Skip to comments.Dems to Obama: Yeah, You Should Probably Just Quit
Posted on 11/21/2011 10:55:02 AM PST by Kaslin
At this point, President Obama has got to be sick of hearing about buyer's remorse from Democratic voters; and I'm sure Hillary Clinton is getting sick of hearing about why she should run against Obama in 2012, but the calls for Obama to step down and for Clinton to step up are only getting louder. Democratic pollsters Doug Schoen and Patrick Caddell have said Obama should step aside before, and they did it again over the weekend in the Wall Street Journal.
He should abandon his candidacy for re-election in favor of a clear alternative, one capable not only of saving the Democratic Party, but more important, of governing effectively and in a way that preserves the most important of the president's accomplishments. He should step aside for the one candidate who would become, by acclamation, the nominee of the Democratic Party: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Never before has there been such an obvious potential successor—one who has been a loyal and effective member of the president's administration, who has the stature to take on the office, and who is the only leader capable of uniting the country around a bipartisan economic and foreign policy.
Certainly, Mr. Obama could still win re-election in 2012. Even with his all-time low job approval ratings (and even worse ratings on handling the economy) the president could eke out a victory in November. But the kind of campaign required for the president's political survival would make it almost impossible for him to govern—not only during the campaign, but throughout a second term.
Put simply, it seems that the White House has concluded that if the president cannot run on his record, he will need to wage the most negative campaign in history to stand any chance. With his job approval ratings below 45% overall and below 40% on the economy, the president cannot affirmatively make the case that voters are better off now than they were four years ago. He—like everyone else—knows that they are worse off.
Even though Mrs. Clinton has expressed no interest in running, and we have no information to suggest that she is running any sort of stealth campaign, it is clear that she commands majority support throughout the country. A CNN/ORC poll released in late September had Mrs. Clinton's approval rating at an all-time high of 69%—even better than when she was the nation's first lady. Meanwhile, a Time Magazine poll shows that Mrs. Clinton is favored over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by 17 points (55%-38%), and Texas Gov. Rick Perry by 26 points (58%-32%).
But this is about more than electoral politics. Not only is Mrs. Clinton better positioned to win in 2012 than Mr. Obama, but she is better positioned to govern if she does. Given her strong public support, she has the ability to step above partisan politics, reach out to Republicans, change the dialogue, and break the gridlock in Washington.
So, say Clinton does decide to jump in the race, which is highly unlikely, ObamaCare is still off the table for debate if Romney gets the GOP nomination; remember HillaryCare anyone?
No way in hell. He’s never had a better time and in his warped mind, there’s never been a better president.
I said it before and I’ll say it again.
Obama wants a deal, in exchange for quitting. Whether it be a cushy lifetime appointment someplace or millions of dollars or a guarentee that he won’t be prosecuted for high crimes or whatever.
He’s in the catbird seat and he knows it.
I’m sure that Pat Caddell is pretty-much considered a “turncloak” by the Democrat-Media elites. He’s pretty much discounted. If others start making this point... that would be News.
better not sprea this around he just might listen to them. we want to run against Obama.
Too ignorant and too arrogant.
Hillary is Obama's Veep for 2012.
I have no proof, however I suspect that it's been in the works for over a year.
Watch for Joe Biden to FAKE an illness, that would be my prediction (because the Dems are never honest about anything.)
I think that senior Democrat leaders, including Bill Clinton, have already had a closed door meeting with Barry where they confronted him with reams of polling data and asked him to step aside.
It is obvious that he told them all to go pound salt.
He is just too arrogant to go voluntarily. They may try
and use something surrounding the Solyndra or Fast and Furious scandals to try and force his hand.
Why would Obama quit?
The Republican choices are terrible, the media will propagandize and cover up for him, he's never going to be held accountable in a court of law or impeachment proceedings for his crimes and/or bad policies
And the #1 reason he won't quit is the America voters who were stupid enough to elect him are more than stupid enough to re-elect him.
His approval ratings should be in the teens at best, he doesn't deserve to win more than 5 states, yet as of now he is still the favorite to win again. Americans are just idiots.
Liberals fail to understand that Barry isn’t the primary problem, its their (and his) ideology thats broken. Even if Barry (unlikely) steps aside the replacement is going to be as bad or worse.
Too egotistical. In his mind, it’s not about party or country - it’s about HIM.
No, he's not ignorant, it is ALL about him.
Has any first term president decided not to run the next term?
Neil Kinnock disease?
***Watch for Joe Biden to FAKE an illness***
We have been watching Joe Biden fake a full brain cavity for three years.....
I fear you may be right.
That would give us two Marxist-Socialist Alinsky students, one (maybe both) Menopausal to bring about the complete destruction of our country.
Just imagine how proud we could be to have these folks running (ruining) America!
Chewbacka’s twin sister.
PRAY FOR AMERICA....HARD!!
Pray for the president’s life when the hard left starts rumbling that Obama has “Betrayed the revolution”.....
Another Glenn Beck prophecey to be proven true, and Glenn Beck ain;t no prophet, he just listens to the crazy people in their own words and takes them at face value.
Agreed, this article is wishful thinking.
Plus the communist will have a billion dollars collected from unions, trial lawyers, hollywood/entertainment filth, and certain elements of wall street that he can use to crush any opponent in a scorched earth campaign next year. At this point I am saying a 60-65% chance he wins* re-election.
Narcissist that he is, he is also an islamist on jihad. How often do they quit?
