Obama can win because of GOP’s lunatic fringe

Why did Miss. Gov. Haley Barbour praise President Obama’s political skills on “Meet the Press” yesterday?

In a discussion about Obama’s reluctance to engage in the Wisconsin labor battle, Barbour said: “The president is one of the greatest politicians in the history of the United States.”

Even faint praise for the president seems odd from any Republican pondering a run for the Oval Office. Is this a sign that Barbour won’t run? Or is it an early attempt to build an excuse for the defeat Republicans fear they will face in 2012?

As Politico notes,

Just four months after posting historic election gains, Republicans are experiencing a reality check about 2012: President Barack Obama is going to be a lot tougher to defeat than he looked late last year.

Having gone from despondency in 2008 to euphoria last November, a more sober GOP is wincing in the light of day as they consider just how difficult unseating an incumbent president with a massive warchest is going to be, even with a still-dismal economy. . .

. .There is an unmistakable sense among Republicans that the breezy predictions of Obama turning out to be the next Jimmy Carter were premature.

Obama does have good political skills. He wouldn’t have been elected as the nation’s first black president if he didn’t. But if the president wins re-election during a year in which unemployment is expected to remain high, he’ll have a weak GOP presidential field — held hostage to its fanatics — to thank.

That’s what I said on the Chris Matthews show a week ago:

In the 1970s, the Democratic Party was widely believed to be held hostage to its fringe elements: black nationalists demanding reparations, peaceniks who saw no enemies that America didn’t create, feminists burning their bras and apologists for criminals. As a result, Democrats won the White House just once from 1968 until 1992. It took them more than a decade to shed their reputation for lunacy — deserved or not.

The Republicans are wandering in a similar wilderness, stalked by their lunatic fringe: birthers, nativists, Muslim-haters, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck fetishists. Let’s take a look at just one issue: immigration reform. No Republican can hope to win the GOP nomination unless he takes a no-holds-barred, foot-on-their-throats attitude toward illegal immigrants. Even Republicans who had previously supported the DREAM Act, which would allow a path to citizenship for fewer than a million law-abiding young adults, refused to vote for it in December.

As a result, the GOP has precious little support among Latino voters. From Politico:

“The electorate will look much different in 2012 than it did in 2010,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), who was a political operative for decades before coming to Congress. “It’s going to be younger, browner, and more to the left.”

The problem for Republicans is most acute among Hispanics, a pivotal bloc of the electorate in must-have Florida and the West.

“Republicans cannot afford to lose the Latino vote by 30%+ as they did in 2008,” read the slide headline on a 2012 polling presentation sent out last week by the GOP survey research firm Public Opinion Strategies.

Whit Ayres, a longtime GOP pollster with his own firm, said that the most discouraging piece of data for the party ahead of 2012 is the GOP’s difficulty with Hispanic voters.

“If we lose the fastest-growing, largest minority group like we lost them in 2008, it’s going to be pretty tough in places like Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Arizona,” observed Ayres.

It’s going to take the Republican Party a while to free itself from the clutches of its crazies and — barring a crisis that renders Obama unelectable — find its way back to the Oval Office.

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Good Grief

February 28th, 2011
7:52 am

CT wrote: “He wouldn’t have been elected as the nation’s first black president if he didn’t.”

But if you wrote that sentences as: “He wouldn’t have been elected president if he didn’t.” It still conveys the meaning, and it didn’t require mentioning his skin color.

I was under the impression that we were to consider people based on the content of their character, not on the color of their skin.

Just saying…

granny godzilla

February 28th, 2011
8:03 am

Actually Obama WILL win because he’s done a hell of a good job under some of the worst circumstances in history.

Oh and yes, the GOP bench is waaaaay light.

Peadawg

February 28th, 2011
8:07 am

All this talk about the crazies on the right…I think most on here would consider Cynthia one of the crazies on the left. :)

Happy Monday to everyone!

BTW, pause the video at 0:13-0:14. The lady in purple’s facial expression is hilarious!

JKL2

February 28th, 2011
8:12 am

-the Democratic Party was widely believed to be held hostage to its fringe elements: black nationalists demanding reparations, peaceniks who saw no enemies that America didn’t create, feminists burning their bras and apologists for criminals

The more times change, the more they stay the same…

godless heathen

February 28th, 2011
8:12 am

Obama can win because he’ll have a multi-billion dollar campaign war-chest, he can fly to all his campaign appearances on that big jet at taxpayer’s expense, and he’s a kinda likable guy.

JohnnyReb

February 28th, 2011
8:14 am

I fear for our Country if Ms Tucker is correct as that would mean the majority are “crazies.”

Aquagirl

February 28th, 2011
8:15 am

The Talk Radio crowd is such a closed system, they actually believe the reality constructed by Rush and his buddies is the real world. Kind of like those isolated mountain dwellers who think it’s normal to marry your siblings.

