Jeff Ward: Why President Obama Just Got Four More Years

That’s right! I’m officially declaring Barack Obama to be the winner of the 2012 presidential election. (Colin and Ken made me do it!)

First, reader Colin Campbell dared me to grace the virtual pages of Patch with my prescient predictions. In general, I tend to avoid gazing into the future because, as it was with the Old Testament prophets, some people feel a sudden urge to throw stones when you tell them something they don’t want to hear.

You’ve already seen just what can happen when you write something about cheerleaders. I had to hire Glen Ellyn and Burr Ridge Patch Editors Samatha Liss and Sabrina Wu just to protect me from the salvo of incoming pom pons.

And speaking of cheerleaders, Ken Loebel also chided me for tackling tough topics like cheerleading, club soccer and whether pork really is the other white meat. He then dared me to write about the more pressing political topics of the day.

It ain’t easy being me!

But since I’m nothing if not a slave to my readers, if you issue a challenge within the bounds of reason (no jumping off cliffs), I’ll probably take you up on it. After all, if it wasn’t for you, there’d be no column-writing me.

And this is one of those rare opportunities to deflect two reader-inflicted gauntlets with the same sharp stone. Though I’m not quite sure that analogy works, let’s proceed as if it does.

The 2012 presidential race ended last Saturday in South Carolina. That’s right! I’m officially declaring Barack Obama to be the winner. There’s no need for any more attack ads, baby kissing, political punditry, or clueless candidate comments. You can tell it’s over because the skinny columnist just sang.

Now, you know I love it when you hit the submit button, but before you do, please consider the fact I’m no longer a big fan of our president. He sides with big business too often, no one from Wall Street has done the perp walk, he hasn’t shown the kind of political backbone moderates expected from him, and he hasn’t done nearly enough to stop the creeping erosion of the middle class.

That said, the guy who spoke on TV Tuesday night, I could get behind. The guy who’s been governing for the last four years—not so much.

But despite all that liberal/moderate disappointment and the fact that most conservatives’ can’t stand him, Barack Obama will be reelected because, after South Carolinians made it clear that Mitt Romney wouldn’t walk away with it, we’re left with just two possibilities.

And neither outcome is good for Republicans.

The first and most likely scenario is that Romney and Gingrich will continue to wage a five-month, take-no-prisoners, pyrrhic primary battle that produces no real winner. Fueled by boundless Super Pac cash and relentless venom, the two candidates will engage in a mutually assured destruction death grip, giving Obama, a proven campaigner, everything he needs to make mincemeat out of his bloodied opponent.

In their blind fury, those GOP Super Pacs are doing all the Democrats’ dirty work.

After all those lethal blows have ceased, and considering the timbre of the GOP debate, instead of making peace, repulsed by the opposing candidate’s dirty tactics, not even the specter of four more years will get Romney supporters to vote for Gingrich and vice versa.

They’ll just stay home. And Obama wins by 10 percentage points.

The only other possible scenario is, emboldened by South Carolina’s vast capacity to ignore his massive moral shortcomings, Gingrich ratchets up the scorch-and-burn strategy and runs the rest of the primary table.

Ironically, this is the outcome that Republicans fear the most. The Daily Show presented a montage of conservative pundits lamenting the fact that Gringrich isn’t an outsider, isn’t a conservative, isn’t a leader, doesn’t carry a moral imperative, and most of all, he isn’t electable.

Despite not having much of one to begin with, I was laughing what’s left of my butt clean off as I watched them all throw a hissy fit!

What did they think was going to happen? If you shriek, scream, whine, obstruct, thump your chest, and generally act like spoiled brats at every turn just to energize the base instincts of your ultra-conservative base, there’s gonna be a consequence. And that consequence is Newtenstein.

Why is anyone surprised that the current Republican frontrunner embodies all the worst qualities of the GOP base? Newt’s entitlement mentality alone is unsurpassed in the annals of U.S. political history.

Then the very folks who created this monster have the nerve to look upon their creation with abject horror? This is what happens when the Tea Party, religious right and other wacky elements start believing all that crazy Republican posturing. And now they’re stuck with him!

Those Fox News pundits do have one thing right, however. There’s no way Newtenstein beats Obama.

And here’s why. Though I will , I do understand female voters. Whatever contempt conservative women may hold for Barack Obama is not nearly enough to get them to hold their nose and vote for a man who treats his wives with such contempt.

