Jewish World Review Nov 16, 2011 19 Mar-Cheshvan, 5772
GOPers debate, Obama just smiles
By Roger Simon
“I don’t think it requires us to go negative in the sense of us running a bunch of ads that are false or character assassinations,” he said. “We may just run clips of the Republican debates verbatim. We won’t even comment on them; we’ll just run those in a loop.”
Obama may be onto something. In fact, he may not even need an opposition research team this election. All he needs is a guy with a DVR and the patience, the grit, the sheer fortitude to watch every minute of every Republican debate.
And you have to wonder at what point the Republican candidates for president will wake up and realize all the debates they have waded through so far have not particularly helped their chances of winning the White House.
By my count, there have been 10 major debates over the past six months. And what has been the result?
They have made Obama look better.
According to the POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll released Monday, which was conducted by Lake Research Partners and The Tarrance Group, “The path to victory for Democrats is looking eminently clearer and more navigable,” and Obama and the Democrats now have “some welcome wind at their backs.”
According to the poll:
• “In head-to-head matchups, President Obama leads both Mitt Romney — 48 percent Obama to 43 percent Romney — and Herman Cain — 49 percent Obama to 40 percent Cain — by sound margins and noticeable leads in intensity of support.”
• “Roughly 80 percent of Obama’s support in both trial heats is derived from voters who say they are definitely going to vote for him.”
• “Independents support Obama 47 percent to 34 percent over Romney — Romney being the candidate a 48 percent plurality of Republicans believes will win the nomination.”
• “Obama not only wins over swing independents but consolidates his partisan base as well with 87 percent of Democrats supporting him.”
• “Democrats face the next 12 months with several important advantages, including … an opposition party that is defined … by the base’s displeasure with its potential presidential nominees.”
Not that everything is bleak for the Republicans. In GQ’s December issue, Cain is quoted as saying, “The more toppings a man has on his pizza, I believe the more manly he is. … A manly man [doesn’t] want it piled high with vegetables! He would call that a sissy pizza.”
If you find that statement somewhat odd or even unpresidential, don’t worry. In the next four months, there are 13 more debates scheduled. And Cain will have ample opportunity to explain what he means by “sissy pizza,” “Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan,” “I’ve got all this stuff twirling around in my head” and “I have never acted inappropriately with anyone.”
That is the beauty of these Republican debates. They have not just been more revealing than many of the candidates wanted them to be — ask Rick Perry — but they are also endless. Ninety minutes not enough to get in every question? Don’t worry, there will be another debate in a week or so.
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