Not a chance. Hillary would not accept the veep spot.
Folks should be aware that Doug Schoen is one of the principles in what is called “Americans Elect,” a phony Democrat astro-turf attempt to peel off votes from whomever the Republicans nominate.
The effort is almost certainly being funded by George Soros.
“who is the only leader capable of uniting the country around a bipartisan economic and foreign policy.”
Damn. I HATE it when my head explodes. Gotta clean up now...
Anyone think the Mediacrats would ask Hillary which department heads would she get rid of?
Anyone think the Mediacrats would ask Hillary which department heads would she get rid of?
Iron a pantsuit Hillary, you’re up.
Of course, Polk had promised to serve only one term—it’s how he got the Dem presidential nomination in the first place (the Dems were divided into two factions, neither one of which could get the 2/3 of the vote or whatever it was to nominate someone, and both factions agreed that it was better to nominate a compromise candidate that would allow them to gight it out again in four years).
And Polk also died shortly afterwards, so he wouldn’t have lived out a second term anyhow.
There have been other one-termers by choice (Pierce, Buchanan and Hayes); I’m not including those who also served part of another president’s term, such as TR and Coolidge), but Polk is the only one who would be considered a great president. If Obama doesn’t run again, it would be more of a Buchanan thing.
And Palin is Cain's Veep.
That's why she didn't run for president. It was decided this would be a better way to go against Obama/Hitlery - head to head.
Of course, the real irony is that the Rat ticket was supposed to be Hillary/Obama in 2008, and now it's going to be reversed for 2012.
Whatever. They'll still lose. The communist totalitarian machine is going down.
He could quit today and make a lot of people very happy.
But Rutherford B. Hayes looks like he fits the description of choosing not to continue. It was a campaign pledge of his to only serve one term.
My guess is Pat is still a sounding board for the ( yes it is an oxymoron) common sense Dems, and he is relaying to the world what he hears and that is what is scary to the campaign staffs at various levels, but the DNC? They are deaf to what he says at their own peril.
Love to see his use an old phrase "Rolodex", I love to know who is calling him and venting their spleens.....
He will never be prosecuted for anything, ever. Ex-presidents get full salary and Secret Service protection, for life. Ex-president is just about as good a gig as there ever was. In a lotta countries, the ex-president has to worry about a firing squad, not in the USA. Thank goodness.
Pierce ran for re-election but was defeated in his primary.
Buchanan didn't appear to have a chance as the democratic party was splitting up 1860. He may have chosen not to run but the party was so splintered by the time his admin ended the following democratic convention resulted in a split in the group forming two separate conventions.
Hayes appear to actually have chosen by his own will not to run when he was in health and standing to have done so again.
Ex-presidents get full salary and Secret Service protection, for life.
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Not any more:
Under the Former Presidents Act, each former president is paid a lifetime, taxable pension that is equal to the annual rate of basic pay for the head of an executive federal department — $199,700 in 2011 — the same annual salary paid to secretaries of the Cabinet agencies.
In 1997, Congress enacted legislation (Public Law 103-329) that limits Secret Service protection for former presidents to 10 years after leaving office. Under this new law, individuals who are in office before January 1, 1997, will continue to receive Secret Service protection for their lifetime. Individuals elected to office after that time will receive protection for 10 years after leaving office. Therefore, President Clinton will be the last president to receive lifetime protection.
Truman and Johnson.
Johnson run in the following terms presidential primary but withdrew after he was losing badly, following the New Hampshire primary.
You’re right, Pierce sought reelection, but lost in the Dem convention.
But Polk chose to keep his word and not seek reelection even before he became seriously ill.
What does Huma think about the idea?
Obama will win in 2012:
Hardcore 40% + brilliant intellectual independents+
hardcore liberals=Obama in 2012, 55 to 45%.
The piece omits one small fact. There is no one willing to sacrifice them selves and run. There is no democrat who can win and if they did win prevail against the nations Rat wrought problems.
Hillary, the Hillary who has lost the botox and gained the ass tire goo, looks harried to the point of exhaustion. Only bill Clinton can save the day. His goal is to be reelected and then promptly die of heart failure. His legacy will be saved by dying in office
Sing along :
How’s that hope and change working out for you? | Did it give you all that you want it to? | Did it lead you into the promised land? | Next time you step inside of the voting booth | Maybe you will think of the honest truth | Instead of raising a foolish man
Americans may be idiots: they repeatedly nominate and elect bad people. They are looking for a federal program to be created to benefit themselves specifically, and it never happens.
The problem is that Hillary Clinton is every bit the far left ideologue that Obama is. She would be just as bad, perhaps worse, than Obama in that the Clintons are notorious prevaricators who can make it look like they care about the USA. Hillary Clinton with a democrat Congress would be the end of America as we knew her. There isn’t a lick of difference between Obama and Clinton.
Obama with senior poll advisers deciding (coin toss) ....
Heads...run with Biden
Tails ....run with Hillary as VP
Adviser (to self)...."and your re-election odds are about the same as the coin landing on its edge"
He’ll quit rather than be defeated. Wants to spend more time with the family.
You could be right, the 14 million unemployed is not enough to turn this election. The critical mass of gummint workers and idiots with jobs in private economy will do it..
Truman took office in April 1945, just months after FDR's last inauguration, and did run and win in 1948, serving seven years.
Johnson served out JFK's first term and then ran in 1964 defeating Goldwater. He dropped out in 1968 after being seriously challenged in New Hampshire and another primary.
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