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May
11

‘The gop of tatooine’

Eugene Robinson: With the nation transfixed by the daring raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the first GOP presidential debate transpired last week with relatively little notice. For Republicans, that’s the good news.

The bad news is that for those who did pay attention, the debate brought to mind – and I’m just trying to be honest here, folks – the famous bar scene from “Star Wars.” At times the dialogue sounded like a faltering attempt at interplanetary communication….

Back on Earth, it’s hard to escape the conclusion that the elimination of bin Laden was good not only for national security, the interest of justice and the public mood but for President Obama’s political prospects as well. He’s not unbeatable in 2012, but at the moment you’ve got to like his chances.

Indeed, the bounce in Obama’s poll numbers was immediate – and, for potential opponents, daunting …. (but) Despite the news that nearly 270,000 new private-sector jobs were added in April – the best monthly number in five years – the unemployment rate is an unacceptable 9 percent. For the president, this is an obvious vulnerability.

Rather, it should be a vulnerability. Exploiting it would require a capable, electable candidate. If such a Republican exists, he or she apparently didn’t make it to Greenville in time for Thursday’s debate.

…Besides Romney, others who skipped the debate included Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Michele Bachmann, Donald Trump, Sarah Palin, Jon Huntsman and Mitch Daniels. That’s a relief, because if they had all showed up, debate organizers would have had to put them on risers. Opening and closing statements would take so long, there wouldn’t be time for any questions.

….Obama, practically overnight, has dispelled the fog of ambiguity with which his opponents have tried to cloak him – the vague suspicion that there was something effete, passive, not quite fully American about him.

On “60 Minutes” Sunday, Obama’s usual caution with words seemed like disciplined reserve. His broad smile seemed fortified with steel. We like a bit of Clint Eastwood in our presidents. Come on, Republicans, make Obama’s day.

Full article here


6 Responses to “‘The gop of tatooine’”


  1. 1 meta
    May 10, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Good morning and good day, everyone!

    Well, this raid in Pakistan was even more dangerous than we realized and sort of accounts for why bin Laden chose the location he did. If you needed any more evidence that PBO has GUTS, this would be it:

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/ten-miles-square/2011/05/could_the_bin_laden_raid_have029459.php#

    WHOA! Unbelievable!

  2. 3 Dorothy Rissman
    May 10, 2011 at 11:53 am

    That was an excellent piece by Eugene. I watched the debate. Pawlenty and gary Johnson were dullards. Pawlenty was robotic–move your hands, turn to the left and then to the right. God awful stuff.

  3. 4 theboysisters
    May 10, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Is that Maude in the front up there?

    • 5 EDP4BHO
      May 10, 2011 at 2:02 pm

      Haha..that’s what I was wondering. Certainly looks like Bea Arthur…great actress.

  4. 6 sherijr
    May 10, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Eh.. I’m not buying this Eugene: Indeed, the bounce in Obama’s poll numbers was immediate – and, for potential opponents, daunting …. (but) Despite the news that nearly 270,000 new private-sector jobs were added in April – the best monthly number in five years – the unemployment rate is an unacceptable 9 percent. For the president, this is an obvious vulnerability.

    “an unacceptable 9 percent”. Seriously? Please spell out exactly what the Republicans have done in the last 10 years to create jobs? How do they offer us better than 9 percent unemployment? Isn’t it a FACT that more jobs have been created in two years under the presidency of Barack Obama than in the entire 8 year reign of Bush?? I think so Mr. Robinson.. thus how does that in and of itself not help make Barack Obama “unbeatable”.

    See this is the problem I have with political writers.. they want to continue to ‘create’ the horserace.. as if there really is some competition here for our President- when there is nothing under the sun that the GOP has actually done for America in so many years most of us don’t even remember the last time Republicans did something FOR America. And yet we have Mr. Eugene Robinson telling us that President Obama has competition. BEE ESSS.


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