By Mr. Curmudgeon
On today’s Rush Limbaugh show, the talk-radio host explained to his audience that Rick Perry’s stance on illegal immigration (amnesty) should be viewed through the lens of politics. That’s to say, Perry may be the Grand Old Party’s best chance to unseat President Barack Hussein Obama; and ideological purity, like truth, is an expected casualty of American politics.
But a USA Today/Gallup poll shows that a Perry-Obama contest would see the president beat his Texas GOP rival 50 to 45 percent. Pitted against Romney, the former Massachusetts governor would win by a slim 49 to 47 percent.
That being the case, it comes as a refreshing slap in the face to what passes as conventional political wisdom that a McClatchy-Marist poll finds when Obama is pitted against Gov. Sarah Palin, “Mamma Grizzly” wins 49 to 44 percent.
So, what’s all this stuff about Sarah Palin not being “electable”? As CNN’s Jack Cafferty observes, “Palin now leads him [Obama] among the all-important independent voters.”
Did you feel that? That shaking is a seismic shift in the American political landscape. It’s similar in many respects to that which occurred prior to America’s choice of a conservative California cowboy, Ronald Reagan, to replace the befuddled, sweater-wearing, mullah-taunted, poster-child of American “malaise” – Jimmy Carter.
Americans appear to be fed up, to borrow the title of Rick Perry’s book, and are looking to a scolding, “I told you so,” Tea Party champion as an alternative to the usual GOP stiffs.
This means President Obama’s insistence that the 2010 Congress of the great “shellacking” allow him to continue running the economy isn’t playing well in Peoria; that billionaire apologist Warren Buffett isn’t convincing the unemployed among us that Obama’s plan to tax “millionaires and billionaires” will build a sustainable, job-creating environment – only fill the bank accounts of the president’s union thralls and billionaire campaign-fundraising bundlers.
This news gladdens my heart, if only because it’s sure to cause more than a few sleepless nights for President Obama (whose hair is noticeably grayer), the media, and best of all, gutless, soulless, empty-headed establishment Republicans.
The GOP primaries are about to get a little more interesting. If Palin runs, imagine the coattail effect her high-profile candidacy will have in bringing more Tea Party candidates to the House and Senate.
Why, that may be enough to cause the compromising, chain-smoking Speaker of the House John Boehner to inhale an extra pack a day.