David Remnick, the editor of “The New Yorker,” revealed his prediction of who will win the presidential election in 2012.
“I think that Obama will be re-elected,” Remnick said during an event at the 92nd Street Y in the Upper East Side last night. “Right now, with nine percent unemployment, he still has a popularity rating of now high 40s and I don’t see him losing.”
He also listed a few candidates for the Republican nomination, but said he doesn’t expect any of them to be able to beat Obama.
“I can’t see Mitt Romney doing it,” Remnick said. “And as many nightmares as I’ve had in my life, I can’t see Sarah Palin either.”
Remnick, who wrote the 2010 biography, “The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama,” said he doesn’t find fault with Obama for not having any CEO’s in his first cabinet.
“I have to say that the people who feel underrepresented in the economic policy-making of the United States do not seem to me to be investment bankers and CEO’s,” Remnick said. “I think those interests are pretty well taken care of. Those people were rescued.”
"I think the people in America who are underrepresented, who are angry and who are suffering, are the unemployed, the people who are graduating from college and are taking on jobs that they never could have imagined, the people who had their houses foreclosed. I find this so-called rage among the CEOs and business class, who feel somehow ignored and betrayed, to be comical.”
Remnick said the constant news cycle changed the media, but that there’s no point in reflecting on a time when we didn’t have it.
“You can’t wish away technology,” Remnick said. “There’s crap on the Internet and there’s very good things on there too. It just is what it is.”