Liberal NYT: Bin Laden Killing No Great Long Term Gain To Obama's Re-Election Chances

Discussion in 'Politics' started by rc8222, May 2, 2011.

  1. rc8222


    Does The killing of Osama bin Laden by an American Special Forces unit translate into a re-election boots to President Obama?

    In the coming days, expect President Obama's poll numbers to bump up. Also expect a spate of articles and opinion pieces in the mainstream media to celebrate the President for keeping his pledge to kill the diabolical bin Laden.

    But expect the President's political advantages from the bin Laden killing to be short. As presidential candidate Bill Clinton's 1992 political team famously said, "It's the economy, stupid."

    With the nation's economy still ailing, and, in fact, hanging precariously at the edge of a fiscal cliff, the nation's attention will return quickly to jobs - or the lack thereof - job security, and higher prices at the gas pump and in grocery stores. Pay checks and family budgets will trump bin Laden's death and any advantages President Obama gains from the news.

    Even Nicholas Kristof at the reflexively liberal New York Times assesses the Bin Laden killing as no great long term gain to Mr. Obama's re-election chances:

    Finally, what does this mean for President Obama's political prospects? I don't think very much. November 2012 is a long way away, and the main political issue is likely to be the economy. After all, George H.W. Bush was a hero after the Gulf War victory in early 1991, and by Nov. 1992 was defeated by Bill Clinton because of the economic slowdown.

    Barring some great calamity - a major war, or threat of a major war, or a terrorist attack near the scale of 9/11 - the condition of the nation's economy will be the driver that determines President Obama's political fate in 2012.
  2. The next Presidential election will be decided by the economy. Nothing else.

    The most important thing on people's minds is JOBS. And that's what will determine the next election.
  3. rc8222


    Exactly right!!! Come 2012, all libertards will have to campaign on is Bin Laden, because the economy will remain in shambles. Also, a year and a half from now, no one will give a rats ass about Bin Laden being dead, as there are numerous terror leaders to fill his old spot.
    In 2012, Democrats will attempt to campaign like the lousy economy doesn't even exist, just like they did with Obamacare in the 2010 midterms. A strategy that will blow up in their faces, just like 2010. lol

  4. Tell that to the folks who lost loved ones on 911. What Obama did was part of his duties of office, and a mandate from the American people. NOT SOME KIND OF ELECTION PLOY.
  5. jem


    Good work Pres. Obama, his people, seal team 6 and the military.
    The times is always wrong.

    This will give him a bump in his re election bid. Its good to see him leading, making good national security calls and seeing the military functioning well.
  6. pspr


    Right. Obama will get a brief bump that may last through the summer but beyond that it won't have any effect on his re-election. If Obama starts bragging about being the President to get Obama it will turn into a big negative for him.
  7. Is this a "tongue in cheek" or "tongue in ass" comment? Can't tell.
  8. olias


    I don't think this is going to make much difference for his re-election either. First off, I'm not sure how much credit he should get for this to begin with. As others have said, it's really about the economy and whether people feel like that is headed in the right direction.
  9. jem


    its real - you have to give credit when it is due.

    he may not be a natural born citizen, he may be under the influence of wall street and the drug companies and he may know little about the fact economies do not do well when they have the shit taxed out of them....

    but he got a pretty important thing done.
  10. Ricter


    Prepare to go ON IGNORE!!!!1!!
    #10     May 2, 2011