The media are abuzz with the possibility that Democrats will force Barack Obama to step aside before 2012. The newest round of speculation came after Democratic pollsters Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell penned an op-ed in The Washington Post Friday entitled, “One and Done: To be a Great President, Obama Should Not Seek Reelection in 2012.” Politico.com has asked for its readers’ opinions. (You can weigh in here.) Their article comes weeks after WorldNetDaily’s report from an unnamed Democratic operative that “senior personalities in the Democratic Party” have discussed “the possibility of [Obama] not running for re-election in 2012.”
Several conservatives has asked if Obama even wants a second term, rather than wreck as much of the American constitutional system as possible in four years. Fox News/Fox Business personality Neil Cavuto has said, “I just don’t think the guy wants it…This is about the president himself saying, ‘One and Done.’”
The speculation has grown so heavy that Obama dispatched David Axelrod to tell the media Obama will run in 2012.
The reason for the speculation is clear. The 2010 election was the largest blowout of a generation. Yet The Huffington Post has noted 2012 could be worse for Democrats than 2010, especially if an unpopular president heads the ticket.
As I have noted, a growing number of the Democratic Party favors measures that would effectively guarantee Obama’s defeat – as well as the removal from party leadership of ObamAlbatross. An Associated Press-Knowledge Networks poll last month found that 47 percent of Democrats “said Obama should be challenged for the 2012 nomination,” although no modern president who faced a primary challenge has been re-elected. That number includes 29 percent of voters who supported Obama during the 2008 primaries.
However, it is naïve in the extreme to believe Obama will simply step aside. If he will not delay ObamaCare until after the midterms, or repress his call for a new stimulus package during an election season to help his party’s electoral chances, he certainly will not deny that party his services as Messiah president.
If Obama is to leave office, he will have to be legally removed.
As I wrote at the time: “There is a lesson for Republicans here: Not only is Barack Obama’s agenda deeply unpopular with the American electorate, but a fair segment of the non-suicidal portion of the Democratic Party would not mind seeing him removed from office…This should give Republicans the confidence to investigate Obama thoroughly, exhaustively, and in every significant area of wrongdoing. And if the findings merit it, it should encourage Republicans to impeach Barack Obama…[A] few Democrats might secretly support them, as well.”