Dr. McFadden

February 28th, 2011
8:15 am

It will get down to the economy. And seeing the wrath this clown has brought to the US economy in the last two years, does anyone expect unemployment rate to drop to 5%. People want jobs, not empty promises. CT is too stupid and too full of hate to realize this. Didn’t you leave town? Stay away.

JohnnyReb

February 28th, 2011
8:16 am

BTW Ms Tucker, I suggest you reconsider future appearances on the Matthews show. Big mistake airing the Palin skit yesterday. Even the panel had an obvious change of composure afterward. Matthews falls into that “crazies” category you are pushing this morning, just on the other end of the spectrum.

JKL2

February 28th, 2011
8:17 am

granny- Oh and yes, the GOP bench is waaaaay light

You’re going to have to change your name to Bookman if you’re going to show faux concern like that.

lynnie gal

February 28th, 2011
8:18 am

The craziest GOPers are the ones watching Glen Beck and listening to Rush L. and believe everything Fox news tells them (or doesn’t tell them) without doing a cross check of other media. We didn’t have this kind of crazy, misinformed republican before Fox news came on the scene. Before that, you could actually carry out a rational discussion with republicans. Now, they just hurl hate and ignorance at you with no facts to back them up. I’d say, the fall of our Democracy is in part due to the Australian and Arab owners of Fox news. And yes, republicans–if you do a little research, you’ll see that your Fox is owned by “Foreigners”.

TC

February 28th, 2011
8:19 am

Good Grief! — You nailed that one exactly!. Typical CT bringing up the race issue when there isn’t one!

right on target

February 28th, 2011
8:21 am

i love the GOP economic approach – but their social platforms are oppressive and belie the “freedom” flag they supposedly fly.

i’d rather pay higher taxes and live as i want than to pay no taxes and have the morality police looking over me. sunday sales anyone?

atp

February 28th, 2011
8:22 am

I am a moderate conservative (fiscally conservative but socially liberal). There is a growing voice in the republican party for those like me. we want sensible immigration reform. We want to increase visa approvals to get good immigrant workers into this country while holding companies accountable for profiting from indentured servitude labor. We want our politicians to not be hypocrites. Do not argue on one side of your mouth that healthcare is unconstitutional while arguing on the other that gay people should not have the same rights as heterosexuals. We need to correct the wrongs of slavery still going on, but we need to do it with honesty and only based upon performance, not handouts. I am tired of people on the far right trying to make me believe that people on the left are lazy or unAmerican. Union workers are not evil but union leaders often go too far in trying to obtain power that the union workers suffer in job losses.

Keep up the good fight!

February 28th, 2011
8:22 am

“Crazies on the left”……. why that is just code words for the entire left. Do tell us Pea. Who is not a crazy on the left in the eyes of the Republicans? Every day this blog gets posts about anyone who does not “believe conservatism” is a left-wing crazy.

The simple facts are that there are good people on the right and left and in the center. The trouble today however is that the good people on the right have to be extreme and by appealing to the crazy base, they go off track. McCain, the maverick is not one of the most conservate in the Senate.

The good news is that Obama will be in for another 4 years and that there will be a big Dem swing back in 2012.

The Leg Lamp is a "major award" much like Cynthia Tucker's Pulitzer and Obama's Nobel

February 28th, 2011
8:22 am

“Obama can win because of GOP’s lunatic fringe”

Cynthia, you mean like the lunatic fringe in Wisconsin who parade around with posters like:

Hitler

Mussolini

Mubarek

Fascist

WTF?

Rape

Death

Lunatics like those? Oops, those were the left-leaning progressives from the “tolerance” and “inclusion” crowd.

granny godzilla

February 28th, 2011
8:22 am

JKL2

Faux concern? Alas wrong again.

Genuine recognition.

right on target

February 28th, 2011
8:23 am

and by the way – the economy is getting back on track, and things will be much better before november 2012.

it’s no wonder the GOP is trying to slash governmental budgets – that spending contributes to employment and ultimately the recovery. can’t have anything good happen under democratic administartion… nooooo that’s politically unsustainable

JKL2

February 28th, 2011
8:23 am

CT- no-holds-barred, foot-on-their-throats attitude toward illegal immigrants

Is this more of the “new civility” the left has been preaching?

