O Lucky Man!
Nothing can be unsaid, so here it is: this is a parody. If you must, read the original here.
While Obama has dug himself a bit of a hole (an executive branch facing an enduring crisis of competency, confidence, job uncreation, unemployment, regulatory strangulation, foreign policy, deficit spending, and more) that doesn’t mean all is lost. Far from it.
President Obama’s unfavorable rating of 50 percent may be awful, but he still leads every major Republican candidate in the field (note my use of the qualifier “major”), according to a new survey. While this gives me hope, it should also make me wonder (but it doesn’t; I live in what’s called cognitive dissonance) about the accuracy of such polling and the conclusions that can be drawn given the dismal state of the economy.
Median (for my recurring readers, that’s a statistical term) household income declined in real terms during the first two years of Obama’s presidency, the only ones we have data for. According to a new Census study, real median household income at the end of 2010 was down 6.4 percent since 2007 (i.e., before the Bush-designed recession). Unemployment stands at 9.1 percent (and that’s with the new definition of “unemployed,” which doesn’t count those who have given up and quit looking for work). The poverty rate went up during Obama’s first two years, and it now stands at 15.1 percent. So even though the economy is in the toilet and many look at Obama as the face of these failures, I declare him to be unbeatable (did I mention where I live?)!
According to this one poll I have chosen to embrace as possessing unchangeable truth until the 2012 election, Obama beats Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, and Michelle Bachmann. With the exception of Romney, every one of these Republican clowns has negatives as high as or higher than the high Democrat clown. That the Republican clowns in this one poll are unable to capitalize on the miserable state of the economy harkens me back to the Democrat clown running against John McCain, 2008’s version of 1996’s Bob Dole. The lesson? All Obama has to do to win in 2012 is to be thought to be less-bad than the opposition.
In these dark days of Obama’s presidency, his biggest electoral problem is that these numbers might make him overconfident. How lucky can you get?
And as I often say, it’s better to be lucky than to be good.