Archive for ‘Barack Obama’

September 14, 2012

Gov. Romney, quit your campaign. Instead, apply for the job.

Contributed by Shell Suber 

Governor Romney, quit now. End your campaign today. You’re a smart guy. You can read a poll and you know when a political campaign over. At this point even a huge crisis (Eurozone / Middle East) probably will not change things by Election Day. This political campaign is over.

Just as well because – let’s be honest – you are not a professional politician like your opponent. You’ve been good enough to get this far but now you are up against a career professional – something you are not. You are a businessman. In fact, you are a legendary businessman. So stop running a political campaign and start applying for the job as Chief Executive of the US Government.

This isn’t a political campaign. It’s a job interview. Stop giving the same tired political stump speech over and over – changing a line here and there to fit that day’s news cycle. Change everything. You are one of the world’s most accomplished CEOs and you are addressing the shareholders of the largest company in the world. Convince them to hire you. Sell them on why they must hire you before it’s too late.

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June 18, 2012

Odds making and voting blocs

 Contributed by Shell Suber

If you read my occasional political posts, you know that despite being a dedicated Republican political hack, I only give Romney about a 2-in-5 chance of unseating the President. Not that I think Romney wasn’t the best choice for the GOP (he was and is), but because defeating a sitting president is about as rare and difficult a thing as any in American politics. Had it not been for the post-Watergate election of ’76 and the GOP-splitting Perot revolt of ’92, only one president would have been fired since WWII.

So when fellow politico Grace Rentiers directed my attention to this column by Wayne Allyn Root, I found his predictions a bit overly optimistic. “Why Obama Will Lose in a Landslide” – Wayne Allyn Root, 5/30/12 Still, Root, a libertarian who dislikes Obama intensely, makes some very good observations I agree with – and a some I don’t. NOTE: Read Root’s piece first, then return for my observations about his predictions below.

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March 13, 2012

Debate is not Spelled D-i-s-t-o-r-t-i-o-n

Contributed by Terry Munson

In her book Wild Swans, author Jung Chang says that “Self-deception while deceiving others gripped the nation…The whole nation slid into doublespeak.” Although she was writing about China’s disastrous Great Leap Forward in the 1950’s, her words struck me as eerily relevant to America’s current political conversation.  While President Obama publicly stresses his determination to avert a nuclear Iran, Mitt Romney distorts that message by telling his listeners that the President is ignoring the subject.  As President Obama urges young Americans to take advantage of the vast array of educational opportunities available after high school, Rick Santorum spins that advice by calling him an ‘elitist’ for wanting everyone to go to college.  Newt Gingrich, meanwhile, hopes to become president by deceiving the public about the achievability of $2.50 per gallon gasoline. All the candidates repeatedly invoke code words to remind devotees that the president is black.  Their oft-repeated defense is to claim, in the next news cycle, that they were misinterpreted.

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June 23, 2011

Three Primary Strategies for GOP in 2012

Contributed by Shell Suber

There are three competing political strategies at work in this primary:

1. RUN HARD RIGHT AND WIN: Supporters of this strategy would have the GOP nominate a far right candidate as a winning strategy. “Make the difference between us and them stark and unapologetic. Voters will be impressed and reward the straightforward honesty.”

2. RUN HARD RIGHT AND ‘LOSE WITH HONOR’: Some suggest the GOP nominate a far right candidate to make a meaningful ideological impression on the electorate about the integrity of the conservative movement. “Why not make a statement since, historically speaking, we are unlikely to win in any case.”

3. RUN MIDDLE AND TRY TO WIN: Some suggest the GOP nominate a more electable (moderate) candidate and give themselves the best chance to win should the incumbent trip up.

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March 15, 2011

GOP ’12 Top Ten: Ides of March

Contributed by Shell Suber

‘Beware the Ides of March’ warns Shakespeare’s soothsayer in Julius Caesar. Two millennia and fifty-five years later, the oracle extends that warning to those giving thought to the Republican Party’s nomination in 2012: If you are running, you can wait no longer… er, but don’t be first.

My March version of GOP ’12 Top 10 features a lot of turn-over indicating this campaign may finally be underway.

(#) = Previous rank

1. Mike Huckabee (2) – Recent polls have the affable, TV-friendly reverend slightly ahead of Romney with likely GOP voters. But will our new #1 even run?

2. Mitt Romney (1) – Still has the cash and the caché, but polls of likely GOP voters seem to indicate his greatest strength was that he was seen as the frontrunner… not the enthusiasm that carries the day. Just ask Bob Dole, John Kerry, Walter Mondale, etc. Drops to #2, which might be a better spot come to think of it. 

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December 8, 2010

Is Obama on the Carter trajectory?

Contributed by Shell Suber

Opponents looking to challenge first-term presidents are acutely aware defeat is the likely outcome of their efforts. After all, since World War II, America has fired only two presidents after one term. (Ford, who was never elected President or Vice President, does not really count against that statistic.)

That being said, if you study the conditions needed to create that rare political “perfect storm” necessary to unseat a president, you have to conclude that 2012 is shaping up to be – potentially at least – just such a storm. For best results, compare Jimmy Carter’s one-and-done presidency to Barak Obama’s first two years. 

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November 15, 2010

We can all learn from George W. Bush

Contributed by Brian E. Fisher

In today’s political climate, both Democrats and Republicans are quick to point out how the other party is ruining this country.  Even our current President, until the recent shift in power in the House of Representatives, has been quick to point out the flaws of the prior administration.  Then former President George W. Bush started making the talk show rounds in preparation of the release of his new book, which I feel is a must read.  However, listening to him explain the reasons behind his “Katrina Debacle” and his “mishandling of the financial crisis” has been interesting but not what got my attention.   What has been the most impressive of all his interviews has been his reasoning for why we have not heard a word from him over the last 22 months.

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November 6, 2010

Dems learn nothing from election

Contributed by Warren Mowry

I had the opportunity to appear on a Greenville television station on Election Night and the Morning After to discuss races, results, and repercussions.  Needless to say, it was far more fun to be a Republican than a Democrat on Tuesday.

Save for the early heartburn over early returns in the Governor’s race (a case of Democrat strongholds reporting before the Republican ones did), it was a night to watch and wonder as one race after another, at home and across the country, broke the GOP way. 

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November 3, 2010

Now what?

Contributed by Bob Edens

Last night was a historic election in so many ways. The first African American Republican was elected to the US house. Another one from Florida. 2 Republican women won governships. NC went GOP for the first time since 1870. 239 seats were won by the GOP. Not since 1932 has any party won so many seats. The Senate got closer. It looks like it’ll be 52-48. IN SC 14 term Dem John Spratt was defeated. 5 of the 6 house seats are now Republican.

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October 11, 2010

I say it here, and it comes out there.

Contributed by Warren Mowry

Does anyone remember the 1987 movie “Broadcast News,” the rather entertaining movie starring William Hurt, Holly Hunter, and Albert Brooks?  For those unfamiliar, it dealt with the interrelationships among various employees of a failing mainstream media news network.  In one particularly provocative scene, Brooks’ character, a smart, clever, but ultimately obnoxious reporter, feeds information over the phone to Hurt’s character, a vapid pretty-boy news anchor.  As he watches the anchor parrot the information on the air (and look great doing it), Brooks’ character recites the immortal lines, “I say it here, and it comes out there.”

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