Bob

February 28th, 2011
8:24 am

lynnie gal, the dem base was alive and well in Wisconsin with their trademark hey hey ho ho chants along with the hitler posters. People with nothing to offer trying to take more moeny from taxpayers that are tired of them.

worm

February 28th, 2011
8:24 am

Too bad you had to air your own clip in order for anyone to see it..Talk about lunatic fringe-You’re it girlfriend.

atp

February 28th, 2011
8:25 am

but, there will be no honest and open discourse until BOTH SIDE realize that the majority of Americans, the moderates, have allowed their country to be co-opted by the fringe right AND left. I do not like politicians that do not shut up and listen. I do not like politicians that do not sincerely hear the minority voters’ opinions (i do not mean black or white, I mean the party that lost the election). What kind of country do we live in when we change from one dictatorship to another every two years.

Keep up the good fight!

February 28th, 2011
8:26 am

Leg Lump…you mean like those protestors considered by the Governor in his plan to cause trouble and those sent by the Tea Partiers disguised as SEIU.

The Leg Lamp is a "major award" much like Cynthia Tucker's Pulitzer and Obama's Nobel

February 28th, 2011
8:26 am

Cynthia said ” He wouldn’t have been elected as the nation’s first black president if he didn’t.”

Since you want to bring up unnecessary minutiae and constantly introduce race into the equation, why not say “the nation’s first half-black president”?

Peadawg

February 28th, 2011
8:26 am

““Crazies on the left”……. why that is just code words for the entire left” – I never said that.

“Every day this blog gets posts about anyone who does not “believe conservatism” is a left-wing crazy.” – Ya and it also gets posts about anyone who does not “believe liberalism” is a racist bigot. My point was that there are crazies on both sides.

atp

February 28th, 2011
8:28 am

What is happening in our country, the mean spirited discourse, the hate and anger, the distrust, is exactly what George Washington railed against in his goodbye address after serving as president. He feared the formation of political parties. He was a pretty smart guy.

The Leg Lamp is a "major award" much like Cynthia Tucker's Pulitzer and Obama's Nobel

February 28th, 2011
8:28 am

Keep up the good fight!
February 28th, 2011
8:26 am

KUT GOOF,

No, I’m talking about those sensitive “it’s all about the children” progressives who initially stormed the state house with posters like:

Hitler

Mussolini

Mubarek

Fascist

WTF?

Rape

Death

I thought I was very clear about that in my first post, but I should have known you would have ignored it.

You are a piece of work, KUT GOOF.

MiltonMan

February 28th, 2011
8:29 am

Granny:

“Actually Obama WILL win because he’s done a hell of a good job under some of the worst circumstances in history.”

good job = almost 10% unemployment, $3.50 gas, deficit/debt at an all-time high, Afghan & Iraq wars still on-going, Gitmo still open, etc., etc.

Keep believing that your man is “the man”. At this point, I believe that Jimmy McMillan could beat Obama.

retired early

February 28th, 2011
8:29 am

The GOP Governor in Wi is another example of their radicalism. Union busting in the good old USA….what a mistake. Pre Tea Party, this does not happen.
Voters will be moved by this overreaction to a budget crisis and will favor the moderate Democrats in the next election cycle. Here again, they have misjudged the voters.

atp

February 28th, 2011
8:29 am

and cynthia, i have to say, you are one of those that continually stoke anger. you continually race bait when anyone disagrees with the President. We want disagreement, no, we NEED disagreement in America.

The Leg Lamp is a "major award" much like Cynthia Tucker's Pulitzer and Obama's Nobel

February 28th, 2011
8:29 am

worm
February 28th, 2011
8:24 am

“Too bad you had to air your own clip in order for anyone to see it”

Ha! Good point.

Jim Peterson

February 28th, 2011
8:29 am

Pretty bad when your so whacked out that common sense seems to be a “lunatic fringe”!

FL Alum

February 28th, 2011
8:30 am

Cross check other media? Are you nuts? You must mean the liberal media that Ms. Tucker represents. That media is a slanted as far left they come. At least Fox News shows both sides of an issue. As far as the next election is concerned; the republicans will need to gather forces. If they do not, you are right, Barry will be re-elected. We will also need a decent candidate which has not presented him/herself (Sarah Palin is not a good choice in my view – not smart enough). I do think that Ms. Tucker’s assumption that the republican’s won’t do what is needed is purely wishful thinking.

Keep up the good fight!

February 28th, 2011
8:31 am

Leg……so far you have yet to prove a single claim. But it is clear that the Governor wanted to send in troublemakers disguised as legitimate protestors and that there were others including a former disgraced tea party member who actually posted information and send emails to disguise themselves as SEIU members. Those are the facts.

JKL2

February 28th, 2011
8:31 am

keep- Crazies on the left”……. why that is just code words for the entire left

It’s kind of funny how those “fringe elements” who held the party hostage in the 70’s are the ones running the Democrat Party today, but somehow it’s the right you think has gone crazy.

Rafe Hollister

February 28th, 2011
8:32 am

This article used the race card and still has drawn only twelve comments. The AJC and Chris Matthews are obsolete. I doubt the AJC will survive long enough to report on the 2012 election.

