The GOP’s radical Tea Party fringe is forcing the GOP away from the relatively moderate Mitt Romney toward Rick Santorum, whose agenda has perhaps more to do with righting such imagined “wrongs” as abortion and gay marriage, as fiscal conservatism.
Have no doubt about it, Rick Santorum is unelectable. His views are too extreme for most of the electorate to stomach. If 10% of the population is gay and would, to a person, vote against him, and if the vast majority of female voters want the government out of their reproductive lives, it’s clear he’d lose against an Obama whose fortunes are on the rise after years in the sub-50% approval doldrums.
An Obama at a 45% approval rating could probably win reelection in a landslide if his opponent turns out to be Rick Santorum. Most independents would have little choice but to either vote for Obama or sit the election out. I suspect most would vote for Obama even if they are really voting against Santorum.
In fact, a recent poll showed that even the more electable Mitt Romney would lose to Obama in a head-to-head Presidential race, the day the poll was taken.
Of course, there’s plenty of time for an economic downturn to happen, but if things continue the way they are going, Obama is looking like a shoe-in for another four years.
It must be dawning on poor John Boehner that the GOP’s kowtowing to the radical Tea Party is almost certainly going to cost them an election that seemed so firmly in their grasp just a year ago.
But the tea party won’t care! You see, with radicals dogmatic purity is more important than success. As long as they keep their hands clean in the doctrinal sense and refuse any compromise at all, they will be happy to lose.
President Obama will be happy, too. Obama’s health care plan, which seemed in serious jeopardy just months ago, now looks like it just may survive, forcing Republicans to cooperate by paying for it with cuts to the military, more aggressive policing of such health and welfare programs as Medicare, Medicaid, and SNAP (food stamps), and fewer porkbarrel boondoggles. They may also have to modify Social Security in order to require a means test for a citizen to collect it. When money is short, it makes no sense for millionaires and billionaires with ample retirement resources to be receiving a few thousand dollars a month in Social Security payouts.
Rick Santorum and The Tea Party nut jobs are looking like President Obama’s salvation.
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