Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Perfect Encapsulation Of The 2012 Presidential Election

Story #1

In a Washington Whispers poll released yesterday, twice as many Americans said they fear Obama's reelection as said they fear he won't be reelected. U.S. News reports:

In our New Year's poll, when asked what news event they fear most about 2012, Americans by a margin of two-to-one said Obama's reelection. Only 16 percent said they fear the Democrat won't win a second term, while 33 percent said they fear four more years.

Next to Obama's reelection, 31 percent of Americans said they feared higher taxes, which may be proof that the president's focus on the payroll tax cut has hit paydirt.

The poll, however, held out some hope for Obama. Some 38 percent of younger Americans, 18-24, said their biggest fear was higher taxes. Just 28 percent of those same voters said they feared Obama winning in November.

To be sure, some of the 31 percent of those who said the 2012 news event they fear most is higher taxes or the 16 percent of those who said Iran might acquire a nuclear weapon could be more afraid of Obama losing reelection than of him winning — but, the point is, a significant percentage of Americans recognize that four more years of Obama is a frightening prospect.

The survey finds that 58 percent of Republican primary voters want more presidential choices, while just 37 percent say they are satisfied with the current field. The percentage of Republican primary voters that wants more choices has increased 12 percentage points since October 

There is no candidate in the GOP field who more than one third of Republican primary voters say they would enthusiastically support if he were the nominee. Rick Santorum does best in terms of enthusiasm, with 33 percent saying they would enthusiastically support him.

This is precisely what I mean when I talk about how this election is the biggest opportunity in generations for genuine conservatives to boldly proclaim what conservatism is and why it works.  It's obvious that the American people don't want what Obama has delivered -- liberalism on steroids -- but, unfortunately, there's currently no genuine conservative alternative available.

It truly is the Evil party versus the Stupid party.

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