Will “invulnerability” of an incumbent president apply to Barack Obama? A commentary
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Central Luzon, Philippines
A revisit to America’s presidential election history reveals that only a few incumbent U.S. presidents have lost their re-election bids. They were presidents, and George H.W. Bush. The former had passed away. Yes, he was not elected but he was an incumbent when Carter opposed him. The latter two are still very much alive.
Former U.S. Presidents Carter and Bush have live long enough and are still with Americans today, deciphering the reasons and wisdoms why each of them lost re-election bid during their respective times separately. Despite of having commands on the resources of their incumbencies, both presidents lost their re-election bids. Nevertheless, both have had accepted the pains of their defeats.
This clearly showed the unbendable will of the American electorate during the separate times of the two presidents. American voters had spoken clearly against the way each handled the affairs of the American government during their respective stewardships.
As Dava Castillo commented, “Running against an incumbent is a gamble and only a few incumbents have lost”. This comment of Castillo refers to the Republican presidential candidate nominee who will oppose incumbent U.S President Barack Obama. Will “invulnerability of an incumbent” apply to re-election presidential candidate Obama?
As Castillo said, that challenging an incumbent is a gamble. Probably, onlyis more than willing to take that big gamble against Obama in the light of 2012 U.S. presidential election. GOP candidate other than Romney, may as well wait until the next U.S. presidential election.
Like the political fates of Carter and Bush, the American voters will decide on the “invulnerability” of Incumbent President Obama in November 06, 2012.