Obama almost 2-1 favorite to win re-election

Will President Obama win re-election in 2012?

Karl Rove concedes that his chances are pretty good. “I consider him a favorite, albeit a slight favorite,” Rove told Politico. “Republicans underestimate President Obama at their own peril.”

Mike Huckabee, a potential challenger, isn’t among those making that mistake.

“The people that are sitting around saying, ‘He’s definitely going to be a one-term president. It’s going to be easy to take him out,’ they’re obviously political illiterates – political idiots, let me be blunt,” he said.

That may explain why Huckabee and others haven’t been eager to jump into the race. I suspect they’re waiting to see how the coming budget confrontation plays out between Obama and Washington Republicans before making their final “go/no go” decision

At Intrade, “investors” can “invest” in markets trying to determine the chances that Arctic ice in 2011 will be greater than that in 2007 (43 percent), whether physicists will observe the elusive Higgs Boson particle by 2012 (12 percent) or whether the U.S. will adopt a VAT or sales tax this year (25 percent). The people willing to put their money on the line have made Obama almost a two-to-one favorite to win re-election.

intrade

(BTW, Sarah Palin is given a 7.4 percent chance of winning the GOP nomination, down from a peak of 28 percent; Herman Cain has a paltry 0.3 percent chance. But as the famous political prognosticator Lloyd Christmas would point out, Cain does have a chance.)

-- Jay Bookman

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Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

February 28th, 2011
8:30 am

Prepare for the onslaught!!!!!!

Maybe you should keep a separate count for how many times Obowo, Idiot Messiah, and Obumbler are posted on this thread. I’m willing to go 5-1 odds that Obama’s name is wrong more than it’s right on this thread. :)

stands for decibels

February 28th, 2011
8:31 am

Intrade is mostly just for fun this far out, but why not.

stands for decibels

February 28th, 2011
8:32 am

SoCo, I’ve got $500 says you’re wrong.

In the meantime:

Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama

Haywood Jablome

February 28th, 2011
8:34 am

But I was so enjoying the apoplectic absolutes that he is a one-termer.

Right. He’s a on-termer. And global warming is a conspiracy designed by the world’s scientists, Al Gore and environmentalists.

Bill Orvis White

February 28th, 2011
8:37 am

While I love Mr. Rove, I know that he’ll have egg on his face in November 2012. This “president” is by far the most incompetent “leader” in the history of the nation. The majority of the American electorate is learing this fact very fast. With the economy in the tank and continuing to slide, there is no doubt that WE THE PEOPLE will fire the “president.”

The greatest president ever: Lincoln. The greatest president in recent times: Ronald Wilson Reagan. The greatest president who made the best changes: Richard Milhous Nixon. The worst: Barack Hussein Obama. Close to the worst: Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Closer to the worst: President Wilson. Who could replace Barack Hussein Obama? The Honorable Herman Cain. If Herman cannot do it, then who’s next? I would pick the Honorable Speaker Gingrich. If Speaker Gingrich cannot do it, then I would pick the Honorable Governor Mitch Romney. I also heard great things about the Honorable Governor Daniels so he could be a big surprise. But, for now, Herman is the best candidate to take on Lil Hussein.

Amen,
Bill

md

February 28th, 2011
8:41 am

Of all the turmoil around the globe and within the US this is what we get?? Hypothethicals about an election in the distant future……….

Have fun ……….

carlosgvv

February 28th, 2011
8:41 am

I think Obama will be a one-term president because he appears to want to please everyone and winds up pleasing no one. However, the potential Republican candidates, so far, look even worse than him. So, our choices will probably be bad and worse.

Granny Godzilla

February 28th, 2011
8:45 am

Yes we can.

Again.

stands for decibels

February 28th, 2011
8:45 am

By some strange coincidence, I’d happened upon a hotair.com (!) link where commenters were arguing over intrade.com information that Nate Silver had repackaged. In that case, the topic was 2012 Republican Presidential candidates.

The little online fist-fights breaking out among the righties posting there were fairly mesmerizing and occasionally hilarious.

