Originally Posted by Amnorix
This is really where the Republicans fail. You want to run on the same "platform" that Obama used in 2008 --- "vote for us, the other guy/party SUCKS!!"
By 2008 the vast majority of Americans were in fact convinced that the other guy/party did suck, and were willing to vote for a ham sandwich instead.
Non-Republicans don't feel that way towards Obama. They're uncertain whether the lingering bad economy should be blamed all, partly, or not at all on him because of the incredible pile of feces he inherited. They see progress in Iraq and Afghanistan, etc.
I was thinking the other day about how very few Presidents inherited such a bad situation. Lincoln and FDR came into worse situations. Reagan had one that was comparable. Not too many others. Truman's situation wasn't as bad day 1, but by day 300 was worse.
The American electorate may have somewhat longer memories than most tend to think.
I didn't say that. Personally, I'm glad that Mitt Romney showed courage by naming Paul Ryan as his running mate and thereby making entitlement reform a real issue in this race. But that doesn't change the fact that no one should even consider giving Barack Obama a second term given his massive failure of leadership over the past four years (not to mention the fact that he's now engaged in an effort to poison the very idea of entitlement reform).
One thing is for sure, if Barack Obama wins this November, he's going to inherit another terrible economy and an extremely divisive political environment that he won't be able to blame on anyone but himself. And the people who voted for him will deserve more of the same.
"Well, it is one thing for Bill Clinton to say, I feel your pain. It is another thing for Barack Obama to say I feel your pain that I have caused." - George Will