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Monday, November 21, 2011

Two former Democratic pollsters urge Obama to step down

Two former Democratic pollsters are urging Barack Hussein Obama not to run for reelection (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).
When Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson accepted the reality that they could not effectively govern the nation if they sought re-election to the White House, both men took the moral high ground and decided against running for a new term as president. President Obama is facing a similar reality—and he must reach the same conclusion.

He should abandon his candidacy for re-election in favor of a clear alternative, one capable not only of saving the Democratic Party, but more important, of governing effectively and in a way that preserves the most important of the president's accomplishments. He should step aside for the one candidate who would become, by acclamation, the nominee of the Democratic Party: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Never before has there been such an obvious potential successor—one who has been a loyal and effective member of the president's administration, who has the stature to take on the office, and who is the only leader capable of uniting the country around a bipartisan economic and foreign policy.

Certainly, Mr. Obama could still win re-election in 2012. Even with his all-time low job approval ratings (and even worse ratings on handling the economy) the president could eke out a victory in November. But the kind of campaign required for the president's political survival would make it almost impossible for him to govern—not only during the campaign, but throughout a second term.

Put simply, it seems that the White House has concluded that if the president cannot run on his record, he will need to wage the most negative campaign in history to stand any chance. With his job approval ratings below 45% overall and below 40% on the economy, the president cannot affirmatively make the case that voters are better off now than they were four years ago. He—like everyone else—knows that they are worse off.
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My problem is that I doubt America is better off - and I know that Israel is not better off - with Clinton in charge. Clinton may be the biggest Israel hater in the White House.

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At 5:45 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Caddell and Shoen are paid to turn out these kinds of columns every cycle there's an incumbent. Moreover, they both seriously underestimate both the support the President enjoys, and the uphill battle the GOP must fight on the only map that matters: the electoral college. Here, Obama's command allows him many pathways to 270. The GOP is boxed in by its regional ideology that will only assure it contracts as a national force on this map.

Obama will win handily.


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