Here’s where you can join them in progress (so to speak—the link’s a few weeks old now)
http://hotair.com/archives/2011/02/05/the-galaxy-of-2012-gop-stars/comment-page-2/#comments

@@

February 28th, 2011
8:46 am

Huckabee said …they’re obviously political illiterates – political idiots… THAT!!??!!

I’ll agree with Rove. Huckabee’s never been a favorite of mine. An Obama win won’t be a problem as long as there are checks and balances. A GOP majority in the house will do just fine.

I watched a bit of Huckabee last night. He had a black minister and a Latino fella. Seems they’re a bit put out with Obama’s recent “stand” (if you can call it that) on DOMA. 82% of blacks want marriage defined in traditional terms (one man/one woman). Latinos favor it by 65%. Whites? 55%.

I was a bit surprised.

AmVet

February 28th, 2011
8:46 am

Re, Mr. Cain, if I recall correctly, that Godawful Pizza wasn’t even edible.

SoCo, I’ll take even odds on the prez being labeled socialist before this thread is though.

And great sarcasm, Bill. (I’m surprised Hoover, Harding and Flub-a-Dubya weren’t at the top of your list!)

And as carlos notes, almost overnight, the parties have switched roles. Now it is the cons who trot out endless laughable, unelectable opponents, while the door to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is wide open…

AmVet

February 28th, 2011
8:47 am

“…because he appears to want to please everyone…”

But I do think this sentiment is absolutely incorrect…

USinUK

February 28th, 2011
8:52 am

md – ever heard of Blogger? me, I prefer WordPress

either way, they’re both ready when you are

USinUK

February 28th, 2011
8:53 am

“he appears to want to please everyone and winds up pleasing no one”

what do you recommend? someone who only tries to please his base?

Normal

February 28th, 2011
8:53 am

BOW,
I don’t care what you think…phbbt

stands for decibels

February 28th, 2011
8:54 am

I was a bit surprised.

why? GOPers have been trying to peel of black and Hispanic voters by using this as a wedge issue for years now. Did it never occur to you why they would aim to do that?

JohnnyReb

February 28th, 2011
8:54 am

Almost any Republican with enough guts to call-out Obama on his record would win – IF – the electorate would listen. Therein lies the issue; the electorate does not listen. “Jay Walking” is a prime example of why there should be a test to pass before voting. Knowing that won’t ever happen, we are left with a process where the biggest bull $hiter gets the votes, and thus far Obama outpaces them all.

godless heathen

February 28th, 2011
8:55 am

Obama, like any incumbent, has many advantages in the election. The economy will continue to improve despite Obama’s best efforts to derail it. Health care reform measures, for the most part, convieniently don’t take effect until after the election. I sure wouldn’t bet against him being re-elected.

stands for decibels

February 28th, 2011
9:02 am

“Jay Walking” is a prime example of why there should be a test to pass before voting.

I’m not sure what this means.

I do hope, however, that you’re aware of the history of “literacy tests” applied in the past to disenfranchise voters. If you ever tried to impose any such thing today, no matter how neutral and unbiased you’d make the test, you’d never survive the court challenges.

Normal

February 28th, 2011
9:03 am

To me this is a classic case of the lesser evils. A vote for President Obama is definitely a vote for the lesser evil.

Bill Orvis White

February 28th, 2011
9:04 am

@AmVet — The Honorable President George Walker Bush will be appreciated in a few years when his library is built. People will attend the library in droves as they learn about the tough choices he had to make as commander-in-chief. No one has done more for the survival of Western civilization thatn GW Bush. He is a man of honor, character, decency, dignity and respect while Hussein Obama is the total opposite. Again, even the Libyan dictator knows that Hussein Obama is a Kenyan muslim anti-colonialist. If anyone wants to argue about where Hussein Obama was born, just ask, “Where’s the true longform birth certificate? What does Hussein Obama have to hide?” I’m totally serious. Some of you out there are laughing, but this is a matter of national security and it seems to me that so many of you have your heads in the sand!

