Wednesday, May 23, 2012

President Struggles for Nomination in His Own Party

Just a few months ago who would have thought that President Barack Obama would be struggling to get his party's nomination? He was almost a guaranteed shoe-in with the Democratic Convention seen as nothing more then a formality. However, within just three months all that has changed.

First you have former President Bill Clinton being quoted by author Edward Klein for his new book. Clinton told Klein that Obama was a rank "amateur." Soon after this was released to the press Clinton supposedly called on his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to step down from her cabinet position and give the President a run for his money as a main contender for the Democratic nomination.

A few weeks ago, after North Carolina residents flatly rejected a same sex marriage ballot proposal by a huge 62% margin against, the President, under pressure from wealthy gay supporters, came out and publicly supported the ruling. This after Vice President Biden upstaged him by doing so days before him. The President's declaration of support went smack against thirty-two other States that have strongly voted against such a law, including the very left leaning State of California. The President found himself in the vicarious position of supporting a proposal that the majority of Americans have rejected, especially the independent and uncommitted voter that have shown themselves to also be against such a bill.

As a result of this awkward situation the President found himself almost losing the primaries in several southern States this past week. In Kentucky and Arkansas, admittedly right leaning States, the President barely eked out a win with a very small margin of lead. In Kentucky he almost lost out to Uncommitted on the ballot and in Arkansas a virtual unknown on the political scene by the name of John Wolfe racked-up forty-one percent of the vote.

What does all this really mean for the President? It tells him, those on his re-election campaign, in the Romney camp, and the rest of us that he is very vulnerable at this time. With the economy continuing to tank, unemployment still at well over 8% and showing no real signs of improving, his stance on same-sex marriage, his continued support for an unpopular health care plan, and rabid support of failed and bankrupt alternative energy sources while stifling domestic oil production causing gas prices to remain falsely inflated, the President is in real danger of losing his party's nomination, not to mention the general election should he prevail with the Democrats.

All this is good news for Mitt Romney, if, and only if, he knows how to take advantage of the situation - something the Governor has proven to be very effective at during his own primary campaign against fellow Republicans. What Romney needs to do is stay focused on the main issue - THE ECONOMY, and not allow himself or his campaign to get side-tracked with distractions like whose head did he shave as a kid, Bain Capital and other future side-show antics the Democrats are likely to try and distract the American voter with over the course of this electoral process. Since the President has no real positive record to run on for his first four years in office, except his getting Bin Laden to ground, then he must rely on tactics that try and force the voter to look the other way while he performs his political slight of hand. Even he knows that the "Blame Bush" card no longer flies with the independent and uncommitted voter. These last four years are his to own and even the most jaded supporter of the President's has to admit they have been hard and bleak years.

There is one thing that might save his Presidency for another four years. Dare I mention it? Replace Joe Biden on the ticket with Hillary Clinton. That would be that great slight of hand distraction that would assure him of another win. The only question would be - Is Hillary too much of a States-person to allow that to happen or is she just another political hack looking for a bigger payday? Right now America and the world needs the former.

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