In politics, tragically, perception can trump reality.
That's how Obama won the presidency in 2008. He ran on hope and change, and most voters did not realize that he hoped to fundamentally transform America into a socialist state and thought that change would be for the better instead of worse.
A recent poll of 1,010 adults on their perceptions of the honesty, intelligence, philosophy of government and leadership ability of President Obama and his leading Republican rivals, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, illustrates how when it comes to Obama, perception still trumps reality. See Adelle M. Bank's "Poll: Obama seen as smartest, most honest candidate" at www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/poll-obama-seen-as-smartest-most-honest-candidate/2011/10/05/gIQA9e5EOL_story.html.
According to a Barna Group poll, Americans consider President Obama to be the smartest and most honest presidential candidate.
Amazingly, the liberal media establishment's efforts notwithstanding, Romney ranked the highest of the three on leadership ability.
Perry came in third in a three-man race on all four attributes.
The attitudes toward religion of the persons polled influenced responses.
Catholics overwhelmingly ranked Obama higher than the other two candidates in all four categories.
Perhaps they think his support of abortion and Planned Parenthood should give him honesty points, but Catholics especially should realize that Obama wasn't honest about Obamacare and resent his reneging on conscience protection promises.
Evangelicals scored Perry the highest and Romney the lowest, though Romney tied with Obama on leadership skills. But the debates have shown Perry is not as smart as they think.
Skeptics put Obama first in all four categories. No surprise there.
As to whether Obama should be re-elected “based only on his performance as president,” one-third of adults said he deserved re-election while four out of 10 said he did not.
Again religious attitudes affected responses: 70% of evangelicals responded that Obama didn’t deserve re-election; Catholics divided evenly; and a plurality of skeptics said Obama should be re-elected.
The truth is that Obama is a clever stealth socialist and skilled teleprompter reader who was elected because (1) he was not effectively scutinized by the media and (2) he blatantly but successfully lied about his relationship with ACORN in the last presidential debate.
Obama has pushed the stealth socialist agenda as hard and fast as political reality permitted, and America is much worse for it.
Who really is the most intelligent, best educated and competentof the three?
The one who received both law and business degrees from Harvard--Mitt Romney.
Obama got a law degree from Harvard too, but it has become painfully obvious that he is abysmally ignorant about business.
As for Perry, he acknowledges that he graduated in the top ten (of thirteen) in high school and was not a great student at Texas A & M, so give him some points for honesty.
On the honesty score, it's really no contest: Romney and Perry are capitalists, not stealth socialists, and they don't pretend otherwise.
Neither is flawless, but both Romney and Perry are vastly preferable to Obama.
Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.
Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.
The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.
Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.