Oh, I forgot to add Jimmah Carter in my list of the worst presidents. Who can ever forget that embarrassment — my bad. Most of our problems today can be traced back to Jimmah and then a few years later, Bubba. Jimmah created most of the economic mess for us while Bubbah Clinton let the jihadists run wild while his pants were down around his ankles.

Amen,
Bill

Normal

February 28th, 2011
9:04 am

But, I might consider Ron Paul…

carlosgvv

February 28th, 2011
9:05 am

USinUK

That is actually a quote from President Harry Truman about a politician of his day. Do you think you know more about politics than him?

Ragnar Danneskjöld

February 28th, 2011
9:08 am

Good morning all. Defeating a previously elected president is a rarity. Since 1888 it has happened three times (1912, 1980, 1992) and all three times there was a significant third-party candidate. Americans hate to admit that they made a big mistake. So unless we have high unemployment (ala 1992) or seemingly uncontrollable inflation (ala 1980), Chauncey could well be re-elected.

The most significant event that could defeat him would be if the Supreme Court ruled Obamacare “constitutional” – I suspect that the population, inflamed, would rise up to throw him out.

StJ

February 28th, 2011
9:09 am

“So, our choices will probably be bad and worse.”

It’s been that way for most of the elections in my lifetime. It’s just downhill from here.

Normal

February 28th, 2011
9:10 am

Oh yeah, President Bush’s Library. Titles like “See Dick Run”, “How to Start a War without Really Trying”, “How to Vacation Nearly Half of Your Terms and Get Away With It”, and “Yes I Screwed The Economy, So What”.

BOW WOW,
Just PHBBBTT!

@@

February 28th, 2011
9:11 am

John Stossel’s “Battle for the Future” is another series worth watching. This is Part 2 of a 6 part series.

If interested, you can catch the other parts by going to the right-hand margins.

John Stossel, Libertarian.

If you don’t take the time to watch, you either CAN’T or DON’T want to engage in the battle. You prefer surrender.

Just my opinion.

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

February 28th, 2011
9:11 am

I was a bit surprised.

I’m not. At least half of the Black community shares values consistent with the conservative part of America. What keeps Blacks from aligning themselves with the GOP is the fringe element that appears to dictate what goes on for the GOP. A moderate, conservative group would capture a good percentage of the Black vote with no problem.

“Jay Walking” is a prime example of why there should be a test to pass before voting.

Our country does not have a stellar record when it comes to testing for voting privileges. I wouldn’t want to see that enacted again. Keep in mind, the White population will not remain a majority, and what you do to curtail minority rights now could come back to bite you in the ass down the road.

Gotta run.. check back later, and dB.. QUIT STACKING THE DECK AGAINST ME!!!!!! :)

that’s cheatin’

Deep Throat

February 28th, 2011
9:17 am

Rag, we do have high unemployment, I say Oblamer (1) will go in 2012.

Del

February 28th, 2011
9:21 am

I think it would be a real stretch to anoint Obama a 2 to 1 favorite, given the mid-term election results, the Republican governor pick up in swing states, the Independent shift and the Democrats lost ground in purple states. I think Rove calls it right when he says that Obama is a slight favorite. He’s the incumbent and that would make him a slight favorite but by no means a shoe in. It will really depend on who gets the Republican nomination.

kayaker 71

February 28th, 2011
9:24 am

If the American electorate is stupid enough to elect this clown for a second term, then they deserve what they get. Let’s just hope that we keep a Repub Congress to keep him in check fiscally and perhaps a Repub Senate as a bonus. Then he will be properly neutered for the next four years. We have seen what happens with a Demo Congress and Bozo….. financial disaster. Also nice article about that idiot Tamera Cotman in the Atlanta school system. Seems like a typical Bozo voter. With people like this running things, how can we lose?

AmVet

February 28th, 2011
9:25 am

Again thanks for the sarcasm, Bill. (Honorable and Bush in the same sentence? That’s rich.)

I’m sure your grandkids are just gonna love his legacy. Borrow, borrow, borrow and spend, spend, spend. And then spend some more. And there’s that itsy bitsy little issue of how that dolt and his cast of cowards got 5,000+ GI’s KIA’d needlessly.

