Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Happy Thought
Mike Rappaport

Assume that the Republicans win big next week.  Then, the question is how to beat Obama.  It is hard to beat a sitting President, but it can be done, especially if the economy is going badly. 

Here is the scenario.  After the big defeat in 2010, Obama does not attempt to pivot or does not do a good job of it.  This causes Hillary Clinton to conclude that he is vulnerable.  So she resigns and primaries Obama.  

A primary challenger is a key ingredient to beating a sitting President -- ask Jimmy Carter and George Bush I.  One might say, Hillary will never do it.  It will burn her bridges with the left. Perhaps, but the primary challenger of Jimmy Carter was Ted Kennedy! 

I am not saying it is going to happen; I am just hoping!

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Were I an American and a Democrat, I think I could hold my nose and vote for O. For a Clinton, not on your nellie.

Posted by: dearieme | Oct 28, 2010 4:01:17 AM

Well, one could always hope that O wakes up and smeels the coffee - and does the Truman/Johnson thing and decides not to seek another term. I don't see that as very likely though.

Posted by: km | Oct 28, 2010 6:33:51 AM

Dang what an awful choice! Sort of like Bozo and Bozette---or Tweedledumb and Tweedledumber. Hard to handicap that two horse parley where you want them both to lose.

Posted by: Comanche Voter | Oct 28, 2010 7:07:15 AM

There is a growing sign of political maturity which is that our accumulated problems are far greater than the ability of politicians to deal with them, especially given that it is politicians who brought them. Where that could lead us I do not know.

Posted by: james wilson | Oct 28, 2010 9:38:28 AM

2012 might be Hillary's last shot at the presidency. She's 63, I think, now. She'd be 65 on election day 2012; 69 in 2016. That's getting up there. If she has any shot in 2012, I think she'll go for it. Who cares if she burns her bridges with the left?

Posted by: jte | Oct 28, 2010 11:42:52 AM

Of course she's going for it.

Why can't the Republicans beat Obama from the Right? Take the Senate, keep passing healthcare-repeal bills, and let Obama defend his vetoes in 2012. Or let Hillary defend the vetoes. What's she going to do, claim she was against healthcare reform all along? (Answer: yes. But doing so might merely annoy the Left without buying many votes from anyone else.)

Posted by: Jonathan | Oct 30, 2010 4:39:28 AM

It's going to require more than holding my nose. I may need to permanently deprive myself of my sense of smell.

But yet, although Hillary is #4 on my list of most despised politicians:

1) Obama
2) Carter
3) Bill
4)Hillary

I will vote for Hillary in the primary against Obama. There, I've said it.

Posted by: VG | Oct 30, 2010 6:44:36 PM