Obama Should Withdraw In Favor Of Hillary?
should step aside for the one candidate who would become, by
acclamation, the nominee of the Democratic Party: Secretary of State
By Dell Hill
You deserve some comedic relief from all of the horrible news of the past several weeks...months?...years?
couldn’t think of anything to say that would brighten your day, but two
Democrat party pollsters have saved my bacon. Patrick H. Caddell and
Doublas E. Schoen combined their political genius and put together this
op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal.
Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson accepted the reality that they could
not effectively govern the nation if they sought re-election to the
White House, both men took the moral high ground and decided against
running for a new term as president. President Obama is facing a similar
reality—and he must reach the same conclusion.
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.
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
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.
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
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Obama is now neck and neck with a generic Republican challenger in the
latest Real Clear Politics 2012 General Election Average (43.8%-43.%).
Meanwhile, voters disapprove of the president's performance 49%-41% in
the most recent Gallup survey, and 63% of voters disapprove of his
handling of the economy, according to the most recent CNN/ORC poll.
he has to make the case that the Republicans, who have garnered even
lower ratings in the polls for their unwillingness to compromise and
settle for gridlock, represent a more risky and dangerous choice than
the current administration—an argument he's clearly begun to articulate.
year ago in these pages, we warned that if President Obama continued
down his overly partisan road, the nation would be "guaranteed two years
of political gridlock at a time when we can ill afford it." The result
has been exactly as we predicted: stalemate in Washington, fights over
the debt ceiling, an inability to tackle the debt and deficit, and
paralysis exacerbating market turmoil and economic decline.
President Obama were to withdraw, he would put great pressure on the
Republicans to come to the table and negotiate—especially if the
president singularly focused in the way we have suggested on the
economy, job creation, and debt and deficit reduction. By taking himself
out of the campaign, he would change the dynamic from who is more to
blame—George W. Bush or Barack Obama?—to a more constructive dialogue
about our nation's future.
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%).
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.
Bill Clinton reached a historic agreement with the Republicans in 1997
that led to a balanced budget. Were Mrs. Clinton to become the
Democratic nominee, her argument would almost certainly have to be about
reconciliation and about an overarching deal to rein in the federal
deficit. She will understand implicitly the need to draw up a bipartisan
plan with elements similar to her husband's in the mid-to-late
'90s—entitlement reform, reform of the Defense Department, reining in
spending, all the while working to preserve the country's social safety
unique experience in government as first lady, senator and now as
Secretary of State, Mrs. Clinton is more qualified than any presidential
candidate in recent memory, including her husband. Her election would
arguably be as historic an event as the election of President Obama in
going down the re-election road and into partisan mode, the president
has effectively guaranteed that the remainder of his term will be marred
by the resentment and division that have eroded our national identity,
common purpose, and most of all, our economic strength. If he continues
on this course it is certain that the 2012 campaign will exacerbate the
divisions in our country and weaken our national identity to such a
degree that the scorched-earth campaign that President George W. Bush
ran in the 2002 midterms and the 2004 presidential election will pale in
write as patriots and Democrats—concerned about the fate of our party
and, most of all, our country. We do not write as people who have been
in contact with Mrs. Clinton or her political operation. Nor would we
expect to be directly involved in any Clinton campaign.
President Obama is not willing to seize the moral high ground and step
aside, then the two Democratic leaders in Congress, Sen. Harry Reid and
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, must urge the president not to seek re-election—for
the good of the party and most of all for the good of the country. And
they must present the only clear alternative—Hillary Clinton.”
You may now continue laughing until such time as you’ve wet your pants or fifteen minutes is up....
My Lord, what a butt-kissing piece of tripe this is!
Polls from CNN and Time Magazine? Why didn’t you just call the DNC; poll the office workers and call it close enough?
here’s a clue for you two warp-minded individuals; it doesn’t matter
WHO you trot out this time around. The country has seen all of the
“Hope and Change” it wants to see from Mr. Obama and his band of
Democrat/Socialists. The freight train that ran you over in 2010 is
still on the tracks and picking up steam. If I were you, I'd get off the tracks!