Running against President Obama

palincartoon-313x500barackbarbarianWhatever candidates the Republican Party fields will be running against President Obama. Who do you think we will see in this race? What do you think of their chances? What opponents do you think would make the election interesting? What circumstances would it take to make the Republican candidate competitive?

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27 responses to “Running against President Obama

  1. In an interview with Runner’s World, Palin had this to say:

    “Our president, I’m told, is a runner. Would you ever run with him?
    I would, absolutely. I would and people have asked if I’d ever challenge him to one-on-one because we both love basketball. But look, he towers over me and I wouldn’t be complaining about an unfair advantage there, but maybe I’d do better playing H-O-R-S-E with him than one-on-one.

    What about in a race? Could you beat the president?
    I betcha I’d have more endurance. My one claim to fame in my own little internal running circle is a sub-four marathon. It wasn’t necessarily a good running time, but it proves I have the endurance within me to at least gut it out and that is something. If you ever talk to my old coaches, they’d tell you, too. What I lacked in physical strength or skill I made up for in determination and endurance. So if it were a long race that required a lot of endurance, I’d win.”

  2. President Obama isn’t jumping at Sarah Palin’s offer to jog together, but at least it’s a distraction from speculation about whether she suffered from post-partum depression. “That’s an interesting question,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said at the briefing Wednesday when asked about Palin’s request. “How’s her jump shot? Maybe there’s a terrain advantage in a place like Alaska. I will definitely ask him if he has the time to do that this summer.”

  3. G-stir

    Since she’s shorter, she can probably run faster in circles than he can; aftter all, look at her years of experience doing just that!

  4. Bad Biker

    “What circumstances would it take to make the Republican candidate competitive?”

    A direct intervention from God – then the Repub would still lose.

  5. Bad Biker

    Okay, I hate to be vulgar, but in the above caricature of Sarah Palin, it appears that there is a foot protruding from her crotch.

    What up with that?

    • An Oscar Meyer weiner?

    • The caricature is a bit vulgar — just like her! I think what you’re seeing is a flap of leather that is shaped like an old-fashioned women’s boot/shoe. Look closer. 😉

      • Bad Biker

        Don’t know, Fnord – still looks like a foot protruding from the cockpit to me.

        Perhaps that is why some think of her as a superhero – she charges into battle and devourers the evil Liberals with her cockpit, farting them out at a later time.

        Kinda like Ann Coulter.

      • jammer5

        “Kinda like Ann Coulter.”

        The foot?

      • wicked

        Yeah, looks like part of her loin cloth. And you thought only Tarzan wore those.

  6. They should run Colin Powell.
    They will try to run what’s-her-name.

    Idiots and dittoheads.

  7. tosmarttobegop

    What circumstances would it take to make the Republican candidate competitive?
    Ahhh Sarah wearing the above outfit would be a good start! But then who would notice if she said anything or not? The GOP is described as the “old White man’s club” but they leave out a key word in that description the word “dirty” at the beginning!

    • So if this was her campaign outfit she could get enough votes to win?

      • tosmarttobegop

        Fnord I can not express this enough, I have seen nothing about Palin that would have warranted a first look as a candidate. Literally its like Lucy Ricardo as a Politician, she is such a accident waiting to happen.
        I do not have a real opinion of her in such an outfit whether she would be sexy or not? But I suspect it is her looks that is the draw for Republican men. As long as she is just standing still and not talking she is kind of pretty.

        Nice smile and all but other then that I have no idea. I asked someone who is a supporter based on her as a religious conservative. Even he could not name one thing she has said in public that would even lead someone to have that opinion of her. It more implied and told she is rather then her acting that way.
        I wonder if its like it was with G.W. Bush and it is the preachers telling them she is the Christian candidate.

      • wicked

        tstb, it’s all that winking, a blatant invitation to learn more.

        Think she wouldn’t get embroiled in a scandal? I’d bet she would. She’s that kind of (dare I use the word?) woman.

  8. To lose, Obama is going to have to really, really screw up in some substantial way – like a “Monica thing”. I think he is way too cautious to ever mess up to that degree. And Obama doesn’t have Clinton’s needs to be a bad boy who gets caught.

    Another terrorist attack where it could be shown that he was asleep at the wheel, like Bush was for 9/11, may be another significant event that could seriously hurt Obama’s re-election bid. I am not expecting him to screw up in this way either.

