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Fmr. Clinton Adviser: 'Very Possible' Obama Will Bow Out of Presidential Race - For Now
CNS News ^ | Sept., 29, 2011 | Grant Dahl

Posted on 09/29/2011 3:46:53 PM PDT by Rudder

In an interview with conservative radio icon Sean Hannity, former President Clinton adviser and campaign manager Dick Morris stated that, after speaking with a Democratic strategist, he thinks it is “very possible” that President Obama might acquiesce to requests from the Democratic leadership in Congress and bow out of the 2012 race, leaving the door open for him to return sometime in the future.

“I asked a top Democratic strategist the other day and he thought that it was possible that, in January, Harry Reid comes to Obama and says, ‘Look you cost us control of the House last year, you’re going to cost us control of the Senate this year. For the good of the party you have to step aside’” said Morris.

“And, then, (Obama) pulls a Lyndon Johnson, he says ‘I’m fighting to solve the recession, and problem is because of partisanship and my re-election people reject everything I say because of partisanship, so I’m going to not run for president and focus my full time attention on solving this recession’ and then go out popular,” Morris added.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dickmorris; election; obama; resignation
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The strategy proposed here is an interesting one. With his approval ratings at an all time low, Obama is looking at a very high likelihood of a defeat in the 2012 elections and forecasters, using the examples of the 2011 special elections in New York City and Nevada, have forecast a very high probability of losses across the nation for the Democratic Party because of Obama.

Gee, even his own kind don't want him.

1 posted on 09/29/2011 3:47:03 PM PDT by Rudder
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To: Rudder

This will never happen. He will be on the ballot next year.


2 posted on 09/29/2011 3:49:31 PM PDT by Grunthor (Cain. You see what he's done to Garafalo and Freeman. Wouldn't it be fun to see all the time?)
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To: Rudder

Every Democrat should stand down after what they’ve done to this country.


3 posted on 09/29/2011 3:49:55 PM PDT by Senator Goldwater
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To: Rudder
and go down as the biggest loser in American history...!!!

4 posted on 09/29/2011 3:50:04 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Rudder; windcliff

Could his ego handle this?


5 posted on 09/29/2011 3:50:10 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: Rudder
And then there's Maude...


6 posted on 09/29/2011 3:50:56 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Rudder
Dick Morris has these fantasies all the time. I recall when he wrote a book about how 2008 would be Hillary vs Condi.
7 posted on 09/29/2011 3:51:41 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: ml/nj

I don’t see Obama as backing down.

What do you say ml/nj?


8 posted on 09/29/2011 3:52:26 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: Rudder

“It’s a trap!”

don’t believe anything leftists say


9 posted on 09/29/2011 3:52:32 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Grunthor

I believe it’s more likely that he’ll declare martial law and cancel the election by Imperial Edict than that he’d not run a second time. His ego could NEVER let him not run.


10 posted on 09/29/2011 3:52:59 PM PDT by tgusa (Gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger......)
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To: Rudder

Does the Clinton mob have the goods on him?


11 posted on 09/29/2011 3:54:12 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: tgusa

IOW, he’ll run.


12 posted on 09/29/2011 3:54:18 PM PDT by tgusa (Gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger......)
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To: hinckley buzzard

You are right. Morris’ ability to predict the future is not only zero, it is negative. Take the opposite! On the other hand, I’ve always found him reasonably astute at assessing past events and trying to make sense of them.


13 posted on 09/29/2011 3:55:08 PM PDT by XEHRpa
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To: Rudder; Grampa Dave; tubebender; hedgetrimmer; forester; Ernest_at_the_Beach; BOBTHENAILER
Brings back memories of Nixon waving his "V's" as he lifted off the WH lawn for the last time!!!

I had sort of mixed emotions that time, but won't this time!!!

14 posted on 09/29/2011 3:55:33 PM PDT by SierraWasp (I'm done being disappointed by "He/She is the only one who can win" and being embarrassed later!!!)
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To: BenLurkin

with all this homo crap being talked about form the white house and appeasing them then maybe he was caught having sex with a donkey or another man.

Explains why MO is always angry anyway.


15 posted on 09/29/2011 3:56:17 PM PDT by manc (Hannity the fraud he admitted he's socially liberal he's no conservative marriage=1man+ 1 woman)
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To: Rudder

He can’t step down the investigations will destroy him forever....he needs to try and win to keep the investigations under control.


16 posted on 09/29/2011 3:56:36 PM PDT by rolling_stone
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To: Rudder

Wont happen. BHO is a narcissist, with delusions of godhood. He will just become more strident and angry until he explodes. More dems will start calling for him to not run and/or step down. BHO has enough money to run even if he never had another fundraiser and 90% of the country turns against him.


