Those on the left secretly pine for Hilary Clinton, while those on the right gaze longingly at Marco Rubio. Neither of these people will find themselves on the presidential ticket. Obama isn’t going to jettison Joe Biden and Romney has his work cut out for him, no matter how unpopular Mr. Obama seems. Rubio is too smart to allow himself to be steamrolled on the national stage like Sarah Palin was in 2008, and mark my words, the next several years will be spent honing, polishing and building the Marco Rubio national brand. The Oval Office is pretty much the last stop on Rubio’s political journey so at the ripe old age of 41, he can afford to wait a few years before making his inevitable play for the brass ring. I’m sensing a do-no-harm candidate for the Republican veep slot, so all you Casper Milquetoast lovers out there, have no fear! I suspect you will get to once again rock your Tim Pawlenty tea cozies.
The country is not in love with either of these two men, as evidenced by the fact that their poll numbers actually sink when they open their mouths. Romney and Obama might disagree on almost everything, but there is one thing they both have in common: Each is more interesting with the sound off on the television.
Obama knows he’s in hot water, as evidenced by his 400 fundraisers and campaign rallies every week. The crowds are a bit different now; the chanting hordes of 2008 are a thing of the past, and the much smaller venues are now filled with only his die-hard supporters who hang on his every platitude and would do so regardless. The much-ballyhooed charisma rings a bit hollow these days, and in its place are a series of campaign promises to hopefully incentivize the special interests to engage in the race. So far they haven’t.
Obama just can’t seem to catch a break. If things weren’t bad enough, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker had a decisive victory in his recall election, recent unemployment numbers are awful, and while on the ropes to begin with, Obama singlehandedly defined campaign 2012 when he uttered the gaffe heard round the world:
“The private sector is doing fine.”
Campaign consultants and pundits from coast to coast undoubtedly fell over in their chairs. President Obama just revealed to the world just how out of touch he truly is, and he did so in a neat little sound bite that you will hear hundreds of times between now and November.
And the good news keeps a-comin’. The “Fast and Furious” scandal involving Attorney General Eric Holder has turned into a mini-disaster for the president, who took another broadside when he sheepishly invoked executive privilege to hide the incriminating documents concerning this case. In other wonderful reelection news, when pressed about Obama’s decision to effectively plead the Fifth by sealing these documents, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney forgot the name of the U.S. Border Patrol agent who lost his life as a result of the “Fast and Furious” firearms scandal. Smooth move, mister Carney. Real smooth.
This upcoming week is going to be a fun one as well. Obama’s signature achievement, Obamacare, teeters on the brink as the Supreme Court prepares to render a verdict on its constitutionality, as well as Arizona’s controversial immigration law.
If even part of the health-care law is struck down as unconstitutional, the right will be on it like a moth to a flame. Every chance they get, they will point out to you that the president, a former constitutional law scholar himself, couldn’t manage to make sure his number one legislative achievement could pass constitutional muster. “Is this man actually smart enough to be the leader of the free world?” they will ask. Obama will hunker down in the White House, tight-lipped, watching the votes fade away with each passing day.
Obama has much to be concerned about. If the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare and upholds the Arizona law, this could very well signal the beginning of the end of his presidency.
Sean Cary is a local business owner, freelance writer, host of “Week in Review” heard on Fox News Radio 99.1 FM and pundit on the television show “Nevada Newsmakers.” Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and read his blog at www.seancary.com.