Obama vs. Romney

For openers, I don’t believe any national poll that claims Obama is running ahead of Romney. For one thing, Obama has been in office for nearly four years. As the incumbent, if he’s not scoring above 50%, it’s highly unlikely he is going to carry the state. Right now, his poll numbers are below 50% in 37 states, and hover at only 51% in Washington and 50% in Minnesota.

Another factor that must be considered is that a lot of people still don’t know his opponent. Right now, Romney’s poll numbers are lower than they should be simply because a lot of people are judging him on no other basis than Obama’s negative ads.

But, after the GOP convention and especially after the presidential debates, when people will have a chance to compare the two men side-by-side and not only see that Romney is taller, better-looking, smarter, speaks better, but see for themselves that the words “smug” and “arrogant” only apply to one of them, the Obamas will be wise to call Bekins and not wait until the last second to start planning their move back to Chicago.

There will be so many reasons to celebrate their departure, I hardly know where to begin. For one thing, if Obama were to be re-elected and if the Democrats were, God forbid, to regain control of the House, guess who would be the chief financial legislator in Congress. Why, none other than Maxine Waters, who should have been booted out of office for using undue influence in securing a $12 million TARP bailout for a bank in which her husband was a director and they were both shareholders.

To get the full impact of that, think of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the SEC, the NY Stock Exchange and the FHA, being overseen by a blacker version of Chris Dodd or a slightly less feminine version of Barney Frank.

Another reason to anticipate Romney’s victory is that it will mean Valerie Jarrett will also be packing her bags and returning to Chicago. In case you haven’t been paying attention, Ms. Jarrett is the Rasputin-like figure who apparently has the ear of both Obamas. It was apparently she, who, on three separate occasions, persuaded Obama not to go through with the attack on Osama bin Laden lest he suffer political blowback if the mission failed. It was only after military advisors warned him that word would inevitably leak out if he didn’t green light the plan that he finally caved to the anti-Jarrett faction in the White House.

I’m sure that Jarrett and her two charges, the czar and czarina, would be welcomed back to their hometown with a parade and a brass band because they so obviously reflect those Chicago values we’ve heard so much about from Rahm Emanuel. I found it interesting, but not surprising, that a day or two after Mayor Emanuel announced that Chick-fil-A wouldn’t fit well in a city that has become the murder capital of America, he had only good things to say about professional anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan. At least now we have a handle on what constitutes Chicago values. Apparently, it’s okay to deride Jews, despise white people, promote Islam and openly denounce America, but stay far away if you oppose the travesty known as same-sex marriages.

I find it almost amusing that Democrats take it so much to heart that Romney hasn’t disclosed a hundred years of income tax forms, but take it in stride when Obama won’t even offer up his college application. They are outraged that the Romneys own a fancy horse, but utter not a word about the millions of our tax dollars the First Lady squanders on vacations. They are apoplectic about Romney’s being a devout Mormon, but accept Obama’s claim that he doesn’t attend church because he doesn’t want his presence to be an annoyance to others, although that never prevents him from tying up rush hour traffic in a hundred different cities when it comes to raising campaign funds.

I also find it mysterious and offensive when people of any political persuasion condemn Romney’s faith. Every religion has elements in it that strike other people as nonsensical, and Mormonism isn’t an exception. However, if I am shopping for a president, I’d want one whose faith emphasizes family, charity, honesty and personal achievement. And if, as they say, the proof is to be found in the pudding, I think you’d have to look long and hard to find a better pudding than the Romneys.

All I ask of Romney is that five minutes after he eliminates ObamaCare, he announces that we are withdrawing from the United Nations.

Finally, it’s no wonder that the Senate under Harry Reid’s leadership doesn’t get anything done. I mean, it would be nice if they finally got around to passing a budget, but Reid is obviously too busy huddling with Team Obama and getting his marching orders from David Axelrod.

But I have to wonder if even Axelrod seriously believed that old Harry would actually take to the Senate floor to spread the foolish rumor that Romney hadn’t paid 10 years of income taxes. I have a feeling that when he heard that, Axelrod smacked his forehead and said, “I assumed the old fart knew I was joking.”

\Just for the record, let us keep in mind that Reid hadn’t ever said a word about Timothy Geithner and Charley Rangel not paying their taxes, so who would have guessed that he would say something so dumb that even Jon Stewart would take him to task.

I, myself, have heard rumors that Harry Reid owes his entire political career to Vegas casino owners and the thugs who run Nevada’s public sector unions. Oh, wait a second, those aren’t rumors.

It would only be a rumor if I said that the reason Harry Reid sounds so much like a mortician is because his favorite hobby is grave robbing. Naturally, I don’t have proof of this, but if the Senate majority leader can get his information from “reliable sources” I figure so can I.

