The triumphant elimination of Osama Bin Laden has buoyed our country’s spirits. What does this achievement mean for President’s Obama’s future? Has it secured his chances of taking back the House? Given him the leverage to win the 2012 election? What, if anything, could possibly derail him?
LIZ SMITH: I think the Democrats under the revitalized President will take back power (barring some unforseen event) as long as they dynamically explain the Tea Party and the GOP to voters, telling them the truth about Big Oil, and Big Oil’s bought and paid for Republicans. Also pointing out how the GOP desires the death to Medicare and every other social program. And how the GOP is willing to trade common sense for threatened power grabs. Yes, the President rides high on the Osama strike, but he merely needs to speak out more forcefully and the truth will set us free.
This is a most disgraceful political moment in our history. If not Obama, then what is the electorate thinking? I believe he can clear away the myths about the deficit, planning and securing the future with clean energy jobs, making the wealthy pay their share. Of course anything might derail Obama…more bad weather, a terror attack, a scandalous mistep. But this very fine American leader is our own best choice.
I wanted Hillary, I got Obama. I am satisfied and I believe Hillary is as well.
JOAN COONEY: Oh my heavens, almost anything could derail him. With the economy still bad and unemployment virtually unchanged and national debt sky high with no agreement politically about solutions, Obama will have a tough job convincing Americans that he should be reelected. Further, I don’t think the killing of Bin Laden will be remembered a year from November. If some far right kook is nominated, that is one thing — but if Mitch Daniels or Mitt Romney or some other reasonable person is picked, it will be a very tough race for Obama with no certainty at all that he’d prevail.
CANDICE BERGEN: Anything could derail the President. Never underestimate this country’s extreme right wing. They cannot stomach his being in the White House. But it had absolutely raised his approval rating here and around the world. A gutsy, flawlessly handled operation. I’m even reading a book on SEALs because of it!