Wall Street Journal editorialist: GOP deserves to lose to Obama in November election

Bret Stephens, deputy editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal, couches THIS DIATRIBE against the Republican presidential field in obligatory — and highly disputable — disparagements of Barack Obama.

But Stephens’  knocks on Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are what make the piece most remarkable:

Let’s just say right now what voters will be saying in November, once Barack Obama has been re-elected: Republicans deserve to lose…

As for the current GOP field, it’s like confronting a terminal diagnosis. There may be an apparent range of treatments: conventional (Romney), experimental (Gingrich), homeopathic (Paul) or prayerful (Santorum). But none will avail you in the end. Just try to exit laughing…

Gaius Gingrich is liable to deliver his prime-time speeches in purple toga while holding tight to darling Messalina’s—sorry, Callista’s—bejeweled fingers. A primary ballot for Mr. Gingrich is a vote for an entertaining election, not a Republican in the White House…

On the evidence of his campaign, Mr. Romney is a lousy CEO. But it’s worse than that. The usual rap on Mr. Romney is that he’s robotic, but the real reason he can’t gain traction with voters is that they suspect he’s concealing some unnameable private doubt. Al Gore and George Bush Sr. were like that, too, and not just because they were all to the proverbial manor born. It’s that they were basically hollow men…

[T]he U.S. will surely survive four more years [of Obama]. Who knows? By then maybe Republicans will have figured out that if they don’t want to lose, they shouldn’t run with losers.





  1. What do you think your reaction would have been if I had told you last autumn that (a) Santorum would win Iowa, (b) Cain would drop out before Iowa, (c) Perry would drop out after New Hampshire, and (d) Gingrich would win South Carolina by a huge margin after rumors of an open marriage?

    You’d have dismissed me as a raving lunatic.

    We don’t know what the rest of 2012 has in store for us, but there’s a good chance that whatever happens will seem utterly unthinkable to us now. (Well, except for Obama’s defeat, which is rather thinkable right now and is even pleasant to contemplate.)

  2. Dan: When are you ever going to produce even one poll showing the likelihood that Obama will lose? When are those indications going to surface. You and your loony friends have been saying this for months, but evidence strongly supporting your theory never emerges.

    Even the right-wing writer for the Wall Street Journal quoted above will tell you that you’re whistling Dixie. Nobody in this current crop of GOP crazies would have a chance against Obama. None.

    But, hey, keep on dreaming those wingnut dreams.

  3. Brian Opsahl

    After the State of Union speech and watching the recent debates there is know question in my mind what will happen in 2012. Americans are smart enough to figure out what side these guys are on.
    One side wants to help everyone the other side wants to help the people that have the most i.e. millionares and billionares. But when it comes time to vote their are a lot more of us 99% then the 1% ers,
    Why is it that when Democrats are in power the amount of abortions goe’s down and when Republicans are in power those very same numbers go up..why is that ?

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