behalf of all the progressive and liberal voters in the country, I would like
to personally thank the Republican Party for self-destructing and assuring the
re-election of President Obama
admit it; six months ago we were afraid that a combination of a tough economy
economy, high unemployment and global turmoil would jeopardize the
president's re-election campaign. What we hadn't counted upon was the
dissolution of the Republican Party and the weakest candidates in the field
forcing out everyone else.
things stand at the moment, the president is poised to win more than 300
electoral votes, possibly many more, and cruise to re-election without really
ever having to leave the White House to campaign.
this, the progressive and liberal voters would like to thank the Republican Party
Party. Even in our wildest dreams we could not have imagined a more
all seems so good for the president that some of us are wondering if there's a
conspiracy in place, or if there is some sort of twisted bet among Republicans
to nominate the person who will garner the least amount of votes in November.
and Gingrich would be hard-pressed to win more than a dozen states and very
few, if any, outside the Deep South. Romney might carry a few more states than
that but will still be crushed by the president's base.
is ample historical precedent for this sort of electoral suicide. In 1964,
following the murder of President Kennedy, Republicans had a chance of
unseating a mostly unknown President Lyndon B. Johnson. So they nominated Barry
Goldwater, whose primary campaign promise was to use nuclear bombs in the Vietnam War
if he so chose. Goldwater ended up winning six states in the heart of Dixie.
1972, the Vietnam War was deeply unpopular and President Richard Nixon was
widely seen as dishonest. The Democrats looked far and wide for the most
unelectable candidate and found one in Sen. George McGovern. Despite the
widespread distrust of Nixon, he nevertheless carried one state and the
District of Columbia.
in 1984, after having been trounced four years earlier, the Democratic Party
nominated the vice president, Walter Mondale, from the ticket that had failed
so catastrophically in 1980. Ronald Reagan didn't even break a sweat in
clobbering Mondale everywhere in the nation.
election should be much closer than it looks like it will be. There is still
economic devastation and a recovery that is much slower than anyone would have
expected. The president's health-care reform, despite being a great historical
accomplishment, hasn't yet kicked in and helped the millions that it eventually
one thing that might endanger the president's re-election prospects is a truly
principled Republican candidate, one who offers a different path forward, one
based on individual freedom, economic reform and true adherence to the ideas
expressed in the Constitution.
Republicans could win this year if only they had a candidate who said things
such as, "We've had enough of sending our kids and our money around the
world to be the policemen of the world." Or"In the last 10 years, the wars that have gone on have
added $4 trillion of debt. And I don't think we have been one bit safer for it.
I think we have been less safe because of all the money that we have spent
is the kind of message that would resonate with voters of all parties who have
seen war profiteering cause endless amounts of misery at home while doing
little to help our interests abroad.
such a candidate were to combine that message with a strong pro-freedom
platform, by which I mean freedoms of all sorts such as personal, economic and
institutional, he or she might be able to beat Obama.
Republicans could well win if they had a candidate who promised to end the
wasteful war on drugs, curb the harassing policies of the TSA, pledge to keep
the Internet an open marketplace of ideas and enact sweeping budget cuts across
the Republicans do have a candidate saying exactly those things: Congressman Ron Paul
Ron Paul. He also has an energized and motivated base of young supporters
to get out the vote, just as Obama did in 2008. If he were the nominee, there
would be a genuine and sincere debate about the nation's future, one that the
Republicans might well win.
for the Democrats, but unluckily for our nation, Paul is shunned by traditional
Republican elements who prefer to drive their party
off a cliff rather than actually win the election.
someone who's supported progressive causes all my life, I'm grateful to the
Republicans for focusing on issues such as abortion rather than take up the
challenges addressed by Congressman Paul.
just means the election night party for Obama's re-election will be all the
sweeter. Thanks again.