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Why Obama should withdraw
The Chicago Tribune ^ | September 18, 2011 | Steve Chapman

Posted on 09/18/2011 4:28:27 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

When Ronald Reagan ran for re-election in 1984, his slogan was "Morning in America." For Barack Obama, it's more like midnight in a coal mine.

The sputtering economy is about to stall out, unemployment is high, his jobs program may not pass, foreclosures are rampant and the poor guy can't even sneak a cigarette.

His approval rating is at its lowest level ever. His party just lost two House elections — one in a district it had held for 88 consecutive years. He's staked his future on the jobs bill, which most Americans don't think would work.

The vultures are starting to circle. Former White House spokesman Bill Burton said that unless Obama can rally the Democratic base, which is disillusioned with him, "it's going to be impossible for the president to win." Democratic consultant James Carville had one word of advice for Obama: "Panic."

But there is good news for the president. I checked the Constitution, and he is under no compulsion to run for re-election. He can scrap the campaign, bag the fundraising calls and never watch another Republican debate as long as he's willing to vacate the premises by Jan. 20, 2013.

That might be the sensible thing to do. It's hard for a president to win a second term when unemployment is painfully high. If the economy were in full rebound mode, Obama might win anyway. But it isn't, and it may fall into a second recession — in which case voters will decide his middle name is Hoover, not Hussein. Why not leave of his own volition instead of waiting to get the ax?

It's not as though there is much enticement to stick around....

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TOPICS: Editorial; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; bho2012; democrats; hillary; jamescarville; obama; obamanation; onetermobama; panicof2011
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Anyone who truly believes that Hillary is popular needs to contact me: I have a nice older bridge to sell them.
1 posted on 09/18/2011 4:28:29 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Anyone who truly believes that Hillary is popular needs to contact me: I have a nice older bridge to sell them.

I bet it's one of those 153 bridges Obama spoke about, that are ready to collapse.

Or maybe not, since he didn't actually tell us where any of them are.

(I hope I'm not driving across any today)

2 posted on 09/18/2011 4:31:49 AM PDT by airborne (Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is the end for “progressives”. Obama is clearly an empty suit. Hillary is smart and effective about implementing policies that degrade the US.

It’s over.

Only question is does the GOP have the goods to reinstate Reganism? Or is that party too wedded to their Washington base?

In some ways the GOP reminds me of the Whigs.


3 posted on 09/18/2011 4:38:13 AM PDT by kjo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You’d be surprised. She’s popular enough with the hardcore Liberal base and the PUMAs are still out there.

I have been expecting this to happen.

I don’t know about the Chicago Trib. Is it a typical leftie rag or what?


4 posted on 09/18/2011 4:40:27 AM PDT by Ronin (If we were serious about using the death penalty as a deterrent, we would bring back public hangings)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So, Obama raises close to $1 billion and then decides not to run for re-election......interesting concept.


5 posted on 09/18/2011 4:42:01 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi
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To: kjo

The biggest problem is that there isn’t a lot of difference in the politicians of either party.

All career politicians should go. Once you have been in Washington for a long period of time you start believeing your own propaganda.

Term limits is one thing we need badly, and will never get.


6 posted on 09/18/2011 4:42:34 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Isn’t that Hillary popularity thing the biggest joke? I think she’s ‘popular’ because she’s seen as completely ineffective and without power. Everyone knows Obama calls the shots, so once again she’s what she always has been—a feminist icon who’s at the same time the victim of a MAN! She’s the ultimate Empowered Victim—praised for her achievments, excused for not achieving.


7 posted on 09/18/2011 4:43:28 AM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Obama dooesn't see any problems.. in his world:


8 posted on 09/18/2011 4:44:54 AM PDT by maddog55 (OBAMA: Why stupid people shouldn't vote.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
And if Obama thinks it's bad now, wait until Solyndra ripens into a full blown scandal. Instead of the beaches of Hawaii, he might be headed for Leavenworth and his new roommate Bubba.

That said, Obama will probably prefer Bubba to Moochelle.

9 posted on 09/18/2011 4:45:21 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hillary could conceivably win the general...

we need to keep zer0bama in there for the general election....


10 posted on 09/18/2011 4:45:29 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Dems are in a very bad spot for 2012. BO won’t win because he is hated by everyone but blacks. If Hillary runs against him in the primaries or if he steps down and she (or anyone else) runs, the blacks will be angry and not vote.


