Things are looking up, for a change.
In the past week alone, President Barack Obama has seen his approval rating drop to its lowest level yet as more and more Americans wake up to the realization that — shockingly — government truly cannot solve all of their problems. Also, the Republican Party has managed to retake its lead on the generic congressional ballot, meaning that the Grand Old Party is poised to make some serious gains in both houses of Congress this November.
However, I am seeing dark storm clouds beginning to form on the horizon.
Interestingly enough, the clouds in question are hovering just over the head of former Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Since being designated by pundits across the political spectrum as a kingmaker of sorts in this year's midterm Republican primaries, it seems as if Palin's fanatically devoted fans — many of which practically worship the ground she walks on — are once again encouraging her to seek the presidency.
Of course, in the event that Palin were to take their advice, our current Commander-in-Chief would be virtually guaranteed a second term. According to a recent opinion poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports, a paltry 26% of likely voters feel that she has the qualifications necessary to be the chief executive officer of the conglomerate known as the federal government. Other prospective candidates for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination — including former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Newt Gingrich — run far ahead of her in terms of credibility.
So, what does this all mean for our country's political future?
It means that the Grand Old Party has a grand new shot at taking back Capitol Hill within the next two election cycles. This good fortune could easily be thwarted, though, if Palin were to win its presidential nomination. If that were to happen, then Obama and his pack of battle weary Democrats would be given the gift of their dreams — a 1964-style landslide victory come election night.
That would be the undisputed end of America as we know it.Powered by Sidelines