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    Et tu, Chicago Tribune?

    Et tu, Chicago Tribune?

    Steve Chapman, a member of the Editorial Board of The Chicago Tribune, Why Obama should withdraw (h/t HeyTammyBruce):

    When Ronald Reagan ran for re-election in 1984, his slogan was “Morning in America.” For Barack Obama, it’s more like midnight in a coal mine.

    The sputtering economy is about to stall out, unemployment is high, his jobs program may not pass, foreclosures are rampant and the poor guy can’t even sneak a cigarette.

    His approval rating is at its lowest level ever. His party just lost two House
    elections — one in a district it had held for 88 consecutive years. He’s staked
    his future on the jobs bill, which most Americans don’t think would work….

    But there is good news for the president. I checked the Constitution, and he is
    under no compulsion to run for re-election.

    It is, in fact, the only way he can win.

    But you knew that.


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    momnotmom | September 19, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Note that we still don’t know who’s running against him. Once a nominee is named, the press will go to work on him or her, and it will be a bitter battle all the way. Don’t forget, it looked like Bush II was finished off by the economy in the summer before the 2004 election, and after the Gulf War ended, everybody was saying that Bush I had a second term locked up. There’s still 14 months to go before the election, which is an eternity in politics. Plus I have to say things have been so bad for so long now, yet it is amazing the President still has numbers as good as he does. The old story in politics is that 40% of the electorate will vote for you even if you are the devil incarnate, and 40% will never vote for you, even if you are the Second Coming. Obama still has his 40% that are going to vote for him regardless of reality; all he needs is another 10%.

    For Barack Obama, it’s more like midnight in a coal mine.


    orangemtl | September 19, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Obama is FAR too narcissistic, and far too dependent upon the adoration of sycophants to forego running in ’12. He’s one of the small handful of people that still believe he’s doing a great job: because he has The Vision for us, doncha’ know?

    All I can say is: Run, Barry, Run!! For nothing is quite as delicious as the taste of an adversary’s shattered dreams. November ’12 cannot possibly get here fast enough. I hope that his loony, collectivist “Let’s Get the Rich Guys!” program garners the derision it deserves. Honestly, has he done ANYthing besides repackaging the same ideas over and over and over for the past 3 years?

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