So now we've got Santorum and Romney and Gingrich all winners in the first three Republican primary battles. The famous tradition of the rank and file Republicans falling in line behind the next designated candidate who usually is the one who came in second in the last presidential election primaries has fallen prey to the same dissatisfaction with the status quo that fuels the Occupy movement on the left and the Tea Party on the right.
The problem is the right still mainly frames the public discourse, mostly because they're better at the propaganda game than the left but also because they intimidate the media with phony outrage and self-righteousness ala Gingrich's response to the legitimate question about his having put himself up in public as a spokesman for family values, and headed the movement to impeach Clinton for having an affair with an intern when Newt was doing the same. And the media gets all flustered and self-defensive and forgets to nail him on his hypocrisy!
But it's good news in many ways for Obama. Let the Republican candidates raise questions and doubts and critical perspectives on each other. Obama could just run the ads they created to attack each other. But the president and the Democratic party have got to get better at making the case, based on the facts which are all on their side, that almost everything has improved since Bush/Cheney's last years in office.
But I don't even hear them talking about, let alone crowing about, the fact that GM is once again the number one car company in the world. Something that would not have happened had the government let GM die from the Bush/Cheney Great Recession like the Republican leaders and media mouths wanted to do. You would think with all their chants of USA and "We're number one" in all kinds of areas where we're not anymore thanks to Republican policies, you'd think they'd be happy that we're finally back on top in something. But not if Obama and the democrats had anything to do with it.
And the media plays along and the Dems let them. We need someone who can play hardball with the right like Bill Clinton could.