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From the Daily Kos (imagine that):
I think it’s time for Democrats to start pressuring President Obama not to seek re-election in 2012 and allow for a Democrat that has a chance of winning to run……………………………..
No matter what the explanation for Obama is, it’s become apparent to me that his policies and actions make him unable to win re-election.
Now there are many out there that make the argument that we’d be better off with a Republican President. That argument says that a Republican President wouldn’t have been able to push through most of the things that Obama has gotten through so far. And even though I agree with that a Republican President couldn’t of be so successful in passing Republican policies, I just don’t think it’s better to have a Republican President, I just think that it’s better to have a real Democrat as President.
This is why Democrats need to start calling for Obama to voluntarily not seek re-election. I think it would be troublesome for Democrats to actually primary him next year, unless it was a very very strong progressive in the league of Russ Feingold or Bernie Sanders. Heck, as much as I opposed Hilary Clinton in the primaries in 2008, I now know that we could easily count on her to be more liberal and a better negotiator. But she couldn’t primary Obama.
When a President has gotten to the point that one of his first supporters in congress, John Conyers, is calling for Democrats to march on Obama, (YouTube link, Conyers part starts at about the 2:20 mark in this video,) it’s time to hang it up.
I still like President Obama as a person. It’s nothing personal against him. It’s just that we are going through an extraordinary time of turmoil in our history, and we need a real Democrat in office, not someone who just wants to play good cop bad cop on behalf of Republicans.
for full article, and video links: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/08/08/1004518/-Time-To-Give-Obama-The-LBJ-Talk