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Dan Rather: Obama "Almost Guaranteed" To Have Primary Challenger (video)
RealClearPolitics ^ | December 6, 2010 | RealClearPolitics

Posted on 12/06/2010 9:14:09 AM PST by i88schwartz

Dan Rather says if President Obama compromises on extending the Bush tax cuts, he will face a "political nightmare" of a primary challenger in 2012.

Rather says "many contributors" to the Democratic party are in shock and Obama only has 4-6 months to turn things around before they consider another candidate.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barackobama; danrather; obama

1 posted on 12/06/2010 9:14:17 AM PST by i88schwartz
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To: i88schwartz

Who is farther left than Barry? Gus Hall is dead.


2 posted on 12/06/2010 9:17:47 AM PST by DManA
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To: i88schwartz
I understand that he is in possession of emails from the DNC from 2007 stating that they will encourage "a primary challenge to President Obama in the event that he is unable to plug the BP oil spill."

He got them from a woman named Consuela that he met in a Texas FedExOffice.

3 posted on 12/06/2010 9:17:52 AM PST by wideawake
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To: i88schwartz

RE: Dan Rather

The guy is still around ? Where does he broadcast and who listens to him nowadays?


4 posted on 12/06/2010 9:18:30 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: i88schwartz

Dan’s an idiot. Hillary’s presidential aspirations have have been permanently relegated to the dustbin of history. She will not be the first woman president: that will be a Republican.

No other LEFTIST could possibly run farther left than Obama. Dan Rather should go interview Jimmy Carter. Dan can keep asking the same questions and Jimmy could keep giving the same answers.


5 posted on 12/06/2010 9:20:46 AM PST by SC_Pete
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To: DManA
Who is farther left than Barry?"

I don't know if he's farther left, but I could see Howard Dean carrying the leftists banner in a primary challenge.
6 posted on 12/06/2010 9:20:51 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: i88schwartz
Is he still suing CBS over his dismissal?

Is he still doing commentary on that stupid internet show? Does he get more than 5 viewers a night.?

7 posted on 12/06/2010 9:21:05 AM PST by ken5050 (I don't need sex.....the government screws me every day..)
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To: i88schwartz

Rather’s opinion or does he have another ‘memo’?


8 posted on 12/06/2010 9:23:22 AM PST by Spok (Free Range Republican.)
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To: SC_Pete

Maybe Ding Dong Dan will mount a challenge.

He’ll run a fake but accurate campaign.


9 posted on 12/06/2010 9:24:48 AM PST by Col Frank Slade
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To: SC_Pete

It is Obama's equivalent to Bush's "No New Taxes". His party will split. Obama will be challenged from the left by someone like Dean. A wounded Obama will go into the general election against the republican and a third party candidate from the left , enter , Mayor Bloomburg. The republican will win in a cake walk no matter how much he or she is deemed "unelectable".


10 posted on 12/06/2010 9:25:25 AM PST by RED SOUTH
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To: i88schwartz

Dan Rather Who?


11 posted on 12/06/2010 9:26:06 AM PST by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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To: i88schwartz
"Obama only has 4-6 months to turn things around before they consider another candidate."

BS. Unless Obama magically stops being half-black sometime in the near future, he fears a primary challenge like bear fears a bunny.

So long as Obama enjoys near 100% support from black Dems - and that is NOT going to change - no one can unseat him. Democrats (and especially the far left) made their racial-identity political bed, now that have to sleep with it.

12 posted on 12/06/2010 9:27:04 AM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: i88schwartz
"What's the frequency, Kenneth?"

(sorry - it had to be done)

13 posted on 12/06/2010 9:27:08 AM PST by Conservative Tsunami
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To: i88schwartz

Dan Who?

Oh yeah- so-called ‘reporter’ who ran the ‘fake but accurate’ news about Bush (W) just before an election.

The one the Pajams Media TOOK OUT after years of bias.

He even stood by it after it was discovered to be fake based on his view that the so-called ‘facts’ were “right on the money”


14 posted on 12/06/2010 9:27:57 AM PST by Mr. K ('Profiling' you would be worse than grabbing your balls!)
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To: i88schwartz
Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, recently defeated in his Senate re-election bid, has been mentioned.

I don't know that such a challenge from the left would be a good thing for Republicans. The challenge would surely fail, and would let Obama "triangulate" to an extent, and even try to pass himself off as a moderate.

15 posted on 12/06/2010 9:28:09 AM PST by southernnorthcarolina ("Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own." -- Aesop)
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To: i88schwartz
Rather says "many contributors" to the Democratic party are in shock..

"Shocked" at what?? EVERYONE knew the Kenyan was going to pull the pin on the grenade. Now they get the memo?

16 posted on 12/06/2010 9:30:16 AM PST by Conservative Tsunami
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To: DManA
Who is farther left than Barry?

Well, Romney could run against him in the rat primaries.

17 posted on 12/06/2010 9:30:35 AM PST by Graybeard58
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To: RED SOUTH
More likely that Hilary will Ride to the rescue, and she will be a tough opponet!

?Mike

18 posted on 12/06/2010 9:31:41 AM PST by MichaelP (It's the end of the world as they know it, and I'm so glad!)
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To: RED SOUTH

As wacky leftist as Dean is, if he ran he’d come at Barry from the right.


