The underdog?
October 10th, 2011
10:59 AM ET

The underdog?

Last week, we noted both President Obama and Vice President Biden have quickly embraced the underdog status in this presidential election when given the opportunity. Now former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is doing his part to add to the narrative.

From the CNN Political Ticker:

(CNN) – Rahm Emanuel left his post as White House Chief of Staff more than a year ago, but on Sunday the Chicago mayor waded back into presidential politics, saying his former boss’ reelection was far from a sure thing.

“There's no doubt there's a challenge politically because the economy is not where the American middle-class family needs it to be for their bottom line,” Emanuel said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Emanuel said the American people would hold President Barack Obama and other elected officials accountable for the faltering economy when they cast their votes in 2012.

As we noted last week, it's debatable whether the president can be considered the underdog just yet, though it might be politically advantageous if yet-to-be energized Democrats think he is.


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  1. Howard

    Obama's rapid journey from top dog to under dog is a direct result of his many missteps and failed policies. He has nobody to blame but himself. Of course this egotistical, inept, empty suit was never qualified to be President in the first place.

    October 10, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
    • You're a Rapist

      My insults were more slanderous and incorrect; therefore I win this debate.

      October 10, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
      • Howard

        Yes, 'You're a Rapist' is a leftwing nut job.  But, he's much more than that.   He's the guy on the street with the nose rings and the dreadlocks and the lice.  He's the guy in Starbucks making coffee because it's the only job he can get with
        his degree in Art History.  He doesn't always have money for rent and food but he always has money for weed.   He rents a dingy studio apartment with a window on the sidewalk level. Bums sleep
        on his steps and pee on his sidewalk window. He doesn't care. He doesn't even notice the smell.  He's the guy that rides a bicycle everywhere he goes because he can't afford a car.
        But he has to keep replacing the bicycle because people like him keep stealing it.  He has no mechanical skills. He has no administrative skills. He has no trade.  He is a vegan and is too weak from malnutrition to work at any kind of physical
        labor job; not that he would take one anyway as that kind of work is beneath him. He despises the military and law enforcement. He has an upside down American
        flag taped to his sidewalk window ... right next to his marijuana flag. He hangs out with other leftwing losers who blame their innumerable
        failures in life on people they've never met and know nothing about.  He's always borrowing money from someone but never pays them back. He
        gives them some weed instead.  He's never contributed time or money to any civic project yet he constantly
        criticizes his community.  He fully immerses himself in anything leftwing. The more these leftwing organizations
        bash America, the more rabid he becomes.  Despite his leftist fervor, he is always on the outside looking in. He's a loser and
        even the leftwing losers that tolerate him think he's a loser. He's never been able to become part of their leftist clique, no matter how much he bashes America.  When he gets old and is unable to support himself he will turn to
        welfare. He is a parasite.    When his life is over he will have contributed nothing but
        hatred and bigotry to the world.   He will be buried in a state owned lot at taxpayers expense and one or two of his dealers or customers will stop by for the service.  He is a Liberal.

        October 12, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  2. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Evil old jealous Howard,...WRONG ADAIN! His suits are 'filled' OK? Tailored to the tee too; on his body frame! Inept? Hes got more sense than you and the rest of your ilk! Any black man that can read and write is intimidating to many of your kind. And he is truly well educated, Oh, he immediately becomes characterized an 'elitist', and egotistical! Not qualified? LOL! Evidently the 'vetting team', whom I'm sure wasn't at their first rodeo, thought he was! Was your George W Bush qualified on anything?!? LOL!

    October 10, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
    • Howard

      The obama's are shameless self-serving cons, the mainstream media are their shills, and the American people are their marks.
      P.S. Liz ... blindly devoted obama followers, who continue to defend, excuse, and support this traitor, no matter what he does, or says, are just as guilty of destroying America, as the traitor himself.

      October 12, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
    • Howard


      Herman Cain, a self-made man worthy of respect, unlike obama, would make a million times better President than obama ... and, Liz of Georgia ... he's a Black Man. I know that means eveything to you ... but, I only care about his qualifications and his policies.

      October 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  3. jean2009

    I'll go with the Sienna College poll for their ranking of presidents.
    President Clinton at 13th
    President Obama at 15th
    President Reagan at 18th
    President G. W. Bush at 39th

    October 10, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Jean, Sienna College poll recently found that "black voters approved of the president by a 94-4 margin." The question is why are so many black voters prejudice about a white candidate? Sounds like they are brainwashed, not thinking as independent voters.

      Most polls find that Romney and the president running neck and neck. Take a look at Real Clear Politics website for a compare of polls.

      RCP Average Romney +0.5
      Quinnipiac Romney +4
      ABC News/Wash Post Romney +2
      Pew Research Tie
      Rasmussen Reports Romney +2
      FOX News Obama +3
      CNN/Opinion Research Obama +1
      USA Today/Gallup Romney +2
      McClatchy/Marist Obama +2

      October 10, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
      • jean2009

        Polls taken today for an election which is over a year away are not of importance. You can get as good a reading by licking your finger sticking it in the air to see which way the wind will be blowing a year from now.

