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Obama’s Catch-2012

Obama’s Catch-2012

The only way for Obama to stimulate the enormous private sector job growth needed to ensure Obama’s reelection is for Obama to announce he is not running for reelection, which would unleash a wave of investment and economic activity not seen since the Great Depression.


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Hooyah! Though the smart money will still sit on the sidelines until all the votes are counted.

    Anna D in reply to publiuspen. | July 8, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    That is so true, publiuspen, and so logical. I would not be surprised if the O-bummer lied and then at the last moment, said he was running after all. He lies about everything. I wouldn’t trust him in any circumstance.

Cowboy Curtis | July 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Nonsense, there’s nothing wrong with the economy that another trillion dollars worth of unicorn chow won’t fix.

But that would deprive jobless Obama voters of the chance to correct their mistake.

At some point, a rise in unemployment numbers will result in a jump in the stock markets, since it will be further assurance that Obama will not be re-elected. The first month that the stock market doesn’t retreat or even rises on bad job numbers, you can go to the bank that Obama is finished.

I can see Obama saying that he won’t run, then when the economy turns around because he’s not running, he’ll get back in. Remember his pledge to use public funding for his campaign? Until he changed his mind? Yeah, sort of like that.

Anon Y. Mous | July 8, 2011 at 6:45 pm

That looks like you have the post in a blockquote, but I don’t see a link or other attribution. I tried googling, but I only came up with people hat-tipping back to you. 🙂

Who is the quote from?

DINORightMarie | July 8, 2011 at 7:05 pm

You put that in quotes. Yet you say you thought it up yourself. Did you do a radio show again? If not, that is the #1 thing you MUST get said on the air!!!!

Truer words have never been spoken (about the 2012 election, anyway)!

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homas tardy | July 8, 2011 at 7:39 pm

I feel sorry for southern white pol Carter who has been eclipsed by a President supposedly similarly cerebral, elite and entitled by righteously leftward religio-political philosphy but endowed by PC pigment.

Still, Jimmy should take comfort in realizing that cracker Jesus type he and the melanin messianic Obama share a singular inability to show common sense, given how uncommon they are.

Perhaps Obama will

homas tardy | July 8, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Whoa, sorry for the above phrase remainder. Truth is, no Preview, no can do.

Insufficient self-editor
on the first go-round
forever spoilt by Preview and Edit functions
from before and now elsewhere

Not here anymore

Brilliant, insightful observation Professor. I have long held that the media retroactively announced we had been in a recession when it was clear Obama was the presumptive Democratic candidate. When McCain became the presumptive candidate incapable of defeating Obama, the economy went into freefall. Nancy Pelosi, et al, had the economic ruin vehicle in 4th gear, and Obama stomped on the gas.

And that could open up all kinds of opportunities.

Henry Bowman | July 8, 2011 at 9:32 pm

If the O’Bumbler announced he was not seeking re-election, the Hildebeest would step in to run. And, please remember that she is at least as bad as the O’Bumbler. Disaster would ensue.

Nothing makes me believe that a self-centered politician like Obama would put the nation ahead of his re-election.
As the economy gets better many discouraged workers will go back to looking again which will, at least temporarily, make the unemployment numbers go up. I’m sure that Team Obama is hoping that today’s numbers are that beginning, but nothing would make anybody take that notion seriously.

Juba Doobai! | July 8, 2011 at 10:03 pm

That wouldn’t do it cuz Obama’s a liar. Everything he says comes with an expiration date or is applicable only for now. I don’t think businesses would trust what he says and open their pockets. They’d still wait until November 6th 2012, verify Obama’s non-candidacy, and THEN open their pockets.

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Carol Herman | July 8, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Wishful thinking. While there’s nothing wrong with that … Obama announcing he won’t run … would put the Arkansas attack team into action. How long would Biden live?

What would Holder do?

Where would Ayres go?

Would Chicago go “1968?” Would there be an Armies of the Night? Mailer’s dead.

The past, when it returns, returns as farce.

Maybe, Dukakis would come back?

If Obama were to step aside in this manner, for the good of the country, it would rank right up there with Lyndon Johnson’s decision not to run.

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David Block | July 9, 2011 at 12:23 am

Professor, that’s freaking brilliant.

But we have to worry about a paradoxical situation: If Obama does run and the economy is still in the tank, it will become obvious that he’s going to lose. Savvy businesses and investors will anticipate that, and will begin to prepare for an administration with sane economic policies — which will cause the economy to improve, making it less likely that Obama will lose after all. And of course the media will give Obama and his policies all of the credit for the turnaround, just as all the bad news for the past two years has been “unexpected” … Arrgh.

To anyone who believes the US is coming out of the ‘recession’; you’re not paying attention.

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teapartydoc | July 9, 2011 at 7:50 am

I’m sure you guys are all talking this way because you have ideological blinders on and are ignoring all the good news that’s out there for anyone who cares to see. And when I find some of it I’m going to come right back here and set you straight. Got it?

good thing the unemployment numbers won’t influence peoples’ votes next year


Here is the likely scenario. At the beginning of summer 2012, Obama’s re-election will start looking increasingly unlikely. As a result, investors will come in from the sidelines and the summer of 2012 will witness a bull market. The media will attribute America’s “comeback” to Obama’s policies. Obama’s poll numbers will then start looking better, and the election will be a close call.

I wish he’d not run for re-election, of course I also wish he’d leave office NOW (or better yet,, be forced from it due to all the awful & illegal things he’s done).
I linked to your post here:

In an interview with Matt Lauer in the beginning of his presidency, Barack Obama said he should only serve one term if he could not fix the economy.

Hey Barry, YOUR THREE YEARS ARE UP…Exit Stage Left.

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I am afraid that would not work, he has already done more damage than any previous president. It will takes us at least 20 years to rectify his mistakes, or intentional actions. I don’t see anyone eliminating Obamacare, which is one of the major reasons for the lack of jobs. At least the college kids who put him in are getting theirs as they don’t seem to be able to get jobs.

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