For those of you who haven’t already heard, Newt presented divorce papers to his first wife while she was in the hospital recovering from cancer and then he cheated on his second wife for six years. When wife No. 2 refused to grant him the privilege of an open marriage, he divorced her for No. 3.

So Obama wins by five points.

And if conservatives thought Obama was a liberal before, just wait until he doesn’t have to worry about running again! I’m wondering what it will take to make conservatives finally realize that, if you choose to live by the sword then you will most certainly die by it, too.

I’ll even take it a step further. With the GOP’s inability to moderate and an improving economy, we won’t see a Republican president for the next three terms

So never let it be said that Jeff Ward is one to back down from a (reasonable) challenge. Keep ‘em coming, dear readers. You know it’s your feedback—positive or negative—that keeps me coming back to Patch.

As for Ken and Colin, I hope you’re happy now! If my longsuffering editors call me on the carpet for not writing local enough, I’m telling them to talk to you two. And it’s also up to you guys to defend me from the slings and arrows of outrageous conservative fortune that are bound to come my way in the ensuing comments.

It’s the least you could do.

Uncle Buckeye February 11, 2012 at 07:19 PM
P Arnold - 11:20 am Feb 11 “…you can count on angry, disparaging rhetoric from the right wing fanatics…” Other than to “vent” your anger, was there an actual purpose to this post P? For some reason the liberal mind cannot grasp the fact geo bush is no longer in office and the discussion is now about the CURRENT president. I understand your dislike of fox but for you to say ““You are citing a Youtube replay of a Fox News report?? And you want to be taken seriously??” is just plain silly. If you had viewed my reference and wanted to take me to task about its content, ok, but to cavalierly deny it any credibility displays the mind of a myrmidon. Try this reference which includes documents located by The Smoking Gun: http://www.larryelder.com/b/Smoking-Gun-Document-Ties-Policy-To-Housing-Crisis/-900542100341096364.html Try answering this – why has there been NO budget presented from the senate? What is harry afraid of P? Congress is required under the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 to pass a spending plan and then have it scored by the Congressional Budget Office and signed by the president. That none of this happens suggests a level of disrespect for the law and the people found only among criminals. I’ve asked this question before and none of the liberal intelligentsia has responded. Why not P? I guarantee you that if the republicans failed to pass a budget I would be just as mad!
Fatima February 11, 2012 at 11:16 PM
I suppose Uncle Buckeye, that the complete lack of compromise on either party has much to do with the impasse. Would not you agree? Here is something you may wish to twig onto:How many of the Republicans have signed the Norquist pledge? How many now wish they hadn't? how has this strangled this country? Why do you whinge about money spent on the country's poor and unemployed, yet haven't any discernment with offering tax breaks to big business? Who have shipped jobs overseas. Who do not care a whit about their own country? Who do not invest in jobs here with their profits? Or are you the parrot of the radio commentatour? Or do you wish to be his interlocutour?
Tonto February 12, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Oblamer is just an exposed communist. Won't get the white guilt vote no matter how hard Hollywood tries. He has lied about everything. Can't run on his record. Still smokes while supposedly worrying himself sick about our health. Last but not least.... BANKRUPTED THE COUNTRY......how do you get past that? The liberal media of course.
Fatima February 12, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Ron and Chad have you now become the sidekick of the Lone Ranger?
Paul February 12, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Ron, am still here. Not hiding dude. Just nothing more to discuss. You label everyone as liberals if they have a democratic opinion which is way out there Ron. I did not call you a name either but stated a fact, when you are republican these days, you are for the right, rich, and are in my opinion, a cowardly human being that can not see right from wrong no matter what would be at stake. You sound like chad who got banned for vulgar language. I saw in one of your posts a 4 letter word that should ban you. Typical republican. Weak on substance but has the tongue of the devil.
Paul Bryant February 12, 2012 at 04:23 PM
It's socialism, not communism. If you're going to parrot the far right whackos, the least you could do is parrot them correctly.
Paul Bryant February 12, 2012 at 04:28 PM
How much of that debt increase was a) carryover from two wars or b) to keep an economy that was already starting to decline afloat?
Ron Burgandy February 12, 2012 at 05:20 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/bailout-chaos-pm-papademos-tells-greece-005703038.html This will be the USA if we re-elect Obama.
Ron Burgandy February 12, 2012 at 05:21 PM
socialism, communism, Obamanism...No difference.
Ron Burgandy February 12, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Ban me? They already banned Chad for excercizing free speech. It's ok to burn the flag but you liberals can't handle when someone has a view point other than your own.
