December 28, 2011

It's not every day that I agree with syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer, but on this point he is right: President Obama is benefiting greatly right now by the ineptitude of Republicans. When Krauthammer solemnly intones that the reason for his increasing approval numbers from Gallup and others is more a reflection of the absolute suckitude of Republicans one wonders if in turn demoralized republican voters will bother to turn out next November.

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: It is and I don't think it can be explained by anything that the president has done in a positive way. I think it's explicable by two things. The first is the ridiculous way that the Republicans have conducted themselves in the Congress, particularly in the last couple weeks where they were given a victory early on and they kicked it away. And achieved really nothing in terms of cutting or any of their real objectives, but suffered politically, making Obama look like at least a grown-up.

And second, I think, is the almost year-long exposure now to a weak Republican field. The fact that Santorum is the last standing alternative. Think how this has gone. Trump, Bachmann, Perry, then Cain, then Newt, whose really in decline now. Ron Paul who is on ascent, but he not electable and now Santorum. Every single alternative is going to get a try or looks like it will get a try because the field is not happy with -- or the electorate in large part is not happy with Romney. He's stable, he's sober, but he's considered ideologically suspect.

Imagine if you had a race with a Mitch Daniels, with a Paul Ryan, Christie, Jindal and others. Senator Thune. It would have a completely different complexion. And I think with some of the embarrassing candidates like Cain, and others along the way, it made the president who is by, by who he is, presidential, look better. And that explains the reason his numbers are up. He's been a passive observer of this. And the Republicans in Congress and also in this race have not actually distinguished themselves.

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