Barack Obama: Luckiest Man Alive?
It certainly appears so, based on re-election prospects: Dana Milbank
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2012 1:01 PM CST
President Barack Obama watches as a marshmallow is launched by a gun designed by Joey Hudy of Phoenix, Ariz., Feb. 7, 2012, in the White House in Washington during the White House Science Fair.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – President Obama looks like a man who's having fun lately: He's singing Al Green, playing with a marshmallow cannon science project, hanging out with Super Bowl winners. And why not? The president "just might be the luckiest man alive," writes Dana Milbank in the Washington Post. The economy—and his poll numbers—are improving, he's raising a lot of money, and his GOP opponents "are shaping up to be as formidable as, well, marshmallows."

Sure, historical patterns show that the still-floundering economy should spell Obama's doom—"but historical patterns do not take into account an opponent who says he enjoys firing people," Milbank points out. The Republicans aren't happy with Obama's competition, as evidenced by Erick Erickson's endorsement of a meteor and Rick Santorum's three "protest vote" victories yesterday, and the remaining candidates are essentially "making each other unelectable" and "alienating the electorate"—all while a gleeful Obama doesn't even have to raise a finger.