Author Bio:

Burt Prelutsky, a very nice person once you get to know him, has been a humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine. As a freelancer, he has written for the New York Times, Washington Times, TV Guide, Modern Maturity, Emmy, Holiday, American Film, and Sports Illustrated. For television, he has written for Dragnet, McMillan & Wife, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Bob Newhart, Family Ties, Dr. Quinn and Diagnosis Murder. In addition, he has written a batch of terrific TV movies. View Burt’s IMDB profile. Talk about being well-rounded, he plays tennis and poker... and rarely cheats at either. He lives in the San Fernando Valley, where he takes his marching orders from a wife named Yvonne and a dog named Angel.
Author website: http://www.burtprelutsky.com/
  • Concernedmimi

    No one is a nice guy who violates the very fabric of America every day in every way!!! I will be voting for an American President (Romney); not an arrogant pretender (Obama)!!!!!

  • Mary

    The only issue anyone is paying any attention to about Romney
    is he did not pay taxes, are you people crazy, did any of you take the time out
    and examine his returns for yourselves.  He
    Paid Taxes!!!!

    I would ask you why our President continues to receive a
    pass on not providing his college transcripts, what is he hiding?  At least we would have the opportunity to
    examine for ourselves what he might be hiding.

    Obama is a great speaker and a nice guy but a very poor
    leader with no idea on what to do next; right now we need leadership,
    leadership and more leadership.  Wake up
    and stop drinking the cool-aid.  Put on
    an American hat, not a political hat and think what is best for our
    country?  Obama a great speaker or Romney
    a successful business man who may get our economic engine going again.  I voted for Obama in our last election, I gave
    him a chance and he failed; in this game failure is not an option.  

    • BurtPrelutsky

      Mary: I appreciate your response and your obvious commonsense.  After reading all those illiterate lunacies of Pattielaine, it was comforting to find an island of sanity.

      Burt

      • Mariop

        Burt,

        You think Mary’s post has commonsense? Requesting Obama’s college transcripts is a reasonable demand? I guess you forgot the embarrassment the Birthers experienced, including Trump who lost respect from everyone, once Obama’s birth certificate was released. What fun!The nation can’t afford wasting more time on ridiculous requests for another lame release of information that proves nothing. The GOP wasted the nation’s time when trying to impeach Clinton. How about the Right just sit quietly and let the Left do their work, because the Right has yet to prove their economic policies are better for our nation.

        Finally, Mary states that Romney is a successful business man and may get the economic engine going again. Which president of ours was a successful business man and managed to become an effective leader? Bush junior? I can’t think of a single one. Commonsense will tell you that a successful business man became successful because his strategies developed from independent and unrestricted control, reporting to no one. On the other hand our supreme leader needs to negotiate and work with others to achieve his goals. A cocky CEO cares only about one thing, the profit. That surely is not the strategy to run a nation with.  

    • Mariop

      Mary,

      Sure Romney paid his taxes, a whole 13% to the feds; how amazing and generous. The notion of anyone making $22M annually and paying only 13% in federal taxes is ridiculous. I’m not saying Romney did anything illegal, but those numbers show a major flaw in our tax code, which the GOP is not willing to repair. With such loop holes and benefits for earnings only the wealthy can take advantage of, how the hell do the rich pay their fair share? They obviously do not.
      And please don’t give me this excuse that the wealthy put their money at risk. At least they have money to risk! A middle class family lives paycheck to paycheck, so any money they managed to save would be that much more missed should their risky investment  turn sour. When the wealthy’s investment becomes a loss, he has funds to make the money back. You think the middle class would get a second chance to recoup their losses? Think again! Wait, the Right doesn’t think… nevermind.

  • Pattielaine

    Polls don’t like…black, hispanics, women, independent and seniors support Obama.  Old ignorant angry jealous white men support Romney.  That’s not enough to win an election.

  • Pattielaine

    The only way Romney can win is by voter suppression and that’s what the swing states are trying so desperatly to do.

  • Pattielaine

    Polls don’t lie.  Obama is leading in all swing states and it was stated that even if he looses Ohio and Florida, he can win with just the western states only.  Get over it now, Romney is loosing, was loosing and will loose.

  • Pattielaine

    Romney is worth $250,000,000 plus and he’s complaining about the debt, yet he hasn’t paid taxes in 10 years.  If you’re not in the 0.5%, your a big fat chump.

    • Msteytrade

      You are a lost cause. Hold your breath and wait for the scoreboard on November 6, 2012. For sure you will be disappointed when the Marxist is sent back to his Chicago mansion. Obama is the epitome of do what I say not what I do.

  • Pattielaine

    It’s disquisting for anyone to support any human being that hasn’t paid taxes in 10 years, in simple words we are all paying a $250,000,000 man’s bills.  Nothing else needs to be said.

  • Wheels55

    Solar power and windmills (but that stuff won’t fit in my yard)
    50 mpg and the Chevy Volt (how come nobody wants to buy it?)
    Fast and Furious and Executive Privilege (I guess we should shut up and quit picking on Eric)
    If I had a son, he would look just like Trayvon Martin (excuse me sir, who asked you?)
    We won’t know what is in it until we pass it (one of his evil monkeys was allowed to share her wisdom)
    I will close GITMO (you had better hurry up, you only have 4 months left)
    UAW now owns Detroit auto makers (but what about us bond holders?)
    Flying his wife on Airforce One to NY for a date (Can us middle class folks get to do that?)
    You didn’t build that – someone else did (so please tax that someone else)
    I will reach across the isle and work with Republicans (when was that going to happen?)
    The rich need to pay their fair share (cool, because us lower 50% never want to pay for anything)

    Do we need another four years of this?
     