19 posted on 12/06/2010 9:34:15 AM PST by DManA
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To: i88schwartz

Obama doesn’t have a chance of winning in 2012. Republicans hate him just as do the Democrats. He is another Specter.

Most Americans are extremely angry about the arrogance of Wall Street and how they are the only ones that have benefited from the huge obligations put on the US taxpayers by Bush and Obama and the Federal Reserve, even though they and the risks that they took were instrumental in causing this depression.

America would have been happy to have seen Goldman and these bankers strung up on a yardarm for what their have done. Instead Obama rewarded them because they own him and installed him.


20 posted on 12/06/2010 9:35:07 AM PST by apoliticalone
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To: southernnorthcarolina

LOL. If the guy can’t even win in his own state, I’m not sure how serious a presidential candidate he can possibly be.


21 posted on 12/06/2010 9:39:50 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: i88schwartz

More pearls of wisdom from gunga dan the news man.


22 posted on 12/06/2010 9:51:08 AM PST by mapmaker77
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To: DManA

You forgot to mention Marx, Lenin and Stalin.


23 posted on 12/06/2010 9:52:04 AM PST by Dick Bachert (11/2 was a good start. Onward to '12. U Pubbies be strong or next time we send in the libertarians!)
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To: i88schwartz

and with any luck it will be Dan....that would be fun!

Rather/Olbermann ‘12.
COURAGE!


24 posted on 12/06/2010 10:00:40 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: i88schwartz
This is the post-WWII record for an incumbent president who draws a primary challenger from his party's base, i.e conservative for Republicans and liberal for Dems:

Lyndon Johnson/Eugene McCarthy. Resigned.

Gerald Ford/Ronald Reagan. Defeated.

Jimmy Carter/Ted Kennedy. Defeated.

George H.W. Bush/Pat Buchanan. Defeated.

Barry Obama/?

25 posted on 12/06/2010 10:01:09 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: i88schwartz

A Leftist third party challenge or strong Democrat party challenger would be the best scenario for the election of a real conservative like Palin.

This is the type of third party candidate I can believe in. The Left is growing weary of 0bama mostly because of his core incompetency. 0bama does not know the art of deception is mandatory for the political survival of Leftist even in a waning republic. 0bama has failed to “look tough” or play the populist well enough like that rascal slick Willie.

It’s not enough to be ruthless. A Leftist must be ruthless but also smart enough to appear compassionate.


26 posted on 12/06/2010 10:14:44 AM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est)
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To: RED SOUTH

I like what you say except for Bloomberg. He would stand no chance of winning and he would draw votes from Independents. RATS would all vote for the Head RAT but remember what happened 2000—Ross perot enabled Bill Clinton to become President with less than 50% of the vote.


27 posted on 12/06/2010 10:15:19 AM PST by SC_Pete
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To: i88schwartz

I say the dems should give Haywire Howard Dean another go.


28 posted on 12/06/2010 10:43:06 AM PST by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: SC_Pete
remember what happened 2000—Ross perot enabled Bill Clinton to become President with less than 50% of the vote.

1992, but point well taken.

29 posted on 12/06/2010 10:44:14 AM PST by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: ScottinVA

Typing too fast! ;)


30 posted on 12/06/2010 10:46:28 AM PST by SC_Pete
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To: i88schwartz

Rather might be correct, but a from-the-left challenge would only AID Obama in staging “triangulation.”


31 posted on 12/06/2010 10:53:30 AM PST by pogo101
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To: Col Frank Slade

LOL Thanks for the laugh. Dan Rather was to be the new Edward R. Murrow: leftist, arrogant, one-sided, biased propaganist—but without a fully functioning brain.


32 posted on 12/06/2010 10:56:20 AM PST by SC_Pete
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To: OldDeckHand
BS. Unless Obama magically stops being half-black sometime in the near future, he fears a primary challenge like bear fears a bunny.

A Democratic Party that ditched the incumbent, first-ever black President in favor of some white alternative would be cutting its own throat with its single largest voting bloc. Some marginal alternative candidate may run, but the Democratic Party establishment must back Obama. Better for them to lose in 2012 and live to fight another day than to alienate black voters.

For better or worse, they're stuck with the Zero in 2012.

33 posted on 12/06/2010 11:02:21 AM PST by Bruce Campbells Chin
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To: Alberta's Child
I'm old enough to remember Richard Nixon losing the California gubernatorial election in 1962. "You won't have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore" was his bitter statement to the media, who loathed him as much as he hated them. Six years later, he won the presidency of the United States, and was re-elected in a landslide in 1972.

Just goes to show ya - ya never know.

34 posted on 12/06/2010 3:25:26 PM PST by Inspectorette
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To: apoliticalone

Agreed. I don’t think there will be a challenger but if there is the likelihood of a candidate to the left of the president on taxes, and a candidate from the right are about equal.


35 posted on 12/06/2010 3:58:53 PM PST by erlayman
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To: Inspectorette

That’s a very good point. The big difference is that Nixon never served as governor of California, while Feingold was a long-standing incumbent U.S. Senator who got thrown out on his @ss in November. I think the two different scenarios have far different implications for the future political aspirations of the people involved.


36 posted on 12/07/2010 4:10:07 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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