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.
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I agree, Pied. Taking this assessment from a professed Republican pollster is something like filling out one of those political opinion questionnaires you get in the mail, you know, the kind that end by asking you to send them money.
It didn’t take me long to search out a couple of links that show a different evaluation of Obama accomplishments:
Accomplishments, like beauty, appear to be in the (inner) eye of the beholder.
That’s politics. There are plenty of people out there who wouldn’t give him credit even if he achieved world peace, established a colony on Mars and, in his spare time, cured all the world’s diseases.
“There are plenty of people out there who wouldn’t give him credit even if he achieved world peace, established a colony on Mars and, in his spare time, cured all the world’s diseases.”
Except all he’s done is break his promises of “transparency” and “no more politics as usual,” help actively run the country further into the ground and cement our state of decline and depression so that the “new norm” is high unemployment and a scarcity of good-paying private-sector jobs, give long-winded pontificating speeches, and treat himself to golf and vacations.
The line about “focusing like a laser on jobs” has now become a sickening and long-standing joke.
They could run a smiley-face painted on a paper bag and it would win against this preening speechifying hack.
But you go on and keep singing the praises of clueless egoistic ruling-class absolutists. How stupid can you get….
In case I didn’t make it clear the first time, let me rephrase: Until the voters have spoken next Nov. 6, no one knows who the unelectable candidate is.