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Odysseus
11-13-2010, 02:07 PM
To be a great president, Obama should not seek reelection in 2012

By Douglas E. Schoen and Patrick H. Caddell
Sunday, November 14, 2010

President Obama must decide now how he wants to govern in the two years leading up to the 2012 presidential election.

In recent days, he has offered differing visions of how he might approach the country's problems. At one point, he spoke of the need for "mid-course corrections." At another, he expressed a desire to take ideas from both sides of the aisle. And before this month's midterm elections, he said he believed that the next two years would involve "hand-to-hand combat" with Republicans, whom he also referred to as "enemies."

It is clear that the president is still trying to reach a resolution in his own mind as to what he should do and how he should do it.

This is a critical moment for the country. From the faltering economy to the burdensome deficit to our foreign policy struggles, America is suffering a widespread sense of crisis and anxiety about the future. Under these circumstances, Obama has the opportunity to seize the high ground and the imagination of the nation once again, and to galvanize the public for the hard decisions that must be made. The only way he can do so, though, is by putting national interests ahead of personal or political ones.

To that end, we believe Obama should announce immediately that he will not be a candidate for reelection in 2012.

If the president goes down the reelection road, we are guaranteed two years of political gridlock at a time when we can ill afford it. But by explicitly saying he will be a one-term president, Obama can deliver on his central campaign promise of 2008, draining the poison from our culture of polarization and ending the resentment and division that have eroded our national identity and common purpose.

We do not come to this conclusion lightly. But it is clear, we believe, that the president has largely lost the consent of the governed. The midterm elections were effectively a referendum on the Obama presidency. And even if it was not an endorsement of a Republican vision for America, the drubbing the Democrats took was certainly a vote of no confidence in Obama and his party. The president has almost no credibility left with Republicans and little with independents.


The best way for him to address both our national challenges and the serious threats to his credibility and stature is to make clear that, for the next two years, he will focus exclusively on the problems we face as Americans, rather than the politics of the moment - or of the 2012 campaign.

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Read the rest here (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/12/AR2010111202846.html).

Patrick H. Caddell and Douglas E. Schoen are not lightweights in the Democratic Party, and their primary area of expertise is polling. If they are giving Obama this advice, they must be seriously shaken, not about the last election, but the preliminary numbers that they are looking at for the next one. The problem is, if Obama decides not to run, who will be the sacrificial lamb? Would they even get someone to seek the nomination in a year when the Democratic brand is polling somewhere between toxic sewage and slightly more toxic sewage?

They'd have to find someone who is either so loyal to the party that he'd be willing to fall on his sword for them, or somebody so stupid that he thinks that he has a chance to win, and that someone has to have had enough experience at that level to be at least somewhat credible as a candidate, if they want to avoid being completely wiped out at the polls. Who, in this administration is that high up, loyal to the party, and dim?

Anyone else thinking what I'm thinking?


BIDEN 2012
Because no sane man would do it.

noonwitch
11-16-2010, 02:43 PM
Pat Caddell hasn't supported a democratic candidate since the 1970s. Most current dems view him the way most republicans view Olympia Snowe.

Articulate_Ape
11-16-2010, 02:57 PM
Pat Caddell hasn't supported a democratic candidate since the 1970s. Most current dems view him the way most republicans view Olympia Snowe.

As a man in drag?

Odysseus
11-16-2010, 03:44 PM
As a man in drag?

ROFLOL

It's a good thing that I wasn't drinking anything when I saw this. Laptops are more expensive than monitors.

AmPat
11-16-2010, 04:12 PM
O Blah Blah has proven to the whole world that he is clueless. The only one left to prove it to is himself.

Odysseus
11-16-2010, 06:39 PM
O Blah Blah has proven to the whole world that he is clueless. The only one left to prove it to is himself.

If he could prove it to himself, he wouldn't be clueless.