Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Beware the bounce

The chattering hens on The View said in the wake of Osama bin Laden being killed that they might as well not even hold the 2012 election, because after taking down bin Laden, Obama guaranteed his reelection then and there.

Not so fast. I guess one of the easier things about being a leftist is that history always begins today. How quickly these ladies forget that high approval ratings now, can mean jack-diddly a year later.

Just ask George H.W. Bush. In March 1991, after an overwhelming U.S. victory in the Persian Gulf War, President Bush enjoyed an approval rating pegged at right around 90%. By November 1992, George H.W. Bush received only 38% of the popular vote and lost his reelection bid to Billy Jeff Clinton. This is because GHW Bush may have had his shining moment during the Gulf War, but too many other issues, such as going back on his "read my lips" no-tax pledge, sank him in the end.

I haven't studiously checked to see what kind of bounce in the polls Obama has received in the wake of bin Laden's killing, but from what I have read, it isn't much. Whatever bounce he does receive, keep in mind that just a few days ago, his poll numbers were not dropping like a rock because he had not yet found Osama bin Laden. Gas prices still stink and are getting stinkier, unemployment is still tragically high, ObamaCare is still wildly unpopular, and Obama seems to be fulfilling his promise to make sure that "electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket."

Put all that together, and I can easily surmise that by November 2012, Osama bin Laden will be way off people's radar screens, but the hits to their pocketbook - courtesy of our fascist-leaning president - will not be.

On the other hand, the Republicans need to field a candidate who can actually win. Good luck with that one.

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson

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