Via The Dish (Andrew on vacation), we're getting early results thanks to Democracy in America and The Economist online:
Public Policy Polling, a firm that does work for Democrats but is typically on the money, tests four possible presidential candidates against Barack Obama. The poll doesn't assume that Mr Obama is incredibly popular—it gives him a 55/38 approval/disapproval rating, worse than the average calculated at Pollster.com. Still, all of the possible Republicans trail the president. Mike Huckabee fares best, only losing by 13 points in a hypothetical match-up.
These polls aren't meaningless. Newt Gingrich's popularity, according to PPP, is about as low as Dick Cheney's. Coincidentally, the White House has no problem elevating Mr Gingrich by inviting him to meetings. A lot of the White House's boldness can be traced back to its fearlessness. There's really no Republican on the horizon popular enough to challenge Mr Obama in 2012, unless the president slips badly.
As far as getting the under 65 vote, y'know, the majority of the country, what's your overall strategy for the future? How are you going to attract the youth; the generation that really doesn't give a fuck if you or your neighbors are black, white, hispanic, gay, lesbian, christian, jew, muslim, atheist, hindi, sikh, whatever; as long as at the end of the day you're able to get the motherfuckin' job done and govern effectively? What are your priorities? (via Think Progress)
STEELE: The problem that we have with this president is that we don’t know [Obama]. He was not vetted, folks. … He was not vetted, because the press fell in love with the black man running for the office. “Oh gee, wouldn’t it be neat to do that? Gee, wouldn’t it make all of our liberal guilt just go away? We can continue to ride around in our limousines and feel so lucky to live in an America with a black president.” Okay that’s wonderful, great scenario, nice backdrop. But what does he stand for? What does he believe? … So we don’t know. We just don’t know.
WHIMMY WHAM-WAM WOZZLE!
Okay...well, good luck with the in-group/out-group xenophobic argument. It's working now and has done wonders for you in the past. Make sure to pack it away after this, too, because it's sure to be even more persuasive when the immigration issue comes up again:
Also, DURKEE DURRR!!!!