    Do you all remember the 1980 election where polls were saying it was going to be very close, but Reagan won by a large margin. The official story on the polls being so far off was that people were going to vote for Reagan, but too embarrassed to admit it to pollsters.

    So, polls don’t always tell the correct story and a lot can happen between now and 2012, but if the election were held today, it would be Obama’s to lose – I thinking any way.

  9. I think the ultimate republican candidate will be Mitt Romney (or “Mittens” as M.H. calls him). He will be a tougher opponent than McCain, but will still be pretty easily beatable.

    Will Hillary be too old to run in 2016? I am thinking so. Biden will be too old by then also. I am not aware of any rising stars who seem like logical choices. 2016 is a long way away.

  10. tosmarttobegop

    Iggy, Sheldon Whitehouse is a good one for 2016. The guy is as bright as Obama and a kick butt speaker.

  11. tosmarttobegop

    I too look for mitt in 2012, for his faults he is solid I do not trust him much but he is a real Politician and in between a hard liner and a moderate for the most part. By 2012 the party alignment should have change enough that the RR and the Neo-cons will not have the same sway. They will still be a factor just not as much of one.

  12. lilacluvr

    I look for Mitt Romney in 2012, unless someone completely out of the blue comes along. I think the GOP’s strategy of getting their own version of Obama – Michael Steele – fizzled out so I don’t see them going that route again.

    The big unveiling of Bobby Jindal – again the GOP was trying to get an Obama wannabe in there – fizzled.

    So, is their plan to go with the next white guy on the list? Of course, Newt Gingrich will be there with his horndog tongue hanging out.

    Maybe Palin/Gingrich? Now – that would be a dream ticket – for the Democrats!

  13. Bad Biker

    Come on GOP, you can do it! Nominate Palin!

    Could you imagine, think about this, Palin v. Obama presidential debates?

    Really!

    They would have to put Palin on a suicide watch after the first debate.

    • wicked

      Sarah thinks too much of herself to off herself.

      Does anyone watch Mental? It’s on Fox, which I rarely watch. But then I rarely watch anything. (For you ladies, the head doctor–played by Chris Vance–is a hunk and a half. My opinion only, of course.)

      Here’s the summary from the website:
      MENTAL is a medical mystery drama featuring Dr. Jack Gallagher, a radically unorthodox psychiatrist who becomes Director of Mental Health Services at a Los Angeles hospital where he takes on patients battling unknown, misunderstood and often misdiagnosed psychiatric conditions. Dr. Gallagher delves inside their minds to gain a true understanding of who his patients are, allowing him to uncover what might be the key to their long-term recovery.

      Now, I’m not dumb enough to think the speed of their helping patients is real. The week before last guest-starred David Carradine. Last week was about a star-studded (the term is relative) actor who has a breakdown on a talk show. He’s listed on the hospital record as having a Narcassistic Personality Disorder. That wasn’t his problem. But the term made me think of Sarah Palin, among others.

      It’s a GREAT show! Summer schedule only, for now. I hope it gets picked up for fall, it’s that good. Friday nights at 8 on Fox. You can watch full episodes on Fox online.

  14. G-stir

    VOTE PALIN!! : ” I’m as deep as Saran wrap!”

    • jammer5

      And I’ll keep your moose pie fresh.

      • G-stir

        There’s moose pie , and then there’s “moose pie” ??? Be sure to get the right one, or your refrigerator just won’t be the same.

  15. Honestly folks, debating her would be very difficult! How would anyone refute what she said if they couldn’t understand it? Those who are enamored of her would tout afterward how she won, how there was no refutation to her “points.” If asked what points she made they could make up something they wished she thought or said.

    So it wouldn’t change any minds — those who heard what she did and didn’t say already know she’s an airhead and her supporters aren’t smart enough to recognize it as they are airheads too! Luckily their numbers are too small to win any election at the national level.

  16. If someone could memorize her word salad, repeat it back to her verbatim and ask, “Is that what you said,” with just the correct tone — not patronizing, just confused, they could score debate points by asking her to defend her own words.

    Those would end up the oft-repeated sound bites. Fox News would repeat only her opponent and attribute the word salad to them, while other news media might show her saying it and the opponent repeating it (so everyone could hear the stupidity twice.