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When it comes to being elected president, is it better to be lucky than good?
March 6th, 2012
03:18 PM ET

When it comes to being elected president, is it better to be lucky than good?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

There's a saying that goes "it's better to be lucky than good."

Turns out it might even apply to presidential politics.

Take President Obama. A few weeks ago, it seemed that re-election could be a real uphill struggle. A weakened economy, extended high unemployment, a failure to deliver on some of his major campaign promises - the polls indicated that the public wasn't as enamored with the president as it once was.

And then the Republicans started their primaries. They've turned out to be a gift to Obama.

Mitt Romney was expecting a coronation. Instead, he's spent months in a mud fight with the likes of Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich and now Rick Santorum.

Even if Romney wins the nomination - and it looks like he will - he'll enter the general election bloodied. At the same time, the tide has started to turn for the president.

In a Politico piece called "Obama Luckiest in his Enemies," Roger Simon writes that a presidential candidate needs luck more than anything. Simon says Obama has gotten very lucky.

Rush Limbaugh went on the radio and called a Georgetown law student a "slut" and "prostitute" for her position on birth control.

About two dozen advertisers - including AOL - have pulled their ads from "The Rush Limbaugh Show." Two radio stations have taken him off the air, and there may be more to follow.

The biggest gift to Obama? Limbaugh's comments and the pathetic response by the Republicans could drive women away from the party.

Of course, luck can come and go.

Tune in to the Situation Room at 4pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

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  1. Mr D

    Luck will win it every time. Who ever said that you had to be good to be president. This has been proven over and over again.

    March 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  2. Shaun in UT

    Just like in Vegas, being skilled brings in more wins than luck.

    March 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  3. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Luck has something to do with it. If Obama loses becaue he did not write down government owned mortgages, that's not bad luck but a failure of vision. If he lets the Koch Bros. engineer a liquidity crisis while they run up oil futures prices so that they crash when position limits go into effect, that is on him (unless Dodd-Frank handles the crisis well). He needs to find a way to pop the bubble now so that things settle down by November.

    March 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  4. Russ in PA

    It certainly helps to be part of the establishment, and someone that follows the status quo. A person that stands up to the current two-party system, and advocates liberty and sound money like Dr. Paul apparently gets short shrift from the media, and those looking for the next rock star. But that's ok to some extent, as there are many of us that now know the importance of someone like Dr. Paul.

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    March 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  5. Matt

    Mat from Lawrenceville New Jersey. Well I think it is better to be good. than lucky. Luck only gets you so far. When you do a bad job but are lucky I don't believe you deserve or will be reelected. For example Obama's attack on religious freedom makes him a bad president not a unlucky one as it was his choice to place that mandate. I won't support Obama for his attack on religious liberty. The mandate about Birth control and non-profit Catholic Hospitals and Charities. To those who support this mandate. You view wants to force Catholics to sin. Aiding another's sin is a sin for Catholic's. Viagra is covered as it is seen as helping on a natural process which is NOT against Catholic doctrine. Condoms aren't given out for the same reason birth control isn't. Both are seen by the Catholic Church as preventing life and using them is sinning. I am NOT for FORCING OBAMA'S beliefs down the throat of non-profit Catholic charities and hospitals. I am a proud Catholic Cherokee and Catholic's that support this measure are lukewarm Catholics. The Bible says clearly what will happen to you. Rev 3:15 "I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! (16) So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth."

    March 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  6. Ed from MD

    Lucky, because everybody knows a good person would just clog up they system, and we wouldn't want to waste our vote. Besides, it took so long to get where we are....

    March 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  7. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    It is better when you are good and lucky. That is why president Obama is singing nowadays. Watching the Republican Party is like watching the Three Stooges with Rush Limbaugh playing the part of Curly.

    March 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  8. Susan- NJ

    Since so many lives are at stake both here and abroad one would like to think it is better to be good. From Israel to the UK they all same the thing-"your elections effect us too we just can't vote".

    March 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  9. John from Alabama

    Jack: Yes, so says the Late Great Coach Paul "Bear" Byrant and Coach Nick Saban. Winning is hard, and sometimes it comes down to dumb luck. President Barrack Obama is pretty smart, and lucky, so maybe he will win. For Mitt Romney to win it will take luck and a miracle.

    March 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  10. Carla from Alabama

    It's better to be lucky. I'm thinking of Jack Kennedy, my favorite president. He was GOOD. But the luck of the Irish was not with him. So maybe luck is more important than people think.

    March 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  11. Bill of New Mexico

    Most Presidents are elected by the voters' anger at the preceding President.

    There is no serious evaluation of the actions of each President:

    The Republicans completely ignore the debt growth after "cutting taxes," or banks' and savings&loans' failures after deregulation.

    Both parties like the pork barrel in wars. The $500 hammers.

    Both parties enact weapons' programs, and keep military bases (whether needed or not.)

    Luck is everything!

    Substance is irrelevant.

    Anything learned is ignored.

    March 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  12. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    One would hope that America has had enough of the presidents who were elected as a result of luck. We need only to glance over our shoulders or to pick up an American histroy text book, and it instantly becomes clear that the presidents who contributed most significantly and substantively to America's excellence as a nation were the presidents who were elected because they were good.

    March 6, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  13. Jesse Barrow

    If you are a Republican it is better to be crazy than good. At least you can get nominated.

    March 6, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  14. David of Alexandria VA

    Unfortuneatly, the best candidate can be sunk with a bit of bad luck and the worst can be saved by a bit of good luck. In our flash-news, twitter-dependent, inch-deep information society, a bad day in the spotlight can cost you the election. On the other hand, Al Gore owes his billions to a couple of dangling chads - we should all be so unlucky as that.

