Paul Cooper

Washington Post and Democrat Pollsters Ask Obama to Not Run in 2012

Posted on November 16 2010 8:00 pm
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The new symbol of the Democrat Party?

When an organization gets destroyed by the opposition it makes sense to ask for new leadership.  And that may just be what Democrats are starting to do with President Obama.  The whooping the Left took in early November was a massive shift in power and a declaration that the polices of Obama are a disaster.   Opportunistic Dems that care more about power over principles have woken up to the mistake that was “Yes we can.”  They are now screaming, “I wish we wouldn’t have.”

Obviously a so-called liberal cannot just come out and say let’s flush our beliefs so we can keep our jobs (though Bill Clinton was able to pull it off after the 1994 elections).  Democrats would look bad if they turned their back on Obama after lifting him up as the Savior of the world.  So the new strategy for some  is to tell Obama that he can find true policy success by not running in 2012.  At least that’s the game two Democrat pollsters are playing in last Sunday’s Opinion cover piece in The Washington Post.

In big bold letters, the Post suggested: One & Done. The article was written by Democrat Pollsters who worked for Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton respectively.  Patrick H. Caddell and Douglas E. Schoen write with pride:

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.

Caddell and Schoen go on to argue that President Obama has “largely lost the consent of the governed.”  They believe no one is following him, and since Obama promised to rise above politics, maybe giving up on politics would be a pathway to get things done.  They quote Obama’s own words when he once said to Diane Sawyer:

I’d rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president.- President Obama

Of course, there is no way these pollsters believe their argument. No one is that foolish. Obviously an Obama announcement to step down in 2012 would mean he immediately became a lame duck. America would focus on Hillary Clinton and the Republicans running for President. Moreover, the Republican congress would have the freedom to ignore the president.

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