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At Fourth of July lull, a close Presidential race with no clear front-runner

By Capitol Hill Blue
July 3, 2012

President Barack Obama: Now what?

As America heads into a hot and humid Fourth of July, the Presidential race so tight that neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney can be declared a front-runner and voters see little reason for enthusiasm for either candidate.

Polls show voters on both sides of the political sense lukewarm towards the incumbent President and his presumptive GOP challenger.

“Neither has an energetic base,” grumbles on Democratic consultant.

Democrats privately worry about the lack of energy for Obama.  Gone is the widespread enthusiasm that swept him into office in 2008.  Americans, weary from a stagnant economy is continued high levels of unemployment, appear to want change but they are not sure Romney offers the change they need.

If a new jobs report due out Friday shows more bad numbers it could cause more problems for Obama, who is trailing Romney in fundraising and suffering in job approval ratings.

However, a Democratic ad blitz attacking Romney’s record at Bain Capital and accusing him of sending jobs overseas appears to have hurt the GOP candidate with voters in states where unemployment numbers are high.

On Wednesday, American take a holiday to celebrate the Fourth of July.

But many wonder if they have anything to celebrate.

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7 Responses to At Fourth of July lull, a close Presidential race with no clear front-runner

  1. Jim B.

    July 3, 2012 at 11:44 am

    RE: the above quote: “…attacking Romney’s record at Bain Capital and accusing him of sending jobs overseas appears to have hurt the GOP candidate…” This could be a bit of an Achille’s heel for the Rom, because there are millions of people affected by outsourcing and off-shoring in this country. If Obama’s team keeps on pounding away on this issue, the Rom may end up limping and teetering.

    Even Doonesbury has focused on this lately:

    http://doonesbury.slate.com/strip/archive/2012/7/2
    http://doonesbury.slate.com/strip/archive/2012/7/3

  2. woody188

    July 3, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    July 4th we celebrate not the founding of a federal government, but our independence from tyranny with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. While that message has been suppressed and diluted in parades, beer, and fireworks, never forget those that risked and lost everything so that we may be free and independent states from King George III. Remember the 13 that came together to fight as one, so that they may rule locally over their own, and not the leviathan that is our federal government today, out of touch with voters and forcing fascist imperialist (globalism) upon us all.

    As the death drones fly overhead and we wait in line for our next body cavity search, remember our brave ancestors and regain the fire in your bellies to be free again. As our forebears have shown us, we need only want it bad enough to take it back.

  3. Bill Cravener

    July 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    “As the death drones fly overhead and we wait in line for our next body cavity search, remember our brave ancestors and regain the fire in your bellies to be free again.”

    Of course how could our founding fathers have ever imagined, Nuclear Bombs, Semtex, C4, RDX, PETN, TNT, Common Fertilizer used as a base for deadly bombs, Dynamite, Dirty Bio Bombs, Pipe Bombs, Molotov Cocktails, Drones, Anthrax and other Bio-agents, Commercial aircraft as weapons, just to name a few of the many ways in the 21st century to kill the masses.

    What freedoms would we have lost if they at that time had to deal with such horrors?

    • woody188

      July 5, 2012 at 9:51 am

      Typical apologist. The true test of our laws isn’t adhering to them during the good times, but during the bad. Technological advancement isn’t a good reason to abandon common (sense) law.

      • Bill Cravener

        July 5, 2012 at 11:50 am

        “Typical apologist.”

        Fine! But you did not answer the question: What freedoms would we have lost if they (our founding fathers) at that time had to deal with such horrors?

        • woody188

          July 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm

          They did deal with such horrors. Do you think they waited while everyone left before razing a town with torches? Cannons and flintlocks were among the horrors of that time. Our species has always excelled at finding more efficient ways of slaughtering each other. This doesn’t mean we have to give up our fundamental rights as humans. Your question is moot. No rights need be sacrificed under the guise of safety because the truth is you can never be entirely safe but you can be entirely enslaved.

  4. Alex

    July 5, 2012 at 8:40 am

    The clear frontrunner is Obama. The polls are very similar to Obama/McCain in July of 2008.