    March 6, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  15. jen seattle wa

    Of course the 'Lucky" you refer is based on not having more than 1 opposition party limited in its scope of conversation. For the country, its bettor to be good. I am not sure were lucky to have a 2 party monopoly when the party agenda is so bad for country

    March 6, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  16. Richard Texas

    I would say luck has more to do with it then anything else in the digital media age. If your lucky the majority of people will not believe half the lies told about them on the internet. If your lucky enough people may be able to afford the gasoline to drive to the polling place come election day. If your lucky enough there still might be something worth being president of come election time. Personally I pity the person that wins. They will be inheriting nothing but debt up to the eyeballs.

    March 6, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  17. Ken from Pinon Hills, California

    Branch Rickey the former owner of the then Brooklyn Dodgers said, "Luck is the residue of design." Given that, luck and good are one in the same.

    March 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  18. Jane - WI

    Lucky is clearly the rule of thumb when it comes to President Obama. He is definitely not a good President, but he has the luck of having most in the mainstream media behind him, cheerleading for him as we saw in 2008, and giving him cover when it comes to his many broken promises and radical agenda.

    March 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  19. jen seattle wa

    Good can get you elected with out a fluke.Lucky can be bad for country if our democracy limits conversations in debates and media refuses to allow 3 rd party debators

    March 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  20. Kim , Dodge City, Ks

    G.W. Bush got lucky, and look what happened to our country. Of course, we've set the bar pretty low these days. One look at the current Republican suspects and you have to wonder, how can we even survive as a nation if one of these morons gets into office. Nope, I'll take good over lucky any day.

    March 6, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  21. Joe Eustis Fl

    Jack
    At this point we know what lucky get us and good may not be enough. I just hope someone good gets lucky.

    March 6, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  22. Loren

    How can you even ask? Lucky rules the day. Look at how our current President was a elected.

    March 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  23. Outbama2012

    i'd say it'd be better to be lucky because Obama has proved it

    March 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  24. Greg in Arkansas

    Silly question Jack,
    How about....do you want your doctor, your airline pilot, a cab driver, your investment advisor or tax accountant to be good or lucky?
    Luck belongs in Las Vegas, not the White House

    March 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  25. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Hi Jack. I know it sounds snobish and like a real elite but is seems that money matters most over who is the best person for the job or who has luck on their side. It is very obvious to most people that Romney is trying to buy the Presidency but what scares me the most is that McCain will have his ear and the war-monger will finally get his wish war, war and more more.

    March 6, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  26. Dave - Phx

    When it comes to being elected president the only thing that matters is if you are rich. Nothing else matters to the rich people who get you there except you better be one of them.

    March 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  27. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    As far as the other side, being organized is more necessary than being good. The luck of Newt and Rick are about to run out.

    March 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  28. Karl in Flint, MI

    In the current race, they will have to be lucky because none of them are any good. In November, President Obama will win because he's good and was lucky to get whoever the GOP decides to finally sacrifice.

    March 6, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  29. Doug Ericson

    They are all lucky and good. Its more important to be able to say yes to every powerfull special interest group representative, and to then Lobby the American Public for their causes. They don't have to persuade Congress because everyone of the stinkin crooks are in the tank already. By the way, I didn't see a single sign for the candidates in Pepperell, Massachusetts today. Maybe they are down by the local voting place where I won't be going today. Why waste my time, Romney will win big here today anyways. Massachusetts is good at voting for losers, and about a third of the folks here have already lost their house, so Romneys big plan to take the Mortgage Interest Deduction away won't phase them. I won't vote in the general election either. Obama equals Romney, Equals Bush, Equals Clinton, and the rest with a possible exception of Carter, who clearly never should have left the Peanut Farm. I hope Rick does well even though he is slightly challenged. He has the hardest political chin I have ever witnessed, and is a good speaker too. If today is Rocky One, I want there to be a Rocky Two, too. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    March 6, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  30. Jenna Roseville CA

    When it comes to being elected president, is it better to be lucky than good?

    Neither. Being elected president means that Americans have faith that you are able to put the nation before yourself, your family, your faith, and your party. So being lucky or 'good' would not apply.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    March 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  31. Randy

    Neither, with the united states president no matter which party having to go on bended knee in front of a foreign organization to pledge allegiance annually and congress doing the same, you have to admit that the government is bought and paid for. After all, can you name one piece of legislation for the American people that was signed overwhelmingly by congress and the president as was the Iran sanctions?

    March 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  32. Steve

    Do you mean being lucky to just elected or be a good President? Coolidge was lucky to get elected because democrats were fighting over prohibition and nominated John W. Davis (who? , exactly!); Nixon was lucky to get elected because democrats were fighting over Vietnam and Humphrey barely lost; "W" was lucky to get elected because of Clinton's little scandal but were they good Presidents?

    IL

    March 6, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  33. Rebecca from Georgia

    I believe its takes a little of both. A person needs at least some luck and needs to be good to have better luck, plain and simple.

    March 6, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  34. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: If I have learned nothing in my life, I have learned one thing, "Luck marches with those who give their very best."

