The media is gearing up to full throttle to tease and manipulate the public again with the early favorites leading up to the 2012 presidential elections.
At the inception of the 2008 election season Illinois Senator Obama wasn't a blip or after thought in the minds of the American people as someone who had a snow ball's chance in purgatory of capturing the coveted prize of the White house. How shocked we all were when the final dust settled that indeed a new breed and untested brand of leadership would covet the most sought after prize in American politics. For that reason this election season is proving very, very interesting to watch.
We are already being told, as in early 2007, who to keep an eye out for during this next presidential election cycle: President Obama is starting his campaign well before anyone else; Hillary stating that she doesn't want to work under Obama anymore; Trump and his hair making presence known as a possible presidential candidate- a vehement birther, and a television star in desperate need of viewers, who still somehow, good or bad, resonates with the people.
Trump has garnered so much attention it makes me wonder whether Charlie Sheen will run as the “tiger blooded” presidential nominee for the Warlock Party. Who knows? Seriously people, it is way too early for any of this to be making headlines. There is so much wrong with the country that we should be more concerned with fixing the issues we have now instead of consuming ourselves with whoever will become the next Scape Goat of State.
Mark my words, the sudden exit of Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour from the Republican Presidential Nomination race will be followed by many more. The prospects will either bow out before they ever catch any fire (Rick Santorum), or they may never enter the race at all because of the writing on the wall (Michele Bachmann).
Put simply, these candidates lack the fire to stir mens souls. They can’t mobilize the voter base across the wide swath they know they’ll need to win the White House. It’s more than just the entire Republican “base”, more than even some disgruntled-out of work independent voters, and it’s certainly more than the Tea Party faction.
The winning Republican candidate will need all of these blocs, and then some. They will need to galvanize voters across party lines making sure the issues meaningful to the American people are accounted for. But can it be done? Of course! But I don’t believe that candidate has emerged.
Let us not be so short in memory that we forget the 2008 elections. By the media’s account the presidential race was to be a heated battle between Rudy Giuliani and Hilary Clinton, as if there were no other candidates. However, from the flanks rose our current Head of State, Barack Obama.
Even if the person who defeats President Obama is among the crowded field today in the form of a Romney, Daniels, or even a Pawlenty, the 2012 election won’t even be about them. I’m serious.
This race is all about the resurging Obama who has gained much political and global currency for planning the bold and audacious maneuvers that successfully killed the most wanted terrorist in the world, Osama Bin Laden . Before his presidency was revived in the last 48 hours he was seriously weak politically, and if current trends had continued, his brand and stock would have continuously fallen. Let us still remember that gas prices are $4/gallon We are faced with plummeting dollar? Borrowing 35 cents on every dollar we spend? That’s only the beginning folks. Unless this White House can build lasting momentum from killing Osama and put some significant punch back into this economy, Obama will lose the election. Remember, Americans have a short term memory for military success, especially when the economy continues it's downward spiral. Let's not forget the first Bush incredible ratings after desert storm, which dissipated and eventually Bush lost his reelection bid. For now this miraculous military victory has given our nation a much needed moral booster, for which the president can claim credit.
I’m not saying it won’t be a fistfight. It definitely will be. Obama’s campaign is gearing up for one helluva contest. Media buyers are already predicting this election cycle to tip the $2 billion scale in terms of ad buys and placements in the next 18 months. Yep, that’s “billion” with a “b.”
A GOP candidate will emerge, and he will be battle-hardened from a rigorous primary that will force him all over the Republican spectrum. You can bet on that. But the less this is about personalities and the more it’s about the direction of the country and the principles that the Obama White House has made clear it owns (larger government, paternalistic nannyism), then the more voters will be galvanized into sending a clear message.
And that is where I fear the Obama political team is tone deaf. Folks aren’t visiting town halls of Republicans to complain about draconian cuts. They’re coming to gripe the majority party isn’t cutting enough. The Democrats aren’t listening.
This is a seminal moment in our nation’s understanding of fiscal policy. Because of the Great Recession and the continuing mass foreclosures, the billions and trillions are starting to matter. The numbers are no longer "just on paper", meaningless terms hidden beneath legalese and technical jargon. They are real. The impact is tangible and plain to see, the fear is there and it’s palpable. Americans have watched their friends and families suffer the consequences of a Wall Street meltdown and are starting to sort out in their own minds what a bankrupt nation could mean to them and their futures.
When will this Administration grasp that? How many more houses must foreclose? How many more businesses must fail? How many more people must lose their livelihoods before someone on the President’s economic team realizes these policies are a joke? Something needs to be done, and it needs to be done right away.
19 months out is not the time to worry about who will rise up from among the GOP and assume his or her rightful place in the presidential pantheon, there’s plenty of time for that. If our country doesn’t get on the right track in very short order it will not even matter who is or is not our president. We will be fighting for our survival domestically in the United States and especially in terms of the global economy.
From my own perspective, I’m more interested in seeing how much farther down this road of disrepair the current administration will take us. Obama is his and this country's own worst enemy right now, and if the past is any indication of the future then Republicans would do well to get out of his way and let him continue to ruin himself.