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Obama should run scared

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published December 18, 2011

It is a political truism that there are only two ways to run for office: unopposed and scared. President Barack Obama is unopposed for the Democratic nomination in his bid for a second term next year. Given his weak poll numbers, he may have benefitted from a hard-hitting primary campaign.

Because the Republicans have a stout primary that has made the occupant of the White House their rallying cry, the electorate is being treated to a relentless attack on Obama. Pols show their message is resonating across the political spectrum.

The president should run scared in 2012. It's not only that the Republican nominee will enter the general election campaign with lots of momentum, but there's no guarantee that the traditional Democratic voters — white, non-college, blue collar — will turn out for him. Indeed, his campaign seems to have written off this segment, according to the New York Times.

A poll conducted by the Associated Press/GfK shows 52 percent of adults say the president should be voted out of office, while 43 percent say he should be re-elected.

It should come as no surprise that Obama's inability to put some life in the anemic economy, which has caused widespread unemployment, is at the heart of his high disapproval rating.

Predominantly Democratic regions like the Mahoning Valley face a major challenge next year.


1NoBS(2758 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I beg to differ - the Republicans have not had a "stout" primary - the Republican primary has been nothing short of a circus. Each week a new headliner/buffoon, making less sense than the last. The smart ones were the ones who dropped out early, avoiding this embarrassing nonsense.

At this point in time, it appears that the best the Republicans can do is two individuals who have both been the subject of "Anybody But XXX" Both Romney and Gingrich have been scorned and ignored in previous presidential bids. Neither has a chance. The sad thing is, they are the cream of the crop. That's disheartening, to say the least.

I've been saying it all along - the Republicans made the same mistakes, in their arrogance and their partisanship, that the Democrats were thrown out of office for making. Issue 2's defeat should have been a real wake-up for the Republicans. It wasn't. Partisan politics is still taking precedence over the problems this country is facing. The Republicans will be tossed out in large numbers, just like they were voted in. And for the same reasons, because they just don't get it.

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2captdinger(110 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

NoBS, what's your point. You sound just like the rest of vally-o-crates. No point, no data, don't know what you're talking about and on and on. falconeddy nailed it. You should see if he would let you be his apprentice.

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3northsideperson(366 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

At this point, I have little value for Obama (vs the other side) beyond potential Supreme Court (SCOTUS) and other federal court nominations.

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4georgejeanie(1487 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Anybody other than the messiah. This socialist gotta go. Spending more than you have just doesnt work ask members of the eurozone. And if the Republicans dont get this mess straitghned out then it is time for a third party or a revolt by the masses, because we are certainly headed for disaster as a nation.

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5Laker(21 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Georgejeanie could not compose one sentence in four attempts. Sad

Were you home schooled, George?

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6cambridge(4061 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I'm pretty sure that none of the above is still leading in the teabagger/republican primaries.

In 2010 teabaggers replaced mainstream republicans and Democrats in the mid-term elections. In 2012 Obama will win by a bigger margin in the popular vote and the mainstream republicans up for election will get beat out by Democrats gaining seats in the Senate and the House.

The teabagger/republicans are done in this country for being exposed for the jokes they are.

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7borylie(946 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Personal attacks is the best you can do? Like I asked you on another subject which you did nothing to contribute anything meaningful,are you trying to make yourself relevant by posting? If you're trying to be annoying like other dems/libs on here,there's already enough of your ilk.
Totally agree with you.

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8andersonathan(683 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Well One and done for Obama. He will be asking for about 1.2 trillion very soon and 2012 will become ugly and worse a do nothing government until change is taken place. The valley will hold 60% Democrat even in a revolution and you received your favor with the Williams move to DC. Other than that your over looked by both parties. So try a change and just vote out everyone roll the dice on someone new locally. Issue 2 was a big pill to swallow but Ohio is out of control to begin with. Face it we have become a unappeasable as a nation of people filled with greed and self.

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9rocky14(830 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Have any of you Repukes seen the latest polls?
As the jobs picture keeps getting better,Obama's numbers keep on rising.
Of course,with the clowns that are running against him,that can't hurt.

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10Fred(131 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Obama's reelection is a slam dunk. He has no viable opposition.

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112muchtax(895 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I voted for Obama, but he has done little to get jobs back in our country. Been sitting on the sidelines too much. I will be voting for a republican this time, this guy was a major disappointment! Laker it must be you, because the rest of us understood what georgejeanie was saying?

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12JBullfrog(21 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

The political climate is so toxic it doesn't matter who wins the election because as long as the opposite party is in control of the House or Senate they will make darn sure nothing gets done. What I really want to hear from the candidates is how they plan on getting through all the gridlock, political posturing, and finger pointing that is currently the norm in Washington.

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13Muskiemouth(17 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

"It should come as no surprise that Obama's inability to put some life in the anemic economy, which has caused widespread unemployment,..."

It is no surprise the economy is anemic, that's just what the Republicans worked for with their obstructionist tactics, throwing up roadblocks at every opportunity to lessen or forestall any good that the President tried to do for the country. In order that they could say what you and other Republican commentators are now saying, it's his fault. That obstructionism and it's outcome for the country is going to be hard to ignore this election season.

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14spenc083(7 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Am I truly reading this bull. You, your daddy, your granddad, or great grand...matter-a-fact, all of them together would take a minimum of 7 years to reverse what BUSH did in 8 years. You people actually think one man can create jobs in 3 years? Do you remember what decisions were made prior to BUSH leaving the WHITE house? Wake the hell up.
No one, I repeat, none of the current buffoons running for office will come close to Obama. These post are purely race based. If Obama was white he would be your next coming, just for getting Osama.

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15Education_Voter(1155 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

All the Republican primary has done is expose the weakness of the Republican field. Even George Will seems to have thrown in the towel, talking about this election being a time to define what the party means, rather than a time to win.

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