Monday, November 21, 2011

Top Democratic Pollsters Call for Obama to Abandon Re-Election Run

In a WSJ Op_Ed, Patrick Caddell, who served as a pollster for President Jimmy Carter, and Douglas Schoen, who served as a pollster for President Bill Clinton, are calling on President Obama to abandon his re-election bid.

They write:
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...

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.


  1. "Even though Mrs. Clinton has expressed no interest in running…"

    Hmmm…unless someone has never heard of her, you know that being President is the only thing she's interested in.

  2. Kind of scary. This is like the devil you know and the devil you don't know.

    Obama is generally horrible. Hillary more than likely equally if not more. On net, Obama seems better because he's a known quatity. We've seen there is enough push back to stop most of the evil/stupid plans , whereas I think HIllary being more a political hack would be able to form coalitions to force through her garbage. It's not clear what she would do, her positions vacillate so.

    I like the thought of not running as a moral high ground. I love the notion of that immensely. My thinking is if you decide to no run for the seat of ultimate power, you are saying you don't want to lie, kill, and steal any more. Too bad that's not really what happened with Truman and Johnson.

    The reality is of course that Truman and Johnson didn't care about ethics or morals of any kind. They didn't run not because of "moral high ground," but because they had stupid, evil, and unpopular wars that killed a lot of people and wasted a lot of money, thereby making them unelectable.

  3. Obama isn't enough of a welfare statist and warmonger for their tastes?

  4. Are they crazy?!??!? step aside for Hilary??? One of Barry's strengths is head off a issue with a soporific speech that the MSM report on very neutrally.
    Hilary would get up on her high horse, acting imperiously.
    I think that approval rating means people approve of her being overseas, annoying foreigners...and not them.

  5. If you thought Bush was horrible for our country, if you realize that Obama's making it worse - wait until you see Hillary in power. She's evil incarnate. Just you wait.

  6. Next up, Republican pollsters call for GW Romney to step aside so wait for it . . . Sarah [GW] Palin can run. Yay boys and girls! Aren't you so excited that one way or another we will finally have a feminist socialist in the white house doing something other than just washing the dishes? It's truly a goosebumps-all-over moment in history.

  7. They're expecting this from a president who accepted a Nobel Peace Prize having served hardly any days in office?