Monday, May 2, 2011

Bin Laden's Death and Political Implications for Obama

Just as I expected, many in the media are out there cheerleading for President Obama with the military's capture of Usama Bin Laden. For example, Barbara Walters, among others on the left, are nearly giddy about the prospects of Obama having a cake walk in 2012. While he likely will get a nice pop in approval ratings; not equivalent to Al Gore in 2000 after his DNC speech, or George W Bush in 2001, it'll be enough to send his supporters into a tizzy.

If we look back in history, George HW Bush had a 90% approval rating at the close of Operation Desert Storm, and George W Bush had very high numbers right after 9-11. Bush 41 ended up losing and while Bush 43 won, it shouldn't have been that close. The Election of 2012 is about a year and a half away and the American people are still dealing with nearly $5/gallon gasoline, very high employment rates, an unpopular (and maybe unconstitutional) health care "reform" law that was rammed down the throats of the American people and coming inflation.

Some on the left get it and that's why they're getting started early, but for those on the right to wave the white flag of surrender for 2012 is rather premature. Hopefully the right will use this "deck stacked against us" attitude as incentive to step up their game and clearly articulate to the American people why their solutions and leadership will be better than what Americans have seen since January 20, 2009.

UPDATE, 5/3/11: No immmediate bounce in approval ratings for Obama.

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