11 posted on 09/18/2011 4:45:51 AM PDT by Azeem (The world will look up and shout "Save us!"... And I'll whisper "No.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s going to dump Biden and get Hillary to run with him. It will make him more popular with the lesbians, and there are a LOT of lesbians.


12 posted on 09/18/2011 4:46:22 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Presidential encores are generally a bog of frustration, exhaustion and embarrassment. They are famous for lowest moments rather than finest hours. Richard Nixon was forced to resign in disgrace, Reagan had the Iran-Contra scandal, and Bill Clinton made the unfortunate acquaintance of Monica Lewinsky.

Typical lefty spin--Nixon = Watergate! Reagan = Scandal! Clinton = It's just about sex!

Never mind that piddly "ignoring Al Qaeda" thing that happened on his watch, or that "wall between intelligence agencies that led to 9/11" blip on the radar.

13 posted on 09/18/2011 4:46:33 AM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“But there is good news for the president. I checked the Constitution, and he is under no compulsion to run for re-election. He can scrap the campaign, bag the fundraising calls and never watch another Republican debate as long as he’s willing to vacate the premises by Jan. 20, 2013.”

So now they want to check the Constitution? You can’t make this stuff up.


14 posted on 09/18/2011 4:47:23 AM PDT by ILS21R
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I have a brother like Obama. The guy is oblivious to the chaos around him which he created. They tend to think they're so compassionate all the while thinking everything is about them. There is absolutely no reasoning with these people. Even when you confront them with the facts, they'll ignore them.

The Democrats can't impeach the Obama as that would destroy their black vote and cause all sorts of internal party problems. The only thing the Democrats could do is to find some impeachable offense that they could legitimately decry. The problem with this scenario is that so many have stake their reputations on Obama (like Carville “40 More Years” book) that it makes them look like fools and the conservative Republicans even better.

They've dug themselves a very deep hole.

15 posted on 09/18/2011 4:48:06 AM PDT by HarleyD
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We can’t be naive about the power of the Clintons. As a National Review article frm a few years ago warned, “Always, always take the Clintons seriously.” Obama is so very terrible and HRC is so very shrewd that many independents and dems who wouldn’t vote for Obama again may vote for HRC.

Let’s pray that Obama ignores advice about not running again!


16 posted on 09/18/2011 4:48:38 AM PDT by utahagen
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thats gotta smart, The Chicago Trib of all has turned on him.

That really is a nail in the coffin.


17 posted on 09/18/2011 4:50:14 AM PDT by sunmars
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
But it isn't, and it may fall into a second recession

DO the math yourself: If you take away the phony bologna deficit spending, which is about 9 percent of GDP ($1.4T), then we are in A DEPRESSION RIGHT NOW!

18 posted on 09/18/2011 4:55:20 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Venturer

You make it sound as though we should shoot ourselves. There MUST be an alternative.


19 posted on 09/18/2011 4:59:08 AM PDT by kjo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The Democrats are in a hard place: If they keep Obama they'll kill their chances in the House and Senate because of his downward drag. If they dump him, they lose the black vote, which would be the kiss of death.

It is notable that the left is unwilling to explore why Obama's economy is so far in the tank.

20 posted on 09/18/2011 5:04:14 AM PDT by Senator_Blutarski
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To: Erik Latranyi

I’m ignorant on this aspect, so forgive me, but what DOES happen to all that money if he doesn’t run?


21 posted on 09/18/2011 5:06:01 AM PDT by USMCWife6869
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To: USMCWife6869
I’m ignorant on this aspect, so forgive me, but what DOES happen to all that money if he doesn’t run?

It goes back to Soros.

22 posted on 09/18/2011 5:10:11 AM PDT by ILS21R
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If he will withdraw, I will help pay his moving expenses back to Europe or wherever he came from. Oh, wait, I am a tax payer, thus already am stuck with ALL his expenses. ALL OF THEM.


23 posted on 09/18/2011 5:13:44 AM PDT by RetiredArmy (EVERY knee shall bow and EVERY mouth shall say: Jesus Christ IS LORD!!!!)
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To: airborne

Any alternative to Obama is going to look incredibly popular.


24 posted on 09/18/2011 5:23:14 AM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
His party just lost two House elections — one in a district it had held for 88 consecutive years.

