2012: Obama vs. Newt Gingrich? Really?
There’s a few pieces of information out this morning that should brighten President Obama’s day regarding his upcoming campaign. This hasn’t been the case for a while, so it’s worth a mention.
First, the unemployment numbers dropped sharply in November, from 9.0 to 8.6. The news comes following consistently acceptable, but not particularly strong, jobs numbers (once again, about 100K+ jobs were added in initial reports, and revisions generally bump those numbers up later in the month). Also helping the drop in unemployment: people are just tired of looking, and have quit the search. Which is really sad.
But such nuance is difficult to convey in a presidential election, and the drop in the unemployment, despite the reality of 13M+ unemployed Americans, is good campaign news. And shouldn’t cloud the fact that more Americans are getting back to work every month.
Second, and an even greater boost to the President’s reelection: According to Newt Gingrich, Newt Gingrich is going to be the GOP Nominee for President. Said Gingrich: “It’s very hard not to look at the recent polls and think that the odds are very high I’m going to be the nominee.” Prescient.
I know that Gingrich has surged, and that many Conservatives are long time fans of his intellect and supporters of Newt Gingrich’s “unwavering” conservativism. But I still fail to see anyway the man, Newt Gingrich, could possibly be elected President of the United States. I am sure the President’s reelection team would love nothing more than to see Newt’s prediction come true.
Gingrich is delightfully unlikable for so many women and men around the country. Perhaps he is relying on his unanswered challenge of Lincoln-Douglass debates to carry him into the Oval Office. I know TRC is being snarky here, and we have been told that our passing off of Gingrich as someone who could not possibly beat Obama in a general election shows our own weakness and Newt’s strength (isn’t that exactly what the Luke said to the Emporer?). Still, really? This guy? Republicans are willing elect this man for President? I just don’t buy it.
Some have said this is unfair, or skewing the record. Well, buck up people, get used to it. This is Presidential Politics, and it is ugly, and I don’t like it either. The word is that President Obama will be spending upwards of 1 Billion (BILLION!!) dollars to run a negative campaign. That’s disgusting. But orchestrating a negative campaign against Newt Gingrich is probably every ad-man’s dream.
Or, maybe, the the U.S. has truly entered the bizarro world, where the most unpopular congress in history has Americans so angry at their government that they are willing to elect as President one of the most divisive congressional Representatives in modern times.
**NOTE: TRC realizes that in the Star Wars allusion painted in this post, we have somehow come about aligning President Obama with the Empire, and Newt Gingrich, of all people, with Luke Skywalker and the Rebels. TRC does NOT endorse this as an over-arching analogy from which to view the upcoming presidential election. Thank you.