When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do? -- John Maynard Keynes

Friday, February 17, 2012

2012: The election is over - Obama won!

A few weeks ago, I thought the Republicans stood a good chance to win the White House with Mitt Romney. Today, it's obvious it's over. Obama has won.  Oh, I know the election is months away, and the formalities have yet to really begin, but for all intents and purposes, it's over. Congrats to the President and Axelrod and Company!

How have I come to this conclusion? Well first of all, let's look at the GOP field:
Gingrich: unfit for the Presidency--even the majority of Republicans now realize this;
Paul: principled, authentic, but never had a chance of being nominated, much less elected;
Santorum: current "flavor of the month" actually believes some of the crazy stuff he espouses--which is kind of scary; he's also a Beltway insider who has made his money off "special interests;" this guy would be Mr."Crony Capitalist" if he ever got the chance to be President (which he won't). If you want a clue about Santorum just ask Pennsylvanians who voted against him in a landslide the last time he ran for public office--"in the November 7, 2006 election, Santorum lost by over 700,000 votes, receiving 41% of the vote to Casey's 59%, the largest margin of defeat for an incumbent senator since 1980 and the largest losing margin for an incumbent Republican senator ever" (source: Wikipedia).
Romney: I don't have a clue whether Mitt is a "Massachusetts moderate" or "severely conservative" (as he claims to be). I think he is probably a decent guy with good leadership skills, has a great wife and family, made a ton of money (to his credit) at Bain Capital, and did a good job with the Olympics and as Governor of Massachusetts. I said before that Romney stood a good chance of becoming President if he ran a "smart campaign." He hasn't and isn't running a "smart campaign." He's running a "lame campaign" and there's no indication that will ever change.

And then there's the coup de grĂ¢ce which I will refer to as "crategate." This story has gone viral. Americans tolerate a lot of things they shouldn't--like an over-intrusive TSA, an incarceration rate and prisons that most civilized countries find shameful, and legislation with serious constitutional infringements--but most Americans have about as much tolerance for any kind of perceived animal cruelty as they do for any politician who claims to have been "brainwashed." And, if you haven't noticed, dogs and cats dominate American life.

So while most Americans personally like President Obama and his family, and yet may have some reservations about his first term (and to his credit he has admitted some shortcomings himself),
come election day, the voters will ensure that Bo resides in the White House and rides inside the Presidential limo for another four years:
President Obama and Bo
President Obama and Bo in the Limo

(photo source)

and somewhere in heaven above, Ted Kennedy (who gave Bo to the Obamas) must be having a really good laugh about all of this!


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