    • GlenFS

      You were on a roll there Wheels!  If Romney takes ill on debate night you would do a more than adequate job as a last minute fill-in.

      • Wheels55

        Thanks Glen. Mitt is too nice of a guy to say all of those things. Someone has to.

  • Wheels55

    It will be interesting to see if the real Romney/Ryan team can sell who they are and what they believe. This is truly a no B.S. team. I think that is one reason why people think they are a mystery – they just haven’t been blowing out garbage that people want to hear (like Obama did 4 years ago). I also think, and hope, that Romney has been laying back until he picked his VP and for this week. Full steam ahead now!!

    • BurtPrelutsky

       Wheels: The GOP got off to a great start.  I expect it will only get better over the next two nights.

      Burt

  • GlenFS

    I would rather be holding Romney’s cards and am optomistic one day and pessimistic the next, but the last down period was courtesy of a Missouri senatorial candidate.  When I’m not thinking about that and am watching Obama at “work” it looks like a wrap.  The reasons to be glad could be listed all day long.

  • Bruce A.

    When was the last time a sitting President polled this low 2 months from the election?  what was the election result  It looks like our President is as popular as the flu.

    • asl3676

      1992, 2004…check the facts….The only way Romney is going to win is if they can supress enough votes in Ohio and Pennsylvania….Romney is a terrible candidate and people don’t trust him….wonder why?

      • Wheels55

        Yes, I wonder why. What makes Mitt untrustworthy?

        I know I don’t trust Obama. he has proven that he will say one thing and do another (if he does anything at all).

        • asl3676

          He’s hiding his tax returns..that’s what makes him untrustworthy…

          • Wheels55

            You know, now that you mention it, I haven’t seen his socks either. I think he is hiding something there too. Maybe his socks are full of the cash that he has robbed from us middle class folks! What do you think?
            I bet if he released all of his tax returns for the last 20 years, you wouldn’t understand 10% of it. You would just look at what he paid in tax and make a conclusion on that. If someone had paid more income tax than what the law required, would you vote for that person? I didn’t think so.

          • asl3676

            The last 5 years of returns are enough. As you don’t know my educational background I don’t think you are in a position to state what I would understand or not and that’s not the point…The fact that you would vote for a possible tax cheat is a poor reflection upon your political judgement….

          • Patrick

            Not to mention that they’ll take a page out of the birther movement and claim that the tax returns are forgeries like the birthers did with President Obama’s birth certificate. Honestly like the birther movement, I have a distinct feeling that the people who are calling on Mitt Romney to release his tax returns have already decided he’s a felon and/or a tax cheat and no amount of any evidence will change their mind.

          • asl3676

            I haven’t seen Romney’s balls either….not sure if he has any….

          • Wheels55

            asl: vote for a “possible” tax cheat?
            I think Obama is a terrorist. You would vote for a possible terrorist?
            I wonder, did you vote for Bill Clinton? I guess he never cheated on anything or anyone, right?
            By the way, Romney’s balls are a factor too? Five kids – I think he has a pair.

    • BurtPrelutsky

       Bruce:  In certain districts, the flu is running ahead of Obama.

      Burt

  • asl3676

    If  Burt Prelutsky doesn’t believe the polls they must not be true…typical right wing nonsense…When Obama wins Burt will not believe it either….

    • BurtPrelutsky

      asl: Even for a liberal, that’s a pretty stupid comment.  As usual, having only insults at your command, you neglect to refute my logic.  One doesn’t have to be a right-winger or a left-winger to recognize that when an incumbent isn’t scoring over 50%, he’s a dead duck.  When a man has been in office for four years and voters aren’t for him, they’re against him.

      Burt

      • asl3676

        I’d suggest you check the polls during the 2004 campaign….Bush was below 50% until a week before the election….and that’s Mr. Stupid to you…LOL

        • BurtPrelutsky

           asl: Bush was never very popular.  His good fortune was that he got to run against Gore, to whom he lost the popular vote, and Kerry, who ran as bad a campaign as Dukakis and Dole, and still nearly defeated Bush.

          Obama, on the other hand, easily beat McCain.  But his administration has been such an unmitigated disaster that there is no bloc of voters, aside from possibly blacks–and even they are ticked off over his support of same-sex marriages–who are expected to give him anywhere near the votes he received in 2008.

          The fact is, if you didn’t vote for Obama last time, you are not going to vote for him this time.  And millions of people who fell for the Hope & Change malarkey last time have had nearly four years in which to come to their senses.

          Burt

          • Wheels55

            I know many who voted for Obama and they have buyers remorse. Many of them seem to have voted against Palin. They now see that, in turn, they voted for Biden.

          • Patrick

             That’s true Burt, that’s why President Obama has focused more time on firing up the liberal base than going after the moderates/independents. Any votes he didn’t get last time, he won’t this time and he only stands to lose votes rather than gain them. He’s basically trying to save all the votes he got last time around rather than getting more of them.