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Forget Sarah Palin and Donald Trump: Obama needs a challenge from the left
The London Guardian ^ | May 11, 2011 | Mehdi Hasan

Posted on 05/11/2011 12:37:25 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Cast your minds back to November. Barack Obama had received his "shellacking" in the midterm elections, as the Republicans regained a majority in the House of Representatives and seized control of 29 of the 50 state governorships. It was the worst midterm defeat for the Democrats since 1938. Just a week earlier the president's approval ratings had fallen to a record low of 37%.

Fast forward six months, and the president is enjoying the "Bin Laden bounce". His approval ratings stand at 52%, according to Gallup – up six points on April. Historians may look back on 1 May 2011, and the killing of Osama, as the day Obama secured his re-election.

But even before the al-Qaida leader was dumped in the ocean, Obama had reason to be optimistic. Just 18 months away from the next election he has no obvious or credible Republican opponent. So far, the listless lineup of potential presidential candidates resembles the characters from the bar scene in Star Wars – a motley collection of far-right loons, freaks and conspiracy theorists.

There's the former senator, Rick Santorum, who once compared homosexuality to bestiality and paedophilia; former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who has said America must stand with "our North Korean allies"; Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who believes carbon dioxide is "not a harmful gas, it is a harmless gas"; former governor Mitt Romney, who has said he won't appoint Muslim-Americans to his cabinet; Tea Party Congressman Ron Paul, who wants to scrap income tax and abolish the education department; and former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who published a book last year titled To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine. Oh, and the "birther" billionaire Donald Trump....

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Issues; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: bho2012; lefties; obama; palin; romney; trump
Either Mitt Romney or Ron Paul would do nicely. They're both to the left of Obama on many issues.
1 posted on 05/11/2011 12:37:28 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Run Ralph Run!


2 posted on 05/11/2011 12:39:27 PM PDT by RockinRight (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mehdi would probably like to see a challenge from an Islamist.


3 posted on 05/11/2011 12:40:04 PM PDT by DManA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Consider his record: he failed to close the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay; approved the use of military tribunals for detainees; "surged" 40,000 troops into Afghanistan; doubled the size of the detention facility at Bagram airbase; doubled the number of drone strikes inside Pakistan; gave CIA torturers immunity from prosecution; continued extraordinary rendition; said he didn't "begrudge" bankers paying themselves multimillion-dollar bonuses' ruled out a government-run "public option" on healthcare; froze pay for public sector workers; signed off on tax cuts for billionaires; vetoed a UN resolution condemning illegal Israeli settlement-building; and joined China in sabotaging the climate summit in Copenhagen. Liberals have given Obama a pass. Some avert their gaze; others proffer excuses. He needs more time, they say. But he has had 29 months in office. He is a good man in a bad world, they say, before blaming the Republicans for all America's ills. But it wasn't a Republican Congress that forced him, for instance, to double the size of the Bagram facility – where human rights groups have documented torture and deaths – and deny prisoners the right to challenge their detention. He did that on his own. Bagram is Obama's Guantánamo.


Sometimes you have to love the UK press...a bunch of lefties not in Obama pocket and still able to tell the truth...

4 posted on 05/11/2011 12:41:32 PM PDT by Nat Turner (I can see NOVEMBER 2012 from my house....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They seem to refer to Romney as “far right” which pretty much delegitimizes the entire article.


5 posted on 05/11/2011 12:42:11 PM PDT by RockinRight (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Intentionally left out Herman Cain.

And what of all the utterly stupid things the “genius” obama has said, like the “57 states” and the “dutch language.”?


6 posted on 05/11/2011 12:42:42 PM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No wonder London has been overrun by Muzzis.


7 posted on 05/11/2011 12:44:24 PM PDT by Invincibly Ignorant
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The natives are restless. There is a marked difference in the elite media romance with UBAMA. I’ve noticed it since Trump came along, and Rush remarked today that the WaPo was not impressed with Barry’s cute remarks on border defense while speaking in El Paso.

Of course we’ve bushwhacked Trump so we’re back to crickits again among our field, who like gophers only pop up once in awhile then dive back underground.

Maybe Newt will marshall a sustained attack before we shoot him in the back too.