His first 100 days alone were a disgraceful debacle, and it only got MUCH, MUCH worse after that.

Arguably the worst in modern history, surpassing even Reagan’s thuggery and cluelessness, Nixon’s corruption and Carter’s ineffectiveness.

If that consummate failure, ever climbs out of the bottom 10 US Presidents, it will be a miracle.

And the GOP hasn’t had a competent prez since Ike.

Enjoy the education. (As if you’ll read any of it.)

http://www.publicintegrity.org/investigations/broken_government/articles/full_list/

USinUK

February 28th, 2011
9:29 am

“That is actually a quote from President Harry Truman about a politician of his day. Do you think you know more about politics than him?”

grammatically speaking, that should be “than he’?

and, yes, despite the fact that Obama has done things that have pi$$ed me off, he is the President of the ENTIRE country, not just of the people who voted for him. I expect him – and every politician – to act accordingly.

we’ve had enough polarizing politicians who vote with only their base in mind.

kayaker 71

February 28th, 2011
9:29 am

AmVet,

As long as we are trading president barbs, I would venture that the Demos haven’t had a competent president since Truman.

@@

February 28th, 2011
9:30 am

SoCo:

At least half of the Black community shares values consistent with the conservative part of America.

I agree with ^^^ that. This Pew poll was one of the more interesting I’ve seen.

I’m off to the market.

USinUK

February 28th, 2011
9:30 am

“Let’s just hope that we keep a Repub Congress to keep him in check fiscally ”

… and the hits just keep on comin …

you people who have absolutely NO memory of 2001-2006 crack me the eff up.

TnGelding

February 28th, 2011
9:32 am

I’d have to take that 2/1. I’m hoping he won’t run. He just doesn’t have the desire to boldly lead.

Midori

February 28th, 2011
9:33 am

Is Bill Orvis White a parody, like Redneck Convert?

That guy can’t be serious…..

USinUK

February 28th, 2011
9:34 am

midori – BOW : Redneck Convert as Sarah Palin: Margaret Thatcher (evil b that she was)

The Leg Lamp is a "major award".....

February 28th, 2011
9:36 am

The next POTUS election is still over 20 months away and Jay headlines an article “Obama almost 2-1 favorite to win re-election”

Oh brother! And if a frog had wings. No contender has stepped forward, but we’re touting the winner. Seems I remember McCain being in the lead until the stock market collapse. Had it been delayed by a few months McCain may have actually been elected, but that’s a “whole ‘nother story”.

Will I be shocked if Obama wins a 2nd term? No. But what a waste of time giving handicaps on the race.

AmVet

February 28th, 2011
9:37 am

Though no Washington, Jefferson or Lincoln, at least the Dems had Clinton.

Who towers over the clowns that preceded and followed him.

And unlike the Hero of the Texas Air National Guard, he actually knew how to *effectively* prosecute a military campaign without creating a booming business for American undertakers and grave diggers…

kayaker 71

February 28th, 2011
9:37 am

US in UK,

Things have changed. And to emphasize the point, perhaps a quote from across the pond would be more appropriate.

“I contend that a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself by the handle”.

Winston Churchill

TnGelding

February 28th, 2011
9:38 am

Just a reminder that 09/11 happened on Bush’s watch. He didn’t want to be bothered by swarming flies. When Clnton was swatting them the conservatives accused him of diversion.

TnGelding

February 28th, 2011
9:40 am

Nobody is trying to tax themselves into prosperity, but it would be nice if we paid the bills.

USinUK

February 28th, 2011
9:40 am

kayaker – for the party of “fiscal responsbility”, you guys sure do like to spend beyond your income – then whine about “the children” … Dems at least like to pay for what we spend

kayaker 71

February 28th, 2011
9:41 am

“Towers over the clowns that preceded and followed him”…..

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

USinUK

February 28th, 2011
9:41 am

TnG – 9:38 – TESTIFY!

