Smelling blood, the political sharks are beginning to circle Obama, readying themselves for the kill.
Increasingly disenchanted with The
Anointed Repulsive One, the Left are signalling they will no longer stick by him.
David Weprin, the Democrat loser in the special election to replace disgraced Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner (NY), is blaming Obama for his loss in a district where Democrats outnumber Republicans 3 to 1. Weprin told the New York Post: “I think that voters looked at it as a referendum on the president.”
The Washington Times reports this morning that a group of liberal leaders, including former presidential candidate Ralph Nader, announced plans to challenge Obama in primaries next year.
In search of candidates, Nader and the others have sent out a letter, endorsed by 45 “distinguished leaders,”to elected officials, civic leaders, academics and members of the progressive community who specialize among other things in labor, poverty, military and foreign policy. The list also includes “progressive Democrats” who have held national and state office and have fought for “progressive” reforms.
Black Princeton University professor, Cornel West, has been highly critical of Obama’s tenure since helping him get elected in 2008: “We need to put strong Democratic pressure on President Obama in the name of poor and working people. His administration has tilted too much toward Wall Street, we need policies that empower Main Street.”
Nader and West are joined by Christ Townsend, of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, and Brent Blackwelder, president emeritus of Friends of the Earth.
Yesterday, Steve Chapman of the Chicago Tribune — Obama’s home city — even called on Skippy to withdraw! Chapman wrote:
“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 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….”
As Bette Davis (as Margo Channing) said in All About Eve (1950): “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!”