With another round of GOP debates scheduled soon for the list of republican candidates hoping to win the nomination at the Republican convention next year in Tampa, the cream is starting to curdle a bit at the top.
Checking the eight major polls, FOX News, CNN/Opinion Research, Rassmussen Reports, USA Today/Gallup, McClatchy/Marist, Bloomberg, Reuters/Ipsos, and PPP (D), each of them give President Obama a win next November. The biggest loser against Obama, according to the polls would be Michele Bachman and the closest contender Mitt Romney.
No one has yet ruled out Sarah Palin or James “Chris” Christie, Governor of New Jersey, who may decide to enter the race. Neither of them would do well against Obama especially Ms. Palin given the poll numbers.
Given the terrible state of the economy it’s no wonder that Obama has received only 43% approval rating for his handling of the problems of unemployment, the growing national debt, and the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet, with all that negative baggage he still leads in most categories, especially being favored over most of the gaggle of GOP candidates.
The lack of job creation in this country over the past three years is going to be a major issue as the race for the White House enters the New Year. Obama has presented an outline for job creation with his America’ Jobs Plan with a price list of about $450 billion to the economy. Unfortunately Obama’s plan doesn’t deal with the real issues associated with employment in the U.S. and remains suspect. Obama’s plan targets getting 1.9 million jobs for the economy…that is simply not good enough.
The weak job solution plans presented thus far from the Republican side is even worse; they include the tired economic philosophy used by the right wing conservatives of not raising taxes, cutting back on regulation of big business along with elimination of climate control programs. As usual their idea of job creation is to benefit the wealthy and big business not to create good jobs.
The other major issue will be the national debt which is growing exponentially each and every day. With the bipartisan super committee working to provide solutions for the national debt and how much to cut back on government spending, their recommendations scheduled for next month will be fodder for both democrats and republicans.
In order for President Obama to lose next year, the economy will have to dip into another recession, his job plan proves insufficient to deal with the 26 million people in the country needing new jobs, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will flare up before we remove more troops, the sovereign debt crisis in some countries in Europe becomes even worse than it is today causing the major stock markets around the world to crash, and, if the International Monetary Fund is pressured to remove the dollar as the world’s trading unit and replacing it with another country’s monetary unit or one that the IMF creates next year which will change for a very long time how Americans pay for food, gas, travel, all.
The road to travel for both President Obama and the weak group of GOP contenders is fraught with land mines and rock slides as they move forward. It looks, at least at this time that President Obama will get to hold the presidency for four more years; he’ll be totally gray-headed by the end of the second term given the state of the nation and the world.
“A new poll showed that if the election was held today, people would be confused because it is normally held in November.” Kevin Nealon(b1953) Actor and Comedian