Ron Burgandy February 12, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Yeah rich people. Thanks for providing most of the jobs in this country! Thank you. thank you. thank you.
Tonto February 12, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Ron, let the party of liars call it socialism. The communist in Oblamer just can't hide. He is really showing his dictator traits lately. The unions and freeloaders will blindly follow as he promises to line their pockets.
Jeff Ward February 12, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Rich people are not job creators. That's just another Repubilcan lie - they take them overseas to India and China. Three hundred replies? I was considering retiring at the top of my game, but there's too many silly Republicans out there. Jeff
Nora February 12, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Ron Burgundy calls people morons and idiots but does not know how to properly differentiate between "your" and "you're" or "sensor" and "censor." P.S. You can't win a suit because you violated the terms of service that you had to agree to before using this site, but thanks for playing!
Uncle Buckeye February 13, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Try asking scott huber for a job jeff. Actually there are just too many ignorant liberal myrmidons that need to be educated. So many illiterates and so little time!
Uncle Buckeye February 13, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Fatima some loose ends: “Yes, Uncle Buckeye, the two wars that you wish to continue” Want to show me where I said that please. “…the tax cuts of the Bush years that have added to the national debt a total of $10 Trillion …” First, I could not care less about Norquist. Second, The republican winners involved with the November 2010 demolition of the democrats did exactly what they were elected to do. Third, bush tax cut repeal would yield the Treasury, at the very most, $80 billion a year and obama has already increased the debt FIVE TRILLION. Common sense demonstrates that we do not have a taxing problem, we have a SPENDING problem. Unfortunately most liberals are too stupid to understand fact. “…lack of compromise…” Now that the democrats don’t control all three branches ol’ bho NOW demands compromise. Any idea why the senate has refused to bring any of the twenty plus house bills to a vote? Enough of the standard liberal ploy of subject shift, grow up and try addressing some of the questions and issues previously noted: no budget, what are bhos “successful” projects, the 2013 obama tax increases, what cuts has obama proposed, and etcetera. What of solyndra and the all the other failed obama crony corporate fiascos? The idiocy of the xl pipeline. “…no need to shout…” The caps are being employed for emphasis because some liberals require “pointers” to help compensate for their evident poor reading skills.
Mouse February 13, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Your FOX is showing.
Fatima February 13, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Uncle Buckeye: Feb 1 7:05 PM : "Military spending – refine but avoid drastic cuts, total withdrawal from Iraq may have been too soon and must be avoided in Afghanistan, if we leave a void in military strength some country will fill it be it China or Russia or maybe someone else. Please explain how this could not be understood as continuing the wars? You side step other areas I've mentioned - brilliant! Therefore, I'll simply ignore yours. Yet, I'll thank you for continuance of the Hellenic term. It demonstrates your simplistic need to follow your favourite chappie, Neil B. Cheers!
Fatima February 13, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Uncle Buckeye: Feb 1 7:05 PM : "Military spending – refine but avoid drastic cuts, total withdrawal from Iraq may have been too soon and must be avoided in Afghanistan, if we leave a void in military strength some country will fill it be it China or Russia or maybe someone else. Please explain how this could not be understood as continuing the wars? You side step other areas I've mentioned - brilliant! Therefore, I'll simply ignore yours. Yet, I'll thank you for continuance of the Hellenic term. It demonstrates your simplistic need to follow your favourite chappie, Neil B. Cheers!
Fatima February 13, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Amazing, a double post! After last night's posting, I've had additional thoughts to add. What troubles me here about some of the fellows who have posted is their complete lack of objectivity and their vehemence in belief of their idealogues assertations. It was not only Providence but the free will of its founders that this country has been able to sustain and thrive, whilst welcoming newcomers who have added to the recipe of success. It was their belief in a system of objectivity, compromise and altruism that has allowed this country to grow and prosper. At various times in its history the ship has been driven off course, yet was righted by men of conscience and foresight. It appears to me that the current situation is once again, being righted. Yet, their are those who for whatever reason feel the need to hinder, indeed, obfuscate its progress and instead eschew goals of self-interest and greed. It has produced the corporate scandals, tax cuts that have only enriched the wealthy, coporate CEO salaries that have risen to obscene levels whilst the workers of the same business have seen layoffs, benefits reduced, pittances for pay increases and an increased workloads. It is responsible for the deregulation of industries that have resulted in the risk taking of bankers and speculatours that have resulted in the bailouts that have indebted this nation.
