Conservative satirist Ben Stein lamented the lack of quality GOP presidential prospects. “Isn’t there someone out there who is (President) Obama’s equal in oratory, charisma and ability to draw votes who could run as a Republican?” he asked during his commentary on CBS’ “Sunday Morning.” But then Stein was hit with a tongue-in-check inspiration: The GOP should recruit Obama. Stein argued that Obama is “clearly moving in the direction of the Republican Party,” noting how he “completely signed on to the Republican position on tax cuts and kicking the deficit can down the road” and has long since “signed onto the Bush position on the war in Afghanistan.” Stein did admit that Obama “has a lot to learn in the right-to-life world and about the environment,” but noted that “he’s a fast learner.” Stein’s advice: “Let us Republicans seize this moment to humbly ask the best campaigner since Reagan if he would care to join up with our side. The winning side!”
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