The 2012 Republican presidential primary has been a bruiser thus far, and the lastest New Yorker cover illustrates who’s enjoying it the most.
From the endless barrage of GOP debates that some have compared to reality TV to Bain Capital to ’cannibal’ attack ads, many have speculated that the Republican candidates who have indulged in breaking Ronald Reagan’s eleventh commandment by speaking ill of fellow Republicans, have done nothing but aid the Obama reelection effort.
On CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday, RNC Chair Reince Priebus said that the infighting among Republicans would ultimately strengthen the nominee come general election time, as it did with Barack Obama following his bitter campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 2008 against Hillary Clinton.
Still, with both Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul vowing that they will stay in the race and continue to challenge campaign front-runner Mitt Romney through the national convention this summer, President Obama is likely to benefit thanks to having plenty of time to sit back and watch Republicans deliver blows against one another through August.
On a side note, the cover is entitled “The Big Game” referencing the upcoming Super Bowl, and was drawn by Barry Blitt– the artist responsible for this controversial 2008 New Yorker cover: