Obama no Jimmy Carter, will win
October 28, 2012 12:00 AM | 1677 views | 7 7 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Your editorial “‘Potential’ to Probable’” on Wednesday concluded that Mitt Romney will be the probable winner of the Nov. 6 election. I respectfully disagree. First of all, since Woodrow Wilson presidents have tended to be re-elected except under unusual situations.

Your argument that since Romney passed the “plausibility” test, he will be elected implies you view this election as parallel to 1980. In that election Carter had double-digit inflation and interest rates, not to mention Iran hostages and a highly publicized failed rescue attempt. For 2012 the inflation rate is 3.2 percent and interest rates are under 3 percent. Also, no embassy employees are being held hostage and our nemesis, Osama Bin Laden, is dead. Also, unemployment rates have been declining since an Obama budget had an opportunity to affect them.

Therefore, Romney had to do more than appear plausible. He had to appear as someone who could do better. In the debate, since he agreed with all of the president’s foreign policies, he did not achieve that goal on the foreign policy front.

On the economy, he provides a plan that creates an additional $7 trillion deficit over 10 years with no way of paying it or for paying off the existing deficit. This is not a creditable alternative. Unless something changes, Obama will win a second term.

Joe Ryals
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October 30, 2012
OBAMA is a DOOFUS! Enough said!
Lame Duck Term
October 30, 2012
If you think what we have endured over the last 4 years has improved and is actually getting better, then hold on....the lame duck term will certainly make your head spin. I fear Obama will will win the electoral vote and Romney the popular vote....regardless, i will vote for true change and pull the lever for Romney and pray that we don't have to put up with more failed policies over the next 4 years and listen to Biden prattle on about class envy and warfare...what an f-ing moron.
October 29, 2012
"Obama no Jimmy Carter"

You are right Joe!!

He is even WORSE than Jimmy "peanut brain" Carter!! He has taken the low bar of competency that Carter set and lowered it even further.

I would suggest that chronic high unemployment, increased poverty rates, economic recession, grossly mishandled foreign relations, criminal actions by the Justice Department and intentional incitment of class warfare etc. etc. etc. all add up to qualify as "unusual situations".

So based on your parameter for defeat of an incumbent President it looks like Obama is in danger of going down in flames.

As others have pointed out, the states of Ohio, Wisconsin, Virginia and Iowa look like they will decide this election.

While in normal times these states would put a Democrat back in office they all seem to be in play this time around.

It will definitely be close, but I am betting on Romney.
eCobb Dad of 3
October 28, 2012
Oh Joe, I hope you enjoy the taste of crow on November 7th. This election is about the economy and lack of job growth. Both areas that Obama is failing miserably. Not only is Romney going to win but he will do so handily in the electoral and popular vote. I plan on enjoying a good bottle of wine on Nov.6th while I watch the looney libs lose their mind on MSNBC and CNN.
no embassy prisoners
October 28, 2012
You are absolutely right, Mr. Ryals. There are no embassy personnel being held hostage. That is because, due to your president refusing them any help in their last hours, they were simply left to be murdered. Oh, and by the way, in case you have missed it, our economy is in serious trouble. A lot of us are going broke!! Wake up and at least try to tell the truth.
Romney can't get 270
October 28, 2012
I totally agree with Joe, with Obama poised to take Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, and Wisconsin he will almost certainly be the victor. Although the national polls are used as evidence that Romney has momentum, the individual swing states that Romney must win are moving towards the President. 270 is the number and it appears Obama has that and more.
You betcha
October 28, 2012
Obama poised to take Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, and Wisconsin he will almost certainly be the victor, FOR SURE. No way for Romney to get to 270 electorial votes.

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