Friday, March 22, 2013

Are the Republicans Finished? ... Is President Hillary Next? ... Does It Matter?

Lots of people don't especially like the way President Obama and the Democrats are running the country. Count me in.

Of course, even more people didn't like the idea of Mitt Romney and the Republicans running the country in the last election. Well, that made sense to me, too.

So how do people feel about the way things are going today? While it seems that most of We the People are still dissatisfied with the way the country is being governed, we're even more unhappy about the prospects of Republicans taking control.

First, the presidency.

Florida's Golden Gal says this about the 2016 presidential sweepstakes:

"Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took some heat from Democrats last week for comparing Hillary Clinton's potential 2016 presidential bid to "a rerun of 'The Golden Girls,'" the 1980s sitcom about a group of distaff retirees living in Florida. But it's the former secretary of state who could have the last laugh.

A new poll shows the former first lady outperforming top GOP presidential prospects not only nationally but also in their home states. "Mrs. Clinton, who shows the most strength of any potential 2016 aspirant in Quinnipiac University's national polls, leads Jeb Bush 51-40 percent and bests Sen. Marco Rubio 52-41 percent in a poll of Sunshine State registered voters," said Quinnipiac. Mrs. Clinton is also viewed much more favorably than either man, with a 62-33 edge over Mr. Bush and 41-34 edge over Mr. Rubio.

In a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference last week, Mr. McConnell said, "Don't tell me that Democrats are the party of the future when their presidential ticket for 2016 is shaping up to look like a rerun of the 'Golden Girls.'" He continued: "We've got Rand Paul, we've got Marco Rubio, we've got Paul Ryan and a slew of smart, young and energetic governors. And the other guys? They've got Hillary and Joe Biden."

Given the key role that Florida could play in Republican efforts to take back the White House, Hillary may be all that the Democrats need."

Next, the governorships.

And the prospects for Republican governors aren't looking so great either. Vulnerable GOP Governors says this:

"Republicans are laser-focused on preserving their House majority and picking up the Senate in 2014. But equally important are the gubernatorial races in which polls give Democrats an early advantage. . . .

While the GOP took 11 governorships in 2010 (Kansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Wyoming, New Mexico, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan and Maine), several of the GOP's freshmen appear vulnerable. They include:

•Florida Gov. Rick Scott. He won election by just 70,000 votes, and his approval rating has since hovered in the 30s. A Public Policy Polling survey this week showed Mr. Scott trailing former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, who switched parties last year, by 12 points. Mr. Crist has hinted at a run.

•Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett. Democrats have accused the former state attorney general of dithering on the Penn State child-sex abuse scandal while preparing for his gubernatorial bid in 2009. The charges of political expediency have stuck. A PPP survey last week showed the governor trailing potential Democratic candidates by double digits, including Rep. Allyson Schwartz, former Rep. Joe Sestak and state Treasurer Rob McCord. . . .

•Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. The governor has kicked up a beehive by approving right-to-work legislation in December and appointing an emergency manager this month to run Detroit. Fifty-four percent of Wolverines give him bad marks, according to a recent PPP survey. The poll also shows him trailing Rep. Gary Peters and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, two potential Democratic candidates."

Summing Up

We the People don't have the ability to choose "none of the above" when electing our "public servants" or we'd probably do exactly that.

At least that would get my vote.

Politics sucks, and most of the candidates who run for office suck, too.

Maybe we'll get a nice surprise one of these days and somebody who genuinely deserves our support will run for office.

Oh well, let's not worry too much about it because, after all, it's only politics.

And meanwhile, We the People are still in charge.

So let's start acting that way.

Thanks. Bob.

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