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The Win-Lose Trap


Given that track record, it’s not unlikely that yet another pathetic Republican candidate will emerge to challenge Obama, who is (if nothing else) the title-holding champion of campaigners. He’s shown he can take a punch, and his own are bloody knockouts.

Thus, regardless of the prevailing circumstances and expectations of the country come election time 2012, absent a state of catastrophe, Obama plainly stands a good chance of reelection. For those who oppose his policies, it all points to a rather sad victory party this November.

Arnold Mazur is an attorney and business executive who many years ago retired to, in his words, “do nothing.” Occasionally, he writes.

About the Author: Arnold Mazur is a retired attorney and business executive who, defying the Arab boycott office, was first to establish in Israel a subsidiary of a major U.S. software company.


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