Is it too late for Democrats to dump Barack Obama from the top of the ticket, and come back with a winning option?
Leading indicators, history, and reputable polls suggest that Barack Obama is an electoral dead man walking, with very little to no chance of defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney on November 6. In fact, one model that has correctly picked every winner since 1980 predicts Romney will blow-out Obama, with 52.9% of the popular vote.
Meanwhile, other economic indicators suggest that Obama’s “recovery summer” was all bark and no bite, and that we’re actually in an Obama Depression.
In a world with competent media, pundits would be asking an obvious question: if he puts his party first, why is Barack Obama still running for President? Independents and moderates that voted for Obama in 2008 based upon “hope and change” are disillusioned with Obama’s pathetic economic record, his obvious penchant for crony capitalism, and his inability to offer any new solutions. The only economic proposal to come out of the White House is “son of stimulus,” which voters increasingly view as throwing good money after bad.
His economic ineffectiveness has been “complemented” by a feckless foreign policy, which has seen the United States shift from being a leader on the world stage, to being a reactionary, delayed, and weak actor.
Compounding his domestic and foreign policy failures are the criminal scandals brewing within his Administration at the cabinet Level. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has been accused of running a crony-filled “female frat house” that sexually harasses male employees almost as badly as her TSA molests airline passengers. Attorney General Eric Holder faces perjury charges for his deceptions about Operation Fast and Furious, the deadliest Executive Branch scandal in U.S. history, where the Department of Justice ran thousands of guns to the Sinaloa drug cartel and caused more than 302 documented deaths, including two federal agents.
At this point, a rational political party would realize that their current candidate cannot be elected, and that promoting a failed candidate and failed policies will only ensure the decline of their party.
We’ve already heard claims that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton passed on an offer to replace “Slow Joe” Biden on the bottom half of the Democratic ticket, but the more rational solution for Democrats would be to replace Obama with Clinton as their Presidential nominee.
Unlike the irreparably damaged Obama brand, the Clinton brand is a strong or stronger than ever. Many Americans over the age of 40 remember Hillary’s “co-presidency” with Bill Clinton and the far more rosy economics of that era, and could be persuaded to revisit those days with Hillary are the shot-caller and Bill being her charismatic “First Husband.” The two are still a formidable power within the Democratic establishment, and Hillary is already all but assured of amassing a significant war chest from disheartened and deep-pocketed Democratic donors if she stepped in to save the Party’s 2012 chances from a nearly inevitable Obama Defeat.
The Democratic Party desperately needs a coup in Charlotte, and conveniently for Democrats, North Carolina already has a history of successful Democratic insurrections.
A ticket with a seasoned political hand like Hillary Clinton at the top, featuring a charismatic Democratic “young gun” like New Jersey Mayor Corey Booker would not just be a much stronger Democratic ticket for 2012, but if the Clinton camp was successful in correcting the listing ship of state, the ticket would have good hopes of repeating in 2016. It would also potentially place a very likable Booker as the frontrunner in 2020, and if he succeeds 2024.
This, of course, is all mere speculation, if not fantasy.
Barack Obama would never consider conceding that his Presidency is a failure, even when it is obvious to everyone else. His desire to satisfy his own immense ego could never be brought under control to do what was right for the Democratic Party’s future.
As a conservative, I’m actually relieved that Obama’s self-focused world view won’t allow him to bow out the the 2012 race. He sets up Republicans for an excellent 2012 campaign that not even the most sycophantic and sympathetic of media denizens can save.