    March 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  35. Charles - San Antonio

    It's better to be lucky. President George W. Bush was lucky that he had the first name of a previous president and was the governor of Texas which has a strong economy regardless of who is governor. (Remember Rick Perry) President Obama was lucky that President George W. Bush did such a lousy job as president that any democrat could have won just because they were not a republican. It appears that the luck may again be with President Obama based on what we are seeing in the republican primaries. If this goes on much longer, President Obama will win a second term without lifting a finger,

    March 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  36. Gordo from NJ

    It is better to be good, but America is always one October Surprise away from electing a complete nut job as president. While I feel Mitt Romney would at-best be a mediocre President, he is far preferable to any of the other three clowns. Democrats wanted to run against Reagan because he would be 'easy' to beat. Republicans wanted to run against Hillary Clinton because they had a vast inventory of White Water and Vince Foster garbage ready to dump on her. Counting on American voters to make the right choice on election day is always a crap-shoot.

    March 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  37. Peter in B.C.

    A candidate doesn't have to be lucky or good They have to be RICH and have very wealthy friends (some of whom will want something in return for their donation. In just the GOP race I would think more than half a Trillion dollars has been spent just to find a nominee. Think how many bridges, roads, schools hospitals could have been built and staffed with this money. The Dems will be no better when the general election comes along. Is it any wonder politicians have no idea how much a gallon of milk costs or what a loaf of bread is worth. They are always spending other peoples money.

    March 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  38. TomInRochNY

    For one side to win they'll need all the luck they can get. For the other side they'll make it on being good. Which side that is depends on who you talk to. All I know is that for America to get out of this we need to be good and lucky. Given the state of the world right now don't bet your pay check, if you have one, on that.

    Tom, Rochester, NY

    March 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  39. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    Its just better to stay on point, not flip flop and know what you are talking about, forget luck as voters see through it all. Sometimes less is more. Democrats need not speak of any of this , yet. Let the dancing end in Tampa and let the real issues come to life. Yes, add Rush, Romney on any subject, and the other clowns in the car finish. Lets talk positions and who is best for America.

    March 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  40. Joe from Arlington, Va.

    Jack, Napoleon always said that he preferred Generals who were lucky. No matter how good the remaining GOP candidates are, they are all unlucky to be up against an extremely lucky and incumbent. So no matter how they do on Super Tuesday, they are still "SOL."

    March 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  41. Noel Sivertson New Mexico

    Yes. But many times you make your own luck. With Obama it is partly his own making and partly being fortuituos. His policies ring true with a large part of the electorate and his positive peronality are of his own making. The improbing economy is luck.

    With the Republicnas the opposite is ture. Thier behavior on teh campaing trail causes ne to look at them in a negatove light, That is bad luck of their own making. An improving economy is just plain bad luck for them. Nobody could have created political bad luck for Republicans any worse than the contraceptive flap did. As Rush Limbaugh.

    March 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  42. Joe in Orlando

    Jack, Please stop side tracking us. What does Rush Limbaugh (an entertainer) have to do with anything? His views are just that his views. Let's talk about how unemployment is going down while mental illness is on the rise? Drawing those out of the "workforce" after they'd get their 99 weeks of unemployment, now they are unfit to work so they get disability for life, skewing the actually unemployment figures. Why not take a look at net jobs created vs population increases over the past 3 years. Gas is going up at a rapid pace and we as a nation refuse to do anything about it, besides ditching our Hummers and SUVs for smaller (less safe) vehicles. Or the Billions of dollars of new debt we are acquiring everyday. So to answer your question, no, it is not better to be lucky then good. Luck will only take you so far. But the GOP will not win running on the "bad" of Obama they need positions that will set them apart.

    March 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  43. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Successful people often say that you make your own luck. But making luck is like making yogurt. You need a little to start with. I don’t know anyone who had any success in life, (including myself) who did it purely by being good. We all needed a bit of luck to get things moving. Then it’s up to us to keep it going, unless you have dumb luck – like Obama.

    March 6, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  44. andy Lynn, MA

    Lucky is good for the candidate. Good is great for America. President Obama is good, very good. The Republican candidates are neither. Hopefully, a Ron Regan will emerge and be nominated. Then the keystone cops can return to obscurity. Or should I have called them the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

    March 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  45. Ruth from Indianapolis

    It isn't luck. The GOP are driving a lot of people away from them – women, unions, minorities, the unemployed, and the poor. The GOP will be "lucky" if they manage to get through laws that restrict people who can vote.

    March 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  46. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    President Obama could not have dreamed of a better scenario. The Republicans have systematically alienated huge swaths of the population with their anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-science and anti-reality rhetoric. Obama comes off as the only sane one in the bunch!

    March 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  47. Mitoosense

    Four years ago we watched a very lucky Obama take advantage of eight years of Bush/Cheney. The GOP tried in vain putting lipstick on thier pig who ran amuck. Obama now has the lipstick and dressing up his Obama Care, Dodd-Frank and pending Dream Act. In addition Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder has become a liability on all fronts, including suing Arizona and a perfect zero putting bankers in jail.
    This election will be not about hope and change. This election is all about how do fix it with what they send us? The options on both sides are deplorable.

    March 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  48. Joe Fattal

    Lucky is the word. Look at Obama and family. I bet they all in the White House saying " I still can't believe I am here".

    March 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  49. Jim Glass

    When I heard that Curly, Larry and Moe were returning, I had no idea that they comprised the three top GOP presidential candidates. With this kind of good fortune, president Obama should thank his "lucky stars" except that now since NASA has no money, he has no way to see them.

    March 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  50. Robert

    Regarding the Limbaugh gaffe: No one has yet answered Limbaugh's basic question though--why should the Federal government subsidize this woman's promiscous behavior???

