The argument is that Obama’s only path to victory is a cutthroat and negative campaign that would destroy what little civility remain in Washington, crippling his second term even if he won. But who could step into the role of Democratic Party champion. You know who:
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 have to be honest and say that I agree with the authors and their premise that Clinton is far more electable at this point than Obama. His socialist incompetence makes her liberal shortcoming almost centrist in comparison, and if pitched against a milquetoast like MSM and RNC favorite Mitt Romney, I suspect she’d walk away with a convincing electoral college victory.
That said, Barack Obama is so self-absorbed that I don’t think he would ever step down to do what is right for his party’s chances of keeping the White House. The only way for the Democrats to get him off the ballot is to convince him that such a decision would be in his best interests, and unless they intend to blackmail him over Solyndra, Fast and Furious, or some other scandal, I don’t see that happening.