George Will: Obama Is Probably Going to Win
Republicans should focus on controlling Congress, he writes
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2012 1:54 PM CST
President Obama jokes about flying into New Hampshire during the snow Thursday in Nashua, N.H.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

(Newser) – Conservative columnist George Will sizes up Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum's chances of winning the presidency and offers this up to Republicans: Hey, there's always 2016. Politico got a sneak peek at Will's Sunday column, in which he argues that Republicans are probably going to lose the White House and should focus instead on a more "attainable" goal—keeping control of the House and taking control of the Senate.

"Conservatives this year should have as their primary goal making sure Republicans wield all the gavels in Congress in 2013," writes Will. That will keep an important check on Obama and pave the way for the next election. “From Louisiana’s Gov. Bobby Jindal to Wisconsin’s Rep. Paul Ryan, Republicans have a rising generation of potential 2016 candidates," he writes. "The presidency is not everything, and there will be another election in the next year divisible by four."

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Mar 3, 2012 7:43 AM CST
George Will needs to have more faith in the American voter. 20% of the American people think the country is heading in the right direction. That's an absolute disaster by any measure. Real unemployment is 15% -- according to Obama's own budget office. That's also an absolute disaster by any measure. The country is $16 trillion in debt with a LOT more on the way. That’s a disaster by any measure you’d care to name. The same voters are mulling these little items over while pumping $5 a gallon gas into their cars and waiting for the war to start in the Mideast. There's a lot of quiet people out there in the hinterlands who don't say much, don't cause a big stir, don’t spout off, but who can't wait to get into a polling booth and register how they feel about the last four years have been going. George needs to get out and meet them. He's been too close to the beltway mentality, where a "gigantic upward spike" from 19% to 21% in thinking the country is headed in the right direction is spun by some empty meaningless government suit as a major achievement, instead of the sad failure that it really is.
Mar 3, 2012 6:12 AM CST
I think that George Will adding to our feeling that Obama will win the Presidency should make us Democrats start paying more attention to winning the Congress-which shouldn't be that hard since the divided congress has a 9% approval rating.
Mar 2, 2012 9:38 PM CST
I love reading the ignorant, ill-informed rants of those with an educational level which wouldn't qualify them to teach kindergarten, who are nevertheless certain they know what is and is not good for the nation, and how unlikely our current POTUS is to win re-election (clearly they didn't bother to read the above article, or have decided to ignore it completely.) Always good for a yuk, US Lady.