Donovan

February 28th, 2011
9:42 am

Oh, please. Apparently, Bookman just got back from a weekend statregy session with Tucker on the same topic or he is light on his material on what to write for Monday. Anyway, when any rational person looks back upon the accomplishments of this inept president the track record is self-explanatory. Hmmm…let’s see. Unemployment still at a historic high, a national buget at a historic high, national debt at a historic high, a stimulus bill that was a non performing scam, a mid term election that was historic in Democrat defeat, government expansion to historic levels, government control of the private sector, out of control Democrat spending that has bankrupted this country, and a failed president that is out of his league. To those who say, “yes we can”, the duped American people are now saying, “no you won’t”.

AmVet

February 28th, 2011
9:43 am

I’m sure the chickenhawks in the Neo-Con Party are still distraught, that agianst their cowardly wishes, Clinton brought an end to that slaughterfest in Europe.

Just one more in an endless list of Republican disgraces…

kayaker 71

February 28th, 2011
9:44 am

US in UK,

“At least the dems like to pay for what we spend”…… Yeah, with other people’s money, lately, mostly coming from China, about 5T of which did not exist until Bozo and his gang took over. How soon you forget.

USinUK

February 28th, 2011
9:44 am

“Unemployment still at a historic high”

???

wtf?

hey. hyperbole boy, 9% /= 25%

but, nice try.

USinUK

February 28th, 2011
9:48 am

kayaker – 9:44 – when your boy W took office, debt / GDP was 56% … when he left, it was 83%

you want to pretend that the deficit only increases under the Dems, then fine – that doesn’t mean you’re right.

MiltonMan

February 28th, 2011
9:48 am

Jay – you are right on. I have already got my bumper sticker in hand:

“Obama – Friend of Gaddafi; friend of mine”

Eric

February 28th, 2011
9:48 am

While I sure don’t agree with the President on every issue, he’s far and away better than anything put forth by the republicans since Eisenhauer. Bush Sr was the best R since then and all the others have been disasters. Reagan was awful at best. Dubya was a moron. Nixon was smart, but his paranoia made him nuts. Ford was okay, but was only around for a short time. I don’t see a single R in the current crop that I’d even consider. President Obama will win a second term going away. War Damn Eagle!

Dave R.

February 28th, 2011
9:50 am

Today’s column is proof positive that Bokman and Tucker get together each week before writing word one . . . :)

cosby smith

February 28th, 2011
9:50 am

Licking you chops, right Jay. And you are probably correct..but it is a s shame the press supports one who has dictator asperations, ignores the law and the constitution and has no clue on froeign policy. but, the way this world is going, who knows what it will be like in 2012. But the press will still be kissing Obama regardless!!

USinUK

February 28th, 2011
9:50 am

““Obama – Friend of Gaddafi; friend of mine””

:roll:

oh, the drama!

Steve

February 28th, 2011
9:51 am

Great commercial for Obama…Jay.

Obama is not getting my vote…he is still inexperienced (obviously)…and after he said “Republicans can come along for the ride…but you gotta be in the back seat”…that was the end of him…not to mention 10% unemployment…$3.50 gas…his lack of respect for law(DOMA)…his slamming healthcare down our throats despite 60% not wanting it…his inability to say “NO” to spending …his lack of experience in foreign affairs…his philosophy to get re-elected being a higher priority than the good of the US…his meddling in state affairs…his position on illegal immigration…etc.

kayaker 71

February 28th, 2011
9:51 am

US in UK,

Bozo conveniently loped off about 2M of those on the unemployment roles as those “who had just given up looking”, to get his magic 9%. He is still about a percent shy of what he needs. Who knows what kind of ploy he will come up with next to spin the numbers. There has never been a sitting president who was re-elected with unemployment above 8%. Perhaps Bozo will break new ground. BTW, while you have been across the pond, we still have one in ten houses that are vacant, foreclosures at an all time high and that pesky 9% just won’t seem to go down, no matter how much of other people’s money that we throw at it.

