Leave it up to the ladies of "The View" to let their emotions get in the way of rational thought. The day after the United States snuffed out Osama bin Laden, while most television programs were focused on reporting the facts of the mission and staying away from politics, Barbara Walters proclaimed that "I would hate now to be a Republican candidate thinking of running" against President Obama in 2012.
The conventional wisdom seems to be that by finishing the job that his predecessor, George W. Bush, could not, Obama has sealed up a second term in the White House. Should anyone question his handling of the economy or a host of other conflicts, all he has to say is, "I got Osama." Or so the thinking goes. But though this notion is popular, it is not pervasive — or based on fact.
As the website Mediaite pointed out shortly after the bin Laden killing, "Many people are choosing to thank former President George W. Bush and the military — not Obama — for this particular mission." The killing of bin Laden might give the president a lift in the polls, but it doesn't guarantee re-election in 2012, or even smooth sailing on the campaign trail. History shows that a victory more than a year away from Election Day doesn't ensure that the incumbent will win another turn.
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