When 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.
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.
I agree with Caddell and Schoen: Obama should step down and retain what dignity he may. Also, I agree with them when they document current polling that shows Hilary trouncing current Republican candidates.
Hilary’s popularity has come from being in a good spot: not in charge, but in the news as our representative to other nations. Things go wrong, not being in charge, she doesn’t take the heat. Things go right, she basks in the glow of a job well done.
If Hilary were the Democrat nominee, all that changes. All the Clinton baggage would comes into play, and Hilary doesn’t travel light. I think we could beat her, with the right candidate. But it would be a huge challenge.
All fascinating, but Obama’s ego is too large to allow him to step aside. For the sake of our nation, I wish he would; Hilary Clinton would be better for us than a second Obama term. President Romney would likely agree, come January 20, 2013.