retired early

February 28th, 2011
9:51 am

Bill Orvis White

There is no GOD. When you die…it is OVER. Quit wasting your life following a fictional hero who promises to let you… live forever if you just “believe”…and give money.
Your kind has permeated politics to the detriment of middle class American. Party over Country.
Anti abortion and anti Gay rights is all you care about…this country could go bankrupt tomorrow and you wouldn’t care…as long as you are in control… with your religious agenda. Carl Rowe, whom you say you “love” played your kind like a ‘fiddle’ to get Bush elected…twice.
Now, do us all a favor …and just “go away……”

TnGelding

February 28th, 2011
9:52 am

China owns about 7% of our debt. If the filthy rich would step up to the plate they wouldn’t hold that. 4T of that 5T belongs to ‘43′ who doubled the debt. Come back when Obama doubles it. And Bush submitted the first 2T budget, followed by the first 3T one. The first 1T one falls on the shoulders of the one that turned us into the biggest debtor nation in the world from the biggest creditor nation, Ronald Wilson Reagan.

Normal

February 28th, 2011
9:52 am

AmVet,
Did you see this? One of the scum sucking Dodgers, I did admire is in the old ball field of dreams…

http://www.comcast.net/articles/sports-mlb/20110227/Obit-Snider/

USinUK

February 28th, 2011
9:52 am

kayaker – the method of counting unemployment hasn’t changed in more than 20 years – the BLS under Obama is doing the count the same way they did during Bush

jconservative

February 28th, 2011
9:53 am

Interesting debate.

Bill Orvis – “This “president” is by far the most incompetent “leader” in the history of the nation.”

But that has nothing to do with his ability to marshall a majority in the Electoral College. The following presidents knowingly, on purpose, signed huge deficit spending bills into law and were re-elected: Reagan, Clinton and Bush 43. The voters believed those 3 presidents were doing the right thing by “giving away the store”. So they were re-elected. The mind of the American voter is elusive.

Ragnar – “The most significant event that could defeat him would be if the Supreme Court ruled Obamacare “constitutional” – I suspect that the population, inflamed, would rise up to throw him out.”

I would disagree. The heart of Obamacare does not go into effect until 2014, well after the election. Voters have always had a difficult time getting their arms around something as nebulous as a bill set to go into effect in 25 months. History shows that the American voter rarely looks in to the future past tomorrow and rarely looks into the past beyond yesterday.

I agree with Ragnar’s assesment of the recent historical evidence that points to an Obama re-election. In 2008 Obama received 146 electoral votes from states he carried by 60% of the popular vote (McCain only 28 in same formula). All Obama needs is those “safe” 146 electoral votes and 123 more and he is re-elected with the 269 votes needed. Remember, Obama received 365 electoral votes in 2008, 96 more than the needed amount.

But 19 months is an eternity in politics. My recomendation is to keep your money in your pocket for at least another year.

Bosch

February 28th, 2011
9:53 am

I loved hearing Boehner this morning talking about how we have a moral obligation to tackle the deficit — but not by raising taxes — just by cutting spending — anyone knows that will not work in this environment.

But as a side note, let’s raise taxes on haircuts and oil changes — yeah, that’ll work. :roll:

Boehner in charge is only going to make Obama look good.

I see now where he’s pushing back “the shutdown” for a couple more weeks — hopefully my son’s passport will get processed before then.

The Leg Lamp is a "major award".....

February 28th, 2011
9:53 am

TnGelding
February 28th, 2011
9:38 am

Oh brother, the blame game. Yes, 9/11 happened within months of W taking office, but to try to blame him for that tragedy is shameful. Why not go ahead and blame Clinton for the 1993 garage bombing at the towers? That should have been a warning for what was to come. But no, let’s go ahead and blame everyone else for the ship sinking and remain on board for the ride down.

retired early

February 28th, 2011
9:54 am

Eric
“War Damn Eagle”
Congrads on that NC….
Also, Good points…

TnGelding

February 28th, 2011
9:55 am

Even if there is no afterlife, Chrisitianity has its rewards. Hats off to all you “good” Christians.

