Some ups and downs as presidential politics proceed apace

Richard G. Carter | 10/12/2012, 4:17 p.m.
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"After watching Obama blame everyone but himself with a straight face, I believe he is the polar opposite of Ronald Reagan. He's going to have a stellar career as an actor after he's done with politics in November."

"I would like to thank Obama for killing the Keystone pipeline. By so doing, he gave the American public another reason not to re-elect him. The pipeline would not have cost American taxpayers a dime, while creating 100,000 U.S. jobs."

"Does anyone wonder if Obama would have denied it if it ran through battleground states? Never has a president governed so transparently in his own best interests at the expense of the good of his country."

A few days later, Obama unwisely put his foot firmly in his mouth at the annual National Prayer Breakfast by telling the 3,000 attendees that God serves as his top adviser for pushing higher taxes on wealthy Americans. The president said:

"For me, as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus' teaching that 'for unto whom much is given, much shall be required...' If I'm willing to give something up-as somebody who's been extraordinarily blessed-and give up some of the tax breaks that I enjoy, I actually think that's going to make economic sense."

Whoa! You heard it, but can you believe it? Does he believe it? Yikes and triple erk!

It's clear that the land is rife with much political unrest shared by many independents as well as Republicans. And if you're a Democrat, you'd better hope that Obama starts getting his act together or he will, indeed, be a one-term president.

Finally, Chris Wallace-host of "Fox News Sunday"-captured the essence of the presidential campaign recently with one of the best-ever sight gags on TV news. And I've seen a whole lot of them in countless years of observing politics and politicians.

After presenting U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) with a big white cake emblazoned with a large green dollar sign on his 42nd birthday, Wallace handed him a knife and quipped: "It's the federal budget deficit. Feel free to cut into it, but you don't have to eat it." And that's the name of that tune.