Obama Can Be Beaten

Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 09:23 AM

By Richard Viguerie

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President Barack Obama can only be re-elected if we tea party and conservative activists sit on our hands.

I’ve said it before: The next president will not be Obama. We have to make sure he or she is a conservative.

The Aug. 8 Gallup tracking poll shows that Obama is at 50 percent or better approval rating in only 16 states, the majority of which are normally considered Democratic bastions. Those 16 states represent 203 electoral votes of the 270 needed to win the presidency.

Key states, such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida that contributed to Obama’s 365-to-173 blowout of the McCain-Palin ticket in 2008, are in play at this time.

This is a stunning reversal for Obama and an encouraging sign for tea party and conservative movement activists.

In the 2010 elections, Michigan, where Obama is currently at 50 percent approval, swept in three new tea party-backed members of Congress. The tea party also performed well in other states where Obama is at 50 percent, such as Wisconsin.

It gets better.

The states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida, which are now in play, were three of the top states where the tea party wave swept new constitutional conservative members into Congress.

In Florida, 4 of the 7 new Republicans were elected with significant tea party support. In Ohio, the tea party-backed candidates contributed five freshmen to the House Republican ranks. And in Pennsylvania, 4 out of the 5 new Republicans in the delegation were elected with strong tea party support.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is, despite these encouraging signs, the electoral map still tilts toward a liberal candidate for president. California, New York, Illinois, and most of New England have Obama at or above 50 percent.

Yet, even in these liberal bastions, the tea party elected candidates ran stronger than expected campaigns in 2010. Constitutional conservatives are making progress on all fronts.

The only way Obama can win is if we sit on our hands, stop fighting for our principles, and allow a business-as-usual Republican to capture the nomination.

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