In today’s Wall Street Journal, two former Dem pollsters are urging Obama to abandon his run for a second term and turn over the reins of the Democratic Party to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Michael Catalini of the National Journal reports, Nov. 21, 2011, that Patrick H. Caddell (former pollster for President Jimmy Carter) and Douglas E. Schoen (former pollster for President Bill Clinton) argued that just as Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson decided not to pursue additional runs though they could have, Obama should do the same. The two former Dem pollsters argue that Obama will inevitably have to run a negative campaign in order to win reelection, the negative consequences of which will make it difficult for him to govern effectively.
Caddell and Schoen say they write as “patriots and Democrats” who are concerned for their country, and they do not expect to play a direct role in any possible Hillary Clinton campaign. In their words:
“He [Obama] 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.”
This is not the first time Caddell and Schoen have made this argument. In November 2010, they wrote in The Washington Post that they “do not come to this conclusion lightly. But it is clear, we believe, that the president has largely lost the consent of the governed.”
In today’s op/ed, the two reiterate what they had written a year ago:
“One 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.”
Alas, I do not believe Obama the Narcissist is listening to anyone….