17 posted on 09/29/2011 3:56:45 PM PDT by svcw (Those who are easily shocked... should be shocked more often. - Mae West)
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To: Rudder
There is a certain logic to this.

If Obama runs and loses, he's finished.

If Obama steps down and finishes with better popularity than now, he still is eligible for one more term. He could try another run in 8 years.

He would still be eligible even if he loses, but then he'd have the stain of being a losing president trying to run again.

-PJ

18 posted on 09/29/2011 3:57:14 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day, Mexican on Cinco de Mayo, and American on Election Day.)
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To: Rudder

Possible? Yes.

Likely? No.

5% chance


19 posted on 09/29/2011 3:58:36 PM PDT by SideoutFred (B.O. Stinks...it really does)
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To: Rudder

I have to question the opinion of anyone who describes Sean Hannity as a “radio icon”.


20 posted on 09/29/2011 3:59:57 PM PDT by Nachoman (I HOPE we CHANGE presidents.)
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To: tgusa
I believe it’s more likely that he’ll declare martial law and cancel the election by Imperial Edict than that he’d not run a second time. His ego could NEVER let him not run.

The big government elitists would never have floated a trial balloon for something this immoral and unconstitutional, would they?

“You have to have more ability from Congress, I think, to work together and to get over the partisan bickering and focus on fixing things. I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that. The one good thing about Raleigh is that for so many years we worked across party lines. It’s a little bit more contentious now but it’s not impossible to try to do what’s right in this state. You want people who don’t worry about the next election.”
- NC Governor Bev Perdue (Democrat - obviously)

21 posted on 09/29/2011 3:59:57 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Rudder
NOT A CHANCE....
This guy's messiah complex would never allow it. Not in a million years.
22 posted on 09/29/2011 4:01:50 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: Grunthor

This could be a win-win.

The Democrats say the Tea Party [which rules the GOP] created too racist an environment for O to run.

Obama avoids losing and slurs the Right at the same time.

In the meantime, the Dims get to choose someone more likely to win.

Zero goes down in history as a modern martyr.


23 posted on 09/29/2011 4:04:42 PM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: Rudder

24 posted on 09/29/2011 4:04:56 PM PDT by fso301
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To: Rudder

The only way he would decide not to run is if he could be persuaded that it was for the good of the Democrat Party. He certainly doesn’t give a damn about the Nation.


25 posted on 09/29/2011 4:05:28 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Rudder

solves 2 problems:

1. no liberal will want to be seen deposing a black man—that’s racism.

2. the party will not destroy themselves in a primary fight.


26 posted on 09/29/2011 4:07:14 PM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: Rudder

They have been very busy setting the stage for Hillary. Obama won’t even know what hit him.


27 posted on 09/29/2011 4:08:12 PM PDT by Chandalier (You say Obama, I say O-blame-o!)
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To: XEHRpa

Correct, a perfect negative barometer.


28 posted on 09/29/2011 4:08:32 PM PDT by traderrob6
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To: Brilliant

If Morris says it could happen, it probably won’t.


29 posted on 09/29/2011 4:08:51 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: SatinDoll
I don’t see Obama as backing down.

The only way he'll step aside will be if he has what is (in his mind) a better offer. If the Dems could somehow make a backroom deal for him to become Secretary General of the U.N., Obama can save face and spin it into an opportunity to do "great things for all mankind." They could then nominate Hillary, along with a black running mate to hopefully keep black voters in their camp. Admittedly, this scenario is far fetched, but the Dems are growing more desperate by the day.

30 posted on 09/29/2011 4:09:59 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: Rudder

No. Democrats have to go down with the ship in 2012 with him at the helm. To do otherwise would be to risk putting the black demographic into play, and there are too many congressional districts, governorships, cites, etc that would swing to the republicans if that happened. It could turn them into a permanent minority party.


31 posted on 09/29/2011 4:14:06 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: rolling_stone

“He can’t step down the investigations will destroy him forever....he needs to try and win to keep the investigations under control.”

Nah, I doubt Republicans will want to bother going after him if he is already out of office. It seems there are only 2 or 3 Republicans in Congress who care to investigate him even while he is still in office, actively trying to sink the country. Once he is gone, nobody will want to keep at it and get tarred in the media for wasting taxpayer dollars beating a dead horse.


32 posted on 09/29/2011 4:14:30 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: GreenHornet

Barak Obama is a malignant narcissist. He would rather destroy the US than back down. Go ahead, google it.


33 posted on 09/29/2011 4:14:52 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: Rudder

100% chance that Obama is running. Anyone that believes otherwise is a moron to be ignored


34 posted on 09/29/2011 4:16:35 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: svcw
Wont happen. BHO is a narcissist, with delusions of godhood. He will just become more strident and angry until he explodes

I could go for that.

