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Conventional wisdom that Obama can’t lose to fractured GOP has been proven wrong before

A very reassuring column by William McGurn at WSJ.  You MUST read it if you have anxiety that the GOP is going to blow a sure thing this November.

Excerpt:

Not since Herbert Hoover has a party out of power had such an opportunity to run against everything that troubles the American family—prices, interest rates, unemployment, taxes, or the fear for the future of their old age or the future of their children—than is now presented to the Republican Party.

The Republicans, however, haven’t figured this out. This is their basic problem. They have no strategy for defeating an Obama administration that is highly vulnerable on both domestic and foreign policy.

That’s the conventional wisdom in a nutshell, isn’t it?

It will come as no surprise that these words appeared in a Feb. 29 column in the New York Times. They are reproduced here exactly as written, save for one small adjustment.

The president whose failings they describe is Jimmy Carter, not Barack Obama. The lines were written in 1980, not 2012. The author was the then-dean of conventional wisdom, James “Scotty” Reston. The headline was “Jimmy Carter’s Luck,” a reference to Reagan’s victory in the New Hampshire primary three days earlier.

It appears the conventional wisdom hasn’t changed much. Today’s narrative holds that however weak President Obama’s hand, Republicans find themselves in no position to capitalize on it. A glance back to where we were at this exact point in the 1980 primaries suggests otherwise.

It then goes on to recount the history of the 1980 primary.  Seriously, you NEED to read it!

Granted, it goes without saying that Mit Romney and Rick Santorum are NO Ronald Reagan.  But as McGurn points out, at this stage of the election of 1980, Ronald Reagan was no Ronald Reagan.  While the parallels can only be examined so much, the point is that conventional wisdom was WAY off at a time that the country was hungry to get rid of an inept, harmful, in-over-his-head president…you know, like today?

In other words, fear not.  At least, not yet!  🙂  I’m not gonna go all Chip Diller on you, but I am going to say that I don’t think we’re in bad shape yet.  We have to wait for the missteps from Romney (or Santorum) when people are paying attention, not right now.

March 6, 2012 Posted by | Obama, Rick Santorum, Romney | 4 Comments

Santorum…a Tea Party and fiscal conservative favorite?

I don’t see why.  “Big government conservative.”  Establishment Republican (who endorsed turncoat Arlen Specter) running against other establishment Republicans.

January 6, 2012 Posted by | pork, Rick Santorum, Tea Party | 2 Comments