8 posted on 05/11/2011 12:44:50 PM PDT by RitaOK
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Historians may look back on 1 May 2011, and the killing of Osama, as the day Obama secured his re-election.”

The question is whether the bump from killing Bin Laden will last a year and half. The answer is no f’ing way. If the economy is strong at election time, Obama should win easily. If it’s still in the toilet, he should be easy to beat. If recovery proceeds at a painfully slow pace, it’s game on.


9 posted on 05/11/2011 12:58:07 PM PDT by BladeBryan
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To: subterfuge

it was Austrian language....LOL


10 posted on 05/11/2011 12:59:07 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: BladeBryan

“The question is whether the bump from killing Bin Laden will last a year and half. The answer is no f’ing way. If the economy is strong at election time, Obama should win easily. “

Obama is magic don’t you know. He will be farting out millions of jobs six months before the election. After that he will be peeing out $1 per gallon gasoline.


11 posted on 05/11/2011 1:06:41 PM PDT by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on behalf of animals would do so on behalf of the unborn.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Forget Sarah Palin and Donald Trump: Obama needs a challenge from the left

Trump IS the left ... his history of political contributions is public information.

The sheep are so gullible ...

12 posted on 05/11/2011 1:10:46 PM PDT by bankwalker (In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"The irony is that Obama, a self-styled conciliator and healer, has spent much of his presidency appeasing Republican foes on Capital Hill and capitulating to corporations and Wall Street banks. He has eschewed populism, allowing the Tea Party to surf public anger over bank bailouts and bonuses, job losses and home repossessions." Image and video hosting by TinyPic
13 posted on 05/11/2011 1:10:46 PM PDT by imfrmdixie (A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. Eisenhower)
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To: Ouderkirk

Thanks. I knew I was off a little and was hoping to be corrected.


14 posted on 05/11/2011 1:10:51 PM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s a good bet that Hillary will run. She has gained new credibility in foreign policy, from a liberal’s standpoint.


15 posted on 05/11/2011 1:14:37 PM PDT by Son-Joshua (son-joshua)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I often post over at The Guardian - it’s one of the easiest sites in the world to sign up on. That’s about the only good thing I can say about that rag. But there are many good conservative Americans who post over there and are bringing a whole new perspective to those insulated, left-wing Brits. I just wanted to encourage other freepers to go over there and sign up and get in the fight. Especially you, 2ndDivisionVet, because I think you’re great.


16 posted on 05/11/2011 1:50:39 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (.)
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Even if there is good challenge from the left; I think he would still win the primary.

How ever; a strong challenge from the left would cause him to spend a significant portion of his billion dollar campaign fund. That would be a very good thing.

At this point in time any conservative could easily beat Obummer.


17 posted on 05/11/2011 1:55:24 PM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again for our justification)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

medhi hassan... hmmm a good Anglo name... hmmm... NOT!

LLS


18 posted on 05/11/2011 2:16:36 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (THANK YOU PRESIDENT BUSH!)
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To: Nat Turner
"Consider his record:  ...signed off on tax cuts for billionaires;... "
 
Really.  It is amazing how leftists view keeping tax rates constant (not increasing taxes) as "tax cuts". 

19 posted on 05/11/2011 2:39:43 PM PDT by Let_It_Be_So
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To: Let_It_Be_So

Libtards, are naturally statists and big government lovers...they think its ALL the governments money and we should just be happy with whatever they leave us...


20 posted on 05/11/2011 2:55:57 PM PDT by Nat Turner (I can see NOVEMBER 2012 from my house....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
An Associated Press poll last October found an astonishing 47% of Democratic voters believed that Obama should be challenged from within the party for the 2012 nomination.

"Astonishing"

Yeah right, a real shocker that Hussein The Magnificent would get called onto the carpet by the donks.

Ten bucks sez the author has a little bammy campaign poster in his bathroom...

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21 posted on 05/11/2011 3:26:07 PM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, of course Mehdi Hasan with the Empire would oppose Trump, who has spoken rather brashly against globalism.


22 posted on 05/11/2011 3:34:29 PM PDT by familyop ("Don't worry, they'll row for a month before they figure out I'm fakin' it." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The enemedia is hard at work at trashing the right. Obama has done stuff much worse than anyone on the right period. Just saying.


23 posted on 05/11/2011 5:06:21 PM PDT by Mozilla
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