America's future depends on Barack Obama being a one-term president. It will be difficult enough to repair the damage of his first term.
Republican primary voters face three serious hurdles to save the nation's future.
First, primary voters must recognize not just any candidate can win in 2012. The election will be hard-fought given how many special interests now benefit from the Obama nanny-state programs. The candidate chosen must be one who can win a majority of voters.
Second, primary voters need to recognize that the only polls that matter are those that measure all probable voters and especially independent voters in match-ups between individual Republican candidates and the president. Polls that only measure who probable Republican voters think can beat the president are worthless in identifying who can actually win. With Supreme Court appointments, the failing economy, Obamacare and a president bent on more spending, taxing and borrowing, there is too much at stake for primary voters to choose a loser.
A winner will have to be a conservative and pragmatic reformer intent on uniting the country and solving the nation's problems. With such a candidate, the third test will be whether all conservatives unite. If some conservatives decide to sit on their hands and wallets, Obama will be a two-term president, and the nation will continue into terminal decline and bankruptcy. The country's future depends on Republican primary voters both selecting a winning candidate and supporting that candidate in November 2012.
William T. Pendley