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1 moderatelyradicalliberal  Thu, Mar 24, 2011 11:20:02am

Yes, he will. They are gearing up right now and most of the GOP candidates won’t get anything going until the summer. Plus he will be helped by the buyers remorse in swing states that put Teapublicans in charge of their states. I’m talking OH, WI, MI, and FL. Those governors are looking at approval ratings in the 30s and a few of them might be recalled. But this report is a big “duh”. Palin is reactionary and radical enough to win the GOP nomination and to reactionary and radical to win the general election. Palin couldn’t beat Obama if his approval ratings were in the low 40s by 2012. The GOP may as well put up a throw away candidate.

2 thecommodore  Thu, Mar 24, 2011 1:06:56pm

My feeling is based on how pathetic a campaign the Dems ran in 2010. The internals were against them, as they usual are with the incumbent party in the White House. Plus there was high unemployment working against them. So the GOP did stand to bounce back a little bit - emphasis on little - in 2010.

But not 63 seats in the House!

McCain and Palin ran a ridiculously bad campaign in 2008, and Obama shrewdly presented himself as a reasonable and measured candidate who also appealed to the brighter angels of our nature. The Republicans, by contrast, were in such disarray after the Bush debacle that all they had to offer was fear, loathing, and paranoia, and they rightfully lost.

Well guess what? Fear, loathing, and paranoia (along with Christianism) are all the GOP had to offer in 2010, and they won one of the biggest midterm landslides ever. Why? Because Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid (even though they both won), and Obama himself, along with all the other Democratic candidates utterly failed to present themselves as sane alternatives. There was mediocre, at best, pushback at all the fear mongering about HCR, and Obama’s other programs, and they also failed to effectively sell there many accomplishments during the 111th Congressional term. I don’t know why, but at times it seems like they weren’t even trying very hard, and that was very disappointing.

The GOP deserves to be in electoral purgatory for the next decade until they can finally learn to do some self analyses and grow the hell up. Sadly, the Democrats have ultimately been their enablers, Obama chief among them. That’s why I am feeling a little skittish about 2012, even without a disaster - double dip recession, terrorist attack, Lybia or Afghanistan turning really bad, etc.

I hope I’m wrong, and I will happily eat crow if I am. This is just how I feel right now, though.


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