Hey Patchers, its your favorite blogger's favorite blogger here! I have a busy weekend of grading coming up so forgive my ramble.
I am putting on my prognostication hat, and declaring Barack Obama the victor of the 2012 election. Although you may think it is premature to declare him the winner, I cannot see how he will lose given the Republican field.
For any of my friends on the right who see President Obama's policies as his weakness, I beg you to take a closer look at what he has done. If you don't feel like doing so, I'll give you a hint: he totally co-opted pieces of your platform.
"In fact, I might have to credit him with being the most centrist President I can remember..."
If any of us remember Bill Clinton's first run up to the 1996 election, he made a hard right turn. President Obama made a number of right turns along the way, and not all at once like Clinton did. In fact, I might have to credit him with being the most centrist President I can remember, given that my memory only goes back to President Reagan. President Obama has made right turns slowly along the way.
President Obama has promoted or continued policies championed for years by Republicans. Sure, he has carried the Democratic banner, but he has effectively pissed off both camps of voters which makes him perfect for the important independent vote.
In co-opting Republican policies, he has effectively pushed the current Republican field far to the right of most people. By moving to the center earlier, he has cinched his re-election.
I should also mention that he will likely raise $1 billion. That's an issue for another day.