UPDATE # 1 BELOW:
UPDATE # 2 BELOW:
Do the Republicans really want the White House in 2012? If they do, they have a funny way of showing it.
Two of its major contenders for the nomination are practically wallowing in their unelectability. Class clown Rick Perry is either a genetic goofball, or prepares for presidential fashion shows (they’re not debates!) by getting higher than a kite – there’s just no other way to explain this. And Herman (“You’re so Cain”) Cain must be the most arrogantly ignorant candidate for president ever (“Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan”).
But there’s always Mitt Romney, some say. Yeah, the liberal who’s inspired a growing conservative movement within the Republican Party to stop him from winning the nomination.
Last night was good for the Republicans, at least in the South. In Virginia, Republicans now control the governor’s office and the legislature. Republican Phil Bryant won his bid for governor of Mississippi.
So I wonder – is the Republican strategy to focus on its base in the South, let Obama win, and allow him to further alienate conservatives as he tries to consolidate and expand his leftist agenda? The backlash could be so vigorous that the shellacking of 2010 would look like a day at the beach.
President Obama now essentially ties, 43% to 42%, a “generic” Republican candidate when U.S. registered voters are asked whom they are more likely to vote for in the presidential election next year. This marks a change from October and September, when the Republican candidate was ahead, and underscores the potential for a close presidential race in the year ahead.
UPDATE #2: And as for what we can expect from a second Obama administration, I refer you to a political analyst who’s as good as any other so-called expert, Chris Rock. (Warning: language!)