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Do you think Barack Obama will be re-elected?

Asked by Jabe73 (4010points) September 2nd, 2010

Very straightforward question. It is a two part question however. If you don’t think Obama will be re-elected who do you think his biggest threat would be on the Republican side? I know its early yet but I was just wondering.

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jazmina88's avatar

I certainly hope so.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I will vote for him again. However, it’s really much to early to tell.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Probably not. I believe we’ve become a artificially divided population under one real master, the corporation. Obama was portrayed as a Liberal and put in the White House to take the brunt of all the insane, corporate backed policies under the Bush administration (such as the wars, the drained economy, the resultant bailouts—now euphamistically known in the press as the “Stimulus”—all of which was nothing more than the transfer of the US treasury into the pockets of the Banksters on Wall Street.) and thereby show the ineptitude of Liberal politics in America. It is a setup and we are dupes. The planned failure of this administration will be heavily emphasized in the press in order to enlist the backing of the American voter in electing successive administrations that make no pretense of rapidly transfering the wealth of this country’s citizens into the pockets of the top 1% of the population. The failure of the Obama administration will ensure the election of Republicans for the next 20 years. .

blah_blah's avatar

He isn’t living up to what I hoped he would be but I am still happy. The party of NO isn’t helping get things done when we need action.

But I will campaign and vote for him again unless Kucinich is running against him.

Have the Republicans even tossed out a name yet? I know of no serious candidates for 2012. Michale Steele is the gift that keeps on giving.

JubalHarshaw's avatar

I don’t see any Republican emerging strong enough to defeat Obama. Sarah Palin is a joke, so transparently unqualified for that office that it’s obvious she’s fronting for other interests. The other high-profile Republicans are showing an equally obvious right-wing agenda. The whole party has swung so far to the right that they can’t really contest for the important middle ground that wins Presidential elections. Despite being very disappointed with Obama, I’d say re-election is his to lose. Only a monumental blunder in the next two years could take a second term away from him.

The elder George Bush looked like a shoe-in for a second term up until a few months before the election; then the economy hit a pothole and an obscure Governor of Arkansas ousted him. Anything can happen right up to election day. The US also has a history of ocassionally electing charismatic idiots like Pierce, Harding and GW Bush, so I wouldn’t rule out Palin entirely. It’s way too early to tell.

ucme's avatar

You know what? I think the probability is that yes indeed he will.

Jabe73's avatar

@JubalHarshaw @Espiritus_Corvus @blah_blah Good answers, the type I was looking for. I do not know what to think at this point myself. Its not even halfway through Obama’s term.
@JubalHarshaw You make a good point. Anything can happen right up to election time so who knows.

I have to get up by 12 for work so I better get to sleep.

Ben_Dover's avatar

I hope not.

tedd's avatar

He’s accomplished more in two years than the last two presidents did in 16 (whether you like what he’s accomplished or not). A huge chunk of the democratic agenda of the second half of the last century, largely ended the war in Iraq, got us actually INTO the fight in Afghanistan where we should’ve been in the first place, saved the economy from a second depression (though I sure wish it would recover faster already), and put a lot of money/effort towards shifting us to alternative fuels and upgrading our infrastructure (that stimulus will be getting spent for the next 10–20 years).

His popularity is dipped at the moment (in the 40% approval range) but you have to realize thats just approval ratings. There is a certain amount of people in the country who will vote for him regardless of how they think he is doing, simply because they will find the future Republican candidate worse. Plus most every president in recent history saw their popularity dip far lower during their first term and still found themselves re-elected (Bush 2, Reagen, and I THINK Clinton).

A lot of liberals/dems aren’t happy with how much he gave up trying to compromise with the Republicans, or how he’s avoided certain issues to this point (gay rights, immigration largely, etc)... But when it comes down to it they’ll take him over a John McCain or a Huckabee or a Gingrich in a heartbeat.

JubalHarshaw's avatar

McCain is too old, has health issues and compromised his credibility in 2008. Huckabee has an obvious right-wing fundamentalist Christian agenda. Gingrich has enough skeletons in his closet to start his own natural history museum. I don’t hear any voices of moderation in the Republican Party. We old Bull Moosers have either died off or left the Party in disgust. The Republican Party is about where the Whigs were in the 1850s, up Shit Creek without a paddle; fronting for bible-bashers and moneyed corporate interests. We’re headed for a one-party system unless labor or moderate progressives form a new party.

Austinlad's avatar

I’m pro Obama, but it’s two years too early to promise him my vote. Lots can happen between now and the next presidential election.

tedd's avatar

@JubalHarshaw I don’t think we’ll hit one party…. but if the republicans keep digging themselves into corners the Dems are gonna be in control for a while (or at least the repubs will be irrelevant when a better conservative party comes along… cough hack libertarians, hack cough).

Side note, the bull-moose party was liberal.

Frenchfry's avatar

I not sure at this point. I mean he still has two years to prove himself. So far I am alittle disappointed. He has done some good not enough in my eyes.

JubalHarshaw's avatar

@tedd Yup. T.Roosevelt, LaFollette, Alf Landon and other greats. Maximum individual freedom, strong safety net, government involvement only when the private sector can’t deliver, pay-as-you-go budgets. I agree with much of the Libertarian platform but find it too harsh on the social safety net side; universal health insurance, disability benefits and retirement pensions are the hallmark of a civilized society. Raw laissez faire capitalism is as much a flop as pure Marxist socialism. Robber barons and commissars both suck.

daytonamisticrip's avatar

He better not get re elected.

tedd's avatar

@daytonamisticrip Bad news for you, unless the Republicans are hiding a good candidate somewhere, he will be. None of their “likely” front runners breaks a 40–60 split loss with him in recent polls (Palin, Huckabee, Gingrich, etc, etc). If you really hate him that much though maybe you can take solace in the strong liklihood that the dems will lose a bunch of seats in congress this November.

daytonamisticrip's avatar

Bu by America the beautiful and free, I sure will miss you.
R.I.P America

isuppose's avatar

Right now, I think he will, but I’m also with @Austinlad. We still have 2 years for him to either do something amazing, or screw it all up, but it will be my first time voting so that’s exciting either way!

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