USinUK

February 28th, 2011
9:55 am

bosch – as I said last week, cutting spending has done wonders for the UK economy – in fact, the 2nd GDP estimates showed a contraction that was worse than previously thought.

but, other than that … yeah, spending cuts are grrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat!

joe

February 28th, 2011
9:55 am

Bookman, did you steal this post from CT, or did she steal it from you? Either way, you’re both off your rocker. BO is toast.

USinUK

February 28th, 2011
9:56 am

TnG – 9:55 – casseroles?

AmVet

February 28th, 2011
9:57 am

I did see that Normal.

The Duke of Flatbush is gone.

Speaking of our national pastime, what a shame the colluding clods that own those teams didn’t elect the Rogue Cowboy as commissioner. Sure he would have screwed up the game even further, but think how the nation would have benefited with him never having made it to Washington DC!

Where is that time machine when we need it?!

TnGelding

February 28th, 2011
9:58 am

I wasn’t blaming Bush, just deflecting blame from Clinton. But it would have been nice if he’d notified the FAA of the increased risk so it might have notified the airlines. The airlines are the ones that dropped the balll after several of the perps had been flagged by the computer.

Normal

February 28th, 2011
9:59 am

Bush as Comish? Would our National Past Time become…wait for it… “The Bush League?”

TnGelding

February 28th, 2011
10:00 am

Casseroles, too!

Bosch

February 28th, 2011
10:01 am

USinUK,

Talk is one thing, but actually doing is another — I think “cutting spending” while the new catch phrase of the decade has caught on in all it’s hipness — the reality is, what that means is cutting jobs.

Crenshaw8

February 28th, 2011
10:01 am

When Obama let the extreme left (see Pelosi/Reid) lead through his first two years, he lost the majority of Americans. We remain skeptical at best. He is more than a shill for the left. He is an avowed leftist and we now know it.

retired early

February 28th, 2011
10:02 am

Bosch

Good morning…
I have to laugh when Boehner uses the term “Moral values”.
I guess he is good at compartmentalizing his life…Having two mistresses=OK….

stands for decibels

February 28th, 2011
10:02 am

cutting spending has done wonders for the UK economy

Austerity in a time of high unemployment is stupid.

And back to our side of the pond, I don’t know why Obama can’t just have his guys say this about twenty times a day to anyone with a microphone until we’ve all got it figured out.

The Leg Lamp is a "major award".....

February 28th, 2011
10:03 am

Bosch
February 28th, 2011
10:01 am

Yes, “cutting spending” does seem to be the hip new catch phrase in 2011. Much like “hope and change” was in 2008.

TnGelding

February 28th, 2011
10:04 am

The job cuts can be held to a minimum if the spending cuts are made carefully. Clinton cut $250 billion AND raised taxes and the economy grew. Granted, probably not as much as it otherwise would have but the deficit came down.

The Leg Lamp is a "major award".....

February 28th, 2011
10:04 am

retired early
February 28th, 2011
10:02 am

Would you have preferred him to mention “two Americas”, or will you leave that to Edwards?

stands for decibels

February 28th, 2011
10:06 am

Bush as Comish? Would our National Past Time become…wait for it… “The Bush League?”

For the record, I actually agreed with GW Bush that expanding the playoffs to include wildcard teams was a mistake, at the time. I’ve come to live with the expanded format (who hasn’t?), but in retrospect, I think he would’ve made a decent Commissioner.

TnGelding

February 28th, 2011
10:06 am

My hope has changed to despair! Just kidding. Look on the bright side, our economy still supports over 130 million jobs.

The Leg Lamp is a "major award".....

February 28th, 2011
10:06 am

retired early

By the way, did you have time to digest the information about unemployment in the link I provided in an earlier post? Care to talk to me again about how unemployment has fallen under Obama?

jj

February 28th, 2011
10:07 am

The smart Repubs will just stand in front of a rolling photo show of OB hugging Mubarak, Khadafy, Chevez…..etc. They won’t even have to say anything as a picture speaks a thousand words.

The Leg Lamp is a "major award".....

February 28th, 2011
10:07 am

stands for decibels
February 28th, 2011
10:06 am

Same here. I don’t like the wildcard, and I still struggle with the designated hitter. I’m waaaaay old school when it comes to baseball.

