As many trick-or-treaters head out tonight to load up on sweets necessary to remain in a semi-permanent sugar high until Thanksgiving (and this whole time, you believed it was the tryptophan in turkey that made people sleepy. Nope, it was the post-Halloween sugar crash.). Meanwhile, in a move that seemed more “trick” than “treat” the White House doled out dried fruit to its attendees. To be fair, White House M&Ms were also included. Happy Halloween America.
Much hay has been made over Obama’s low poll numbers. The July Gallop poll suggests that a generic Republican can beat Obama. But is this really the case? For as much as people are dissatisfied with Obama’s promised “change,” I’m not sure that “one-term presidency” is in the cards. The problem for the GOP is that there isn’t a candidate that anyone particularly likes. Yesterday, Perry launched negative ads against Romney. Last month, Ron Paul launched a negative ad against Perry. Cain picked some obscure issue about Perry’s ranch from about thirty years ago and made headlines. Welcome to the GOP circular firing squad. The quest for a candidate almost seems like a gang initiation. To join, the potential invitee is thrown a blanket party. Surviving that, the members rally behind the beat up and bruised candidate. Love hurts. And this is looking to be a very painful election process.
Any significant swings GOP debate tonight only mark the fluidity of the race. At the very least, Perry will be worth watching. He was heralded as the cat’s meow when he first announced his candidacy, and then he tried to debate. And then conservatives took a look at his immigration policy. Amazingly, virtually all the popularity Perry lost, Herman Cain gained. Herman Cain, has his own issues. Jon Stewart makes well sure that everyone knows about those too. While most people are not enthused with Romney, he only needs to focus on not pulling a Howard Dean. I also wouldn’t joke about being unemployed either.
Listening to the radio on the way in to work today, one disenfranchised voter from New Hampshire didn’t really feel a whole lot of excitement toward any of the candidates. With primary voters decidedly undecided, one is left to wonder whether the eventually GOP candidate will be received as enthusiastically as Sarah Palin.