Poll shows Obama’s vulnerability with swing voters
by JEFF ZELENY and DALIA SUSSMAN
President Obama opens his re-election bid facing significant obstacles among independent voters, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, with the critical piece of the electorate that cemented his victory four years ago open to denying him a second term.
But with 10 months remaining until Election Day and the lines of argument coming into view, voters are evenly divided in a matchup between Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney. The president does better against the other Republican candidates. ...
— Text excerpted from NYT and posted here by Politicarp
In a related development, Romney rival, Newt Gingrich, presently in a surge in South Carolina that seems to promise he will overtake the winner of the Repulican primary in New Hampshire, refused to answer questions about his serial pattern of adultery.
Gingrich cuts off reporters
when asked about ex-wife's
open marriage claims
— The Hill's Ballot Box feature
I confessed and repented
of my monotonous stream of
adulteries, therefore I shoud
And we who at great pain and sacrifice kept our vows for decades, and are keeping them now — well, we're just not among the élite politicians who are to be lionized for having broken their vows; and then, having confessed and repented to an Archbishop, are now to be rewarded for our piety, as attested by our audacity in running for election to America's highest offices.
Here's the truth about Gingrich's lack of truthfulness (an accusation the Grinch hurled at Romney in the New Hampshire debate): Gingrich took on his first mistress while still married to his first wife, abandoning her. When she died, Gingrich married the mentioned first mistress, and soon enuff took on a second. Eventually, Gingrich took on the second mistress, in what it was revealed by the first-mistress-become-second wife to be Newt's effort to force an 'open marriage' on her. Eventually again, while still married to the second wife and former first mistress, the Grinch of Georgia took on a third mistress apparently to jazz-up the unsatisfying 'open marriage' he imposed on the second wife. (Now today, he declares that it never happened, as the first mistress / second wife claimed overnite.) And eventually the third mistress took over as third wife.
Gingrich simply lacks credibility. He established his pattern of serial adultery and it seems most probable that, if the woman that he is presently nominating to become the First Lady, accedes with him to national power, in due season Gingrich will simply take yet another mistress (and perhaps many more over his presumed four years in the Presidency, joyously adulterating like the Kennedys and Clinton). Only this time, his Iago is playing to her Lady MacBeth. He just can't keep his vows. We may want to ask, What other countries dealing diplomatically or militarily with a President Gingrich coud possibly trust him to carry out his own words and commitments faithfully?
We must feel very sad for the evangelical community that rails in season and out against certain classes of Americans whose personal conduct our pious-baloniac Evangelicals find utterly contemptible but who now woud nevertheless champion an old, fat serial adulterer who hasn't the discipline to keep his marriage vows -- once, twice, thrice. If Obama and Gingrich are our only choices, I say, a plague on both their houses!