TnGelding

February 28th, 2011
10:08 am

Would you dispute the 130 million jobs? It doesn’t matter what the unemployment number is when you consider that.

USinUK

February 28th, 2011
10:09 am

TnG – “Clinton cut $250 billion AND raised taxes and the economy grew”

because of a little thing called the Intertubes. dot-com companies sprang up like mushrooms after a summer storm …

… I can’t think of any industry that could fuel the economy right now – can you?

Normal

February 28th, 2011
10:09 am

Stands,
Well, he had to be good a something… :D

Fred

February 28th, 2011
10:10 am

Our President hasn’t done anything that would make make me hesitant about voting for him again. More importantly though, I haven’t seen a potential Republican candidate that I would even remotely think about supporting. But who knows, maybe the pubs will find SOMEONE who doesn’t have their head up their own ass to run this time. i doubt it though……….

The Leg Lamp is a "major award".....

February 28th, 2011
10:11 am

TnGelding
February 28th, 2011
10:08 am

Are you addressing that to me? Anyway, my point was that “retired early” was posting the Democrat talking points about how unemployment decreased under Obama. He cited google as his source. I went to google and found the chart from the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics and saw where it has actually risen under Obama. Granted, he inherited a mess, but to continue to spew the message that he has lowered unemployment is just plain ignorant or stupid, whatever the case may be.

harvey

February 28th, 2011
10:11 am

This doesn’t say much for Americans ability to learn. Obama is a train wreck, a total empty suit, a narcissistic pansy who doesn’t seem to have any opinion other than take money from the person who worked for it, and give it to my constituency–the unions, the uneducated, the fat, boring and lazy.

TnGelding

February 28th, 2011
10:12 am

Well, going green has turned out to be a pipe dream, so far. What about bounty hunting? Round up all the illegal aliens and others committing waste, fraud and abuse. Not to mention down right criminals.

kayaker 71

February 28th, 2011
10:12 am

It seems that every time we raise taxes, there is some pressing crucial need to fix an immediate problem, but when the problem is solved and the economy perks up, those that make decisions never seen to lower those same taxes back to pre crisis levels. Just more of other people’s money to spend. We are up to 42% of spending/GDP now. The only time in our history that this ratio was greater was when we were fighting WWII, at about 51% but quickly came down following the war. We have been on a steady upward path of increasing this ration since 1950. We work now until mid April to pay our taxes. Soon it will be May, then June if this crazy upward spiral continues. Doesn’t that concern you tax and spenders or do we just leave that to the next generation?

MiltonMan

February 28th, 2011
10:13 am

TnGelding:

“It doesn’t matter what the unemployment number is when you consider that.”

Why don’t you ask the folks who are unemployed if it doesn’t matter.

stands for decibels

February 28th, 2011
10:13 am

The smart Repubs will just stand in front of a rolling photo show of OB hugging Mubarak

Fine with me, just as long as they don’t run any footage of Obama hugging Tom Coburn. That always gives me the willies.

MiltonMan

February 28th, 2011
10:14 am

Even if Gaddafi’s friend Obama wins in 2012, he will probably have to deal with a house & senate controlled by republicans who are still riding in the back of the bus.

TnGelding

February 28th, 2011
10:15 am

The Leg Lamp is a “major award”…..

February 28th, 2011
10:11 am

You and anyone else wanting to comment. Thanks for the clarification. Suffice to say there are too many unemployed as corporate America sits on trillions in cash and the feds run up trillions in debt.

Jimmy62

February 28th, 2011
10:15 am

Interesting. I wonder if the GOP attacked him like the Dems attacked Bush for 8 years if it would be different?

And yes, I know he gets attacked by the GOP plenty, but nothing like the Dems attacked Bush for 8 years. I haven’t seen Obama assasination fantasies on national television like the Bush assasination fantasies we got when he was in office. Despite the holier than thou attitudes of the left, the attacks on Obama aren’t even close to the kind of rhetoric directed at Bush.