    March 6, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  51. Annie, Atlanta

    When you appear to be the only adult (read: reasonable one) in the room, as it were, that's not luck.

    March 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  52. Ed from Texas

    Has Obama been perfect? No. But considering he inherited two wars, the Great Recession, and an obstructionist Congress, things have gotten better. He deserves some credit for that.

    March 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  53. Mark in BC NV

    I don't know who is worse when it comes to spreading socialism, the Obama administration, the Democratic party, or the main-stream-media. Anyway, Joseph Goebbels would be proud of all of you. You have an uninformed and uneducated people, which you have "dumbed" down for the last 40+ years in your educational system. Americans are weak, naive, ignorant, and lazy. If the government can promise them something, they will surely vote for you. How pathetic we've become.
    Mark in BC NV

    March 6, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  54. Gary H. Boyd

    Being GOOD has nothing to do with it anymore Jack. If you're a liberal, big spending minority with a charismatic smile and a great line of BS, you will be lucky and get elected. Simple as that.

    Gary in Arizona

    March 6, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  55. Paul - North Carolina

    Better for who? G.W. Bush got lucky. Look how that turned out for the rest of us.

    March 6, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  56. Connie G., Chicago IL

    Call it luck, poor judgment, whatever makes the Republicans feel good. Pres. Obama's competitor's have collectively demonstrated to the American voters what they're offering, and, collectively, they're not a pretty sight, despite putting their best foot forward....constantly in their mouths. If Obama was a white Republican President, he would be hailed as the greatest Commannder-In-Chief, this country has ever elected. Trouble is, his skin's not the right shade of white.

    March 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  57. AL In Palm Beach County, FL

    Jack, it's not luck...

    It's called brain and the middle class

    ....The GOP can't claim either.

    March 6, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  58. Pete in Florida

    In the current case, it's both. Obama's lucky that the GOP candidates aren't any good. These guys give new meaning to the expression "circular firing squad". Good thing, too, because election of any of these idiots would do severe damage to America, worse even than Bush.

    March 6, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  59. Sara

    Jack – Obama was not lucky! When he took office, he had inherited a massive deficit that George W. Bush had racked up from numerous wars and inherited the housing crisis which made the economy almost go into depression! The housing crsis was caused by lax regulations done by the Republicans. Obama then was forced to do massive bailouts to prevent the economy from going into depression. The econony is doing better is doing a little better now precisely because of the policies his team enacted. He is good – not just lucky!

    March 6, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  60. Walker in Prosperity S.C.

    You bet! Just look what happens when your brother happens to be the governor of the state with the electoral votes needed to win. Now Barbara Bush is belly-aching about what a lousy campaign by the current Republican candidates. It couldn't be a cry for a draft Jeb move at the convention could it? How "lucky" can two brothers get???

    March 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  61. s in pensacola

    There was no luck involved, Jack. Maybe a little icing provided by the Keystone GOP's. Obama's every bit as as good as he is lucky and we're lucky to have him. What I feel the luckiest about? That I lived long enough to see the American people finally begin to see the reckless, ineffective, corporate cash-entrenched GOP for what they are, A clear and present danger to the well being of the average American. The fear-mongering spin is losing its effect, but thanks for trying, Jack.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  62. Debby

    Romney might enter the general bloodied, but stronger Jack.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  63. 2011 Eyes

    Voters would only be electing someone with a bank account in the Cayman Islands who was lucky enough to inherit a fortune or used tricky accounting methods to accumulate his wealth.

    We already have someone as President who is trying to turn things around, all without the help of the lunatics in Congress. A person with good intentions has a tough time getting things done when all they get from political legislators is venom.

    Rube (Louisiana)

    March 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  64. Dave in WA

    For some reason I have noticed a trend in American society where being filthy rotten to the core is the new "good." And when it comes to being rich, like Romney, birth luck plays the most important role.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  65. Jay

    Just watch out for the republicans, Jack. Remember, old age and treachery will ALWAYS overcome youth and skill!

    Jay in Ridgecrest CA

    March 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  66. calaurore9

    Luck is one component of success. It only tips the scale if all else is equal. Which it's not.

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    March 6, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  67. Conor in Chicago

    Luck is having a Conservative Supreme court coronate the Conservative Presidential Candidate in a disputed election. Remember how that went? I'll take good any day of the week. Obama isn't perfect, but he is good.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  68. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    It does take some luck, but in my opinion, a politician has to be GOOD at his job. I don't see Romney being all that good, being too much of a 'Donald trump of DC'.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  69. Sandstone.

    "Trick question, Jack. No, very easy! We/I know most of your own supporters are Obama supporters, so every day it's the same. Trying to make the news may work for you seeking as most fans are the same people, this time as well. But I said it before and I say it again: Obama is finished! Most of those blacks who voted for him last will stay home this time ."