But, but, but, that was a hard district for the dims. Just ax debbie blabber mouth schultz.

25 posted on 09/18/2011 5:23:44 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
>"as long as he's willing to vacate the premises by Jan. 20, 2013."

Why wait?

Tell the SCOTUS to put up or shut up!

30 bucks will send post cards to 9 SCOTUS's and their 11 clerks.

DO SOMETHING!!!

That 30 bucks aint gonna be worth much after the commie muzzie gets done destroying our currency. And you get to DO SOMETHING!!!!

26 posted on 09/18/2011 5:25:26 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist (It is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; ~Vattel's Law of Nations)
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To: Venturer

I agree totally. We are not going to straighten out the mess in Washington until we put an end to career politicians who have never and will never do anything else. They know how to increase their power and feather their nests and nothing else, nor are they interested in anything else.


27 posted on 09/18/2011 5:29:28 AM PDT by midwyf (Wyoming Native. Environmentalism is a religion too.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It's not as though there is much enticement to stick around.

There's plenty of enticement to stick around. From his puppeteers on the other end of the Blackberry:

Run. And win. Or die. We're not speaking in metaphores.
Not that The Won needs any enticement. He thinks he's doing a great job, and everyone loves him.
28 posted on 09/18/2011 5:35:07 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

OBAMACARE

At age 76 when you most need it, you are not eligible for cancer treatment.

What Nancy Pelosi didn’t want us to know until after the healthcare bill was passed.
Remember she said, “pass it and then read it!!.” Well, Here it is!
______Obama Care____________

Highlighted by Page Number
THE CARE BILL HB 3200

JUDGE KITHIL IS THE 2ND OFFICIAL WHO HAS OUTLINED THESE PARTS OF THE CARE BILL. Judge Kithil of Marble Falls, TX highlighted the most egregious pages of HB3200
Please read this........ especially the reference to pages 58 & 59

JUDGE KITHIL wrote:

** Page 50/section 152:
The bill will provide insurance to all non-U.S. residents, even if they are here illegally.

** Page 58 and 59:
The government will have real-time access to an individual’s bank account and will have the authority to make electronic fund transfers from those accounts.

** Page 65/section 164:
The plan will be subsidized (by the government) for all union members, union retirees and for community organizations (such as the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now - ACORN).

** Page 203/line 14-15:
The tax imposed under this section will not be treated as a tax.

** Page 241 and 253:
Doctors will all be paid the same regardless of specialty, and the government will set all doctors’ fees.

** Page 272. section 1145:
Cancer hospital will ration care according to the patient’s age.

** Page 317 and 321:
The government will impose a prohibition on hospital expansion;however, communities may petition for an exception.

** Page 425, line 4-12:
The government mandates advance-care planning consultations.

Those on Social Security will be required to attend an “end-of-life planning” seminar every five years.

(Death counseling..)

** Page 429, line 13-25:
The government will specify which doctors can write an end-of-life order.
HAD ENOUGH????

Judge Kithil then goes on to identify:

“Finally, it is specifically stated that this bill will not apply to members of Congress.

Members of Congress are already exempt from the
Social Security system, and have a well-funded
private plan that covers their retirement needs.If they were on our Social Security plan, I believe they
would find a very quick ‘fix’ to make the plan financially sound for their future.”

- Honorable David Kithil of Marble Falls, Texas
All of the above should give you the ammo you need
to support your opposition to Obamacare.


29 posted on 09/18/2011 5:41:07 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Ann Archy
He’s going to dump Biden and get Hillary to run with him."

O-bama H-illary?

2012 Bumper Sticker:

OH? ___ OH...OH ____ OH NO!!!!!

30 posted on 09/18/2011 5:41:15 AM PDT by LZ_Bayonet ( I AM THE TEA PARTY LEADER !)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Ha-Ha, Obama deficated in his own bed and now will have to sleep in it. The glorious halo of Obama is gone. The DNC and MSM cannot put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

Sidenote: I hope the RNC is smart enough to repeat the mantra of "Obama is toast".

31 posted on 09/18/2011 5:43:06 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (The unemployment problem only can be solved when Obama is unemployed.)
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To: Senator_Blutarski
The black vote isn't going anywhere, Barky or no Barky.
32 posted on 09/18/2011 5:44:38 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I want a Triple A president for our Triple A country)
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To: kjo

“It’s over.”

