You can smell the hope and desperation and it smells...sad.
[I]t isn’t at all clear that killing Osama bin Laden is going to make any difference at all in the political battles to come over the budget, entitlements, the deficits, and the size and scope of government.Now I'm not saying Bin Laden's death makes every issue a winner for Obama, but it seems pretty clear that Bin Laden's death makes every issue a must-win for the GOP.
Let me explain. Usually in presidential elections, the incumbent wins. There are exceptions, of course, but they're the exceptions. They're unlikely by definition, so it would be safe to assume that all things being equal, the incumbent wins.
So Obama already has the advantage. The GOP were already going to have to run an exceptional, near-perfect campaign to beat him.
If you've been observing politics as of late, you know that, well, that wasn't going to happen, what with the Tea Parties and the Birtherism and all the rest of the bullshit.
And now we have Bin Laden....
An ace in the hole? Nah. More like the drop in the bucket that finally tips it. Mark it down. Obama wins next year.