    March 6, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  70. kate

    Luck has nothing to do with it. It is the true colors of people that are coming to light.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  71. Prakash, Edmonton

    This has nothing to do with luck Jack. The GOP is reaping the rewards of its stupidity. Its called democracy. I wish you would ask better questions. You ought to know

    March 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  72. Gigi Oregon

    I don't believe it's a Republican gift at all...I think maybe God is going to finally "Bless America". By showing the true side of the Republican Party. If not a blessing, I shudder to think what will happen when one of 3 who want to bomb Iran... wins.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  73. Keith in PA

    I consider myself to be an Democratic leaning, independent voter. I actually voted for GB twice and Obama the last time up. I have to say that I am so disgusted with what is coming out of the Republican Party these days that I just want to vomit. As it stands today, they will never again get my vote not even for dog-catcher. It seems to me that if Obama is lucky it's only because he has an opposing party that hates him so much that they will do anything, say anything to get him out and it shows.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  74. Nancy, Tennessee

    Who knew that one man could change so much. Imagine Rush throwing stones while living in a glass house. The Republican Party has to claim him, but they probably think he is a bigger deficit than the national debt about right now.
    President Obama can laugh all the way to the next hurdle in the health care law.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  75. Jim

    Jack,

    Lucky AND good, like Obama, is the best of all. Of course, lucky without any good at all can still get you elected. Just look at George W. Bush. The problem is lucky for candidates like him isn't very lucky for the country.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    March 6, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  76. barbara in nc

    I think being good is more important. Osama is dead - not luck - luck would have been if he'd turned himself in while Cheney was running things

    Lucky these days means getting the votes of enough hate-filled ignorant people who are willing to put corporations and churches ahead of individuals - is that what you want?

    March 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  77. Joe, Fredericksburg, VA

    This country needs plenty of luck. Being a moderate, the course the Replicans are taking scare me to death reminding me of certain dictators before they took power. The Replicans should first disarm the general public before they continue dividing the nation and remember, if you push the 99% too far down the hole, the snake will come out biting. God help us from those politicians too far to the right, they like to send the poor to war for their own financial gradification.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  78. Ann from Charleston SC

    There are some folks who think Obama is a good president. Yes, Obama is lucky in some ways, but he has also been a good president in many ways. He got Bin Ladin. The bailout of the auto industry is working. I think his decisions to hold back on going to war every time some country in the middle east misbehaves is a good one. That doesn't mean everyone will agree with what I just said. It means that there is a great diversity of opinion in this country, and people will vote from their own point of view whether they see Obama as lucky or good at his job.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  79. rpaulwmson

    Luck is when preparation meets opportunity, in other words, you often make your own luck..

    March 6, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  80. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    Looking back at the performance of our presidents and government (since the sixties), considering the current state of the union, regarding the"luck" thing, Las Vegas is to their guests what Presidents are to the people.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  81. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    Jack, I hate to disagree with you, but your examples are not those of any kind of luck for the President. I do think they are examples of his being good and his opponents being bad. However, if you want to chalk it up to luck, then maybe it's his Irish ancestry. His name is O'bama, isn't it? lol

    March 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  82. Wilson - Toronto, Canada

    It is better to be lucky sometimes facing a weaker opponent or having the economy favor you makes it easier to win elections.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  83. Tamara, Daly City, CA

    It's better to be good. Mitt Romney is a good man and he will be a great President. President Obama's luck has run out.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  84. Carol, Washington

    Frankly, I'd rather vote for someone who is good than lucky. Even if the "good" candidate isn't elected, I will feel better for having voted for him or her.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  85. Martha Brooks

    Well, yeah, Jack. It's kinda like Nascar: the car is great, the driver is great, the pit crew superior, the strategy seems to be working. Our guy is leading, looks like he's going the distance! Uh-oh. There's a wreck! He runs out of gas on the last lap! In short, it ain't over til it's over, and while the candidate may think they have prepared for every contingency....it all might go pfft.
    Martha, Rew, PA

    March 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  86. Margot

    I don't know Jack. why don't you ask George Bush Jr.????????Margot in the "Other" Washington

    March 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  87. Jerry (Baltimore)

    Obama's very lucky. But his luck is running out fast. This country is a lot worse off than it was four years ago. With any luck, Romney will be able to beat Obama because I can't stand four more years of this.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  88. Jim In Pittsburgh

    Unfortunately, luck probably means more than good. But I personally support good which is why I continue to support President Obama. He pulled this country back from the brink of a depression, extended healthcare to millions of people, promoted civil liberties for the LGBT community and took out Osama bin Laden. He's too good at his job not to be re-elected this November.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  89. Mike in TX

    All of the Republican candidates sure feel that way

    March 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  90. Pete in Georgia

    Jack..............do you really have to ask this question..................with the current occupant of the White House ???

    March 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  91. Elizabeth- Grass Valley, CA

    Mr. Cafferty:
    For the electorate, it's better if the candidate good. If you're the candidate, it's probably better to be lucky.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  92. hoosier69

    Obama is lucky. He was lucky to be elected a Senator (the other guy had some wife problems at the end). He was lucky to beat McCain (dreadful recession hit like a ton of bricks). But hopefully, his luck will run out. I don't think our country can take four more years of him! He's just plain "NOT GOOD!" Is this the best we can produce?

    March 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  93. Ell, Grand Forks, ND

    As a wise friend used to tell me, "The harder you work, the luckier you get". I have found this to be true.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  94. Michael from Alexandria, VA

    Being president is all about luck. President Obama, if he were president in the lucky days of the 1990's, would be the greatest president since Lincoln because he has the ability to unite through charisma. Were President Obama in office in the days of Roosevelt he would be a totally unsucessvul president because he has little governing ability. Right now I would say he is fair. He has little governing skills but he gives excellent speeches. If he is lucky the economy will stay okay and his speeches will get him re-elected. If he is not lucky the economy will need improvement and Mitt Romney, who has better governing skills but is not charismatic, will be elected. It is not about how the president is doing but it is about luck.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  95. NoOneHome

    When none of the choices are good, all that is left is luck.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  96. yolanda

    well look at bush, it was pure luck that got him in, not brains

    March 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  97. Bob

    Lucky is what we have in the Whitehouse now. Obama is far from Good....Awful and Disgraceful sum up his presidency.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  98. Ethelered

    I'm tired of the one liners and 30 second sound bites. When Romney reveals who is really is I may give him a second look. As for the others, Gingrich, Paul, and Santorum no way.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  99. cmr

    Unfortunately, its better to be lucky, because everyone has their own opinion on what is good, you will never get the majority to agree!