        The Sienna College Poll however is an independent research survey of 238 academic presidential scholars, educators and writers.

        I don't think black voters are as brainwashed as racist watchers of Fox News and the members of the teapotty.

        October 11, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • Joe

      another scumbag liberal poll

      October 13, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  4. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Ooops! I meant WRONG AGAIN! Howard! I'm sure you got the point though.

    October 10, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
  5. Liz Carter in Georgia

    THE FIRST THING HOWARD, ME PERSONALLY, I AM NOT BEING SERVED, OK? My on taxes went up; my own health insurance premium outr of my small annuity went up. My check was short minus $7.00, $100.00 short just since Jan 1, 2011, OK? Now even after all of that giving or at least the government taking, I still believe Pres Obama is doing the right thing for the nation as a whole! I've paid mine 'fair share', why can't you all pay yours? You're on a mission and we know what that is..get this President ou OBAMA OUT!

    October 12, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
  6. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Ooops! Sorry quite a few errors in my last post!...I was tired and sleepy but I know you get my point Howard. BTW, the descriptive tirade you ran down reminds me of no other group but your 'WOODSTOCK HIPPIES' of the 60s. There parents and grandparents may have been conservatives/GOP, but they rebelled against the status quo even back then! They were all liberals! I came up in the 60s, and many of us are still here! We didn't ALL die of drugs and alcohol, which we know the system had hoped for! LOL!

    October 13, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • Joe

      all the lowlife liberals are crying in NYc

      Were the 99% thats Bullshit
      they are the 45% that don't pay taxes and want more freebees

      October 13, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  7. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Another evil, 'scumbag', 'lowlife', conservative 'Limbaugh' lie! Those people in NYC, BOSTON, ATLANTA and everywhere else they're demonstrating have too paid taxes! Are you saying those people haven't EVER worked and paid taxes to this treacherous 'conservative' system? If they aren't paying taxes now, it's because they don't have jobs anymore and you and your party don't give a damn! As long as OBAMA can be blamed! THEY WANT JOBS NOT FREEBIES! That's why they're protesting you KOOK! YOU'RE SHAMEFUL!

    October 14, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  8. Liz Carter in Georgia

    The 99% have been carrying America for ages! That's a long-time, weIl-known fact! If you've never at least heard it...what basement have you been hiding out in? If you didn't know it, you need to ask somebody; some unbiased, honest, intelligent 'somebody'! Preferably not one of YOUR comrades! And do you think that we are stupid enough to believe that 45% of the 99% of Americans are non-taxpaying citizens, just because YOU who's BRAINWASHED by corporate-owned media spinned propaganda keeps making that claim?

    October 14, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  9. Liz Carter in Georgia America, there are those who have the right, the opportunity, the advantages, and mosttimes the networkings available to them to choose to own their own businesses rather than to work for someone else, which is fine and good! There are also those of us in America who have consigned ourselves and accepted the fact that we won't get rich, but we have to work to make a living for ourselves and family, mosttimes for people like CAIN. So are you saying that only business owners are the self-made?

    October 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  10. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I live in GA but I never heard of a Herman Cain until he showed up with the Teaparty and I was floored. Then we all started hearing about his pizza business and burger king affiliations; ie., 'the business man'. Whether you know it or not Howard, there are quite a large number of black business in GA, especially around Atlanta and the metro area, OK? We're proud to see a black man succeed in this white mans' America! For some we do sometimes wonder what all he had to do, to give-up, to accept, to get there.

    October 14, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  11. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Howard.,you've called me racist over and over! I must not be quite the racist you thought I was, huh? I don't care whether he's black or not! He doesn't speak to me or for his own race trying to live in America. Everything he says and does proves he has no understanding or care for the plight of the black man in this system. He's a traitor and a JUDAS to his own! He got by, and blames the rest for not being as blessed as he was. He denies the TRUTH! Cain's not the 'black man' I speak about. He's an OREOLE!

    October 14, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  12. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Cain didn't even find it necessary or even morally prudent to stand up for his own equality in this nation! He's 67 or 68...I'm 63! Like me, he came up in the thick of overt racism and discrimination in GA where the 'struggle' for justice and equality was hot; but found it feasable for himself, not to participate in the fight for the rights he so freely enjoys today. His father told him to do what that white man says to do, be quiet, shut-up and don't get in trouble. People have died for what he enjoys!

    October 14, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  13. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I honor and appreciate strong, brave, honest, intelligent, people of discernment, wisdom, vision and character with emphasis on true loyalty and true patriotism Americas' security and defense 'ONLY', inside and out; meaning our soldiers and marines! THEY COME IN ALL COLORS AND GENDERS. I especially honor, respect and appreciate a black man who fits the above descriptions, but takes care not to put down the rest of his race when he achieves all of those qualities, but reaches back to help to pull others up!

    October 14, 2011 at 5:38 pm |