Barack Obama wants another four years as President.
Oh boy. Be still my heart. I haven’t been this excited about something since I jumped stark naked into a vat of ice-cold Franklin dimes.
Four more years of failed leadership, four more years of meandering from side to side like a rowboat in stormy waters, four more years of flawed policies.
Sadly, because the other side can’t get its act together and find a credible candidate, he will probably be around for four more years.
God help us.
A good candidate could take Obama out. A good candidate could appeal to all those independents who have abandoned Obama.
But the GOP, now infested with the Tea Party extremists, is doing its best to alienate those who are looking for somebody — anybody — to support instead of Obama.
Thanks to the public union busting stunts of Tea Party types like GOP Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, the cops, firefighters and first responders who flocked to the GOP after 9/11 are deserting the party of the elephant in droves. Even cops and first responders who don’t belong to a union support their brothers and sisters. That brotherhood is stronger than any political tie.
Suburban soccer moms who helped people people like Walker in office now regret their votes because he and others of his ilk attack the schools and threaten the education of their children.
And while the GOP flocks to the extreme edges of its party, it allows an opening for someone like Obama, who clearly doesn’t deserve a second term but probably will get it.
Obama’s Presidency is a failure on so many levels that it should be easy to defeat him next year but it will take a real candidate who can win, not some ideologue who can’t translate an over-zealous following into a serious political movement.
The Tea Party-backed field of candidates who swept to victory in 2010 are pushing too many extremes on Capitol Hill and support for them is dropping in poll after poll.
Palin is a joke. So is Bachmann. The field of potential GOP candidates is so pitiful that even the king of the comb-over — Donald Trump — is doing well in pre-election polls.
There’s little doubt that Democrats deserved to lose control of the House in 2010 and that fact alone gave the Tea Party-backed candidates an edge they would not have had in saner times. And like the Republicans who swept into power in 1994, those who won failed to realize that it was voter backlash against the other side — not an endorsement extremism — that gave them victories on election day.
So they came to Washington with fire in their eyes and started pushing their extremist issues. Now voters have buyer’s remorse. Even other Republicans wince at some of the actions of the newbees. GOP Senator Scott Brown of Massachussets calls some of the proposals of his party “nuts.” That’s putting it mildly.
The buyer’s remorse will turn many of the GOP freshman House members into one-termers, probably deny the GOP a chance to control the Senate, and give Obama another four years to screw up this country even more than he has now.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.