    March 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  100. Canute J. Chiverton, Houston Texas

    Jack my Friend, The President is Lucky and by the way, he is pretty good too! If the Republicans are busy beating up on themselves, who is there left to beat up on you the President?

    March 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  101. Jake in Omaha

    When it comes to being elected president, is it better to be lucky than good?

    Being lucky is the only way this Republicans will beat Obama in 2012. Pray tell how is a Republican going to get elected
    that thinks threat of war is a good talking point. I don't believe this country is willing to kill more Americans troops in a worthless war in a worthless party of the world. Did I mention the Republicans don't plan to pay for this war. . Come this November the Republicans are going to get a thumping.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  102. texastee10

    It was lucky for George W Bush his brother was governor of Florida, otherwise he wouldn't have been president. If George didn't become president we wouldn't have had 2 wars and needless tax cuts. Signed, Daddy Warbucks

    March 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  103. donald

    Obama does not need luck he is a professional con man and snake oil salesman. He is taking credit for anything that goes right and blames the republicans for everything that goes wrong. after watching him today i can't understand how any body would believe anything he says but there a lots of idiots out there that do

    March 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  104. Robert from Texas

    Jack in this presidential election Obama doesnt need luck, all he needs is the republicans to run. Enough said.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  105. adalp

    Luck is having the liberal media on your side!

    March 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  106. Anthony Beavers

    It's better for the candidate if he/she is lucky. It's better for the country if they're good!

    March 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  107. Hank in Va.

    The office of president is bigger than a single man. There are so many powerful forces swirling around a huge organizational bubble from which the chief executive operates. The president and his Whitehouse must react to buffeting challenges that can't be controlled, whether they be natural disasters or international situations. The president also delegates power to an administration that often is driven by a lust for power, and whose actions can become very volatile. So at some point, it does come down to luck. No mortal man can control the whole game.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  108. frank dileo

    Absolutely!! Why? because the american public is not too smart. Want proof? Everyone complains about politics as usual and when a candidate runs for president that is contrary to all washington stands for (Ron Paul) they do not even give him a chance!! Blame yourself America you dont have a right to complain when you vote in the same old garbage every election cycle.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  109. Mike in Minneapolis

    Being good and being lucky are both great, but being smart, enlightened, articulate and thoughtful are what will win the presidency. I don't see that in any of the GOP candidates (or their radio show minions). Ever.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  110. David

    2 Votes for lucky – Jimmy Carter, and George W Bush

    March 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  111. Drew - Scarsdale, New York

    Obama has not been elected by luck but may need some now to become the incumbent although Romney's wins and Obamas approval ratings are increasing because of the other candidates bashing each other and Romney barely coming victorious. If you call indirectly caused outcomes luck, then yes.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  112. Jim Green, Seguin, TX

    Jack, I don’t agree with the implication of your question that President Obama hasn’t done “good”—we are d–n lucky to have him as our president—as for Limbaugh, yes, he is d–n lucky–

    March 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  113. indiana

    Luck is being able to give a good speech. Good is being able to govern effectively.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  114. Anthony Beavers

    Shreveport LA

    March 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  115. Casey Wojtala-Key Largo,Florida

    Jack!
    Luck always follow" good".So,if You are good You will have also a lots of luck.Period.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  116. Dave H

    A good president can make his own luck, but in Obama's case with his lack of standing up to his opponents, he's more dependent on just plain random luck.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  117. mario bronx

    Forget about luck we need a President who takes less vacations, plays a little less golf and works more. I know its an awful lot to ask of this President.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  118. John BC Canada

    Good compared to what Jack? ... I would say that if you are lucky as to have a bunch of clowns running against you than that makes you automaticly Good and Lucky!!!!!

    March 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  119. Bob

    I think even more important than being lucky or good is having the full force of the American media on your side. Where's the 'outrage' when liberal entertainers express hate speech towards Republican women? Bill Maher, David Letterman, Ed Shulz, Jon Stewart, and many more. I don't think President Obama called any of the women insulted by those men and expressed his outrage. The media certainly doesn't hold Democratic politicians accountable for it. Limbaugh was way out of line and deserves the heat, but it should go both ways. Fake moral outrage by the President and the media for political gains is the real outrage.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  120. John Moody

    Pose the question to George W Bush, He was very lucky to become president, but not very good at being so. Maybe he could tell us which he would have preferred.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  121. michael

    it is a bit of both, you need to be good to get peoples attention and then luck to keep it is my postion on this question, it is intersting Romney is claiming if he wins Ohio it is over he has won, yet even if he were to win all the delegates up for grabs tonight he is like 800 votes short more than half. He is going to need a lot of luck tonight thou, after out spending everyone 4 to 1 or more and since Sunday Republican leaders around the country coming out of the woodwork to end this thing for him, 0he needs to win every contest tonight with that kind of support and only way it is going to happen is with a lot of luck.............

