Pres. Obama’s Charm Offensive with Jay Leno

WASHINGTON – Several times recently on “Morning Joe,” the conversation has veered into why, as Joe Scarborough and others see it, the primary process weens out the best candidates, people like Jeb Bush, Mitch Daniels, Haley Barbour and others. Lamenting the current Republican field, the conversation has often revolved around the amateur hour we’re all seeing unfold, however, they’re missing the obvious reason many of the best Republicans aren’t running in 2012.

“I’m going to wait until everybody’s voted off the island. Once they narrow it down to one or two, I’ll start paying attention.” – Pres. Obama with Jay Leno

If you saw Pres. Obama with Jay Leno last night you know the reason. There is not a single Republican in his political class running. The top tier candidates don’t want to go up against Barack Obama, because they don’t think they can beat him.

Mitt Romney comes the closest, but his dancing on the Ohio collective bargaining situation reveals his inner political weasel, which is never going to win over the Tea Party crowd. However, if you’ve heard him make his economic case on right wing radio, including on China, you’d see clearly that Mr. Romney has game on an issue that could be devastating to Pres. Obama.

It’s why cable yackers like Ed Schultz are so merciless in their criticisms of Romney. Democrats and progressives want to winnow him out, much preferring to run against Perry or Cain, neither of whom can win a general election.

In a lighter moment of the conversation, Jay Leno chided Pres. Obama for going to a famous chicken and waffle place in Los Angeles. Leno asked the President if his wife gives him trouble when she sees him eating this type of food, with Obama talking about chicken wings at one point. That’s when he said his wife also enjoys french fries and pizza, just not every day, with moderation the key. With this dishy story circulating it’s no wonder.

As things stand today, 2012 is shaping up to be a depressing election, based on establishment, Wall Street, corporate candidates that simply offer basically the same things.

Pres. Obama’s “hope and change,” it’s nowhere in sight.

Taylor Marsh’s new e-book, The Hillary Effect – Politics, Sexism and the Destiny of Loss, the view from a recovering partisan, will be published on November 8th. Marsh is an author, Washington based political analyst, veteran national politics writer and commentator on national politics, foreign policy, and women in power. She has reported from the White House, been profiled in the Washington Post, The New Republic, and has been seen on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera Arabic, as well as on radio across the dial and on satellite, including the BBC. Marsh lives in the Washington, D.C. area. This column is cross posted from her new media blog.

         

7 Comments

  1. There is no question that Obama is an accomplished politician, orator, and charming to boot, but I wish he would actually deliver on his democrat roots more and channel his inner republican less.

  2. The Dems hope Obama has changed enough, and is now a warrior, in the best sense. Is it true that he will be wearing a Bush costume and Michelle a Mrs. Lincoln outfit, wait and see.

  3. I was hoping that it is the pragmatic thing to do and that he listens to his military advisors.

  4. President Obama is doing an excellent Job. He has pressed for more liberal agenda than any other Democrat President in history and done so with a totally obstructive congress.

    Any Democrat that ran when he did would have caved in to the Republican agenda and given them what they want and we ALL know what they want. NONE except, Dennis Kucinich, was or is more liberal than President Obama and being LIBERAL is being in touch with the lives of our people.

    NO ONE can say that President Obama sold out the people for the sake of good press.

  5. Hillary would have spit in their eye.

  6. Consider the target audience. No substance necessary, and the truth is inconvenient too often, and the target audience needn’t be subjected to either. Just re-elect Obama, that’s all they need know.

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