IMHO, I don’t think so. Progressive ideas never die. They fester, metastasize and take root in the minds of psychotic adolescents who vote.

Once again, IMHO.

Best Regards


33 posted on 09/18/2011 5:45:01 AM PDT by ripley
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To: airborne
Why Obama should withdraw

Too bad his father didn't.....

34 posted on 09/18/2011 5:45:53 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Barackus interruptus.


35 posted on 09/18/2011 5:47:20 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: kjo
This is the end for “progressives”.

Progressives found opposition to their attempted fundamental transformation agenda to Fascism-Crony Capitalism. The next stage is true Socialist-Marxism, which is a stepping stone to full-on Communism. Then look to the Socialist-Democrats to start shooting the opposition in the back of the head, which really isn't that far off from where Amerka is now.

36 posted on 09/18/2011 5:48:08 AM PDT by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I have three words for Hillary supporters: Lockerbie bomber deal.

Run, Hillie, run!

37 posted on 09/18/2011 5:48:59 AM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s staked his future on the jobs bill, which most Americans don’t think would work.

By spending more money then the government can afford. The Kenyan is doing the “destruct America math”.


38 posted on 09/18/2011 5:50:10 AM PDT by chainsaw (I'd hate to be a democrat running against Sarah Palin.)
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To: HarleyD
After all the pain and misery Obama and the libs have visited upon us, we need to savor the spectacle of the progressives committing hairy carry.
39 posted on 09/18/2011 5:51:27 AM PDT by iontheball
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To: ripley

It’s not over. Now the story line is that it never was really tried because Obama is just a cheap Chicago pol.

But if this helps Obama lose his support, I’m all for it, even if it lets the progressives fight another day.


40 posted on 09/18/2011 5:53:28 AM PDT by Piranha (If you seek perfection you will end up with Democrats.)
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To: Azeem
You are 100% correct.

That's why Zippo has to be forced out and make it look like the repubs did it.

Then Hillary gets to play the race card.

41 posted on 09/18/2011 5:53:31 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Hillary cannot run against 0 in the primary because that will guarantee 0 black turnout in the general.

So she needs minions like this to encourage Obama to "do the right thing" and step down.

Hillary does OK in polls because Americans don't like to hate people and she isn't running for anything.

But if she does end up running can you just see her trying to defend Obama's foreign policy for which she was responsible?

42 posted on 09/18/2011 5:53:38 AM PDT by Tribune7 (If you demand perfection you will wind up with leftist Democrats)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t think Hillary has the physical ability anymore to do it - she has neither the stamina nor the appearance.


43 posted on 09/18/2011 5:54:02 AM PDT by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "p" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: chainsaw
He’s staked his future on the jobs bill, which most Americans don’t think would work.

The "Jobs" bill is 153 Bridges too Far

Coming to a city near you.


44 posted on 09/18/2011 5:54:04 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: HarleyD
The Democrats can't impeach the Obama as that would destroy their black vote and cause all sorts of internal party problems.

It wouldn't be impeachment, it would be a primary challenge like Kennedy did to Carter or Buchanan did to Bush I.

But yeah, it would destroy the black vote for the Dems.

45 posted on 09/18/2011 5:56:16 AM PDT by Tribune7 (If you demand perfection you will wind up with leftist Democrats)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama’s election has been the best thing to happen to conservatism in the last hundred years. He should run.


46 posted on 09/18/2011 5:59:05 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: kjo
...the GOP reminds me of the Whigs.

Do you remember the Whigs?

47 posted on 09/18/2011 6:00:25 AM PDT by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is from a Chicago paper??


48 posted on 09/18/2011 6:02:36 AM PDT by bboop
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To: KeyLargo

Excellent post! Thank you.


49 posted on 09/18/2011 6:04:08 AM PDT by bricklayer
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To: HarleyD
Maybe so, but check out the Sunday Morning Talk Show thread.

Bill Clinton is appearing on most of them this morning.

With Bill Clinton, you've always got to consider his motives in doing anything.... So why is he suddenly appearing? There is no particular Clinton related event going on this week or next.....

He's starting the Hillary! campaign.

"I was the HOPE before y'all elected the DOPE! Are you ready for some real CHANGE? Ma wife's ready! Get two for the price of one!"

50 posted on 09/18/2011 6:05:29 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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