Lord, this made me laugh when I stumbled (belatedly) upon it. From The Hill:
President Barack Obama wouldn't be elected to that position if the election were held today, a top Republican claimed Monday.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), the ranking Republican member of the House Budget Committee, said that more than a year after Obama was elected president with 53 percent of the popular vote, Americans wouldn't select him if the vote were held again today.
"No, I don't," Ryan said during an appearance on CNBC when asked whether Obama could be elected today.
That said, Paul Ryan was smart enough not to identify which Republican luminary --Sarah Palin? Mitt Romney? Michelle Bachmann? Himself? -- which would unseat THE ONE.
When it comes to the ranks of GOP leaders to take on the president, though, Ryan said the people don't matter so much as the positions.
"As long as we are putting out good ideas based on core principles, that's what matters," he said. "Who cares what the personalities are?"
Good ideas such as voting against extending unemployment benefits in a recession.