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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Barack Obama's Political LUCK or DESTINY?

from michellesmirror.com
These are some excerpts of the Newsbeast article on President Obama's "greatest streak of good fortune in recent political history"- Last weekend Saturday Night Live opened with “Barack Obama” marveling at his recent good fortune. But in truth the evidence of Obama’s almost superhuman luck has been mounting for years. Below are some examples:

1. Underestimated Illinois U.S. Senate run ,2006
Alan Keyes
from blogs.e-rockford.com
When Obama first decided to run for a U.S. Senate seat in Illinoisstate Republicans "sensed" Obama’s potential. From a long list of qualified candidates they choose to challenge him with a failed presidential candidate from Maryland, Alan Keyes- the same one who staged a hunger strike when he was excluded from a debate, who once threw himself into a mosh pit, who can predict how Jesus will vote in various electionswho had an MSNBC  television show that his producers viciously titled “Alan Keyes Is Making Sense”—a program during which Keyes inexplicably changed from a suit to a sweater in the middle of each show.

2. Hillary Primary blunder, 2008: 
Daryl Cagle, MSNBC.com
Then Presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton ignored the polls and the advice of her aides and decided to compete to win in Iowa where she was running third. Her decision made Obama’s eventual victory all the more devastating, leaving her literally in tears. Obama never really looked back, even as the Reverend Jeremiah Wright hit the airwaves and a tape leaked out where he belittled those who “cling to their guns and religion.” Colin Powell jumped on board the bandwagon, then Oprah.

3. Now- running against “the guy who lost to the guy who lost";2012
from brainshavings.com
Of all the people the Republican electorate could have picked to challenge Obama, they choose the guy who lost to McCain four years earlier or, as someone once put it, “the guy who lost to the guy who lost. Despite all of this, Romney isn’t out of it yet, of course. He never will be, as long as the economy remains sluggish. But this is not where the Republican nominee expected to be at this point in the race, clinging to the one poll in five that offers him any good news at all. Even this bit of "good news" was drowned by consistent bad news coming his way- the most recent of which (yes, this all happened in just one week):
  • The leaked tape recording of the multimillionaire Romney writing off half the nation as a bunch of dimwitted deadbeats not worth his time.
  • Romney’s weird interview with Kelly Ripa, in which he reveals that his guilty pleasures are “peanut-butter sandwiches” and “chocolate milk.” It’s official: the Republicans have nominated Howard Cunningham for President of the United States. One can even see Ripa cringe after Romney was asked what he wore to bed and he replied, “I think the best answer is as little as possible?”
  • a spate of new polls shows him falling behind Obama in Ohio, Virginia, and Florida.
Of course, even the longest lucky streaks eventually run out- or will it? Is it political LUCK or DESTINY?

based from Barack Obama: The Luckiest Politician Alive- by Matt Latimer

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