Fatima February 13, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I do not believe anyone is saying that hard work is wrong. Yet is it not wrong, however when the odds are so stacked against the average worker to make ends meet when they see their wages cut, their jobs shipped overseas, their homes devalued and their politicians wishing to cut corporate taxes whilst also terming the life security sytems in which they have paid as being "entitlements"? If one were to read the statement by the ILO (International Labour Organisation http://www.rttnews.com/1803521/global-unemployment-outlook-gloomy-ilo-report-says.aspx), it is indeed chilling: "warning that global unemployment is set to rise in the next five years - governments must act decisively, in a coordinated fashion to reduce fear - further stimulus must be provided". Yet, we see our own politicans in complete disregard, wishing to cut programs, cut taxes, aid big business in a manner that does not seem to be recompensated in job making or job investment. The artificial crisis of the debt ceiling fiasco of last summer is a prime example. As someone else has stated when the Republican party made substantial gains in the mid-term elections, one of their leaders stated that their primary goal was to make Barack Obama a one term president. Really? What about thousands upon thousands of unemployed? What about those who no longer qualify for unemployment because they have been unemployed for so long. What about the under-employed? How is any of this aided by tax cuts and primary goals?
Fatima February 13, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Lastly, the wars: Would it not be fair to observe that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have gone on far too long? Who has benefited from the money and lives lost? Why have China, Japan and other countries not been involved? Are they not direct beneficiaries of the destruction of terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda? Are not the multi-national corporations benefitting. Yet the US gives them tax breaks. Overnight, I heard John McCain interviewed on the wars, etc. He believes the US should continue them, that the US was wrong in taking a backseat in Libya, that the US should get involved in Syria and finally, keep all options open for an assault upon Iran. At some point, the US has to learn the lesson that the Soviet Union did in Afghanistan; you shall surely be bankrupted if you follow that path. If their is a coalition of agreement, then perhaps military action should be used. But, waging wars that seem to benefit nations and multi-national businesses without compensation is foolhardy to say the least.
Uncle Buckeye February 13, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Fatima - 8:48 pm Feb 12, 2012 Fatima - “Please explain how this could not be understood as continuing the wars?” Uncle Buckeye: Feb 1 7:05 PM : "Military spending – refine but avoid drastic cuts, (1) total withdrawal from Iraq may have been too soon and must be avoided in Afghanistan, (2) if we leave a void in military STRENGTH some country will fill it be it China or Russia or maybe someone else”. (3) Note the use of the word “STRENGTH” vice “presence”. What do you think Fatima, should we relinquish our militaries leadership role in the world? Who would you choose to fulfill that role? Is that sufficient or do you require more explanation? Fatima - “Therefore, I'll simply ignore yours.” I’ll bet you also use phrases like “I know you are but what am I” don’t you. Fatima - “Yet, I'll thank you for continuance of the Hellenic term …” No need to thank me Fatima, just consider it my educational gift to both you and the other “myrmidons”.
Tonto February 13, 2012 at 03:35 PM
911 so easy for America haters to forget :( Fatima and Oblamer think evil US needs to be cut down to size.
Fatima February 13, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Strength vs presence is it? Your interpretation vs mine. Why then, did you not just agree that the US should not continue the wars? Instead you choose to argue semantics. Tsk, tsk. Caught in your own deceit. What rubbish! Lastly, Uncle Buckeye, I've endeavoured to contue a dialogue. Yet, you choose to pick certain topics whilst ignoring my valid observations. Or, is it that perchance, perhaps, you are in agreement with my statements? Then, I see your confusion. Indeed, you are a dark horse, sir.
Fatima February 13, 2012 at 03:54 PM
As someone posted earlier, when one feels they must use ad hominems to believe they have attained superiority and make their failed point, then the methodolgy of logical discussion has failed. Your comment sir is inexcusable.
Tonto February 13, 2012 at 04:24 PM
truth hurts does it? you probably think US deserved 911 is my guess. I'm not impressed with your humninoms or whatever your trying to talk down to me with :)
Fatima February 13, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Careful there Chad, Ron, Tonto, your doppelganger is showing (amongst the more obvious). If you feel it is so, why then it must be, should it not, Chad?
Tonto February 13, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Oh yea, she thinks we deserved 911. Cut US down to size :(
Rick Nagel (Editor) February 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM
This has become a two- or three-person conversation, so I'm going to call it a draw and discontinue the comments. Thanks for your participation!


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