I read an interesting opinion piece last night that concluded Barack Obama is unelectable in 2012. The author, Republican pollster Dr. David Hill, presented some pretty solid reasons for his conclusion, too. They certainly seemed to add up to “unelectable.”
The obvious problem, of course, was that the author wasn’t considering the opposition. On paper, in polls, in a vacuum, Obama may look unelectable. But in elections, there’s always an opponent. We don’t know yet who Obama’s Republican opponent will be, but among the current field of candidates, it’s debatable whether any are electable.
If one “unelectable” candidate is running against another “unelectable” candidate, their unelectability becomes irrelevant. One of them will win and prove to have been electable after all.
The voters, not the pollsters, decide.