What a difference a half-year makes. Just months after the 2010 mid-term victory for Republicans, they’ve been pushed to the brink of irrelevancy. Here are five reasons that the Republicans should simply concede the upcoming 2012 presidential election and cut their losses now:
1) Obama got his man. Nothing irks Republicans so much as a Democrat they can’t paint as being soft on crime or terrorism. Obama’s hit on Osama Bin Laden will go down as one of the most masterful military operations in American history. No one is shooting this sheriff.
2) The GOP doesn’t have their man. Or woman. For all the fire and brimstone of the Tea Party movement in the 2010 mid-term elections, the Republicans have not yet produced a viable candidate for 2012. Sarah Palin — who has the best brand recognition, the goodwill of conservatives, and the added bonus of being a woman — has phased herself out of the running with each attempt to cash in on her fame. Michelle Bachman is too crazy even for the crazies. Trump has been slapped back into reality (TV) by Obama’s one-two combination: the Correspondents Dinner and the killing of Osama bin Laden. Mitt Romney is about the only sane one, and he has all the mojo of a dead fish. Unless Bloomberg decides to run as a Republican, it ain’t gonna happen for them.
3) The economy is looking up. We know that sensible people disagree on this assertion. But if you look at the general direction of the important indicators, the odds are in Obama’s favor as the sitting president who presided over a miraculous recovery, albeit incomplete.
4) They’ve got no way to get Black and Latino voters. With the census data going the way it is, its increasingly difficult to win national elections without people of color. And now that the “birther” movement has made it clear that brown and black skinned people — no matter how high they rise in American society — may be called upon to prove their citizenship, Republicans have basically told young multiculturals that they are not welcome in the party, nor in their vision of the nation.
5) Fox News needs ratings. A Republican in the White House will deprive Fox News of its cherished target. And with Glenn Beck on the wane, can they really afford to let Fox wither?
In fact, come to think of it, the Republicans should just concede 2016 as well, unless they can field a candidate who can make the peace with a younger, more multicultural America.