    March 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  122. Tom in the Great NW

    President Barak Obama has both goodness (does he not fill the bill for the family values that conservatives want ?) and good luck. Gas prices are stabilizing, Iran has been addressed, the economy shows many signs of recovering and as for the GOP candidates...it's like this:
    "Yowsa, yowsa, yowsa! Here they are again, folks! These wonderful, wonderful kids! Still struggling! Still hoping! As the clock of fate ticks away, the dance of destiny continues! The marathon goes on and on and on! How long can they last?"
    (from They Shoot Horses, Don't They? by Horace McCoy)

    March 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  123. Marc J. Yacht MD, MPH

    Along with the old adage, "Better lucky than good," here is another, "No one ever lost Money betting on the stupidy of American voters." It makes sense to reelect a President holding a country together and overcoming not only the party of "No" but hostile elements in his own party. It scares me to think that the voting public still sees salvation in the likes of the current Republican presidential pretenders. I am not sure what scares me more, the potential nominies themselves, or the fact that someone would vote for them. I have placed my bet on on the lack of American voting intelligence with a local bookie. It's one bet I have yert to lose. It pays the light bill!

    March 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  124. mishi greene

    i vote for the man/woman, not luck. American's impatience with its President any president in recent times is based on the McDonald's syndrome, everyone seems to want instant, drive through results, instant grits, instant water [just add water]. Fact– "time takes time" and President Obama is singing "Time [not luck] is on my side. Yes it is."

    March 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  125. Hakeem Karee

    Jack, you need to ask President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria why it is better to be lucky than being good when it comes to winning election.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  126. Ron Gaddy

    Jack, you have to be good and lucky, but its nice to sit around and watch your advisaries beat each others brains out.
    Ron-NC

    March 6, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  127. Brian - Lake Havasu City, AZ

    It is better to be good, but you do NOT need to be good at being president. You have to be a good at getting people to vote for you. If someone is a great at debating, speaking, and connecting with the people then they will win in November, whether or not they have good policies.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  128. Gwen hutchins

    It takes a lot of hard work to appear to be lucky. Positioning and intellect have a bit to do with it. Gwen in Alaska

    March 6, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  129. Donaldo in ATL

    Obama is the classic example of it is better to be lucky than good. In fact, he is better to be lucky than handsome.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  130. Robert from New Jersey

    With the name Barack Hussein Obama, I think it's better to be good !! You have to be pretty darn good to get elected with that middle name don't you think?

    March 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  131. Jean Brown

    GOPs call it luck, what it is, is someone doing something with out the help of the house and senate. President is trying to make things better. Gop is trying to shove stuff in our faces and vaginas with no reguard for freedom or helping the people or making it all fair. You have to try , to accomplish anything, win,lose,succede or fail. You have to make an effort. No one knows all the answers but doing nothing is NOTHING.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  132. lynnej in nc

    I'd rather have both in a presidential candidate. There is nothing like having someone in the Oval Office that has a shred of decency and common sense about them. We get that and humbleness from our current President, something that most folk don't value.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  133. Joe, Las Vegas

    It looks like that saying is right Jack at least in this particular instance but if I could I'd like both "good and lucky", wouldn't you Jack? Mitt Romney is neither lucky nor good! I'd rather vote for Ron Paul, He is a fellow veteran and makes a lot of sense!

    March 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  134. antonino l.

    Hi Jack!
    Since we're talking about politics and the highest office in this country it is good to turn to Macchiavelli for guidance. Luck only controls half of our actions, if one is good enough qualities such as ability, prudence, virtue and risk taking is enough to counteract it. the presidency is something serious, leave the luck to the gambling junkies!

    March 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  135. Linda Nelson

    Lucky! Think George W. Bush!

    March 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  136. Jim

    You are lucky if the real truth is hidden by the media. You are real luck that no matter what you do or say is spun to be Brilliant. You are lucky when you make comments of the previous president on ... Gas Prices, The Increase in the National debt, etc is never used against you and you are offered excusses by the media why it happened under your watch (its not King Obamas Fault). You are lucky that most people believe it just because you say it ... even tthough there are no facts to back it up. I guess Americas Ignorance in Politics make President Obama one LUCKY son of a Gun. He is not close to being GOOD!

    March 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  137. CurtJ

    Obviously luck and being good is not it. The legalization of Tammany Hall means therer is legalized collusion between the neo conservatives who own the transglobal and multi national conglomerates that yank the puppet strings of American politicians, the 5-6 neo con and Israeli owned American news media conglomerates who own American airwaves, and the politicians and embedded and burrowed political operatives and officials, who are past employees, present and future employees of their corporate benefactors.
    Look up Low IQ, Conservatism and prejudice and think about the deliberate dumbing down of America.
    Sickening and disgusting to see Treason in action.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  138. Theresa

    Luck is in the eye of the beholder. Is an encumbent president lucky if the nobs running against him shoot each other and then turn the gun on themselves? Or is it a sign that the Republicans need to focus on what they want to accomplish, beyond putting "their guy" in the whitehouse. Being a good anything, means having clear goals and staying focused on them. That sometimes means making concessions, setting priorities, being willing to negotiate and settle for less than perfect ideals. Who ever can do that, is the best man/ woman, and may he or she always win.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  139. Keith Travis

    Luck or being good is not the answer but being thankful that these shoot first,talk later republican candidates are not in the white house to take us down the yellow brick to war again.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  140. PiedType

    Lucky beats good, hands down. Obama was elected before anyone knew for sure if he was good or not. He was lucky that George Bush paved the way for almost any Democratic candidate. He's lucky now that the economy is turning around, and he's extraordinarily lucky that all his Republican challengers are addicted to self-immolation. History will decide if he's been a good president; luck will decide if he's a two-term president.

    Susan
    Denver

    March 6, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  141. Kathy Marciano Southington, CT

    After listening to the attacks that the Republicans are throwing at eah other, I know, for sure, that President Obama is GOOD. A little luck is always welcome !!!

