringe candidate.”

Yesterday’s Washington Post/ABC News poll finds Obama’s approval rating at an anemic 47 percent, with 50 percent of voters expressing disapproval.

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10 Responses to A Reminder: Obama Could Easily Lose Next Year

  1. Joe in Colorado says:

    This is why I think the Obama White House pushed so hard to help Rahm Emanuel get elected mayor of Chicago. Emanuel can help deliver Chicago for the president. I know one thing if I’ve learned anything watching politics over the years it’s never assume the cement is dry. The economy is in the toilet and Obama has done nothing to create jobs. Not the record a first term president wants to try and sell to voters who are hurting.

  2. Matteo says:

    The president’s fortunes will sink further if he aligns himself with the “Gang of Six” and tries to cut Medicare and Social Security.

    Despite growing concerns about the country’s long-term fiscal problems and an intensifying debate in Washington about how to deal with them, Americans strongly oppose some of the major remedies under consideration, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/poll-shows-americans-oppose-entitlement-cuts-to-deal-with-debt-problem/2011/04/19/AFoiAH9D_story.html?hpid=z1

    Americans prefer to keep Medicare just the way it is. Most also oppose cuts in Medicaid and the defense budget. More than half say they are against small, across-the-board tax increases combined with modest reductions in Medicare and Social Security benefits.

    Only President Obama’s call to raise tax rates on the wealthiest Americans enjoys solid support.

  3. feminazi says:

    Just the mention of cutting Medicare and Social Security gets the attention of 65 million Americans who rely on the programs for our survival. This should be a no-brainer to politicians. The president lost me way back when he appointed the Cat Food Commission. I lost all respect for him and realized Obama just another hack. One more thing I want to say. I’m tied of the media and some bloggers who portray those of us who are retired and who paid into the system for 40 years as fat, lazy Tea Party members. Please knock it off.

  4. Woodcliffe says:

    Voter dissatisfaction is real and I think growing. Don’t listen to me, look at the polls and you see a nation on-edge, worried about the debt and the endless wars.

    I also think this is why a media clown like Donald Trump is enjoying such a high degree of approval. He says what many mainstream politicians won’t say. He also appeals to the millions of voters who remain convinced Obama was born in Kenya or Indonesia or on Mars.

    We should expect some dark horse to come out of left field a year before the election and shake up the political equilibrium in Washington. It’s too soon to know who it might be but, we should expect it.

  5. fran says:

    “the GOP will be well-positioned to oust Obama in 2012, provided the party doesn’t nominate a fringe candidate.”

    ALL the GOP candidates are “fringe & beyond”.
    Trump, Gingrich, Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Huckabee, and Palin– it’s like they raided the treasure chest of the bizarre to dredge up these candidates.

    As much as Obama pisses me off on a number of topics, I would hold my nose & vote for him over all the above mentioned clowns.

    I’ve come to the conclusion, anyone with the intelligence to be an excellent president is also smart enough to not want the job.

  6. okjimm says:

    I think Fran is right…… unless the Dem’s come up with somebody really really good….. unless out of a magic hat…. an invincible third party candidate jumps out….. what else is there! Just lay it out…Obama vs Trump? Obama vs Pawlenty….. ?? Sahara “mental wasteland” Palin??? Now, Obama will get the nomination….. it is almost a given…. I feel it is time to restructure a Democratic base…. at a State Level. Congressmen and women… Senators.
    Hilary will not run in 2012. Hey, and just saying, but it is coming up soon enough….. this is no time to give up…. or it will get worse. The sexist, racist, NRA Tea Party homophobes, religious right think they have got this all sewn up…. well … they don’t…. fight back

    http://www.businessinsider.com/wisconsin-dems-file-fourth-recall-petition-in-fight-against-scott-walker-2011-4

  7. Let’s see who bubbles to the surface a year before the election.

    We may be surprised. Even pleased.

  8. retahyajyajav says:

    People on the left are really worried about Trump, Gingrich, Bachmann, and Palin?

    Seriously?

  9. Gleneagle says:

    Everytime I fill my gas tank as I did this morning, paying $4.09 a gallon and I pumped 10 gallons into my 2001 Subaru and my bank account balance was reduced by $40.90, I see Obama’s mug on the gas pump. Everywhere I go, from work, to the gym, and to the supermarket, I hear average Americans like me, grumbling about the price of gasoline and everyone blames Obama. I’m not a political scientist or a political blogger but I think if Obama somehow manages to get four more years, it will come with the smallest vote margins in history. This guy was popular in 2008 but not today.

  10. Jolly Roger says:

    The Rushpubliscums don’t have a Clinton, and their base will ensure that they don’t have one later. “Magic Underwear” Romney is going to go down in flames for the same reason he went down in flames last time.

    It’s a shame, really: I have come to believe that it will probably take a Rushpubliscum President to right the taxation laws. Someone who FOX “News” and its MSM imitators won’t be able to pillory.

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