Brian Birdnow

The most recent polls show President Obama leading all of his potential GOP opponents and, in fact easily defeating most of them in hypothetical 2012 elections. The common reaction, even among seasoned commentators and politicos at this point is to shrug ones shoulders and say: “Who Cares?” Much can and will change between now and November of 2012 and Townhall readers of a certain vintage will remember that polls taken in April of 1983 showed Walter Mondale defeating Reagan, polls taken in the Spring of 1991 showed George H W Bush defeating anyone, and polls taken in early1995 showed Bill Clinton losing to any GOP candidate. So, polls of this sort mean little, right now. That being said…the GOP should worry about the lack of enthusiasm for their prospective candidates, because this is becoming a chronic Republican problem. In 2008 the GOP faithful showed little enthusiasm for John McCain, they showed only limited excitement for W (even though he twice won), and the Party people showed zero enthusiasm for Bob Dole. In short, the Republican Party seems to set itself to the Herculean task of convincing the nation to elect someone to the Presidency who they, themselves, do not like very much.


Brian Birdnow

Brian E. Birdnow is a historian and teaches at a university in the St. Louis area.