Ronald Regan’s historic landslide victory in the 1984 election might not fully be in jeopardy, but unless the 2012 Republican field shapes up soon, that 49-states-to-1 sweep could be challenged.
Ultimately, President Barack Obama has a few hurdles to overcome — particularly this country’s economic crisis and the future of health care – but people seem less interested in talking about the big issues and prefer to focus on things of the past – namely the fact that he’s black (half true) and Kenyan (not true).
Those issues (and non-issues) alone all but assure Obama won’t match Reagan’s Electoral College beatdown on Walter Mondale (525-13). At this point, though, I don’t see anyone offering any sort of major challenge to Obama in the General Election.
Let’s look at the top Republican candidates, listed in their current order of support in a recent CNN poll:
Newt Gingrich: Yeah, the whole “I divorced my cancer-stricken wife while she was dying in the hospital, yet I espouse ‘family values’ and abhor gay marriage” just doesn’t seem to add up; keep in mind, in 1996, Fun Loving Criminals’ “Scooby Snacks” was also popular.
Save for Romney, who is the only one who seems remotely “presidential,” this is not an impressive bunch. The 2012 Republican candidate field is the equivalent of Go-Bots – they’re trying to be cool like Transformers, but they’re just cheap and generic and you feel kind of bad for the people who own them.
There’s plenty of time for the Republicans to find a decent candidate to pit against Obama. After all, as the old saying goes, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Unfortunately for the GOP, those Kenyans sure do well in marathons.