Emmett Tyrrell
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That seems to be how Obama and Biden got reelected. They had a miserable record, most notably in economics, but they segmented the population. They captured the vote of the unmarried women, who are not very happy. They won the vote of the young people, who will be paying for my entitlements for years to come and the entitlements of the poor and the not so poor. Most minorities voted for them. These voters, along with the Democratic majority -- often referred to in this column as the moron vote -- beat a Republican ticket with the demonstrated skill to right the economy and to guide the country through tricky foreign policy challenges, challenges that Obama-Biden have yet to meet.

So our gaffable president and vice president will flounder along for the rest of their terms, and Americans will hope and pray for the best. In the meantime, a news story is beginning to appear with telling regularity. It is the story that speculates on whom the Republicans and Democrats will nominate to represent them in 2016.

Starting around inauguration time Politico and the Wall Street Journal speculated on Joe Biden's candidacy -- ha, ha, ha. Also there were reports in the Washington Post, the Washington Times and the New York Times that Hillary's candidacy was practically invincible. Recall if you will 2008 when her candidacy was, with tedious regularity, referred to as "inevitable." Now she has added Benghazi to her record as the most unpopular and scandal-tainted first lady in history. That, with her age and questionable health, makes her candidacy very dubious. Then there are stories speculating on the Republicans. There is Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan. Now there is Jeb Bush.

All of these stories may be fanciful or they may be based on hard facts, but one thing is certain. Unless you are an angry woman, a clueless young person, or a representative of the moron vote, you have moved on from the election of 2012 and dearly want someone to lead us out of the soup.

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Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
 
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