    March 6, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  142. Vin of Milton WA

    Jack....why do you think Obama's success has anything to do with luck? Obama plays the long game. When you think he's been careless, he's actually been careful, not for the immediate response, but for where he expects it to lead to. Like the issue with contraception. His first slip wasn't a slip. He knew the overreach that would come from his remarks and how that overreach would damage the Right. Luck, Jack is what the Right needs right now because good is not what they got.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  143. jk in MN

    I think he or she needs to be both good and lucky to win election – but given the credentials of the passengers in the GOP primary car, I don't see much good in that vehicle, so little that I don't think luck can help them much. One passenger (the driver?) has money parked off shore and can't relate to the people of main street, passenger #2 wants the entire country to follow his religious beliefs, passenger #3 says so many outlandish things and can't manage his Tiffany's account that well and passenger #4 is far too Liberatarian in his beliefs and wants to be an isolationist. How's that selection, America? It scares me when I look at it.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  144. Alex

    Better to be GOOD for all of our sakes!

    March 6, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  145. Elizabeth From Toronto

    Yes. Sad but true what a pity. In the US so few talented people make it through the poppycock that is election after silly election. I

    March 6, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  146. Judith Mimes

    It is best to be" BLESSED" with compassion, wisdom and fortitude. Luck and goodness will follow.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  147. mark

    Whatever it takes, Obama is your man. Our Canadian politicians are as crooked as yours in the states but your gop primaries takes all. If I were an American I'd be downright embarrassed. The rest of the world is laughing at you.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  148. Ron

    I hope the left is hanging its hopes on this Rush thing. The truth is in the long run this debate on religious rights is a winner. And the longer Sandra Fluke remains visible the more radical she will appear

    March 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  149. AB

    Jack, luck will keep Obama in the White House for four more years, given the situational dynamics that you just described. Rush Limbaugh's sexist attacks on a female law student is a gift horse for the Democrats. In fact, Limbaugh is the gift that keeps on giving!! Mitt Romney is a seriously weak candidate who will be weaker at the end of this bloody nomination fight. Obama will easily knock him out in win in November.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  150. Nora H G Corpus Christi

    It is better to be good, because you can always depend on your credentials. When you are just lucky as in Rush's case eventually that luck runs out. Limbaugh has been insulting the President, his family and anyone else who got in his way. Getting away with it over and over again. No one seemed to care. Guess all of you are paying attention now.
    The man is a pig, has always been a loose cannon, I hope this situation has finally shut him up well maybe for a while.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  151. Karen, Idaho

    Luck and goodness won't do it. You have to have connections and BIG money. None of the Republican candidates are lucky or good, but with Billionaire backers, they have the BIG money and are still in the race.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  152. Derek Holjes

    Of course luck is crucial in a presidential race just as it is in any sporting event or poker game. Was Limbaugh's comments a gift to Democrats? Yes. Is it a game changer? No. Independents and women realize they decide elections just as they realize people like Rush Limbaugh and Bill Mahr are entertainers speaking to the radicals on their side of the political spectrum.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  153. mark in las vegas

    The Republican Cowards showed their true colors in response to Rush Limbaugh's comments. Then again, what do you expect from Chicken Hawks?

    March 6, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  154. Rick in Maine

    The important thing is we haven't been very lucky having very good people running for President. Then again they very well might be an accurate reflection of US ! "I have met the enemy and he is us" or as my grandda use to say we will always get what we deserve.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  155. Holly in CA

    "Luck" wins you the presidency. "Good" keeps you in there for 8 years.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  156. Mike, NH

    No President who had an approval rating below 50% in March of the election year has been reelected since Truman. Obama is at 45%. The three below 50%, Carter, Ford, and Bush I, all lost. The 6 above 50%, Eisenhower, Nixon, LBJ, Reagan, Clinton and Bush II all won.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  157. marybeth, massachusetts

    Candidates don't need to be good to win–there are plenty of unethical, thieving members of Congress, who wrote the tax loopholes that have been giving away the country for the past 30 years. Nor does morality have anything to do with it–look at Newt, Vitter, Sanford, Ensign, Clinton, Spitzer, and others.

    Luck helps a little bit, but if candidates don't have any brains or don't care about the country, then luck only gets them so far. The country gets hurt. GWBush got lucky–a conservative Supreme Court handed him the presidency even though he didn't win the popular vote and there were huge problems (hanging chads, missing ballots, people being turned away from polling stations) with the election. And look how that worked out for the country–he started two unfunded wars, gave massive tax cuts to his wealthy cronies, and promotted deregulation of the financial industry, causing a depression. Of course, he had help from a Republican Congress that went along with his plan, so there are no clean hands in this matter.

    But most important of all, even more important than luck or goodness, and still more important than brains and ethics, is MONEY. Money trumps everything else.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  158. Ale Diagne

    Ale Diagne from Mt Pleasant, UT.

    What seems to be luck is actually the stark difference between someone good and someone else not being good. Rush Limbaugh as the de facto leader of the republican party encapsulates the actual mentality and inherent ways of the party, making it look like Obama is lucky here. Well, without doubt Obama is good or at least better not only at manipulating the word, but also at how to relate to the average American, and bringing about concrete result. It's better to be both good and lucky.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  159. Andrew C, Sherman Oaks, CA

    Lucky is pulling a slot handle and hitting the jackpot. Good is watching the other side implode and knowing how lucky you are to have the restraint to stay out of the mud fight.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm |