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Is a second term becoming inevitable for President Obama?
March 7th, 2012
03:29 PM ET

Is a second term becoming inevitable for President Obama?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

There's no such thing as a "sure thing" in politics, but it seems increasingly likely that President Obama is on his way to winning a second term.

The biggest factor working in the president's favor might be the Republicans.

In an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll taken before Super Tuesday, only one in 10 adults said the GOP primary has given them a more favorable impression of the Republican Party. People used words like "unenthusiastic," "lesser of two evils," "painful," "uninspiring" and "depressed" to describe the GOP nominating process.

This may partly be why Obama's approval rating has been rising, hitting 50% in our latest poll. The president also tops Mitt Romney in hypothetical matchups.

The remarkably accurate online prediction InTrade puts Obama's chances of being re-elected at 60%.

But it's not just the Republican carnival that's helping the president. The economy is slowly starting to improve. That's huge. And, despite yesterday's sell-off, the stock market has been headed up. Experts say stock prices are rising on growing expectations that the president will win re-election.

Many Republicans see the writing on the wall. Big Republican donors and strategists are turning their attention to congressional races.

They apparently think they have better chances of winning races in the House and Senate than unseating the incumbent Democratic president. It's looking more and more like they might be right.

Here’s my question to you: Is a second term becoming inevitable for President Obama?

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.

soundoff (429 Responses)
  1. David R Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Yes Jack.........................No Doubt But as we all know so well.Lots of things can happen in the fourth quarter.As of this moment YES!!!
    David

    March 7, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  2. Ken from California

    It is inevitable, death, taxes and Obama.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  3. John from Alabama

    Jack: I hope, pray and think President Barrack Obama will win a second term. He is a smart man with an IQ of 160, graduate of Harvard University, President of the Harvard Law Review, married a good looking lady by the name of Michelle Robertson, and they had two beautiful girls. President Barrack Obama can articulate his ideas well, and chooses good advisors to assist him in governing. He is a tolerant man who insisted his mother-in-law live with them in the White House. Jack, the man is just plain brilliant, who is exciting young and old when he speaks.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  4. Matt

    Jack

    It won't be over 'til the networks sing.

    Matt
    Rockford

    March 7, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  5. JD in NH

    I hope so, but you can't take anything for granted. In a country where George W. Bush was installed in office twice, we might find ourselves waking up to Pope . . .er . . . President Santorum the morning after election day. What a frightening thought.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  6. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    The Republican candidates are doing their best to help Obama get reelected. Even when they were given the opportunity to denounce Rush Limbaugh they chose to keep quiet. That doesn't go well for the women's vote. I'm starting to agree with George wills that the Republicans should give up trying to take the White House and concentrate on the Congress.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  7. susan in Ohio

    Though we're being warned by the liberal pundits that a second Obama term is not "in the bag," I'm thinking that's just a scare tactic (and possible fund raiser) for the Democrats. I mean, look what the Republicans have to work with. They got an older man who doesn't look the part, an egomaniac, a religious zealot, and a big-time businessman. And what's waiting in the wings? A moose hunting and stew making, wolf sniping woman whose voice sounds like fingernails screeching on the blackboard. God forbid.

    Okay, let's say that Romney finally gets the nod. All he has is business savoy. Sure, he can maybe turn a profit in our economy but should a government be run like a business whose only goal it to make money? Running a country is a lot more complicated than that. He is so lacking in world affairs that Obama will chew him up and spit him out, when the presidential debates begin.

    Susan
    Mansfield, Ohio

    March 7, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  8. Pete in Georgia

    Inevitable ??
    Sure, if your a member of the blind leading the blind over the cliff of socialism, class warfare, and a galactic ideology of "getting even" with "whitey"...................you know, the reverse racisim that' permeates the current administration but no one dares talk about. It would be amazing if just ONE member of our government or mass media had the guts to call out the TRUTH about what is being perpetrated daily before the eyes of the nation. Just ONE.
    No, we now live in an age of such political correctness and deceit that it's almost impossible to sort out reality from pure fantasy......................and monumental manipulation.
    Wake up America !!!

    March 7, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  9. Evinia Bruce

    We in the SANE world certainly hope so!!!
    B.C.Canada

    March 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  10. Carla from Alabama

    We only have one serious political party in this country, Jack. He has no competition, so of course it's inevitable.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  11. Ann from Charleston SC

    As much as I would like to see Obama win, November is a long way off and a lot can happen between now and then. I won't be able to breathe until after the election results are in.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  12. Barbara Leavitt

    We can only hope. As long as the Republicans keep talking, it looks better each day.

    Henderson NV

    March 7, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  13. Bill of New Mexico

    Presently, Obama is breaking even with the most electible of the Republicans–Romney.

    Barring the rising cost of fuel, the economy is only going to improve.

    Obama wins.

    The Republican candidates trashing each other and blowing their money is just gravy for Obama's win.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  14. Noel Sivertson New Mexico

    Nothing is inevitable and we still have 8 months to go before teh general election. But the trend sure looks like it. I look at the Republican candidates and wonder if the party hierarchy is throwing the election; getting the party get the tea partiers out of it's system, allowing Obama to serve another term, and then getting back to normal in 2016.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  15. ken, atlantic city, nj

    It is inevitable as long as the media keeps saying how great obama is. Obama has done nothing but tell the people what he can't do and blame republicans for all his problems. Dumb electorate and pro obama media equals another obama term.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  16. Ed from Texas

    President Obama came into office in the midst of two wars, an automobile industry facing collapse, and with the country on the edge of the 2nd Great Depression. We are now out of Iraq, Osama bin Laden is dead, General Motors is selling more cars than anyone else in the world, and our economy is getting better. He deserves some credit.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  17. Pete in Florida

    I didn't think it was inevitable until this morning, when I heard Sarah Palin was open to a possible nomination at her party's convention. Just that possibility will scare many Independents off the fence and into Obama's camp. On the other hand, if the Repubs should manage to win everything this fall, I expect to get rich almost immediately by shorting companies that make birth control pills, and investing heavily in companies making a Christian version of burqas.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  18. Doug Ericson

    You are going to get a lot of,Obama has been inevitable since the beginning, due to the weak
    Republican field comments, and I can't quibble with that line of thinking. Now it's not just the Republican candidates that are sinking themselves, but the whole Republican Party apparatus is crumbling down too. What a bunch of incompetent losers the Republican Party leaders have proven to be. They can't even get a simple State Primary smoothly executed. Delegate snafus, incomplete ballot qualifications, what a mess. Its possible they may have to forfeit the election due to not being able to name a candidate. Lawsuits are possible. Parties don't last forever. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  19. Lori

    Jack,
    I hope so! President Obama has done remarkably well under ridiculous circumstances and the GOP alternatives
    are ridiculous and nowhere near presidential material.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  20. Phyllis G. Williams

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Is a second term becoming inevitable for President Obama?

    I am not the deciding factor, but personally, I think he has
    been a faithful worker who loves his people and deserves to finish
    what he began.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  21. Steve,NY

    Not the way I see it. When this Republican Primary is over with. The attacks will start on Obama. Even Obama's billion dollar super pack fund and the Liberal commentators will be able to save him from defeat. Maher will want his million dollars back. Remember when athiests and comedians start backing the country's leader, the leader is doomed. Also, remember the truth always prevails. Obama has no positive results during his 3 years in office. All he has done is campaign those 3 years with false promises. The only thing he deliverred is a health plan, made with backroom deals that the majority does not want.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  22. David in Tampa

    Jack, as the old adage goes, nothing is inevitable but death and taxes. You can avoid the latter if you are rich enough or poor enough. Since we do not yet have a counter party contender, all options are still open. This question should be revisited after the conventions so we will know exactly which moron in chief to give the nod to. I'm still hopeful for an alternative to the democrats and republicans.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  23. Josh W

    Jack, I'v been watching your segments on the Situation Room for quite some time and love it. Living up in Canada and watching the election from a far, it looks quite inevitable for Obama to win a second term. Unless the GOP quits their in fighting and select a proper candidate, they are just taking up time on the news channels.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  24. Steve

    No No NO...don't even think it!..the republicans could nominate the ghost of Ronald Reagan, then we might have a real race on our hands,

    IL

    March 7, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  25. Jeff In Minnesota

    There is still a lot of time for things to go haywire. Gas prices could go through the roof. Israel could attack Iran causing us to end up in a war we do not want. A bunch of terrorist attacks could occur in US malls or shopping areas causing people to withdrawal from those activities. Europe could finally have its financial collapse, causing unemployment to sky rocket as the European market disappears tossing the world into another great depression. Pick your poison Jack.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  26. Ed from California

    Yes, he's in. And he deserves a second term, too! Let me ask you. Up to this day in time. What has John Boehner, Eric Kantor, Mitch McConnell, The Noot, The Donald, Willard, my crazy Uncle and his Eminence....Rick Santorum done to bring this country together? Their Party is in control of our government. How have they empowerd, "We the People"?

    March 7, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  27. Don Desaulniers (Belleville, Canada)

    From a neutral vantage point up here in Canada, it sure looks like the Republican candidates are too extreme to be electable. Most voters don't like crazy, but the rhetoric stirred up by the GOP makes everybody afraid that America under that party will start a few wars the day after they take power. I think Obama grossly overspends, but I'll take that any day over another financially and morally devastating war.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  28. Mycroft Lake Travis TX

    Well Jack, that seems to be the consensus ! Even some of the smarter republicans like George Will are facing up to the facts that keep rolling in every day. We've just about seen it all, Carl Rove's strategy and Republican field of candidates have done about all they can do to alienate most of the general electorate, save the racists and the evangelical whites. Which holding on to the latter seems to annihilate reason, because the Republican Candidates seem to be in league with evil instead of good. Even a Republican leader, synthetic heroin junkie, entertainer, Rush Limbaugh has called for respectable young women that simply want birth control pills, to film sex tapes and post them on the internet so he can get his jollies. I imagine a whole lot the evangelical voters might be switching to President Obama, come November 2.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  29. Terry in Virginia

    The more the GOP goes far right on social issues over jobs, the more I'm determined to get out of bed on election day to vote for Obama. He may be the only incumbent to keep his job this election.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  30. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    I don't agree with all of the Presidents policies but he is by far the best choice for the job at this time in our history and we need someone who cares about all Americans. He is not just for the rich or does he jump into war.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  31. Brian, San Diego

    Jack, nothing is inevitable except death, taxes, and political stupidity. Obama's second term is certainly becoming more likely the longer the Republican primary circus continues, but it's not inevitable by any means. There are plenty of things, both within Obama's control and outside of it, that could still hurt his reelection bid.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  32. Nobama

    The elite media wants to make us that 's inevitable.

    With economy still in shambles, Obama will be defeat in Nov.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  33. J Farrow, New Orleans

    I certainly hope so. The GOP candidates have absolutely nothing constructive to offer. The president has made sufficient progress on the economic and jobs front in the face of a monolithic Republican opposition to be re-elected. He has positioned himself as a thoughtful and honest broker of America's interests at home and abroad. Obama '12!

    March 7, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  34. Susan from Idaho

    I never thought any different, why would we settle for a daffy duck when we have a cool hand luke?

    March 7, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  35. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Not until he does something about housing debt for underwater borrowers, deflates the oil bubble by successfully defending position limits in NYMEX against a Wall Street challenge and then manages what has to be an engineered credit crunch resulting from steep futures price drops and keeps us out of war in Iran. If he does all that, he's a shoo in. The GOP candidates can't win without a crisis handled badly or left to fester.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  36. jk in MN

    I hope so. The current version of the GOP today frankly scares me. They seem to be worried more about legislating their social/regilious beliefs on the entire population rather than actually trying to improve things for the regular people on Main Street.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  37. Pat, Twin Falls, Idaho

    I certainly hope not, I don't think America can stand another four years with him at the helm.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  38. Louise

    Oh Jack, you are smokin the proverbial CNN crack pipe. Mainstream media loves to focus on how conservatives are split on their nominee, but what they fail to understand is that although we may all have our own thoughts on who should be the nominee, at the end of the day, ask any of those people and they will tell you they will vote for whoever the eventual republican nominee is over Obama. You add up all the votes for the various candidates and the combined total spells another shellacking. I read today where Obama lost 15 Oklahoma counties in yesterdays primary where he is running uncontested and doesn't even have an opponent identified yet. There is a growing mantra being heard loud and clear in many local venues – voting for ABO (Anyone But Obama). Personally I would vote for a rock over Obama.

    Louise
    Atlanta, Georgia

    March 7, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  39. silas baskerville

    yes: everyone knowes hes going to WIN with no problem hands down HE IS THE MAN

    March 7, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  40. Virginia - Atlanta, GA

    I certainly hope so, for the sake of our future, I don't want the present group of Republicans anywhere ear the White House.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  41. Rev. Henry Gomez, Lakewood New Jersey

    The Republican party would stir up trouble however they can, even at the sake of destroying our healing economy, their rhetoric and war drums are driving up the price of oil which in turn will, if history is correct, harm the auto industry, which President Obama was instrumental in saving.
    Inevitable? I think not Jack but President Obama certainly has my support!

    March 7, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  42. Greg in Arkansas

    As long as the GOP Quartet of Contenders continues to shout at one-another about irrelevant social conservative issues, they won't be able to hear the "fat lady singing"...that Obama will be a shoe-in, based on the fact that voters care more about improving economic conditions than religious ideals.....

    March 7, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  43. chris

    no no and no if he get's relected we are doomed just pray yht supreme cfourt at least up held of obamacare so he can't emplemtnet thatfurther than it has gone what next big thing he will pass without reading it or letting us know waht is in it so the answer is no to another term

    March 7, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  44. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    Not sure that a second term is becoming inevitable but it's certainly is clear that a second term under President Obama may be preferable to the election of one of the candidates currently in the GOP field of presidential candidates.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  45. Jake Giesen

    As long as Republicans (voters and party members) keep denying the fact that the only remotely general-election-electable candidate they have, at least in the race now, is ol' Willard Mitt Romney, they don't have a chance to topple Obama. Obama's recent minor successes coupled with the daily evisceration the GOP candidates are inflicting on each other will be enough to net President Obama his second term.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  46. Gary H. Boyd

    Jack, the liberal media in America already has Obama reelected. Turn on CNN, MSNBC, listen to the pundits, read any magazine or newspaper and it's obvious they all see Obama as a shoo-in. Add the millions on welfare and the minorities he plays to and hard working Anglo-Saxon Americans don't stand a chance. How you, with you more conservative approach to the matter, is able to survive at CNN is a genuine mystery.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    March 7, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  47. Conor in Chicago

    A second term is most certainly not inevitable for Obama. Not only are his favorable poll numbers low in swing states, his numbers are just as low in states where Republican Legislatures are passing voter ID legislation which will dwindle the Democrat vote considerably. Add to that the fact that many of the issues Obama is dealing with as President are complicated and Americans hate critical thinking. This means bumper sticker ideology can easily trump well rounded and well thought out policy when it makes people feel good about themselves or satiates their political anger. For a current example of this, just watch people scream about how high oil prices are a result of not drilling enough when domestic drilling is at a 13 year highand demand is at a 10 year low. Even worse, sabre rattling against Iran has a direct correlation with Wall Street speculation . Are people willing to listen to that argument? Nope. For too many people in this country their infotainment channel that reinforces their world view says its Obama’s fault, they just paid $4.50 at the pump, so they blame Obama and refuse to do their own thinking on the issue. Obama’s second term isn’t even likely, much less inevitable.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  48. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Obama getting Re-elected? No it wouldn't surprise me. After all who would have thought Bill Clinton would have been elected. People aren't too bright out there. The thing the Liberal/Progressives have to worry about it if Obama is Re-Elected there will be a long run again of Republician's in the Presidentcy. Some thought after they ran off Richard Nixon they were home free.Then look what happened. A 16 Trillion Dollar debt is nothing to sneeze about. Maybe Gas prices will come down. Maybe jobe will pick up. Maybe I will get rich.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  49. andy Lynn, MA

    Considering that the Senate Minority Leader publicly and emphatically declared his goal was to make the President of the United States a one- term failure, I believe this President has done an amazing job. Mitch, he's my President, he's the President of all Americans. I won't forget. I may be only one vote (I don't live in Cook County) but it will not go to any Republican.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  50. Jane in CA

    The Republican party keeps moving to the right, and supporting unpopular positions. They keep pushing failed policy solutions that make things worse instead of better. When you reduce the party faithful to those who espouse extreme ideologies and those who accept them, your voting base gets smaller. When you try to undo the last 150-200 years of progress in civil rights and science, people start to notice. When every tax increase creates slower growth and more debt, eventually there comes a time when people realize that the idea just doesn't work. It doesn't make Obama inevitable, but it certainly improves his chances. If enough Democrats get elected to congress to actually accomplish some Democratic party priorities, and then get the predicted and good results from them, the country will dump Republicans and their ideas for a generation. I don't know if Obama can be another FDR for Democrats, but it is almost a certainty that there will be one in the next decade unless the Republican party changes course.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  51. MYSTEROIUS

    I am praying that he wins. In the words of Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr., "Keep Hope Alive."

    March 7, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  52. Zaiah

    Of course, so the rest of you better get over it. Do you really want this country and the rest of the world adapting to a entirely different leader in terms of economic,diplomatic,and militaristic policies at this turbulent time. That's like benching your starting quarterback at the beginning of overtime. and bringing in the inexperienced backup who wont get the team to rally behind him, while the opposing team smells blood. Baltimore,MD

    March 7, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  53. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Unless the Republicans come to their senses real soon, the answer is yes. I never thought I’d live to see the day when it would be the Republicans, not the Democrats, who snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. But if they keep control of Congress and continue “Just say NO,” his second term will be even worse than his first.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  54. Barry Sahba

    Politics & Musical chairs

    The children game of "Musical Chairs" is the solution to this fiasco called GOP primary. As a matter of fact, and to be fair to all parties, where neither has any advantage over the other, have President Obama also participate so we can be done with the general election.

    The culprits has always been the media and the pundits, the so-called self-proclaimed experts milking the process every 2 years. They are the engine of selling ads and the outrageous billion dollar campaigns.

    So, let the people pick up the music, because that's all they can do, and let the "players" get in the circle, do their walk and dance, in unison around the chairs and race to take a seat when the music stops. After a few rounds of repeating the process, there will be only one player left in the game, the so-called, the winner.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  55. Norm Krahn

    President Obama has done as well as he possibly could have considering the completely dysfunctional Congress. I think Americans will see this and give him a second term. The Republicans hard right turn isn't hurting the President's chances. Canadians love the President and he has done a lot to restore admiration for the U.S. and the Presidency.

    Edmonton, Alberta

    March 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  56. joshua

    You can spin all you want, but come November, people will be voting against Barack Obama just like 2008 when they voted against George Bush. Only Barack Obama could make Jimmy Carter's approval numbers look good.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  57. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    I think the Republicans KNEW Obama would have a good chance of getting reelected which is why so many Republican governors put restrictive voting laws into effect. Luckily, Obama's experience as a community organizer will help him overcome these new laws and he'll win as he deserves.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  58. Vinny in Connecticut

    Inevitalble? Inevitable?! Really, Jack?! It's not April 1st, is it; because I was thinking this was an April Fool's Joke! Check the battleground states like Fla, Va, Ohio, Pa, NC, Mo and you'll see that the Republicans are holding an advantage. Improving economy, where? You'll see that the unemployment rate has gone up to 8.6% in Feb (unless, of course, Obama's people "play" with the numbers!) Gasoline prices have doubled since Obama took office and the housing market still has not rebounded.
    So, Jack, the only thing that is inevitable is if Obama is re elected, his Socialistic policies and his total incompetence will destroy our country in those 4 yrs.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  59. David of Alexandria, VA

    Inevitable, no. Likely, yes. Unless the GOP or someone can stand up a candidate to challenge Obama on his record and get him to provide details behind his soaring oratorical phrases, he will slide into a win. Too bad - the last thing we need is a lame-duck mystery man picking winners and losers within the rubric of his own personal biases - and that's what we'll get.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  60. Linda from Kentucky

    Yes, I belive and certainly hope Obama will win again. It's hard to bet the farm on it though, with all the wackos in the world today. I can't believe that anyone with any lick of sense would even consider voting for any of these GOP candidates. You'll have to cut off my arms before you can stop me from voting the big "D" all the way across the board come election day!

    March 7, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  61. sarah

    Obama 2012

    March 7, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  62. Omar abdi. kansas city mo

    President Obama loosing his second term is like Mr.Wolf shaving his beard. a myth

    March 7, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  63. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    as James Carville famously said "It's The Economy, Stupid". IF the economy, and esp manufacturing jobs, continues to improve AND high oil prices don't de-rail the recovery, then I think Obama wins in a land slide. it NOT, people may vote for ANY Republican just out of frustration.

    Obama is far from being a "shoo in". WAY too many things like a potential middle east war could turn everything upside down.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  64. curtis in philadelphia

    Jack, a week in politics can be a lifetime and this election is six-months away, don't you have anything better to do?

    March 7, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  65. Karl in Flint, MI

    The real Republicans are going to the Congressional races because they know they have already lost the White House and hope to at least slow down the GOP drain in Congress. When the GOP let the Tea Party take over it was the beginning of the end. My hope is that this time around they will endorse moderate candidates, get Grover Norquist and the Koch brothers out of the picture and stop trying to sell the radical agenda we have seen particularly since 2010. John Boehner may now be the Speaker of the House, but he has absolutely no control over the GOP caucus. If the Republicans can't clean up their side of the aisle, the voters will clean it up for them.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  66. Randy

    Yeah right. Remember how "inevitable" Hillary was? Never underestimate the military industrial complexes penchant for putting on a show during election season. Take a wild guess as to why Jeb hasn't endorsed anyone and the candidates (frontmen) want a brokered convention.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  67. TomInRochNY

    Becoming inevitable? It is inevitable. The republicans had a perfect opportunity to unseat Obama and blew it, in style. When the stock market likes a democratic president over a republican one, you know the GOP is in trouble. If you'd asked me even a year ago if the right was going to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory I would have said, "I wish!" Now I don't think they have a chance of seeing the WH in the foreseeable future. Most republican voters don't even want to vote for them as evidenced by the primary turn out. At least the people on the left (and those that are at least a little sane) have someone to vote for, even if they're not happy about it. Ah, I remember the good old days when we had a political system.

    Tom, Rochester, NY

    March 7, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  68. Paul - North Carolina

    Nothing is inevitable. The economy could soar, unemployment drop to zero and the deficit disappear and a lot of people out there still would not vote for Obama. You know who they are. The ones who still think he was born in Kenya, or that he's a Muslim or a socialist or all three. These are the people who, despite his vitriolic and disgusting tirade about Sandra Fluke, still think Rush sits at the right hand of God. If there are enough of these pathetic creatures concentrated in the right states a second term may be out of reach.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  69. Bill in PA

    Jack,
    Lets hope so.
    In PA the governor has cut state support for public education drastically. The property tax assessor just mailed a new valuation on our condo – UP 110% above the appraisal just done. This more than doubles the school and county taxes due!

    March 7, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  70. Fred Allan in Cleveland, Mississippi

    Absolutely Jack. I believe that even if Romney is the nominee, President Obama will win a second term. Given the number of gaffes that Romney has made, President Obama will definetly win the middle class vote. And Obama will crush Romney on the issue healthcare in the debates by pointing out that the national healthcare law is the same as the healthcare law that Romney passed in Massachusetts.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  71. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    While the election is 8 months away, lets not get carried away. I do however feel that most Republicans (outside of the ones in the clown car) realize that its all about 2016. The Dems will gain seats as the Republicans keep shooting themselves in the foot. So, mount the charge- 2016!

    March 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  72. JONIQUE

    Thank God for smart people who will vote for the best candidate-President Obama.
    he is right for this country.
    Grandma from Virginia.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  73. That Guy

    Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

    March 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  74. Richard

    Clifton Park, NY
    The President's re-election has been guaranteed by same people running the same Party that put us in the ditch in the first place. Who would be stupid enough to elect a candidate who espouses war in Iran, continued deregulation of the financial industry, and demands we balance the budget on the back of the 99% who can't afford it? Obama is not perfect to be sure. But he is the only adult in the room.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  75. JCal

    Yes, I think it is most likely inevitable that Barack Obama will be reelected. It is unfortunate in that virtually unopposed candidates are not what this country has thrived on over the years. But it appears that the Republicans have gone the route of self-destruction. That said, it is a long time until November, and anything can happen.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  76. Ron

    CNN is working overtime to make that happen.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  77. Jo

    We are soooooo lucky to have Obama as president...he has compassion, 'smarts'....not trigger happy...all the 'right stuff'

    March 7, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  78. Mike in NJ

    In a word, Yup. I hope that in a second term, Mr. Obama is able to put in place many of the truly progressive programs and initiatives that have been stalled by what I think is a Republican-stalled congress whose motivations are, in some cases, more sinister than 'just politics'.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  79. Jeremy

    II think the Republicans are handing Obama his 2nd term on a silver platter. After watching the GOP race the past few weeks, Obama looks good to me again. -Anchorage, Alaska

    March 7, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  80. smellarat

    Sounds to me like, in typical liberal media tradition, you want to write the news rather than report it. Never before in US history has a president been so protected, worshiped, sugar-coated, and coddled by the mainstream media.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  81. mk1

    Jack, the Republicans are certainly trying to make it inevitable what with their war on women, war on the middle class, war on immigrants, war on America, and their just plain war mongering. The only adult this election has is President Obama and to me that is a good thing.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  82. Bob

    No..

    March 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  83. Greg, San Francisco

    Given the possible GOP options, I would say "highly likely".

    I hesitate to cast his re-election as inevitable as I fear it might make potential Obama voters feel they can relax and perhaps not vote. Given the vitriol and single/simple minded determination to thwart every action the President takes, I think diligence is required.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  84. longtooth

    Obama doesn't even have to campaign. Just let this band of wannabees talk themselves out of the election. Romney, the frontrunner, couldn't inspire a starving man to have a sandwich.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  85. Jeff

    He is definitely the better choice than anyone that the GOP could possibly nominate. It seems right to take about 3 1/2 years to turn around 8 years of bad policy and unjust wars... We need wall street regulation, I just wish he would try to end oil speculators, cut spending and raise taxes to reduce the deficit.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  86. Maria

    Yes. It has been inevitable for a while now. The Republican party has lost touch with reality. Talking about women parts, the church and Obama's religious beliefs is not the topics the american people want to hear.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  87. Gorn

    Counterintuitively, conservatives should be voting for Obama in November. It's clear that the contest will be between Obama and Romney, who conservatives view as carbon copies of one another. If Romney wins, he will be renominated in four years without conservative competition. Thus, with a Romney win, conservatives are locked out for eight years, but if Obama wins, conservatives will have another chance after only four years. Conservatives should cut their losses by voting for Obama, or at least staying home in November.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  88. Kevin

    Yes Obama will win a second term. Republicans had a golden opportunity to win, but they cannot put forth a single viable candidate. Obama has grown the government faster, raised deficits higher, and no real benefits for everyday Americans materialized. However, even with all the downside to Obama, the Republicans options are crazy, phony, or extreme. Maybe the country can come together in 4 years and start a real recovery...if the country survives that long.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  89. bspurloc

    the blame obama campaign started the minute he became president and because of that it instantly failed and fails more so today

    March 7, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  90. James in STL, MO

    The GOP in 2012 reminds me of the Democrats in 2004. And we all know how November 2004 went. The only difference is, I won't be wanting to move to Canada after the 2012 election! Also, maybe with a mandate, Obama will be able to get some things done, even if he's still working with a Republican House.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  91. Gary in San Jose, California

    Yes Jack. A second term for President Obama looks inevitable because the Republican Candidates are too focused on the wrong issues. We don't care who is the most conservative. We care about what is best for our country, thus the people we love, not social issues. Mix in a little hypocrisy and the Republicans are providing an open lane to Obama for a layup.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  92. mary

    President Obama will be electet by a large margin. All these republicans are scaring me with all the talk about war on Iran . All they do is bash Obama and tell lies. Don't they realize everything gets recorded and replayed so it makes them look like a bunch of fools.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  93. portcitymatt

    we're screwed regardless of who gets elected president!

    March 7, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  94. Nick San Diego

    Yes and rightfully so, providing the walking dead (American Public) really pay attention.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  95. Steve

    Obama's re-election is not inevitable by any means, but the closer we get to the election the more people (even conservative leaning voters) are forced to recognize that Obama has done a pretty good job.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  96. Bob in Pa

    When it gets to the final election cycle, no matter which Republican survives, Obama is not the lessor of two evils.
    This is a one term president.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  97. David in Houston

    I sure hope so. When Bush won his second term, I started looking at jobs and houses in Canada. I don't think I would go to those extremes this time, but I would definitely "check out" of the game for a few years.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  98. Sandstone.

    "Definitly not, Jack, he's lost already. Romney must be taking back some of those Republicans who George Jnr Bush was re-elected with eight years ago. If Sanitorium is so sure he and Gingrich have the Conservative Vote, then where else is Romney's Delegate count coming from? When those Conservatives realise Romney is the Nominee, he will get those as well. So Obama's steal four years go will be gone. Thats is conclusive no matter how much you try and twist it. "

    March 7, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  99. steve l.

    Hopefully, Obama WILL win a second term ... because no other candidate is more driven to get this country into the black.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  100. Debbie in Charleston

    Let's hope the President is re-elected. The Republican lineup, which is dwindling by the minute, now consists of Romney, who isn't a conservative and Santorum who is so conservative NOBODY except the far right would vote for him. President Obama is overseeing a slow comeback for our economy and considering the pushback he's had from congressional Republicans, he's done a damn good job.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  101. Levi

    Yes. Obama will more than likely get re-elected. When you observe the GOP you come away with the impression they don't know what their doing and are "deer's in headlights". Obama's re-election being nearly a shoe-in is common coffee talk in my area; and I'm from what a lot of people call the "reddest of the red states": Oklahoma.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  102. Terry

    Clearly, the best Republican candidates have elected to wait for 2016, and we see the results before us. The GOP Leadership is trying to get control of this rolling train wreck, but it appears to be too little to late.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  103. davidk

    Jack, you really said a mouthful.........'big money republican donors and strategists are turning to congressional races'. Never before has big money been so able to buy an election than now. All it took was co-opting the judiciary into recognizing corporations as people thus the birth of the Super PAC's. That should be your story.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  104. chowza

    You are right: with the economy improving and the Republican circus ongoing, it is difficult to see how the Republicans can win the presidency. Romney will be the nominee and will face a lack of enthusiasm even from Republicans. Meanwhile, Romney who has been saying whatever his advisors tell him may sell to the extremists who are active in the party is busy paining himself into a corner as President Obama throws back all of his statements in a general election.
    Probably the most irresponsible is his promise of a 20% tax cut for everyone. This country is is deep, deep hock which our children will have to pay if we don't take on at least some of it ourselves. We can do it in part through cutting programs but it will also take tax hikes, not tax cuts. The old conservative saw about tax cuts increasing overall revenue has little or no basis in reality.
    So, the only way the Republicans nominee will be the president is if Americans take total leave of their senses and they don't usually do that.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  105. Dee

    With what I have seen and heard from the Republican candidates I certainly hope President Obama wins re-election. None of the Republican field has given me any reason to even consider their candidacy. I hear mistruths (that even I know are false accusations!) and even outright lies. I hear personal slurs but little of true substance. I live in Pennsylvania so I definitely do not want Santorum. He was a disaster here. I am female so that is another strike against Santorum. Romney I had some hopes for but he managed to say enough dumb stuff to turn me away. If I hear another word about the President's birthplace or taking "the pill" I may actually scream aloud. Please talk about real issues and propose real solutions. Right now it is Obama-Biden in 2012. I see nothing to make me imagine I would vote any other way. PS-the Republican idea of shelving the Presidency and winning Congress so they can say no to anything proposed by the President does not thrill me either. Work together, compromise, propose viable solutions. Can the political, power hungry rhetoric.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  106. chill

    I wish. But it's March. In March 2008, we didn't know about the coming crash or Sarah Palin or any one of the other multiple disasters that radically shifted the vote. I'd love it to be true, and I think it will happen, but we have a long way to go.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  107. frank

    nothing is inevitable! Obama must go if Americans know what America is really about...if he stays...well, then it is europe socialism for us!

    March 7, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  108. Linda Knoxville,tenn

    Yes, President Obama will be elected. It is going to be dirty nasty, ,but He will come out on top. I am voting for him . I wisely did so in 2008. And again 2012. America with Rmney or one of the other republican nut heads in charge is too scary to think about.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  109. Roxanne

    All the president has to do is keep breathing oxygen. Then we can see how his policies work. Just think how much he could accomplish with a majority in Congress.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  110. Gigi Oregon

    I sure hope so...then maybe we could pay down some more of the debt President Bush built up going to war in the wrong country and charging it on a charge card from China. Leaving it to be paid off by our grand children.

    Big business may want to "think" about funding congressional races, hold back for a while and see if the approval rating of Congress improves. "We the People" are not real happy about the Republicans sitting on their hands going on four years. It would be like throwing good (ha ha) money after bad. They need to see if their investment would be worth chance.

    I'd like to have the privilege to vote for President Obama this time around. Let the games continue...The turtle, doesn't have a chance outside a story book, the man with his foot in his mouth will continue to stumble and Milk toast will win the election. I would vote for Ron Paul, but we will have to wait till are grand children grow up and remember the mess made from the 2000-08 election and the most pitiful Republican primary in history.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  111. Mike Skitt

    With the GOP three stooges conducting their daily routine of political farce, religious slapstick and reality bending the American people have been left with no choice but to re-elect the President.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  112. QS in Seattle

    Jack,

    Kind of a silly question since it became inevitable as soon we first saw a clear picture of what the conservative party was going to put forth in the way of "candidates".

    Even if there were a semi-sane conservative running, Obama would still wipe the floor with him/her thanks to his record of accomplishments in his first term despite all the opposition from the right.

    But I have to admit, I'm looking forward to the debates between President Obama and whichever of the clowns wins the nomination – mainly because I want to see the conservative nominee keep trying to use all the same false talking points against Obama that they've been using in the primaries....you know, the ones that they just like to make up on their own in order to "rally their base", but that hold no water in regards to factual information when they actually try them in the general election.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  113. Harold, Phoenix,AZ.

    I hope so, the war loving GOP candidates leave a lot to be desired. All of the candidates sound like pilots of a fantasy island ship. We need someone with the desire to work for the progress of all AMERICANS.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  114. Charlotte

    Yes, it's looking very likely. I won't jinx it by saying "inevitable" but it would be the best thing for the country, considering the options for an oponent. But wait!! Didn't Sarah hint she might accept the GOP nomination in an open convention?? Oh MY now that would be a race to captivate. LOL!

    March 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  115. doug

    Jack – with this group of "loony tunes" who are running for President – I pray every night that Obama is re-elected....

    March 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  116. Michael in Houston

    Remove the onslaught of attacks by the conservatives and look at the Obama record of what he has done guiding us away from the abyss he was facing when he took the helm and his accomplishments since in less then ideal terrain with a bunch of right wingers that wouldnt negotiate with him on ANYTHING and he has had a very strong first term. Add to that the stench that comes from the current crop of GOP candidates and the fact that not a single one of them has general election appeal and its obvious Obama will be re-elected. Of course, if he does, we can fully expect the GOP will try and overturn the election results by impeachment...but thats for another day.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  117. diridi

    Jack, how are you. I say "YES". Listen, Now this nation is on right track and going in right direction, either morally, or fiscally. World is respecting us today than ever before. Dollar is getting strength. good sign. Stocks did not fall. Employment is getting better. More so, Manufacturing, and Call center jobs, are coming back. good sign. Romney sells this nation to China and India, for cheap labor. He said, with College degree he staples the Immigration to It. Nonsense. We have enough graduates. Previously, Americans never went to college, but today, knock on the wood, they are in Colleges. Nation is on right track with No war with Iran. Obama knows, we are not importing their Oil. TBoon Pickens is right we need Natural Gas. Alternate Energy. god bless the USA, and Obama. Period.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  118. Sharon

    We can only hope and pray he gets a second run rather than have one of the Three Stooges.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  119. Bob

    Sure seems like it. The Republican party no longer represents rational, middle-of-the-road voters. Instead, it panders to extremeists, racists, religious kooks, and the proud-to-be-uneducated, small-minded dopes who listen to uneducated talk-radio buffoons. Of course, after all the shameless pandering, they'll try to reconenct with us – but – sorry – you can't have it both ways. The shameless racist attacks on Obama, lack of positive, constructive ideas and arguments, constant appeals to jingoistic false patriotism and twisted religious doctrines, and the prior support for the mass-murdering, economy-destroying idiot bush pretty much finishes the deal. Lies and foolishness work well on the uneducated – but there are still many intelligent Americans who are repulsed by all of this. We desperately need a credible third party for rational people, with the republican and democratic parties folded into a single party for dopes.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  120. Mike KY

    No, it will be a fight to the very end. It will take hard work. It's not inevitable, Democrats should not take this important election for granted.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  121. Jo

    I won't say inevitable, but its getting better. The real problem for the GOP is they overplayed their hand in 2010. They were so amped about their chances after the Tea Party win, they didn't realize the people who are going to run are mostly losers. No one is running minus Paul is a sitting government employee. They are either so rich, they don't have to, Romney. Got killed in their last election, Santorun, or was pushed out via politic pressure, Newt. Paul is not a realistic candidate either no matter what the internet says. Obama is a sitting President doing something. None of these guys are doing anything, but campaigning and trashing each other, because there is no GOP base anymore. Just splintered groups ranging from high like the rich and the tea party to low like Paul supporters. They may come together to beat Obama if they like the VP, but the reality is no votes for the VP, sometimes they vote in spite of them,, Palin.

    The longer this goes on, the better Obama looks plus if it is Mitt, there is no difference to a lot of GOP voters and they just won't show up. Not everyone in these primaries is going to vote GOP in the fall either. The GOP just doesn't have anyone now and maybe even in the future that doesn't come off looking like a rich corporate heel, an old out of touch man or a crazy religious zealot. Ronald Regan and Nixon would not be part of this party.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  122. alma goettemoeller

    President Obama has spent the last 3 years cleaning up our last Presidents mess. There is still alot of work to be done.The Public is becoming increasingly aware of this, and his chances of a second term are becoming more evident.
    Horray President Obama!!!!!Keep smiling

    March 7, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  123. Thinkforyourself, OK

    Absolutely not. This isn't the Soviet Union, although with Obama we are getting pretty darn close.
    If he wins, there may not ever be another free election.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  124. Michael

    I certainly hope he wins re-election. After the devastation wrought by 8 years of W Bush and the almost total colapse of the economy as the direct result of policies aimed at slashing or unfunding any kind of reasonable fiscal regulation, the Republicans deserve to lose for about 10 more election cycles in my estimation. Add to that the front runner for the Republican nomination has shown himself to be a turbo flip-flopper (the exact criticism that was primarily responsible for tanking John Kerry's campaign), the runner up makes Pat Buchanan look liberal and number three (Newt) makes Stalin look almost warm and fuzzy. Obama has had to labor under the toughest political environment in more than a century and has weathered the storm.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  125. Greg Simerson

    NO the President is not going to be reelected for Isreal and failing our Americian men and woman over seas. with the pull out of our troops fro IRAQ all for the re eelection campaign the economy is doing better but, He has hurt and degraded the morals and principals that this nation was founded on by supporting same sex marriage and abbortion on deamnd and the bigest murders in the u.s Planned parenthood who kill more americians in the womb everyday than what AL-Qaeda did on 9/11 for who the wealthy not for every day americians he said no the piple line deal because of his buddies and not for the Amercian intrest
    THE only reason why he will get reelected is if republicans decide to pu tMitt Romney as the Nominee

    March 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  126. Forrest Wright

    Let's hope it is enviable. Following the Republican campaign is like following a three ring circus from town to town or from debate to debate. I am a Democrat but if I were an independent, there is nothing that has been said in this campaign that would make me want to vote for one of these candidates regardless of who that may be.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  127. JoAnn Brooks

    Yes, he will be the president for another four years!! He will get my vote. I want no war with Iran and I want the government out of my bedroom and personal life.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  128. Dennis from Millbrae, CA

    Prediction: The Tea Party has alienated so many people with their shrill rhetoric, outlandish lies ("Obama is a Muslim who was not born in this country and is honoring Jane Fonda as a Woman of the Century", and collection of goof-ball front-people (Bachmann, Palin and Limbaugh), that there will be a voter backlash against the extreme right. Because the Republican candidates have all tried to appeal to the extreme right, this backlash will work against the eventual nominee and President Obama will be re-elected. The bigger question for the Republicans is whether they can retain a majority in the House.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  129. chris from chicago

    Obama deserves a second term. His first term was George Bushs fault.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  130. Mike

    Jack – I don't think it matters who runs for the GOP, Pres. Obama will win a second term. In American politics, it's all about the money. Pres. Obama has gotten and will continue to get so much $ from unions, insurance companies, special interests, and the 1%, that no one could ever hope to match his war chest. When people say "everything in America is for sale", that started with our politicians....

    March 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  131. biggeorge22

    I sure hope so. He deserves it with the mess the GOP dumped in his lap! While he has not been perfect, or as liberal as I would have liked, he has done the best he could with the mess they (GOP) made. Then we have Hilary on deck for maybe another 8 years. Looks like the GOP will be out in the cold for quite a while.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  132. Vincent Racaniello

    The American People don't deserve President Obama. Articulate, calm, knowledgeable, confident and so comfortable with being Obama; he shoulders the blame for problems not of his creating, all the while having to suffer the insults, lies and offenses from the hysterical irrationals, yet he gets no credit for preventing our listing ship of state from capsizing wholly and slipping silently into the sea. He is quickly becoming the favorite President of my lifetime. It would be a collective act of self righteous arrogance NOT to award him a second term

    March 7, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  133. bat46man

    Jack... OF COURSE the President will win RE-ELECTION... with the Repubs talking WAR with IRAN (what IDIOTS...and afterwards they will be complaining of the COST...what hipocrits..) and they've ALL but trashed WOWEN'S RIGHTS of late...(If I was a woman I would be affraid if ONE of those guys got elected!!!...) The list can go on and on as to why the President WILL WIN!!! I mean let's face it Jack... How can either of the Repubs candidates stand next to the President on a debate stage and say he has done a terrible job with National Security, JOBs creations (But lets not forget the REPUB CONGRESS is MOSTLY to BLAME for the lack of more JOB Creation in the past 2 yrs and the President is just for saying NO to EVERY JOBS bill the President sent to them..) and MOST OF ALL who can stand on stage next to him and say that he HASN'T been a BETTER COMMANDER IN CHIEF than out LAST LOSER for 8 years...!!!!!)

    OBAMA 2012!!!

    March 7, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  134. molly b.

    Yes! President Obama and Joe Biden will be reelected – no problem.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  135. Rj

    Indeed I think it is. The Republicans are self destructing before our eyes and at every turn, it seems as if they want to lose.. The case, more likely is that they are so completely out of touch with Americans, that they just don't get it. Obama will have to work hard to throw this election away; and he wont .

    March 7, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  136. Bob n LA

    Nothing is inevitable but he has many factors in his favor at this time. Hopefully America will see the need to allow him to complete what has has started with a new, more open mined Congress.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  137. Suzanne

    It certainly appears the President Obama has another term in store for him. Great! These republican, holier than thou, candidates scare the heck out of me!

    March 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  138. Annie, Atlanta

    One can never tell with our fickle voting public, but I certainly hope so.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  139. VJ Sambandam from ALabama

    President is moving in the right direction..Please help him. Let us help him to finish the job.
    Remember it took Bush 8 yrs to spend all the money?? We need lot more time to turn the table around....

    March 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  140. J. L. Tomlin

    If Republicans keep turning to stale social complaints and political deadlock to unseat him, they will in fact find a familiar face in the oval office come January- but it will be Obama's, not Romney's- and it will be an Obama with even less incentive, or arguably an electoral need, to work with them in a second term. And if they keep it up long enough, I wouldn't hold my breath for many of the congressional and senate races either.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  141. Carl Mullen

    With many people still struggling Americans have been turned off by the negative out of touch antics of the current GOP field, not inevitable yet but heading that direction.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  142. Gail, Plano TX.

    I hope with all my heart, Jack, that it is true, that he will serve another 4 years as our President. Not only is he more qualified than any other, he is a good man, a man of principal. It will be my honor to vote for him in November.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  143. UtahProf

    Obviously, no one knows how it will play out but it seems as though Ron Paul has more support between Republicans AND Democrats – I can't tell you how many moderate Democrats i know who intend to vote for Ron Paul if that is an option. What the GOP fails to see is that those votes will either go to Paul or Obama – the GOP is not likely to pick up any of those votes with Santorum or Romney. At the end of the day, it is either going top be Paul or Obama in the White house as Santorum/Romney simply do not have the votes for a win – even if they poll their resources and hop on the same ticket.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  144. kevin crawford

    the last republican president and his crew should be in jail for what they did as far as the war in iraq. while bush started 2 wars he also lowered taxes and deregulated wall street at the same time. we all know the dreadful out come of these terrible actions. obama an the other hand, aside from killing bid laden ect has shown tremendous leadership and has done well in getting the country back on track while he cleans up the mess from the bush admoinistration. OBAMACARES and it shows. would write more but i'm having some blood work done............... for free. good luck Kevin from Canada

    March 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  145. keeth

    No, it's not inevitable. But what IS inevitable, sadly, is the inanity of these stupid and shallow questions you keep asking.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  146. Jerry in Denver

    The President's second-term definitely seems to be inevitable. Especially considering the instability of the GOP and its poor group of candidates. Why elect someone else when the country is clearly on the up-swing? It would be self-defeating, and the whole world would consider us a failed experiment.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  147. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    The man can smile, and lately especially, all the way from one ear to the other! Can you do that Jack? I can't. I also do not remember the R candidates with such a smile, the man's a pedigree Chessire. Someting is inevitable or not but in his case let us say it is becoming inevitable, the election is his to lose. I wonder, what if he chooses not to run for a second term ? Who would be smiling then ?

    March 7, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  148. Darren

    Here's the summary: Bill Clinton had a balanced budget. 8 years of Republican policy left the country basically in economic collapse. 3 years of Obama hard work (fighting Republican blocking every step of the way) has the economy beginning to recover. Is there anyone in this country that is delusional enough, no matter what fantasies the Republican candidates spout, to want to go back to Republican policy again?!?!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  149. lgortman

    Please not another term, dont do this to America! As a US Army Veteran and I have spoken to several active military personnel that I stay in contact with all feel the same! PLEASE AMERICA, WAKE-UP!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  150. Southernquilts

    I agree Jack, four more years of President Obama. The Republicans don't offer anything constructive and sound like grumpy old men that really don't have anything to say other than "unlike Obama".

    March 7, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  151. Todd

    Well, unless they bring back Ronald Reagan......It's a done deal!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  152. Michael

    Actually, none of the current candidates, nor Pres. Obama, will be running the country come the fall. By that time, we will be experiencing a massive transformation of our society both economically, spiritually, and socially.

    You wont believe me now, but come this summer, you will. =)

    March 7, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  153. MikeDeAngel

    Their strategy of making Obama a one-term president had one gap- the GOP never made a compelling case for what they are for, only what they are against. Chalfont, PA

    March 7, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  154. Chris Rand

    It's almost impossible to assess any president's historical significance during their first term – it usually takes years or even decades. However, President Obama is positioned to be anything but a middle-of-the-pack president, historically speaking. If things go well for the United States over the next decade, President Obama will be credited with averting a global depression, insuring 30 million more Americans, saving the manufacturing sector of the American economy, reducing our dependence on foreign oil, getting rid of DADT, and numerous other significant pieces of legislation. He has been a serious president in answer to serious times.

    The Republican contenders, thus far, have been more comic relief. Other than offering often misdirected criticism of President Obama, they seem to be stuck arguing about the wrong subjects. I mean – contraception?? We've got serious issue to discuss. Pre-emptive war on Iran? Didn't they learn anything from the last pre-emptive war? They don't quite seem ready for prime time.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  155. Teaparty01

    Yes.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  156. Tom

    Dont convince people that they need not vote because Obama is a shoe in. You have to keep people energized. People who invest, have savings, and care abour retirement plans need to remember that the republicans pushed us to near default. Women, and men to support women taking birth control, and whom use condoms, need to remember that the gop is at war with these new medical advances and want private companies to deny providing the services in the field of services they are supposedly in based on the cloak of religion. The gop is also telling us to cut the deficit while talking about a possible several billion dollar war against Iran (making the hypocricy of deficit cutting completely obvious). One of the leading gop contenders himself wants to rip apart the founding documents and reapply them with christian law. I think America has more than enough reason to vote against the gop in the forthcoming election.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  157. Toothless

    We hasta get rid of that guy in da white house Jack,

    He is a Kenyan, socilaist, communist, Muslim,
    who wont produce a birf certificate.
    He is sending all our jobs to China and making the rich get richer.
    Gas prices are going up up up, and he does nothing to stop it.
    Now he wants to start a war with Styria and Iran.
    And talk about food stamps.
    Time to put the feer of god in the white house and bring old america back.

    Parfin Myers in Frost bite Falls.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  158. Sunday

    Jack, what else can you ask of the president? Even though he does not get enough credit, if you rememember what the state of the economy in January 2008 was and what it is now I personally think he deserves a second term. If you don't vote for him at least tell your friends to. He is the best compare to what we are seeing from the other party. America deserves nothing less than a good president like president Obama.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  159. d

    I don't think we should ever count on Americans to make the smart choice. Obama will face a tough race, even though he's clearly the most qualified candidate remaining, simply because the Republicans know they can lie and 70% of us won't do the research to find out that they're lying.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  160. Fred Evil

    It isn't inevitable, but without a REAL GoTP candidate, it's all but a lock.
    Romney is the ONLY candidate moderate enough to win, and the GoTP can't bring themselves to vote for him.
    Works for me, he's the biggest panderer of the bunch.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  161. gary kennett

    Ron Paul is not for war, he's for the constitution, he is for liberty.

    How can anyone with at least half a brain say Obama has done a good job???????

    I guess thats why the only chance you have ..... you'll miss

    March 7, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  162. Graham W.

    Inevitable is a bit strong; nonetheless, with the Republican Party the Dems are in good shape. Seriously, if the Republicans were out in the middle of a lake and peeing over the side of a boat, they would miss the water. What a bunch of buffoons!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  163. Mike in SD

    Obama will win in a landslide. The Republicans have shown to be inept clowns. They have shown themselves to have feet of clay, obstructionists with no other plan than to denigrate a president who is succeeding in pulling this country out of the economic abyss of the last president. They have alienated any women voters that want dominion over their own bodies. Just the fact that they won't bring a vote on the Jobs Bill currently in Congress and that they have blocked the implementation of the Obama's Consumer Dept. shows the Republicans do not have the interests of Americans at heart!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  164. Eloy

    There is no way that any self-respecting Republican can consider this field of filp floppers and yahoo's the best that GOP has to offer. This is no longer my fathers republican party of the 70s and 80s, compromising when nessesary and fiscally conservative... Hence the reason as an Indipendent, I've voted and am voting Dem again.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  165. Juan in Edwardsville, IL

    GOP victory is impossible without the Latino vote. With all the rhetoric regarding immigration, the Republicans have already lost California, Florida, New York and Ohio, which are crucial in the general election. Hispanic-Americans will help secure a 2nd electoral landslide for President Obama, regardless of how many times the GOP flip-flops on this issue.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  166. tehmeh

    "nothing is inevitable! Obama must go if Americans know what America is really about...if he stays...well, then it is europe socialism for us!"

    sorry Frank, but America is what Americans make of it. That is the flexibility given us by the founding fathers and is what America is really about. If we choose to care about and care for our weakest and most disenfranchised, call it what you like, it makes us stronger and in the end, better human beings.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  167. Nino

    Look at the choices.......Obama must win!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  168. Paolo, Berkeley, CA

    There is no Obama destiny, ... but it is true the GOP candidates are working really really hard at making it happen. For that this country is thankful ... God bless the GOP candidates.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  169. Disgruntled with the GOP

    More than likely.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  170. Al

    Why don't you re-post this in November, when we will be celebrating the end of the biggest mistake this country has committed in recent history... BHO

    March 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  171. AfroSheen

    How many people reading this will be attending President Romney's Inauguration?

    March 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  172. Ricke

    No Jobs.
    Iran going nuclear.
    Gas going thru the roof.
    The war in Afghanistan is still there.
    I can't stand another four and neither can the American People.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  173. rickmog

    I hope not, he is the worst president since George W. Bush.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  174. Fred

    Nothing is "inevitable"; however, the Republican candidates are pathetic. Mitt would be OK, but he's sold his soul the the Tea Partiers. His response to Limbaugh's outrageous remarks is typical Mitt: play it safe; and good lord, don't offend the right wing nutbags.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  175. Eric

    No his election is not inevitable. But reguardless of who wins this country's political system is broken. People may stick with the garbage they know instead of the new garbage just like they did with Bush. Until we fix the broken two party system and put term limits on the House and Senate nothing will be fixed.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  176. Bill

    Republicans will take over the White House in 2012 when elephants fly. And at the present time elephants don't seem to be able to get off their rear ends.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  177. Marv

    Austin, TX
    The GOP is marginalizing itself. You can't win by pandering to evangelicals, the sex police, and the narrow minded no-taxes-ever crowd. They have given up the middle ground and alienated independents like myself. Besides, the President has done a pretty good job of cleaning up the mess to former administration left behind.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  178. Mike

    If you looked up the word Socialism before using it like so many uneducated Republicans do, the LARGEST form of Socialism the USA has is the MILITARY. Socialism by nature, not by definition. Read and you shall find the facts you so lack.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  179. Stan T

    Jack,
    I'm a life long republican. That said, I'm going to vote for Obama despite the fact that he is diametrically opposed to some of the most important values I hold dear. The current crop of republican candidates are a joke. I'd vote for carrot top before someone like Gingrich or Santorum.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  180. Kris

    I see Obama making a second term... so many people have complained about his achievements (which they would do with whoever is in office)... But Obama was handed a plate of mud (feel free to substitute another word here) and expected to make cinnamon rolls. Things were bad when he took office, and were getting worse.... and I have seen improvement since then. All I see time after time in the GOP are a bunch of petty children who want nothing but the power of the Presidency, and are willing to sink to name calling just to look good.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  181. Ron Lambert

    Jack,

    I sure hope so, I know Im taking the day off work to go vote.

    Ron
    Miami

    March 7, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  182. Joi Gibson

    Jack,

    Nothing is inevitable. However, I hope the trend continues in his favor. It would be beyond frightening to have another Republican in office. All any of the so-called candidates are bringing to the table are more of the same and that worked out oh so well didn't it? Not to mention their 19th century puritanical ideas. I shiver just thinking about it.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  183. mrsmoney

    i hope you're right. I can not imagine any one of the current GOP candidates are ready to take the reigns at this time. Maybe the next time around they will manage to come up with someone who is smart enough not to make religion their running mate.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  184. Hector D.

    Of course President Obama will win a second election. As the Republicans continue to beat each other up, Obama is sitting back watching the economy improve. The battle for nomination will continue and continue till the last minute, giving Obama the edge!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  185. Karen South Carolina

    Well one would think so. After all, the Republicans made it clear from day one to make President Obama a one term President. That`s why Congress won`t work with him. Despite their efforts, President Obama has done a good job. Unless their is some sort of October surprise,he should get re-elected.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  186. Al

    Belief in the inevitable is the surest jinx in American politics – just ask Tom Dewey. Obama has got to run against himself and convince voters that he will do better in order to win. The current Republican maelstrom is not a standard for the campaign. For example, the more Mitt Romney runs the better Jeb Bush looks.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  187. Gary

    He will be re-elected, deservedly. The GOP is a circus act gone bad.

    PS/ I love the folks hate talking the main stream media, while on a CNN thread. Keep them posting. LOL

    March 7, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  188. chelsea

    I wish there was someone in the Republican field that I could vote for. I love Ron Paul but unlikely he will ever be the nominee. Perhaps it's time to start a strong independent 3rd party to break up the partisanship. Whatever happened to voting for the best guy to lead the country and not for my Party right or wrong?

    March 7, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  189. George in PA

    It's looking more and more that way. The bigger question is will anything change to make his second term more effective? This would require either the Democrats to vote together for his legislation, or for the Republicans to make or accept compromise proposals. I don't see much hope for either case happening.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  190. Mike in Minneapolis

    I think and hope so. Republicans are "right wing authoritarian personalities." That means they find someone they can relate to and not have a problem putting them in a position of authority. (Look at Bush and Palin.) That also means there is always a "them" – some group of people who are causing the problems. Look at the last year alone: it has been illegal immigrants, gays who want to marry, unions and women using birth control – and that is only ONE year! Right now they have no one they can relate to and finally, finally they are pointing at each other and saying, "Them. It's them."

    March 7, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  191. David in Ottawa ON

    It's not Jack, but it is looking more and more likely, especially if Santorum overtakes Romney and wins the nomination.

    I certainly hope President Obama gets a second mandate, so he can do what he should have done the first time around. It's unfortunate but the other side simply refused to play nice, and people stupidly laid the blame squarely on him. Well, there won't be any Mr. Nice Guy the 2nd time around. Here's hoping he can get some real energy reforms passed and put the U.S. on the path to getting off of foreign (at least Non-Canadian anyway) Oil, thereby lowering Oil prices significantly and crippling problem countries like Iran & Russia who are petro-economies.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  192. A Realist, Denver

    For everyone's sake, let's hope so. The prospect of any of the GOP candidates winning should be terrifying to everyone.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  193. Janet in Oregon

    With people like Rush Limbaugh speaking for the Republicans, how can they win? Any self-respecting woman would never vote for the party which won't admonish Rush.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  194. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    Jack, calling Obama "inevitable" is very nearly equating him to Romney. Please rephrase yourquestion since I have not yet eaten my dinner. I'd rather not be nausious before my meal.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  195. Reagan1

    Nothing is inevitable, but I prefer Obama at the helm for the next four years as opposed to what is on our side. I'd rather wait unitl 2016.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  196. Nancy

    Oh, for pity's sake, Jack, don't JINX IT!!!

    The Republicans are shooting themselves and each other – don't make people any more complacent about Obama's possibility for re-election than necessary!

    Nancy in Davisburg, MI

    March 7, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  197. Mike, Wilmington, NC

    Certainly by the measure "are you better off than you were 4 years ago". I and the country are certainly far better off. Obama led the way to staving off a depression, our security is strong, we are out of Iraq, and the US economy is on the rebound. The stock market is up 65% during his term. I do not agree with all his policies, bit overall I would give him a solid B-plus.

    Even if the Republicans had a strong candidate, Obama has earned another term. He's a good prersident.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  198. JustMe

    As you said there is no such thing as a sure thing in politics, but given the craziness and the divisiveness of the GOP lately I have to like President Obama's chances. Still, that being said, it isn't over until the fat lady sings and she is still warming up and will be warming up for quite some time.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  199. Gavin

    Considering that the GOP is looking more unstable by the day and Romney is having trouble sealing the deal, it may not be inevitable, but I don't think any GOP candidate has the vision or support to defeat the President.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  200. Jake Giesen

    There's a ton of dysfunction in Washington, but most polls have the people placing that squarely at the feet of the Congress, not the President. Who out there thinks Santorum is qualified to lead anything but a congregation? I wouldn't trust him to make me a sandwich let alone trust him in the White House. Romney can't keep his feet out of his own mouth for more than 5 minutes at a time. Ron Paul's policies could MAYBE win a state or keep winnign a Congressional district, but will never fly in the presidency. Newt is Newt. Who of those clowns do you suppose will unseat even a shaky incumbent?

    March 7, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  201. Billy in North Carolina

    If they can't stand up to Limbaugh they don't have a snowball's chance in hell against the leader of the free world.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  202. Nancy Larson

    i sure hope so. with the crisis in syria and the one coming in iran, i wouldn't let this group of republicans anywhere near the command of anything. this group wants a war and they don't care how the get it. with president obama, we have a chance of avoiding that (look at egypt and the success with the un handling that. and remember, this group of republicans wanted us to invade egypt to get mubarck out). we have the right man at the right time for this job. and, i am thankful to say, the american voting public is beginning to realize the huge mistake that would happen if one of these clowns from the circus won the election. it would make what we are slowly getting out the mess from bush #2 look like a walk in the park. we need obama for the next 4 years to finish what he has started.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  203. Rebecca from Georgia

    I believe so. He's smarter, and he doesn't backlash as much. He also speaks the truth and isn't afraid to say that to fix the problems it will take time. I believe in Obama.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  204. Nancy - Pella, Iowa

    Jack, I sure hope so with all my heart!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  205. Carol, Washington

    Let us hope so. We simply cannot afford to have one of the cheesy Republican candidates get into the office!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  206. Lori

    I hope so, but I don't want them to get complacent. Still lots of work ahead, but the Right is making it look easy!!
    Aberdeen, WA

    March 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  207. Tyler

    Of course Jack. Look at the GOP candidates. They have a flip flopper who provided the basis for "Obamacare". They have a radical isolationist who probably has a globe in his office saying 'Who Cares About You?' They have a womanizing historian who is trying to grasp at anything to get some of the spot light. And last but not least (least being Romney), they have probably the biggest minority offending person. What does this formula equal? President Obama being re-elected. And I am GLAD to say that, Jack, as I actually plan to see the economy recover.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  208. IceMan

    History will look back on Obama's accomplishments as truly exceptional considering the unprecedented levels of uncooperativeness from the other side of the aisle and the fact that a significant portion of Americans wouldn't like him no matter what he did. It has taken some time for many Americans to appreciate what he has been up against but they're finally getting it. Barring extreme events within the next 8 months, I think a 2nd term is inevitable.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  209. David Alan Liddle

    Obama has not paid counterintelligence.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  210. JC in Salt Lake City, Utah

    The more that Republicans try to send women back to the 50s and their children back to war, the better Obama's chances get.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  211. Frank

    Of course he will be re-elected. He avoided another Great Depression, saved the US automobile industry, actually respects women, dispatched Bin Laden, Al Alawi, disposed of Quaddafi, removed our troops from Iraq (which had zero to do with 9/11), passed health care reform (first time since proposed by Teddy Roosevelt), and restored much of America's values abroad (after Abu Graig and water board torture, invented during the Spanish Inquisition). The posters here who criticize him are fond of ignoring facts like 27 straight months of private sector job increases!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  212. Phil, georgia

    Yes of Course!! The More you see the Core of who the Republicans are; the more its rejected because its alot of evil, corruption, hatred of minorities, exc., the Bible says that out of the Abundance of the Heart the mouth speaks and its clear what republicans hearts are full of. Humans are trying to evolve, not go backwards into cave man thinking. Everytime you hear the inspiring words, creative practical policies and the genuine, kind person that President Obama is; its a breathe of fresh air after listening to the republicans.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  213. Todd

    Yes I believe it will happen and I have to say at this point, I hope it does. The republicans can't seem to agree on anything other than they all believe they would be better than Obama. I just don't see it! Obama got bin lade, and brought us out of a bad economic situation. Sure its not perfect right now and gas prices aren't helping that, but it can get better if the house and senate would cooperate!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  214. Chris C.

    Im a Republican and think Obama will get re elected. Dems pick up seats in House, Repubs take Senate. Obama shouldn't get re elected,but the Republicans need to come up with all new ideas.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  215. Kyle

    Yes. I've voted Republican in presidential elections all my life, but with the way this primary has gone, I'm very close to voting for President Obama in the fall simply because he seems to be the only one who's got it together.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  216. Thomas M. of Wisconsin

    I hope not. Clearly the man doesn't care about the people of this country, the NDAA and ACTA (which he signed in secret) is clear evidence he just wants more executive power. However, I'm terrified of the prospect of Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, or Newt Gingrich becoming the next president, all of which are bad news. Obama is only beat by Ron Paul in 1 on 1 voting between the two. The fact that Ron Paul is ignored by the mainstream media (such as CNN) is fueling my belief that the system is keeping Rep. Paul's message from being spread.
    The push for internet censorship is fueling that too, being as that's where Ron Paul's supporters are.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  217. Vicki

    President Obama is the only honorable and just person in this race. We need his leadership and his decency to lead us out of the GOP wreck and ruin that we all faced after the Bush administration and the GOP did everything wrong.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  218. Jim Green, Seguin, TX

    Jack, I certainly hope so—he did most things right during his first term—and returning America to Reaganomics—which drove our economy into a ditch—and is the Republicans ONE AND ONLY PROGRAM to this day—is patent insanity!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  219. Michael Pacholek

    Nothing is inevitable, but the Republicans seem more interested in ideological purity than in winning. That Time magazine cover was right: They don't like their front-runner, who is the most sane of the last four Republicans standing. At this rate, on Election Night, Romney will look at the tide of Blue States and say, like the cut-up Monty Python knight, "It's only a flesh wound!" (from East Brunswick, New Jersey - sorry, forgot to post my location the first time)

    March 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  220. RDWLJH

    People are excited about a second Obama term? Clearly, the devil some people know is better than the devil they don't know. That's pathetic for the United States, and that's not good enough. Personally, I think the liberal media has been working OVERTIME to make the results of Republican primaries appear muddled. Romney wins a majority of states, but its still not clear he's the front runner? That Obama kool-aid is potent indeed! Only the looney liberal left would be arrogant enough to call the Presidential race over before a Republican candidate even gets a chance to debate their "Savior" Obama.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  221. Ben Sussan

    Nothing is for certain. If oil prices spike enough, for any reason (Iran?), then the economy will suffer. If, on election day, the economy is doing poorly, then any Obama will lose to just about any Republican candidate. If the economy is flat to improving, Obama will win.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  222. Francesca

    Please God YES!! If not and one of those idiots gets in – prepare to see Canada build a border fence as fast as possible to keep out the mass exodus from the USA

    March 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  223. Doug Frady

    Unfortunatly it looks that way Jack, I Despise Obama. But if Romney wins the Primary I'll be Voting for O NO Obama

    March 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  224. Chan

    Yes, I think it's increasingly inevitable that the president will be re-elected regardless how badly he's done. This one was the GOPs to win and they lost it by not running a single candidate with the guts to declare the truth: Bush killed Reagan conservatism and Obama killed compromise & moderate policies on everything but economics.

    If one, only one Republican, had come out as a social conservative and a real economic centrist (one willing to both raise taxes and seriously consider cutting painful cuts to wasteful spending) they'd be a shoo-in...but the GOP candidates are more scared of the truth (their economic theories are DOA) than they are passionate in a desire to win.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  225. Sam from Waterbury, CT

    Yes. The GOP candidates have presented no detailed plan for the economy. This is the number one issue in 2012. Obama has set a course that was difficult in the beginning but starting to bear some fruit. We should allow him to finish.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  226. ron Denver, CO

    Jack it is not inevitable. The fact is President Obama is getting the job done. President Obama inherited one hell of a mess left by an incompetent Bush and his cronies. Now America needs to give President Obama the democratic congress to finish the job. Americans have to realize the importance of possibly 2 supreme court appointees coming about and the work left to be done on the 1% , Citizens United, and finishing single payer health care, protecting social security, medicaid, and the list goes on. Rush and the Republicans have ruined this country with their idealism. It is time to govern and time to throw out the supporters of the 1%.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  227. AB

    Jack, President Obama will be re-elected in November 2012 for the following reasons:
    * None of the candidates for the Republican Presidential Nomination are electable and don't stand a chance against Obama.
    * The economy is improving and will continue to improve along with the job market.
    * Obama is master campaigner and has access to a billion dollars in campaign contributions. None of the republican candidates have that.
    * Obama has a record of accomplishment, one that republicans are trying to erase or at least ignore.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  228. Ron in New York

    Don't underestimate the continued dumbing down of America. We're already hearing about voter suppression in Ohio yesterday. That, along with redistricting and voter fraud that we don't even know about yet – plus all the money being poured into these campaigns (thank you, SCOTUS and Citizens United), I don't think we should take anything for granted.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  229. Tony T

    It appears to be that way. Id vote for the republican nominee but if Romney wins the nomination, Obama will have my vote.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  230. Brandy

    I sure hope so, I would hate to see this country go back to the way it was before President Obama. People shouldnt forget it took 8 years to create this mess at least give the President the decency to follow thru with improvements he has made.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  231. Zolicon

    Hi Jack:
    On or about the 15th of Febuary of 2009 I told the everyone on the mixx.com site that President Obama would be Re-elected in 2012,And the closer We get to November of 2012 the more I am proven right President Obama WILL be Re-elected in November,And that is written in Stone.Just like the 10 Commandments were that were Handed down to the Human Race By God Himself.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  232. Janice Romeo

    God, I hope so!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  233. Les

    It is actually the inevitability of three factors. First, where things lead after taking one careful, well-planned, well-executed step after another; and second, that those steps have been toward citizen-benefitting goals; and finally, that at the same time Obama's opponents have been ineptly stumbling toward the kind of selfish, greedy, warmongering, benefit-a-few goals that got us this mess we are in in the first place.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  234. Re-Election

    Dear Jack:

    Writing from the Midwest: Given the GOP's self destrictive tendancies with its tone-deafness towards women and Hispanics, it's confusing economic polices and its desire to go to war with any country that that even remotely challenges our nation's integrity I don't see how the president can (or should) lose. It's really quite sad that a party that used ot have bold ideas (think Reagan) is now consumed with contraception and political purity.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  235. Lucifer

    Romney, Gingrich, Santorum and Paul – the committee to re-elect Obama!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  236. Mark, Las Vegas Nevada

    No, Obama has failed and ANY republican candidate can beat Obama.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  237. Yomi Olalere

    Jeff from Minesotta,

    It is pathetic how earnest some people want bad things to happen so they could unseat the president. That reminds me of Santorum's declaration that good economy indicates hopelessness for Mitt Romney.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  238. Jim

    ... and if you think repugs have any chance keeping the house let alone getting the senate you have another think coming. We are all done with the obstructionism of the Repugnicans and it's way past time to get some real work done. 'Romney' keeps saying this is a failed president, pretending that Obama is the failure instead of republicans. We're not blind to the fact that the economy took a huge hit due to the failed economic policies of republicans. Obama saved us from a depression, but not without lasting damage caused by the republicans. No way ever am I going to let them back in to finish destroying the country.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  239. Roberta

    After watching these clowns, they have done nothing but HELP Obama be reelected!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  240. Rich

    As a registered democrat, I was looking at the GOP as my choice this year until the candidates' primary platform has turned me off. I want a nominee that is offering change, a vision that my grandchildren can look forward to in their future. Instead, all I here is "who can beat Obama" as the drumbeat exit poll diatribe. I wanted more, and they aren't delivering, so YES, I'm sure Obama is going to be gifted with a second term.

    Rich, Irvine, CA

    March 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  241. Sean in Denver

    GOD I HOPE SO! The republicans have nothing to offer this time around. Too bad, election night will be somewhat uneventful.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  242. Jim Green, Seguin, TX

    Cafferty, I certainly hope so—he did most things right during his first term—and returning America to Reaganomics—which drove our economy into a ditch—and is the Republicans ONE AND ONLY PROGRAM to this day—is patent insanity!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  243. dave

    wow.. bit early for this debate.....wait its way early.... and I voted for Obama...

    lets get a pick..and a running mate...then decide.... look what happened initially to Mccain's campaign when he picked Palin

    March 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  244. Richard Zuehsow

    Although I 'm not a president Obama supporter, It's becoming more likely the better choice. Can't the Republicans find a more reasonable canidate,like a Linsey Graham who can comprimise to make a deal.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  245. Ed in California

    It doesn't matter what public opinion is or how many citizens vote for him, he will stay in office. Quoting positive polls simply makes his rule seem more legitimate. And no, that's not a birther comment.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  246. Chris in Philadelphia

    Republicans love to talk about how bad Obama has been.... considering he didn't create these problems he has done a decent job trying to fix them. The economy is improving, jobs up, one war is over the other winding down, healthcare reformed though it still needs work reform is better than nothing. Obama spends too much money for my liking seeing as we have none but in a down economy that isn't the worst thing to do. Republicans have proven to be racists who want to fix nothing and obstruct everything. They certainly haven't done anything to prove they deserve another shot at power after the Bush disaster and the candidates are a horror show of laughable options. Obama 2012 it is.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  247. Jack Webb

    I believe this country can be governed conservatively but i believe they choice are just Nighmarishly bad. Its almost like Obama is going to win not because he deserves it but because he has 0 competetion

    March 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  248. joujou from Miramar, Florida

    Nothing is inevitable, having said that in 2008 I took about 10 people to vote this year not only am I getting these same people to vote, I am commited to get at 100.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  249. Donna

    I certainly hope Obama wins a second term The Republicans have 4 utter idiots running. All of them together would not make 1 brain equal to Obama's. Obama is a Cool Hand Luke and the only one of the 5 running who has a handle on what our country and the world needs! I feel he could aptly deal with the 3AM phone call and he needs 4 more years to finish straightening out the mess GW left him!!!!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  250. GrogInOhio

    Is a second term becoming inevitable for President Obama? No... too much can happen in 8 months. I doubt very many Americans are really liking the alternatives at this point, but something could go boom in the interval. I do NOT want to see Democrats and independents become complacent and not get out the vote in November. This happened in Ohio and we got one of the worst governors in our history as a result.

    Mike, Columbus, OH

    March 7, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  251. James

    Ummm yeah.. it was always inevitable. You see those polls that had Obama neck and neck with any of those repubs were due to the fact that the Dem voters were not engaged anymore in the politics of the last few years. After that long battle with Clinton, dem voters kinda checked out, had election overload. Dem voters were happy that they won the pres election, didn't respond to the calls or surveys. That's how the tea party got in during the mid term elections. Now the Dem voters are tuning back in and you see the President's numbers are improving. The Repubs were never going to with this upcoming election. Onces the Dem voters tune back it, its a wrap

    March 7, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  252. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    If the economy hiccups badly this summer and fall, Obama will not be reelected.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  253. ERPUBLICAN

    If he is not re-elected, it's because of uninformed Americans about the truth. Obama is doing a good job as a President and not as a priest. I'm a registered republican and I'm voting for him.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  254. Linda

    I certainly hope so. Or this country will be thrown into the dark ages completely reversing every progress this country has acheived.

    Please God, 4 more years for Obama.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  255. Matt S

    Its been inevitable since the 2008 National Election......

    March 7, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  256. David Ehrenstein

    As distasteful as it is for you in the bought-and-sold-by-the-Republican-Party media to contemplate a second term for President Obama is inevitable. He has saved the U.S. automobile industry that Mitt Romney wanted to fail. His policies are putting the econmy decimated by 8 years of George W. Bush back on its feet. And he eliminated Osama Bin Ladin and other terrorists making the U.S. far safer than it was under a President who said he "really didn't care" about Bin Ladin. Making things worse for you the overwhelming majority of the American people like the President the Frist lady and their two lovely daughters. I'm afraid you're going to have to live with your abject failure to destroy him.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  257. JM

    I wouldn't say inevitable. One never knows anything. However, the Republicans are making it easier for him by parading bizarre candidates who say/do creepy (okay, creepy might be too strong a word) strange things. The die-hard Republicans will vote for the Republican candidate regardless.

    You would think they would want to find/trot out someone who can actually speak and relate to the American people.

    ...you would think...

    Fortunately, for the rest of us who have eyes to see: we have a great president who is trying to do something for this country despite all of the obstacles.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  258. Sarah

    Dems can't risk believing that a second Obama term is inevitable. We need to fight just as hard as we did in '08 not just for the White House, but for Congress and the Senate as well. We've seen what Republican control does – gridlock, stagnation, and a nationwide trip back to the 1940s. If you care about women's rights, gay rights, civil rights, education, or the global warming disaster, you'd better pray that Obama is elected again. If you enjoy bigotry, racism, xenophobia, misogyny, polluted water and the politics of fear-mongering, by all means, vote for the repubs.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  259. Jack NYC

    Well Jack, few things are inevitable. Maybe death, taxes, and a male politician getting caught with his pants down. But, the way the Republicans are running this race, it is beginning to seem inevitable that they will self destruct before the Presidential election. The GOP has fielded one of the worst group of candidates in modern memory. It used to be that, if you had to make a choice you would hold your nose and vote for the least offensive candidate. With this group, even a hazmat suit wouldn't work.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  260. Jacob

    If Republicans shift focus to discuss the economy and energy, and get away from the social extremes, I think it will be a very close election, especially when President Obama has to defend his administration's ineffective economic and energy policies that have subjected us to dangerous deficit levels. Furthermore, President Obama hasn't shown he will work across party lines, only calls on Republicans to do so, I hope Republicans start offering real solutions to ignite the national debate.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  261. SMU

    Jack, with 50% or close to not with the president on his policies I would not assume that. I keep hearing how the primary is bad for Republicans. Wait till you see 2016 when BOTH sides will be doing this. Unfortunately the debt is over $16T, Medicare and Medicaid is eating the budget (Only Ryan it seems has offered anything to discuss seriously), unemployment is much worse than 8.3% (almost half the 18-29's are not working) and if this was Bush what would we be saying?? I do not having nothing against the man personally but 4 more years will mean 5-10 for me to work towards my retirement. I really believe that...

    March 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  262. Jim

    Jack,

    Barack Obama is clearly the best choice. He stands head, shoulders, and belly-button above the competition. The Republicans aren't even in the ballpark and look sad and pathetic compared to our President. But nothing is inevitable. An America that is capable of electing George W. Bush twice is capable of anything.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    March 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  263. Flyingwolf from Manchester, NH

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  264. Robert from New Jersey

    A lot can happen between now and election day but based on what most Americans have seen thus far...YES a second term is becoming inevitable for President Obama. If Mitt Romney is having this much difficutly beating Rick Santorum even with Newt Gingrich splitting the conservative vote...how is he going to beat Obama?

    March 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  265. Bob from Illinois

    No Way! Only you media liberals would pick this one moment in time where it looks like Pres Obama has a chance. How convenient to not mention that gas is over $4 and it isn't even Summer yet. Also, who really believes that the real unemployment number is just 8.3%. Finally The Obamacare and right track wrong track polling numbers are terrible for the President. Nice try though, keep hope alive!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  266. John

    Although nothing is inevitable, with the "circus" we now have that is called a GOP primary one has to wonder. A great statesman once said "You never go anywhere if all you ever do is make left and right hand turns". Obama has moved a lot more to the middle in his 3+ years and with the economy picking up and unemployment going down I think he is in a good spot to repeat if he does not screw up the Iran issue.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  267. Alex Adams

    It seems inevitable at this point. PRESIDENT Obama has gotten this economy back on its feet, he always said it would take time and if you know what you're talking about you know it's not a quick fix. The Republicans are making the reelection even easier by comparing each other to the president and mud slinging. How can you unite against a man that you have repeatedly said can NOT beat President Obama? They are tearing an already broken party apart further. The president has the issues, the record, and the support. The Republicans have a comedic circus.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  268. Terry Murphy

    My vote for President Obama is inevitable. America is respected abroad, the economy is improving, healthcare reform passed, and Wall Street excesses have been reigned in. That's change I can believe in. Four more years!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  269. GeorgeGray

    A second term is not inevitable. First, someone is going to ask "What hope and change?" I don't think the President can give a good answer. Second, the crypt yawns open for the "jobs market." Unless people see rising wages, they will take out their frustrations on the incumbent.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  270. Jampy

    The republican party has shown resistance after resistance for this president, not one little bit of compromise and the candidates haven't really given very solid points on how they are going to "magically" pump up the economy, resolve world issues, lower gas and many many other matters. I am willing to consider a strong contender against the president, but so far its slim pickings.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  271. Pete J- Chicago

    Jack-

    I've been a Cub Fan for over 50yrs so I know how to avoid over-optimism! But I sure hope the president is re-elected!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  272. Robert

    Jack we all know that a lot can happen in 8 months and no one will remember the primary anyway. Americans have a very short memory and the state of the economy in November will determine who wins the general election; even though the President has little to do with the Ups and Downs of the economy in the first place.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  273. Ismael

    As a minority in my community i strongly believe that Obama is going too get his second term not because of his ethnicity no because of his speech's. just because he is simply the man for the job. his assertive attitude towards what could've been the total turmoil of us currency is now turning around!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  274. Bonnie

    No one knows until November 2012.....I won't worry about it until I see the Republican nominee. On the other hand, none of the above (the 4 currently running for the Republican nomination) is my choice.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  275. Scott in Winston-Salem

    George Bush II was a fairly unpopular president at the time of the 2004 election. And John Kerry was a decent opponent. Bottom line . . . it's hard for an incumbent to lose, even an unpopular president like President Bush. President Obama will win, and the country will be better for it. I believe President Obama will excel during his second term, more in line with what he had outlined to accomplish during his first term but was sidetracked by economy.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  276. Steven

    John McCain was a far better candidate than this years republican field and he couldn't beat President Obama. There's no chance for a republican to win in 2012 election

    March 7, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  277. Patti in Highland, California

    It might be inevitable, but I am wondering. Will his "win" be considered a "win?" Because for some reason, during this Republican primary, a win is not a win. If you spend more money than an opposing candidate and you win, it is not really a win. But, if you win in your home state, then a win is a win even if you don't spend much money. So, when did it happen that a win is only a win when the political analysts say it is?

    March 7, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  278. GREG DEMOCRACY

    I don't think this great country can afford another 4 years of tearing itself apart from the leader. It's time you all got real and think about democracy and not communism. The past four years have been nothing but arrogance and lies!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  279. Robert

    Jack we all know that a lot can happen in 8 months and no one will remember the primary anyway. Americans have a very short memory and the state of the economy in November will determine who wins the general election; even though the President has little to do with the Ups and Downs of the economy in the first place.

    Robert, Pittsburgh

    March 7, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  280. lance corporal

    he's basically running unopposed..... there is no serious candidate running against him -mo asheville NC

    March 7, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  281. Carlotta Granger, IN

    He will if he keeps singing. Americans think that the election is a reality show and they are voting for American Idol: The Presidential Edition. Didn't you notice that back in 2008? Hilary was our last serious candidate.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  282. Joel

    Obama went back on his word and did not follow through with what he "promised". CIminal prosecution of cannibis users is at an alltime high despite the people affirmaed position on decriminalization. Liar, abusive cops are everywhere running unchecked and utilizing technology to deceive, prosecute and enslave based on unjust laws. Who is going to police the police? The corrupt system of justice is out of control. It is a vicious cycle of injustice and corruption there to feed money hungry and greedy judges, attorneys, cops, and bailbondsmen, etc. Disgusting, and Obama just shirks his shoulders and ignores the injustice and the pleas of the American people. And what about Isreal? Obama did a serious about face from his stance in the beginning?

    It is Obama and his administration of theives and liars that disgusts me the most. Fire everyone on Capitol Hill!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  283. Chris from New York

    As long as there are folks like Rush Limbaugh and the Tea Party doing everything they can to make the Republican Party look worse and worse, Obama won't even need to campaign in 2012.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  284. Anthony from Swedesboro

    This is what happens when a political party can't produce a viable candidate to overthrow a sitting president. The same thing happened when the already failed George W. barely won re-election because the Dems couldn't produce a powerful opponent. What goes around comes around. Obama might as well start popping those champagne bottles now. Hell, Larry the cable man could have won the GOP nomination over these empty suits.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  285. DaleW in MA

    I hope so, I also hope we can get rid of some of those useless, stone walling republican legislators. Maybe with some luck we can get back the state governments so they'll stay out of our bedrooms.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  286. Jay

    Of course CNN and Cafferty are in the Obama camp and want an Obama second term to be a fact. They will do whatever they can to promote Obama, his second term, and his policies. Gingrich, Santorum, and Paul are all gooney birds and have made a joke out of the Republican primary. The United States is on a losing streak if Obama gets a second term and European socialism will reign supreme with king Obama and his czars.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  287. david

    It may seem like the worse of two evils but americans can't argue the fact that president oboma is a dictator and if he is nominated for a second term he will have rains to do what ever he wants he has deminstrated that and I believe the american people still have and believe in our rights and god given freedoms that this country was founded on that makes this country so unique and strong in the world.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  288. William Miller

    The term "I ain't as stupid as I look" comes to mind. Dispite all efforts to prevent it things are getting better. The president seems to be getting a handle on the problems that face the nation, given that and the fact he has some experience in the position it seems a little foolish to turn it all over to someone who just wants the experience.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  289. sandra Wrenn

    Nothing is fo rcertain but President Obama is the only man I could trust with the Presidency and I will not be voting Republican anything this year- could never trust any of them – so if he keeps on this path of telling the truth, sharing bluntly the facts and keeps smiling he should win – Maybe he should get masses of printed materials ready to cover all this good info sharing facts do mean something and to those unreasonable persons nothing matters but to us who read, study and keep emotions out of things- maybe a bit emotional about women's for me but not the single factor- maybe in next few months life will change as much as it did in 08 when I started out supporting Presidential candidate as a peace person then the wall street messup and economy issues and the other candidates where never able to keep up with the messages of change- from war to economy Obama was the only one with reasonable info and the only one who was honest and trust worthy – Mc cain continues to be the war wagger so glad he is not president.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  290. Marc from Hudson, Florida

    No one can second guess the mood of the voter. Unfortunately, the typical voter does no research, forms his opinion based on slogans or punditrs with an agenda, has a very short memory, and just doesn't have a clue on the major issues. These are the folks that elect our leaders, so anything is possible. If one of these Republican pretenders beats Obama, it goes along with what Ive often said. No one loses money betting on the ignorance of the typical American voter.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  291. lou

    The real talent in the Republican party have shied away from getting into the race because they've seen the writing on the wall. Obama will win. It doesn't take a ton of brains to figure out you can't keep running on tax cuts for the weathy and reductions in services and programs for the rest of us while the majority of the country is still struggling to get out of this recession. Not even a Chris Christie could win with that clunker.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  292. lynn

    sure he will , you have watched the debates , have'nt you ?

    March 7, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  293. Heather, CA

    Yes. Santorum is to polarizing and a lot of people don't trust Romney. You can't win without people actually liking u and a lot of people are realizing that they don't like their choices.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  294. Aspen

    I wouldn't say inevitable, anything can happen. The news media hates waiting for a story and had declared the primaries over after the first state. If it isn't Ron Paul (Which looks slim) then I suppose I'll vote for Obama again, they are all the same anyway.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  295. FLIndependent

    For the sake of our country, we hope so! If any of these Repub candidates becomes the next President we can kiss our country goodbye! We will be in WWIII in a blink of an eye! Not only that but Social Security and Medicare will become a thing of the past and our society will collapse. Anyone that is under 55 and votes for the Repubs better beware as it is YOUR Medicare that will be eliminated (The Paul Ryan voucher plan) and Social Security will be next. I believe President Obama will be reelected as he is the right man for this time in our history but I'm also very afraid that the voting restrictions being put in place by the Repub governors will be a real problem. After all, voter suppression is the ONLY way they can win!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  296. Nancy Beaver

    Is there any other choice? We have a proven president to is calm, tough, witty, stern and compassionate. He is loved the world over and is admired. We are out of a war – got Bin Laden – the economy is turning around and it has only taken him 3 1/2 years. 3 1/2 years to clean up the messy war the Repulicans got us into that brought our economy down to our knees. There is no other choice. The Repulican Debates have proven THERE IS NO OTHER CHOICE!!!!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  297. Pedro J. Rivarola

    Thank God it is inevitable. He has earn enough credits to have a second (and I wish a third that cannot happen) term. If you look at the GOP Carnival, it is simply depressing. Lincoln would not be very proud of his party. What the GOP has put us through? 2 wars and billions of dollars in debt through a mentally disabled President. Besides, the only tactic that the Republicans have is appeal to the masses as Hitler did. The masses just do not think. Look also another GOP tactic: FEAR!! it is sad. Look again at the majority of the Republican spectrum: the very rich or the very red neck... easy to convince through fear and lies. I hope that the GOP will evolve to have a complete different position, a position of honest differ not hate and division.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  298. Dave in WA

    Republicans need to start exploring new candidates to run against Hillary Clinton in 2016.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  299. Patrick Lewis from DC

    No. I wish it were, we'd all save a bunch of money that could better be used feeding the poor and reparing our roads, but no. The GOP will spend tons of money to try to take Obama down. And in the end it's not even half as important as the Republicans taking control of congress. That is the real issue in this election and it's the one no one is talking about. if you think House republicans are extreme now, just wait until McConell gives their crazy a free pass through the Senate.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  300. Mark in Houston

    Is it inevitable? Based on who's most capable, Obama is in but don't forget the "luck" factor.

    If Israel attacks anyone, if gas prices hit and stay at $5, if the economy nudges downward, and if the evangelical tea party conservative types get inspired and vote in mass...it's going to be very close.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  301. upwardquest

    As I said months ago, President Obama WILL be re-elected. He certainly deserves to be. The Republicants have absolute no one that comes any where close to Obama's integrity, wisdom, love, and intelligence.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  302. Leisa in Alabama

    Yes Jack and as a concervative Republican I am not sure if a 2nd term for President Obama scares quite as bad as a possible 8 years of Romney or Santorium

    March 7, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  303. Mark in Las Vegas

    Yes Jack, President Obama looks like he will get a 2nd term as long as everything keeps going the way it is. The Republican candidate field is the weakest that I have seen it in my lifetime. Mr. Gingrich has a closet full of misdeeds. Rick Sortorum is right behind Mr. Gingrich. Mr. Paul is too far out there and Mr. Romney can't seem to say the same thing two times. I think the dog is still on top of his car.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  304. Greg Simerson

    WE as republicians need ti come together for senaor santouroum because romney is the same as President Obama
    The our economic and social future is at stake with a second term of this president

    March 7, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  305. James

    The inevitable thing is that the republiclowns are coming to a state near you real soon get your tickets ready for the circus...Obama has a good chance of being reelected because he's during the job he was elected to do despite the circus side shows from congress and the so called republican canidates. Obama 2012

    March 7, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  306. Don Alabama

    Let's hope not. I can't afford another term watching my salary go down, gas prices go up, food prices go up and with higher taxes ahead in order to fund his health care. I voted for change and this is the change I got, if it was Bushes fault it is now Obomas fault. OMG= Obama must Go. I don't care who they put up, I will vote for the change. At this point I don't have any reason to give him 4 more years.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  307. Southern Guy

    Seems extremely likely at the moment that Obama has a big edge that's getting bigger all of the time. But anyone that's been around for more than one election cycle has seen much bigger upsets. A LOT can happen in 8 months. (I'll probably vote for Obama, but I'll reserve judgement until after the debates. It would be very, very difficult for Romney to come back to the center, after all of the ultra-conservative Bee – Ssss he's had to spew to win the nomination...)

    March 7, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  308. Joseph from Austin

    Obama will win hands down against any clown they select. I'm sure when the time comes, the voters will be reminded of the last time we had a Republican president and the many things that weakened this country.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  309. Greg Simerson

    does this answer satisfy the left PLANNED PARENTHOOD SUPPOTERS

    March 7, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  310. IndyInCA

    Independents elect the president and I don't see them lining up behind Obama.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  311. Essie

    Pres. Obama knows that he still must work hard for the American people votes. He doesn't think that its owed to him as Romney thinks! ~I hope that he continues to fight hard for the middle class & America as a whole. He's doing a good job! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  312. Ex-Republican in Georgia

    It's not invevitable. A lot can happen between now and November. I just hope that the eventual presidential campaign is about issues and positions rather than demagogery.
    To my fellow Americans who are Republican ... Obama loves America too; and he's doing a decent job. Remember when Clinton got elected? You thought America was doomed, yet he left us with a budget surplus, no wars, and a strong economy.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  313. jamieska

    This article is lame
    Obama is the worst president the United States ever had

    March 7, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  314. IndyInCA

    Independents elect the president and I don't see them lining up behind O b a m a.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  315. Susan Lambert

    After the antics of the Republican's in congress, they don't deserve to be in office. They need to grow up and think about why they were elected in the first place, which is to think of their constituents and make the US the best it can be, no matter how they feel personally. . Congress isn't 'middle school'.student council.

    I admire Obama's honesty and the fact he isn't using the powers of his office to help out the good old boys, which we have observed in some presidents. He may make mistakes, he may not please everyone, but he's got my vote.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  316. Mary Ann in VA

    I had not intention of voting for Mr Obama, BUT the republican party has insisted on putting forth the most numskull canidates possible with the looniest policies, the do nothing but enrich themselves Congress, loud mouth Cantor here in VA(the answer is NO,NO,NO) and not one plan put forth to solve any issues. I am one of those independent voters and I can tell ya, unless Obama spouts another neck and head, spews green pea soup and talks like a devil ,he is going to get my vote.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  317. Jen

    If this election is mainly about the economy then why aren't we hearing more about Romney's economic plan? He did outline his plan which is extending tax cuts for the wealthy, eliminating the alternative minimum tax and the estate or death tax (they call it), and lowering capital gains taxes. He will close some loopholes which he expects will increase revenue and he wants to attract more businesses with lower taxes and help for start-ups. Does this really add up to decrease the deficit? Not all is perfect with the Democrats either, they need new ideas to raise revenue since the Republicans won't tax the rich at a high enough rate to lower the deficit. The Dems also need new ideas of how to lower health care costs. Romney wants nothing to do with the Affordable Health Care Act and likes the Ryan plan. I don't know how he plans to lower health care costs. I'm definitely voting for Obama-Biden again, at least Democrats believe in climate change and will pass laws to protect the environment.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  318. IndyInCA2

    Independents elect the president and I don't see them lining up behind "he who shall not be named lest my comment be censored"

    March 7, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  319. Sally-Baltimore

    Let's see- if people understand that his policies actually helped to prevent a nation wide economic depression, helped revolutionaize democracy in the middle east, generated respect around the world for the United States, resulted in health insurance for many of the uninsured, , it is inevitable. if we did a good job educating our children, we would have millions of educated voters who could understood what he has accomplished amidst huge political obstacles. Hopefully during his second term the politics will die down and he will be able to do even more for the unemployed, the uninsured, those who have lost their homes, and for our struggling schools. I have been inspired by his leadership, tenacity, and courage.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  320. Lance from Ohio

    It is certainly not inevitable. While 90% of CNN watchers may like the completely biased reporting CNN provides, some of us are here just to ensure we hear the left's side of the story after hearing the right's on Fox. The country is divided (because of the President) pretty evenly so the election is far from over. While the people here can talk like it is over, I am an idependent and voted for Obama. I won't make that mistake again. My friends are as well and say the same thing. Guess what–we're from Ohio and that matters in this election.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  321. email

    is the fact people are using the term "lesser of two evils" really all that shocking? you either choose a bunch of war mongering, white, rich, republican candidates or obama. obama hasn't done much except shove government health down our throats (which we're going to be paying for soon) and (orchestrate) the kill of osama. other than that, employment is still 13-15%ish in detroit (the worst in the country), the country unemployment is still 10-11%, gas prices are inevitably going to be higher than last summer, and he's going to be spending tax payer money on campaigning. there's not much choice there.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  322. jschmidt

    with $6 gas and $5 trillion more in debt- I hope not. He can take the blame just like he blamed Bush.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  323. AllYourBase

    It sure looks like it, Jack. The only two "candidates" are Romney and Santorum. Romney is an insincere-sounding robot, and Santorum, quite frankly, should scare most people—especially women. I wasn't the biggest fan of Obama, but I know who I WON'T be voting for: any of the Republicans.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  324. Jim

    Carry on believing that – this is a very close contest and I predict Romney will triumph. We can't afford another 4 years of President Obama's big spending ways

    March 7, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  325. Jim in San Mateo, California

    Yes, he will reelection baring any drastic turn of events. The economy is going better all the time. In addition to Romney, he will also be running against a Do Nothing Republican Congress (with a dismal approval rating).

    BTW, I would love to see Ron Paul enter the General Election as an Independent candidate. That would seal the deal. The General Election split among Republicans would look at lot like the Virginia primary.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  326. Chris in IL

    Jack, this is the country that re-elected george w bush! We, as a country, are absolutely capable of electing one of these republicans. I refuse to take President Obama's re-election for granted!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  327. annie s

    While I sincerely hope the President will be reelected, I don't think it's inevitable. The rich and powerful that have used government for 30 years so that they get richer and richer while stacking the deck against the rest of us will use any means possible to defeat Obama...and as money is the true ruler of this country, they just might succeed.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  328. George H

    Since employers create the economy and deeply influence the economic recovery, Obama's policies continue to stall confidence in business owners, executive managers, and lenders. Until confidence is restored, John q public has little chance of seeing the supply of jobs outstrip the demand. Until unemployment returns to typical historical levels, Obama has a lot of expelling to do. And just wait until the republicans start their attack ads. Obama's empty promises will be exposed by simply showing video clips of the presidential debates and state of the union addresses. I voted for him despite his clear lack of experience. The hrill is gone, the hope and change promises unfulfilled, and we have record deficits and added trillions to our national debt. People like me will not support him again, and Once John q public gets reminded of unkept promises, and no real progress on economy, it is my opinion he is not inevitable by a long shot. And, btw, I am one of those business owners who can grow my company, but chooses not to. I have no confidence Obama can lead us out of this. But I believe Romney can, and has. You don't build a successful business without making calculated risks and solving difficult problems. There is no substitute for experience. Obama is all hat and no cowboy.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  329. Mike L.

    I think it is inevitable. As an independent voter, I would be happy to consider a new contender, especially with how little our current president has seemed to accomplish in his first term. But as the Republican Party seems to continue to stay as far right as possible with subjects such as abolishing abortion, anti-gay marriage, and a complete unwillingness to raise taxes on the richest people of the nation, they remain out of touch and behind the times. Our country does not need a commander-in-chief who mixes church and state; we need someone with common sense who will protect the minorities and balance the budget.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  330. Amalawyer in Texas

    I hope it is inevitable. All the Republicans are selling this year is fear, sexism, racism, tax cuts for the rich and a return to a "real America" that never actually existed.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  331. LoveTheGuy

    The President is a genius who has done an amazing job. Almost as good as the censors who remove every comment not in favor of him.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  332. James McReynolds

    Would that it were so.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  333. David in Houston

    There was a time when I admired much of what the GOP stood for. However, that time has long since passed...

    R.I.P...GOP.

    Obama 2012

    March 7, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  334. Frank

    A 2nd term for Obama is damn sure inevitable if the liberal media have any say in it. This is about the 4th opinion piece I've seen on this site today that's listed as a news story that all favor Obama.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  335. Dwayne

    I have tried to keep quiet on Obama's re-election because nothing is written in stone in American politics. On the subject of reverse discrimination, this America that was created some two hundred and thirty six years ago was created by White people, for White people, for the pursuit of happiness of White people. Now after slavery, segregation, de-segregation, Jim Crow, lynchings, beatings, cross burnings, rapes and the bombing of churches and children; you have the nerve to utter the words reverse discrimination...WOW what America do you live in? Things that make you go HMMMMMM. In my America we show the President of the United States the respect that his (or her) high office commnands; because that is the American thing to do!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  336. Hugh

    Jack: Inevitable? Not yet, but soon. The fat lady is gargling. If other independent voters think like me, then President Obama might have clinched this election. A year ago I was ready to vote for anyone but President Barack H. "Chamberlain". Now I am horrified at the prospect of any of Romney's primary competitors becoming a part of his administration. They are right-wingnuts. Poor Mitt. Last time he was an acceptable conservative. Now he's a Massachusetts 'Moderate'.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  337. Simple Common Truth

    Let me guess, the people who disagree with cafferty are either extreme right wing, insane, or racist. I saw one blogger say they would vote for anyone but Obama, even a rock. Well be careful what you wish for because in 2016 those may still be your options. I hope I dont see these same clowns again when that time comes though.. But this election is a wrap thanks to the extreme head cases on the right and the rest of the world agrees.. Obama/Biden 2012/no brainer.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  338. FourMoreYears

    Obama is a great president. We won't survive another GOP pres.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  339. Dan in Albuquerque

    Jack, when you compare the president's thoughtful and respectful demeanor at his press conference with the sabre-rattling, minority-offsetting, and extremist remarks and gaffes made by the "Gang of Four", it makes me thankful that the GOP seems to be committing political suicide every dayand that Obama will have for more years to work on our many problems. I, of course, do not incluse Ron Paul, whose positions don't match either party very well, but who is also extreme in a different way.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  340. Green Tea

    We can only hope.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  341. Patrick

    Yes !!!🙂

    March 7, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  342. OneMoreTime

    Independent elect presidents. Right now I don't see them lining up behind our current leader.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  343. Jason

    Jack, don't Jinx it!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  344. Cat

    Obama is truly a great President. He will be our next President. This country deserves to have a great President, who will stand with the middle class. He has bent over to work with the Republicans. They only care about getting Obama out of office. They have screwed the American people the last 4 years, by NOT working with the President. I will NEVER ever vote for a Republican.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  345. Daniel

    Unfortunately nothing is inevitable. That Rick Santorum particularly is at the moment a viable contender for the presidency speaks very poorly of the American electorate. I would like to see Mr. Obama get a second term to finish what he started, though he'll need some gains in Congress if he wants to accomplish much.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  346. YES WE CAN

    Yes! President Obama's re-election is inevitable! Furthermore, I predict the President will also win by a landslide!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  347. WDinDallas

    There is too much hate in America today. Obama and Progressives are the reason why.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  348. mb2010a

    Inevitable...probably, but not certain. All I know is that I will be voting for Obama on November 6th...something I didn't do the first time and plan to correct this time. (I wanted Clinton to get the nomination.) He's smart, has a beautiful family and an all-over great tan...

    March 7, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  349. W74 in Atlanta

    Yes! American's are just stupid enough to re-elect this man for another 4 year run of inefficient government run programs pushed onto the people and financed via borrowing trillions from the Chinese. America cannot afford, literally nor figuratively, four more years of the same policies as those we were told we were "changing".

    March 7, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  350. don

    I hope he's re-elected. He's done a really fine job pulling this country out of the ditch the republicans drove us into. To not let him finish the job will be the worst mistake we will make. We should at least let him finish fixing the car before we hand it to reckless republicans to destroy again. Republicans are more interested in protecting the rich than caring about the mid-class or the poor. They are more interested in winning election than actually governing or solving problems. The opposed everything and anything Obama - even if it is what they've supported in the past - just to ensure that Obama is not re-elected. But we the American people are smarter than Republicans give us credit for and we are going to re-elect Obama in landsilde.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  351. David from Alabama

    Jack,

    I believe that the REAL focus should NOT be on President Obama returning to the White House to serve a second term but rather a more REALISTIC view of how "We the People" are going to pay for these newly created social programs and national debt reduction. The real questions that should be asked is are the elected politicians addressing the real issues of the nation and are we truly doing everything to boost the economy?

    I don't know about the rest of America but I live on a budget and I don't have the luxury to ask someone else to pay for something I want that I can't afford within my means. If nothing else, I have to wait and save up for it.

    David

    March 7, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  352. Steve Dirac

    The President deserves to be reelected. The republican comments about, for example, the healthcare bill are unseemly and desperate attempts to criticize the bill. I used to vote for Republicans, but now cannot stomach their lies and distortions. Their support for Limbaugh is also a sad indicator of who they are. Limbaugh is a certainly not an entertainer. He is a propagandist whose tools are primarily lies, distortion, and lack of civility. As such he is this country's main polluter of political discourse - and he does great harm to our country.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  353. LMac

    OBAMA 2012 Blame You Can Believe In!

    This presidency is the worst since Carter! The HARM this man and his party have done to this country will take decades to repair.

    Advice- learn Chinese!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  354. Bijouandbucky

    I think Obama will be the winner this time around. Nothing personal, but it has happened before, when one party just does not have a good candidate for a presidential election. Sorry. I do like Obama and look forward to his second term. In the mean time, I hope the republican right wingers are able to swing back to the middle. I would probably vote republican if the whole party had not lost its collective mind.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  355. Jerry T

    God I hope not, just look at the devide in this country and the bitterness. This guy is the absolute worst thing to happen to this country since Carter, maybe worse than Carter.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  356. Norm

    JDinNH, I'm a fellow New Hampshirite and I agree with what you're saying. I think people are seeing the alternatives which make President Obama look better than ever. There's still a long way until November and it is so important for us to keep working so as not to wake up to president Newt, Rick or Mitt. Sorry Ron Paul fans, you can stick a teaspoon in him because he's done!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  357. Hah!

    We are well on our way to becoming Europe, just as promised. Where 8% unemployment and double digit inflation are considered "successes". Laughable, go ahead America put him in for another four and finish us off.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  358. Jack Illinois

    They had their chance with Jon Huntsman. No one cared to listen, now they get what they get.
    The Republicans ought to think twice for 2016. Not all of us are that conservative.
    They're lucky that "straight tickets" are pretty much a thing of the past, or we'd have a lot of one time Congressmen.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  359. Chris in Ottawa

    It doesn't really matter who's sitting in the Oval Office next year if the other party controls the House and/or Senate. In such a case, expect another two years of whining, bickering, and nothing getting done.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  360. RapidOne

    "Experts say stock prices are rising on growing expectations that the president will win re-election."

    This says it all. This president has been doing a good job and thankfully for us in the U.S., we are just barely over the bigotry and hate being spread by demagogues in order to allow this rare statesman to do his job. The evidence is there as well as the history and statistics to back Obama up, and this great country may have another 'hurrah' left in it if we are able to triumph with reason and facts over fear, anger and utter garbage.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  361. Mike

    The Republicans created their monster in 2009-10 to gain a short term advantage. Like Dr. Frankenstein's creation, it's back and it's going to kill them. They have no one to blame but themselves. Whenever given the chance to demonstrate responsible governance, they have chosen to treat government the way squirrels treat a pecan tree. Instead of presenting their followers with the cold hard facts of difficult choices facing the nation, they have instead used distractions, half truths and out right lies in simple sound bites to stoke the fears of nervous constituents. The surprise is not that they are about to re-elect Obama, but that anybody still listens to them at all.

    Mike
    Dallas, TX

    March 7, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  362. murthy

    Who ever wins nothing will change,it is Obama or Romney Life goes on.Fighting each other in politics is common all over the world.Every politicians are the same.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  363. Jerry Giardina

    I would have considered voting for Rick Santorum but once he spoke about tearing down the "walls" of separation of church and state; there is no way in a "blue moon" he will get my vote. Religious Freedom is what has made our nation great

    March 7, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  364. frank nosella

    Obama deserves a second term, no question. The only Republican candidate that with a slight chance of coming close to him is the guy who lost to the guy who lost to Obama in 08
    Frank
    Windsor, Canada

    March 7, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  365. Richard

    Based on all of the Canadians on here he could win in Canada. President Obama can blame the Republicans all he wants anyone with half a brain should see he had 2 years with a Democratic congress and still could not improve unemployment. If the 8% of people unemployeed and the others who have given up vote against him he has trouble on his hands. He did promise unemployment would never get above 8% and that has not worked out too well.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  366. bdgfn

    I would like to think that yes, it is inevitable. But you only have to look back 20 years to recall that the first President Bush had reelection all but locked up only to lose it at the end. Anything can, and will happen in politics. It remains to be seen how it will affect the outcome this November.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  367. james d. jones

    Of course he will win if common sense prevails.....Get over the personal prejudice and the misconceptions he is trying to establish a socialist country.....

    March 7, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  368. RapidOne

    It's called REALITY, Frank, and it's extremely notable and sad that you and those like you choose to parrot what the likes of Rush Limbaugh tell you when presented with reality that you don't like. It's not the liberal media, Frank, it is called REALITY, making Obama look good. What's your reason for constantly being so pig-headed? Right-wing media??

    Frank: "A 2nd term for Obama is damn sure inevitable if the liberal media have any say in it. This is about the 4th opinion piece I've seen on this site today that's listed as a news story that all favor Obama."

    March 7, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  369. Discernment

    YES! AT LEAST I HOPE SO. Mitt Romney was the Republican's final hope until he displayed COWARDICE when asked for a response regarding Rush Limbaugh's viscous three-day onslaught against Citizen Sandra Fluke. Mitt talks big stuff when threatening to bomb Iran, but he cowards like a cockroach when facing Rush Limbaugh. Women across the nation took note of this and don't want Mitt as Commander-in-Chief.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  370. marybeth, massachusetts

    Nothing is inevitable, Jack. November is 8 months away, and a lot can happen in 8 months. That said, the Republicans aren't doing themselves any favors. Even the densest are realizing that they only represent big business and the Richie Richest Americans. They ran on job creation and the economy in 2010, got elected, but haven't done a single thing to address either issue except the same tired cut taxes and give more subsidies to the rich. If you're not rich, you're on your own. Eliminate Social Security. Eliminate Medicare and Medicaid. Don't fund schools, police, fire, and safety, or repair roads. And they introduced a record number of bills to ban abortion without exceptions for health and life of the mother, rape, or incest, to ban birth control, defund Planned Parenthood, to repeal the health insurance law, and to repeal don't ask, don't tell.

    Not a single one of them has a plan for the economy and jobs except to slam President Obama and give more money to the rich. That's not a plan for the country.

    Then they focused on banning birth control and declared war on women and our health. Rush Limbaugh's ugly, ignorant, misogynist, hateful statements and their lack of response to them has made women realize just how much they despise us. Not a single candidate stepped up–we got excuses–poor Rush, you don't understand him, he's an entertainer (as if being called a slut, a prostitute, and told to post sex tapes on youtube are funny). Apparently none of these men have wives they love, mothers, sisters, aunts, daughters, granddaughters, nieces.

    If they keep focusing on hating women and on blaming the President for everything while doing nothing and supporting Rush, then they're the gift that keeps on giving.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  371. Mark

    Its not inevitable, but becoming more possible each day.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  372. Gina from WV

    war is the key word. This country does not need to go to war again, especiallly in the middle east. President Obama has worked to help this country – not the republicans. His stance with the middle east is correct. The repubs have done everything in their power to stop the president, to no avail. As my grandmother once said, "act bad, and it will come back to bite you". Consider the republicans bitten.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  373. Eric Lindbom

    Los Angeles, CA. The GOP made a Faustian bargain with Tea Party extremists and now have to live with the fact that they're several light years to the right of much of the country. It's taken Obama four years to make progress cleaning up the mess the GOP started - and he's done so in the face of constant Repubican Congessional stonewalling. No wonder he'll be re-elected.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  374. We can't take 4 more years

    I can't afford 4 more years of Obama the poor cant find jobs and the middle class is no longer. Gas and food prices are so high how can anyone think this has been good ??? I guess our roosters are coming home to roost.😦

    March 7, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  375. Pete From NJ

    With the Republican candidates fighting each other as they have been, instead of working together and getting behind the best candidate they can present, I think Obama stands a good chance of reelection. It's a shame because this election seemed like it WAS the Republican's to lose. But, the real power is in Congress, so I think folks will focus more on the 33 odd seats up for grabs. On a minor note, if it weren't for the SuperPAC's that came about due to the SCOTUS decision, would two or three of the Republican candidates still be in the running?

    March 7, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  376. Blair

    I don't trust the American voter who vote repub consistently like they have no other option....

    March 7, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  377. Susan in Michigan

    If we lived in a country blessed with ALL its citizens being born with common sense, then yes President Obama would definitely be reelected. However, with IIDIOT America on the rise with every passing day, nothing is guaranteed. Common sense would tell you the putting the party, that deliberately drove our country off a cliff, back in power makes no reasonable sense. Let's just all hope that the competents outnumber the idiots at the polls come November.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  378. jimranes

    The GOP are doing a fine job of insuring that the President wins a second term. Barring any unforeseen catastrophe, Barack Obama is expected to win by a bigger majority than he did against John McCain. The current crop of GOP candidates are moving to the extreme right and have their priorities skewed to the religious right, the Tea Party and the richest 1% of the population. That is not a recipe for winning any election. Mitt Romney was on my personal radar until he vowed to repeal Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and the Consumer Protection Act of 2010. Romney is among the 1% and he intends to protect "his kind".

    March 7, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  379. John from MTL

    If we could somehow void the votes from the gun tote'in bible quote'in racist rednecks, President Obama would win by a landslide.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  380. xoxojustme89

    NO-No-No!!! I live in the REAL world, this man in my opinion has turned this country upside down.He has no regard for our relationship with Israel, he does not care about the average american citizen whether we are getting by or not. There has got to be a reason that this congress won't back him on ANYTHING!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  381. RapidOne

    Yes you can blame Bush. The statistics and figures show that Bush's catastrophe of a presidency left VERY FAR reaching consequences. Just because you want to say, out of your butt, that it can't be, does not make it true. People like you who do not even know how reason and rational arguing work are the bane of this struggling country. You are so manipulatable and clueless, and yet taught that you know things because the likes of Rush TELL YOU YOU DO, that you are little more than slaves who don't know how to research for yourselves. It's so frustrating and pathetic. Go read about history and educated yourself with some unbiased source and you WILL learn something.

    "jschmidt: with $6 gas and $5 trillion more in debt- I hope not. He can take the blame just like he blamed Bush."

    March 7, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  382. Dann DFW

    I came into this process looking for an alternative to Obama and the Republicans failed to give me anyone decent to consider. I want the government out of my pocketbook AND out of my bedroom.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  383. Gloria

    I don't think President Obama will have a problem being elected to a second term. However, things can change. I pray the American people are smart enough to vote for the incumbant, President Obama.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  384. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    Not a chance. I think that trying to call this election right now with so much time left in it is like trying to call a professional basketball game in the first five minutes of it when one team is on a run. With so much play left in the game, it is far too premature to call who will win the game. The exact same concept is true of this election in my opinion. Anyone can make a gaffe, gas prices will be an issues, jobs will be an issue, and any other issue or issues that we do not know about right now could come up which could be game changers like how the economic crisis was in September of 2008.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  385. joshua

    Blame the Rupublicans. Except the vast majority of this country knows that the Democrats had two full years to pass any bill they wanted without needing a single vote from an Independent or a Republican. Don't blame this mess on anyone other than the Democrats. It's theirs. They own it. All the Democrats have done is bail out Chrysler, Wall Street, and their union buddies. Lying hypocrites who only know how to tax and spend. When the tax payers run dry, they have no answers.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  386. Eric from Sacramento, CA

    Inevitable? No, not at the moment. However, as long as all four candidates ramian, the GOP and the republican parties clearly will deminish eachother until the end of the primaries. Nevertheless, this shows a few things.
    1. The nation that opposes Obama for re-election is obviously in disarray for their choice of a candidate
    2. The support that remains for Obama is evidence that they are ready to move foward with civility and society. Manufacturing and creation of renewable energies. Foreign and domestic policies. Immigration reform and civil matters... life... We are on the brink of a nano and bio technological break through.
    I am sick of these dinosaurs, their fossil fuel gluttons' and the past demand for a resources that is more destructive than good.

    However, in conclusion, if Obama were to win, would we be in the same situation we are in today with the legislative branch, nowhere and stale? With men and women like Bohner. Whose soul purpose is not to create and preserve a better nation. No, they are there to make sure Obama is a "one term president"
    ...Malarkey

    March 7, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  387. EJ in Metro Houston

    Jack the ONLY thing in life that are sure are TAXES and DEATH, you know that and I am a Obama supporter. There is too much of a wildcard here being that there are still sadly an amount of Americans that don't like the president not just because of his policies but because of his skin color and then that "he's not one of us" thing the GOP keeps trying to bring up ever so often. Could it be enough to sway an election, maybe not but with the GOP changing the way , where and how some people can vote in 2012 it just might.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  388. Nan, Nevada

    I certainly hope so! Mr Obama ROCKS and has done a fabulous job so far. I will be out
    working hard for hi re-election!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  389. The Truth

    I am beginning to like his chances:) . Besides I will be pulling the Obama lever in November.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  390. Bryan in Houston, Tx

    First off, congratulations to everyone who has the courage to use their name in their posts. Secondly, how could Obama not get re-elected? In three years he's helped the economy recover from the total mismanagement of the Republicans, pulled us out of two unpopular and unfunded wars, essentially eradicated the largest terrorist threat against us (Al Quaida), extended health coverage to children and the poor and shown that the Tea partiers cannot govern. It's obvious the Republican party is disintegrating and focusing on ever narrower platforms, the attitude amongst young, informed people that I consistently find is that the Republicans are the angry, 'anti' everything party... anti-government, anti-immigrant, anti-homosexuality, anti-women... I hope they find their way because we need healthy debate (not debasing debate, Rush) but they are going to be a long time coming out of this wilderness....

    March 7, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  391. Bob

    "Is a second term becoming inevitable for President Obama?"
    Unbelievably, the Democrats and their media allies are actually getting overconfident about a President who has the worst economic record since Hoover.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  392. Phil, from Boston, MA

    Jack,

    Thank you for this lead-in. I don't think it's in the bag yet. Many things can happen in the next 8 months, including a blow-up in Europe, war in Iraq (isn't it scary that McCain would try to goad us into another war just because that would play against Obama?...), etc. But I'll agree that things are looking up.

    By the way, the hilarious reply from Pete in Georgia is a perfect illustration of why it's likely that Obama will be re-elected – and why the world prays it will. Such utter nonsense, such meaningless and empty paranoid drivel...

    March 7, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  393. Juan

    Jack, stupid is as stupid does...so yes Obama just may win in November.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  394. Elembee

    I certainly hope they're right. I would (and will) vote for Obama/Biden in a heartbeat! I've been following all of the work Obama has been doing and for the most part I think he's doing an exceptional job!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  395. Elembee

    Also, well put, Dwayne! Thank-you.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  396. coloradom

    Definitely. He'll win a second term easily, not because he's a great President, but because the Republicans have no idea what they are doing. I do, however, think it will be closer than most people think...

    March 7, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  397. Sandra Medeiros

    Of course Obama will win a second term. Romney justs shoots his mouth off and says whatever he thinks people want to hear at that particular time and not smart enough to realize it's all recorded to come back and bite him later. "Im moderate, I'm severly conservative", etc. And his response to the Rush thing, "I wouldn't have used those words"?!!! What self respecting women would want that.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  398. Phil from Dallas, TX

    Yes Jack, from your lips to God's ears !!!!!

    March 7, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  399. John

    Are you kidding? Gas prices will hit $5 a gallon this summer and the mild economic recovery will tank. Romney's going to win the Republican nomination, which will attract a few more moderates to the Republican ticket. Unlike 2008, the far right won't stay home because they see what it got them. They'll turn out to vote against Obama. The middle swing voter will vote against $5 gas. The far left occupy voter will stay home because they're disappointed in Obama. The young hopey/changey crowd will stay home because the new's worn off. It will all add up to a defeat similar to the one suffered by Jimmy Carter.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  400. usaswede

    Far from inevitable. I personally think he's a decent president, but once the FoxNews propaganda machine gets cranking, he will be painted (even more than now) as the president who destroyed America. That's why I'm so worried about democrats voting for Santorum to derail Romneys campaign. What if you inadvertently elect Santorum as the GOP candidate? All it takes is trouble in Europe and a stock market crash and Obama will get the blame and we'll have President Santorum. America can survive Romney but not Santorum's hate and theorocracy.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  401. MontanaSon

    With three networks and one cable company in his pocket, how can he lose? But I think he will. Everyone knows who he is now. Just depends on how many voters are willing to swap their liberty for a free ride.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  402. Faye from Nevada

    Of course, election of Obama is inevitable. Perhaps it wouldn't be such a sure thing if we had someone other than the Three Stooges running against him. These three opponents aren't even worth considering. Perhaps they should open a car wash or an ice cream parlor, where it wouldn't matter as to their character or how they think. Each of them have different distinct problems that disqualify them. I can't imagine any one of the three being a respected leader of our country.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  403. Gillian

    Let's hope so! The idea that any of that crowd in the Republican party could become our next president is frightening. They are a disorganized, out-of-touch, women-hating bunch, and I think they also like the idea of another war (just what we need).

    March 7, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  404. Robb

    It's a slam dunk, if only because the Republicans managed to put together a roster of uninspiring, wooden, and some, even shifty, roster of candidates. There were some Republicans in the early stages who I would have considered voting for as an Independent, but Mitt, Newt, Rick? Come on! At least it shows that the Republicans have a good sense of humor. It's like running Curly, Moe and Larry for office. Sorry, but I have no other choice but to vote against any one of these guys. Like many Independents, it's not necessarily a vote for the current administration but a resounding No vote for the alternatives.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  405. Richard S

    I certainly hope not. He has been a disaster for this country and world and our debt will sink him.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  406. sandiegobeachbum

    I don't see how anyone with an IQ over 50 can be happy with any politicians. Obama has done some good things like having bin Laden killed but he sure doesn't have a clue how to balance a budget. The Repubs are playing right into Obama's hands. Gingrich and Santorum don't have a chance in hell of beating Obama and Romney only has a slight chance. To keep the primary races going is so destructive for the Repub party. I wouldn't say obama is a lock but it appears the fat lady is warming up. I am not happy with Obama' spending habits and feel he is a bit of a hypocrite at times but so are all of the blowhard politicians. We are in deep, deep trouble if Obama has a second term of more out of control spending.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  407. blake

    Nope. Lots of wishful thinking by the left. Most Americans are not Marxists and will not support Obama now that he has been unmasked.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  408. Bill

    That, Mr. Cafferty, is why they actually play the games instead of just declaring a winner.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  409. Orville in Ben Lomond

    The republican circus is entertaining but the performers are so out of touch with reality. The conservative position is steeped in fear and heralds the idea of going back to the way things were in the 1950's. It may have been good for the 50s but it is not relevant for 2012. Obama is relevant, is in touch and has a strong conviction for the way we can move ahead together. Those that support the conservative perspective forget what a mess Obama inherited and how hard it is to fix and how long it takes to undo the mess that the GOP created, especially with the obstructionism of the "Party of No!" We must re-elect Obama!

    March 7, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  410. Sar-Duhhh Pay-Lin'Tastic

    You betcha!

    March 7, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  411. Mike, NH

    The liberal MSM would like to play it that way into hopes of keeping Obama opponents home on election day, and keeping money from the Republican nomineee. If people think it's a lost cause, some will give up. All you have to do is look at the CNN story selection choice to see where the bias is. By the way, Gallup had Obama's approval at 43% yesterday. Did you see that anywhere on CNN? No. My point exactly.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  412. Josh

    Unless you watch to FauxNews absolutely

    March 7, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  413. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    A second term for the President would be a blessing. Hopefully the Tea Partiers and the far-right will be voted out and the once-proud Republican Party will again elect Statesmen who will work with Democrats for the good of the country. That is my prayer every single night.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  414. Noocrat

    I don't like the term inevitable, Jack. Sounds like a good way for Democrats to become complacent and lose the election because they no-show in November.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  415. Rhoadrunner

    Even Fox News isn't covering the election today. If they lost interest in the presidential election, it must not look good for the Republicans. Without them pushing it, a lot of their followers won't even show up to vote (which is already happening).

    March 7, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  416. MontanaSon

    Obama is great!!! He will win hands down!!! (Let's see if this comment makes it past the censors).

    March 7, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  417. Jeff In Bishop, Georgia

    Mr. Cafferty, if Gov. Romney wins FL, NC, VA, OH, PA & MI (along with the traditional red states), the community organizer in chief won't have enough electoral college votes to win a 2nd term

    March 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  418. Troy in Austin

    Yeah Buddy! There is no other choice, I mean one of those GOP goons? I think not.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  419. Jerry

    obama is trying to fill in the massive hole that Republicans dug for 8 years ....Including 2 wars, housing bubble bust and an economy that parallels than the great Depression. Republicans failed under George Bush and they don't deserve another chance until the hole is filled back up. Obama has brought the Dow back to 13000 created many jobs and deserves another 4 years to complete the black hole Republicans left.

    Jerry from Atlanta Georgia

    March 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  420. CitizenJP

    I hope so. It was always true from day one but even to the republicans it is beginning to look like President Obama is the only solution we have to our nation's multi-faceted problems.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  421. JimD

    I hope so, but George Bush sr was looking mighty good before his world fell apart. The economy is almost everything–if it continues to grow then even the GOP won't be able to spin their way out of it; but if it tanks then the presidency will change. And if there are no international disasters.......

    March 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  422. Bill, Bloomington Il

    I think so Jack. As long as the GOP cannot put up a good candidate, president Obama will not have to account for his dismal record.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  423. kenkatth

    I voted for Obama for his first term. My concern if he's re-elected is we'll see gas prices continue to soar, all the way up to and beyond $7/gallon. This is just one more president that has led a spoiled, silver-spoon life, and really doesn't care about us "little people" and our struggle to put gas in our cars.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  424. Ani Marathe

    I hope so. Let us see. Nannies are not being killed by government. Preexisting condition no longer means death sentence if you change jobs. Employment is getting back. Osama bin Laden is dead. US troops are out of Iraq. Credit card holders, get a clear picture of how their debt would go down from their statements. Pretty darn good resume if you ask me.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  425. ShelaghOhio

    Don't want to jinx anything but I would LOVE to see Obama win a second time. It would feel safer. I'm a woman, and what the Repubs have in mind for women doesn't seem at all nice, thank you.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  426. Katy Heys

    Considering the clown show the GOP has offered up, considering the fact that the GOP has tried to diss Obama not matter what, considering the assault of women, considering the fact that the GOP has nobody, I consider it a fact that Barack Obama will win reelection. And this Republican is going to vote for him.

    Kate Heys
    Tampa, FLA

    March 7, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  427. Terri from Blountville, TN

    Considering what the Republican party has evolved into, I can only hope so. OOPS! I forgot, the GOP doesn't believe in evolution. Perhaps, I should say the way they want to go back to the bad old days.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  428. Sunfly

    The Republican party has picked an extremely wealthy guy (not that you don't have to be relatively rich to get into politics) that only the rich will vote for, and an extreme religious guy that only that niche will vote for. He lacks any real competition, and unless something drastic happens will win easily.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  429. Carl in Virginia

    Jack,
    I have voted for every Republican since Barry Goldwater in 1964. Will probably vote Vegetarian or go fishing.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:17 pm |