35 posted on 09/29/2011 4:16:53 PM PDT by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: Rudder

Dream on.


36 posted on 09/29/2011 4:17:03 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Rudder
"I’m going to not run for president and focus my full time attention on solving this recession’ and then go out popular,” Morris added."

That's pretty funny. One problem. Obama isn't interested in "solving" anything. He's made that abundantly clear. And dictators have no taste for going out. Popular or otherwise.
37 posted on 09/29/2011 4:18:54 PM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Boogieman
Nah, I doubt Republicans will want to bother going after him if he is already out of office. It seems there are only 2 or 3 Republicans in Congress who care to investigate him even while he is still in office, actively trying to sink the country. Once he is gone, nobody will want to keep at it and get tarred in the media for wasting taxpayer dollars beating a dead horse.

We're supposed to be too dumb to realize that right now Hillary is in the catbird seat because W wouldn't investigate the Clintons, and not investigaing Obama is just setting us up for another round later?

38 posted on 09/29/2011 4:23:06 PM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: GreenHornet

ITA... if he could some how be GUARANTEED the UNSC position, he would gladly “move up” so that he would have the opportunity to spread communism world-wide. Otherwise, he will stay on as captain of a sinking ship, all the while blaming the evil tea party as the racist iceberg that sunk him.


39 posted on 09/29/2011 4:23:31 PM PDT by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: I Drive Too Fast

Can his golf game handle it.


40 posted on 09/29/2011 4:23:53 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: GreenHornet

He’ll take no deal short of SCOTUS Justice.


41 posted on 09/29/2011 4:25:35 PM PDT by matthew fuller (Compromise on the Holocaust would have killed three million Jews.)
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To: Brilliant

Since when has he given a d*mn about the Democrat party?
Remember how he siphoned off all the donations to his own
campaign and left the other candidates running for office
sucking wind? (Not that I cared at the time.)


42 posted on 09/29/2011 4:27:07 PM PDT by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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To: SatinDoll
I don’t see Obama as backing down. What do you say ml/nj?

Well, first of all, I honored that you would ask.

I think Dick Morris is a schmuck, so I don't pay ANY attention to what he says. My own guess is that he has some fondness for Bill but dislikes Hillary, but he would never let his personal ambition get in the way of any of this.

As for Hillary (and Bill) I think she would stab Obama in the back as long as she could do so in some way where she thought the Schvatzas wouldn't understand. She is a low-life, conniving scum, potentially more dangerous than Obama himself.

I hope this answers your question.

ML/NJ

43 posted on 09/29/2011 4:27:47 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Rudder

Morris is usually right however I disagree with him on this. obama is too much of a narcissist and meglomaniac to bow out on his own.

If the dems want him to go they will have to do it in a primary. The implication of a primary contest for the dems would be that even obama is too toxic and liberal for them. The third and fourth order effects for the dems are too numerous to hash out here.


44 posted on 09/29/2011 4:33:35 PM PDT by fightin kentuckian
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To: ml/nj

Thanks.


45 posted on 09/29/2011 4:39:01 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: Rudder

The blacks will never abandon Obama. He is an icon for them.

The left is delusional if they think they can get him off the ticket. Remember, many blacks are well steeped in the culture of victimhood and racism. They have been continually encouraged to respond to every problem with the reflex of the attitude that evil white republicans are against them, and that makes anything want fair.

Even if Obama willingly steps down, my gut is the blacks will be furious. Their reaction will be “The man” isn’t going to give their guy a chance, and they are all racist.


46 posted on 09/29/2011 4:43:52 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: Pollster1

That is one of the most un-American statements I have ever read. That woman must not have a brain in her head....


47 posted on 09/29/2011 4:45:05 PM PDT by jennings2004 (Sarah Palin: "The bright light at the end of a very dark tunnel!")
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To: Rudder

OH GOSH, NOT THIS CRAP AGAIN!! Dick must be high on Toe Jam again! OZERO would never quit! They like their wh EBT perks too much!


48 posted on 09/29/2011 4:47:02 PM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: Rudder

The dems are utterly dependent on the black vote. Dumping Obama would be tough. Even if he “voluntarily” stepped down, it would turn off a lot of Holder’s people. Probably not a viable strategy.


49 posted on 09/29/2011 4:53:26 PM PDT by sphinx
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To: matthew fuller
He’ll take no deal short of SCOTUS Justice.

But then he'd have to discuss his legal career and explain why he surrendered his license ....

50 posted on 09/29/2011 4:57:47 PM PDT by sphinx
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