Friday, January 20, 2012

PoliticsUSA: Independents: Shift in poll numbers evidence a threat to Obama campaign

NYT (January18,2k12)

Poll shows 

Obama’s vulnerability 

with swing voters

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.

As Mr. Obama moves toward a full-throated campaign, delivering a State of the Union address on Tuesday and inching closer to directly confronting his Republican challenger, a majority of independent voters have soured on his presidency, disapprove of how he has dealt with the economy and do not have a clear idea of what he hopes to accomplish if re-elected.
The swing voters who will play a pivotal role in determining his political fate are up for grabs, the poll found, with just 31 percent expressing a favorable opinion of Mr. Obama. Two-thirds of independent voters say he has not made real progress fixing the economy. ...
While Republican primary voters say Mitt Romney stands the best chance of defeating Mr. Obama, nearly half of independents say they have yet to form an opinion of him, creating a considerable opening for Democrats to try to quickly define him if he becomes the nominee. ...

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

by Cameron Joseph 01/19/12 01:23 PM ET
BEAUFORT, S.C. — Newt Gingrich abruptly ended a news
conference Thursday when pressed on his extramarital affairs.
“I’m not going to say anything about Marianne,” Gingrich said
with an edge to his voice as he was pressed with questions about
an explosive interview his ex-wife Marianne Gingrich has given
to ABC.  Marianne Gingrich claimed her former husband asked
her for an “open marriage” so he could continue a romantic
involvement with a congressional aide who eventually became
his third wife, Callista Gingrich.
“It’s an issue I confront every time it comes up, and I confront it
exactly the same way it comes up — and the people seem to be
satisfied by it,” Gingrich said when asked by a reporter if he
thought he needed to further address the matter.

Reporters tried to ask Gingrich more specifically about his
ex-wife's charges, but he refused to answer.

"I just answered you — that's my answer," he responded testily
before trying to move on to the endorsement his campaign
received Thursday from Rick Perry., who bowed out of the race.

"I want to thank all of you for being here, I'm delighted Gov. Perry
endorsed me and I look forward to tonight at the debate," he said
before walking off quickly.

Ordinarily most Catholics and Evangelicals treat adultery, especially in a serial pattern, as a mortal flaw in someone wanting the office of the American Presidency.  Gingrich, once a Southern Baptist (after being raised a Lutheran), is now seeking to take the large South Carolina evangelical vote that had been tilting to another Catholic, Rick Santorum.  But before the four-candidates debated Wednesday nite, Gingrich was endorsed by Rick Perry (also a Southern Baptist) who had already stood down in timely fashion just dropping out of the contest, while the Texas Governor talked of Newt's confession and repentance.  But, to use Gingrich's phrase, is this just "pious baloney"?  I think so, considering the illogic of Perry's syllogism:  

I confessed and repented 

of my monotonous stream of 

adulteries, therefore I shoud 

be President.

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!

— Politicarp

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