With baseball season nearing its end, I find it fitting that Republicans are striking out on key national policy issues more and more these days.
That's good news for Obama's re-election chances, and for Democratic prospects in general come the 2012 election. I'm starting to feel better about where this country is heading, even though Republican intransigence and filibustering won't allow much to happen in Congress until voters repudiate the G.O.P. a year from next month.
Here's some examples of what's buoying my spirits:
Occupy Wall Street. This is the left's Tea Party moment. Except, Occupy Wall Street (or wherever) has a lot more support among the general population than the Tea Party does. Fifty-nine percent of adults either completely or mostly agree with the protesters. Young people are back to being politically energized. Hopefully this will carry over into the 2012 election. Populism is on the march.
Gadhaffi is dead, Libya liberated. The nay-sayers who ignorantly bemoaned Obama "leading from behind" have been proven wrong. Obama's decision-making on Libya has been vindicated. Forming a coalition to support the rebels in a way that didn't make it look like United States imperialism turned out to be the right decision. Republicans were wrong.
All U.S. troops will leave Iraq soon. Obama has kept his campaign promise to end the ill-fated Iraq War. There won't be any U.S. forces there after 2011, aside from 150 troops to guard the embassy. George Bush was wrong to invade Iraq since Saddam Hussein didn't have weapons of mass destruction and posed no threat to our country. But Obama has gotten U.S. policy back on track, in line with public opinion.
Global warming even more proven. Scientifically, for quite a while it's been virtually certain that the Earth is warming rapidly, and that humans are responsible for this. However, climate change skeptics funded by the fossil fuel industry have succeeded in planting seeds of doubt among the public. A new study has dealt a blow to skeptics, though.
An independent study of global temperature records has reaffirmed previous conclusions by climate scientists that global warming is real.
The new analysis by the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project examined 1.6 billion temperature reports from 15 data archives stretching back over 200 years in an effort to address scientific concerns raised by climate skeptics about the data used to inform reports published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Researchers found "reliable evidence" of a rise in average world land temperatures of one degrees Celsius -- or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit -- since the mid-1950s.
"Our biggest surprise was that the new results agreed so closely with the warming values published previously by other teams in the United States and the UK," professor Richard A. Muller, Berkeley Earth's scientific director said in a statement.
"This confirms that these studies were done carefully and that potential biases identified by climate change skeptics did not seriously affect their conclusions," Muller added.
Soon, I hope, Republicans are going to find that you can't fool voters for very long. The truth eventually wins out. Reality strides on stage and screams, "Hey, look at me, not those bozos over there!" Obama and the Democrats have the facts on their side. That'll come in handy during the next election.