MiltonMan

February 28th, 2011
8:33 am

lynnie gal = had her head stuck in the sand when Bush was president. The Dems were ripping Bush left & right – yet not a peep from you during that time?

You sound more like a brain-washed liberal.

MiltonMan

February 28th, 2011
8:34 am

Chris Matthews still on the air???

I thought the democrat Zell Miller took him out.

MiltonMan

February 28th, 2011
8:37 am

retired:

“Voters will be moved by this overreaction to a budget crisis and will favor the moderate Democrats in the next election cycle.:

Please, oh please, enlighten us with naming a couple of moderate democrats? Both parties have moved to the fringes not just the repubs.

Contractor

February 28th, 2011
8:37 am

Everything Obama has promised is still out there to be solved and left to the imagination. Unemployment, Healthcare is a mess, and his empty threats to the Middle East, now rising gas prices that 9% unemployment can’t afford, plus a lot of working Americans. If you consider that any easy victory, then I may get funding and run myself.

GEORGIA97

February 28th, 2011
8:37 am

Obama is no smarter than the teleprompter in front of him and Cynthia Tucker is suffering from another case of cranial rectal inversion.

kevinbgoode

February 28th, 2011
8:38 am

The GOP didn’t learn any lessons from the 2006 or the 2008 elections. As soon as they get their hands on power again, they go right back to their “winner-take-all” attitude and end up overreaching whether the American people are supporting them or not. Who do they have who is even remotely viable as a presidential candidate next year? Is there anyone on the Republican bench who hasn’t spent the last few years vilifying everyone else in the country but the ultra-rich?

kevinbgoode

February 28th, 2011
8:39 am

FL Alum sez: “Cross check other media? Are you nuts? You must mean the liberal media that Ms. Tucker represents. That media is a slanted as far left they come. At least Fox News shows both sides of an issue.”
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Clearly you have never studied media bias or agendasetting.

The Leg Lamp is a "major award" much like Cynthia Tucker's Pulitzer and Obama's Nobel

February 28th, 2011
8:39 am

I like this from the ultra-conservative Jon Stewart

“Stewart also had some criticism for the media’s reaction to the protests, particularly the comparison made by many news outlets that Wisconsin is similar to Egypt in its uprising. Stewart disagreed wholeheartedly:

“Is it the same as people in the Middle East overthrowing years of dictatorship?” Stewart asked. “Or is that just the last story you saw on the news?”"

That’s how the progressive “it’s all about the children” crowd was portrayed by the liberal media outlets. What a joke.

JackLeg

February 28th, 2011
8:39 am

The GOP has no clear winners, but as long as the GOP holds the house, and hopefully the senate then Obozo is neutered anyway, oh wait that has already happened…

GEORGIA97

February 28th, 2011
8:39 am

Let’s note forget, CT, that Obama’s mother is white. Since you played the race card I’m just stating the facts. Here it comes……..

gt

February 28th, 2011
8:40 am

Add the union support to the list of mounting support for O. The Tea Party was thought to be the grassroots boots on the ground that Joe Six-pack could get his arms around. The Tea Party is made up mostly of the babyboomers who want the government to leave them alone and in general have too much time on there hands. They became the bullies of Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck and quiet frankly down south and I’m sure in many red states it was not safe for a white man to get out of step with this crowd. The youth of America were too busy trying to make a living for their new families, and couldn’t relate to this full time lobby in the streets. There was also a religious element in the movement that made any resistance to it not only anti American but anti Christian. But as the Republicans try to dismantle the working class’s unions they also dismantle the jobs for young people. This will fuel the streets with a new kind of bully young and hungry. I am betting on the young and hungry over the old and bored in this next election. Obama sees this and understands it. It gave the Republicans enough rope to hand themselves and they are on the chair as we speak.

Keep up the good fight!

February 28th, 2011
8:40 am

Pea….I disagree. Not everyone who posts for the right is racists, there are many who are not. However, unless you are hiding under a rock, there is a great deal of racism directed at Ms. Tucker on this website daily by the right? Are you at least honest enough to admit that.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

February 28th, 2011
8:41 am

Good morning all. I suspect Chauncey could get the votes of everyone except those who:

(1) disliked the “stimulus/corporate slush fund for friends of Chauncey,” or
(2) disliked Obamacare, or
(3) thought the failure to lease oil beds to drillers was insane, or
(4) who remain involuntarily unemployed as a result of the administration’s anti-business agenda.

The crazies will alienate everyone else, i.e., the 25% of the population who are siphons on productive society.

KenDouglass

February 28th, 2011
8:41 am

We need another 4 years of Obama like we need another Dictator in the Middle East. Our country cannot stand another 4 years of his Socialistic policy. I for one say no to another term of Failed Socialism Policies.