Dems starting to think Obama could lose

posted at 10:05 am on September 12, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Three weeks ago, I posed the question of what would happen if Democrats became so convinced that Barack Obama could not win a second term that they asked him to step aside.  Yesterday, the New York Times reports that leaders in the party are starting to come to the conclusion that Obama may not be able to succeed — and that has alarm bells going off:

Democrats are expressing growing alarm about President Obama’s re-election prospects and, in interviews, are openly acknowledging anxiety about the White House’s ability to strengthen the president’s standing over the next 14 months.

Elected officials and party leaders at all levels said their worries have intensified as the economy has displayed new signs of weakness. They said the likelihood of a highly competitive 2012 race is increasing as the Republican field, once dismissed by many Democrats as too inexperienced and conservative to pose a serious threat, has started narrowing to two leading candidates, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, who have executive experience and messages built around job creation.

And in a campaign cycle in which Democrats had entertained hopes of reversing losses from last year’s midterm elections, some in the party fear that Mr. Obama’s troubles could reverberate down the ballot into Congressional, state and local races. …

But a survey of two dozen Democratic officials found a palpable sense of concern that transcended a single week of ups and downs. The conversations signaled a change in mood from only a few months ago, when Democrats widely believed that Mr. Obama’s path to re-election, while challenging, was secure.

They’ve started to recognize the problem, but they’re having trouble diagnosing its causes.  According to the NYT, some in the party think that Obama has to get out of Washington more often — after just spending most of August either on vacation or taking a bus tour of the Midwest.  When exactly has this President stuck around Washington DC?

Others in the Democratic Party have fallen victim to the Big Speech Syndrome that has afflicted this presidency.  They want Obama to be angrier, pound the pulpit, and make a lot more speeches.  That, however, won’t impress anyone after three years of supposedly soaring rhetoric and little in results.  This week, Obama put the Big Speech on his jobs plan ahead of actually producing the jobs plan. Americans have been waiting for this big “pivot” to jobs since it became obvious in 2010 that the 2009 stimulus plan had failed, and certainly after the embarrassing “Recovery Summer” flop.  All Obama did between then and now was talk.

If Obama has a shot at re-election, the economy has to start showing signs of real growth and large-scale job creation.  He won’t get that from the rehashed ambiguities he offered in his speech Thursday.  Washington has to roll back the blizzard of federal regulation either already imposed or proposed in order to get investors interested in pricing risk again in the US.  In his speech, Obama explicitly refused to do that, standing by Dodd-Frank and ObamaCare.  He also refuses to end the regulatory attacks on domestic energy exploration, extraction, and refining, a move that would almost instantly create hundreds of thousands of jobs and signal plentiful and cheaper energy costs for businesses looking to expand.

Since it’s clear Obama won’t act responsibly for economic growth, Democrats had better plan on the post-Obama era arriving four years earlier than expected.  The only question remaining will be whether they will watch as Obama drags down Democrats into massive losses in November 2012, or whether they can convince him to step aside so that they can salvage what they can with a different Democratic nominee at the top of the ticket.

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Their own racism has blinded the demos. They refuse to admit to themselves they have presented a man to the American people who is incapable of running a cookie stand in the local mall. And by keeping Obama as their guy they ARE guilty of racism. He has no business running this country and they won’t admit to that fact in fear of being labeled racists themselves. The price of “white guilt” will cost them dearly.

greasywrench on September 12, 2011 at 12:54 PM

I think they’re already surveying the National Mall for a place to put a monument to the Most Historic Presidency Evah.

I suggested a bronze plaque over IN the urinal in the men’s room at the Lincoln Memorial.

BobMbx on September 12, 2011 at 10:48 AM

There, Bob, FIFY. You’re welcome.

BillH on September 12, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Affirmative action appointments only work where no real work or results are required like some public relation slots and hr slots.

Unfortunately for Obama, the position of President requires real work and results.

Over50 on September 12, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Better late than never.

RDE2010 on September 12, 2011 at 1:08 PM

“Well, the big difference here and in ’94 is you’ve got me.”
~ Barack Obama circa late 2009

Indeed.

Lawdawg86 on September 12, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Do not forget William Cold Cash Jackson

katablog.com on September 12, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Yeah, I’d considered him but wasn’t sure about the rules regarding running for president from a jail cell.

Oldnuke on September 12, 2011 at 1:23 PM

If the Republicans win the NY Weiner replacement race, Obama will need to hire a taste-tester. Other Posters have hit the nail on the head, Obama WON’T take himself out of the race and they CAN’T primary him without loosing the black vote. Would they be willing to make Obama a martyr and keep the Presidency thru the sympathy vote? Remember that Progressives truly believe the end justifies the means.

SandyToes on September 12, 2011 at 1:24 PM

The NV race, isn’t that an R seat that has the opening? I haven’t seen too much about that race anywhere.

karenhasfreedom on September 12, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Not soon enough.

Hening on September 12, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Intrade predicts 75% chance of the Republican Bob Turner to win:

http://www.intrade.com/v4/markets/contract/?contractId=750509

patch on September 12, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Can you imagine? Obozo agreeing to step aside and relinquish his presidency? Hell won’t freeze over that fast. He and Michelle have grown pretty comfy with all the perks they certainly won’t get on their own. Obozo would sooner drag the entire democratic party down the toilet with him before he’ll give in. The sooner the better.

A pleasant dream, but I’m afraid the republicans will just have to take it from him. The sting would actually be a little worse that way anyway…

stacman on September 12, 2011 at 3:42 PM

I hope they choke on him, this is not the change Americans were looking for.

IowaWoman on September 12, 2011 at 4:26 PM

“How can we get the message out about his accomplishments?” “He needs to pound on the podium, stamp his foot. . . ” “He needs to get out of Washington more . . .” “I think we know that there is a Barack Obama that’s deep in there, but he’s got to synchronize it with passion and principles.”

All of these sage diagnoses remind me of this.

How about another enema, another purgatory, a round of cupping, or perhaps another try with the leaches? What an abomination these Keynesians are!!!

smellthecoffee on September 12, 2011 at 4:54 PM

isn’t that what losers do?

ted c on September 12, 2011 at 6:51 PM

“whether they can convince him to step aside”

Never happen.
That would be as likely as the Halloween vandal stepping on the flaming bag of poop that they left on the doorstep.

justltl on September 12, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Who would they run? Billary? Please.

RebeccaH on September 12, 2011 at 7:19 PM

once dismissed by many Democrats as too inexperienced

Now that is funny – after living with the suffering of an apprentice messiah as he ruins everything, in addition to being arrogant in dierct proportion to his ineptness and incompetence, these folks worry about experienced governors stepping in? What are they smoking over there?

Don L on September 12, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Obama and Michelle are already rich beyond reasonable expectations and he could make a great living as the expert endorser of golf equipment and she could dabble in an arm toning business or perhaps open a Harlem fashion house or something.

Don L on September 12, 2011 at 7:41 PM

“Washington has to roll back the blizzard of federal regulation either already imposed or proposed in order to get investors interested in pricing risk again in the US.  In his speech, Obama explicitly refused to do that, standing by Dodd-Frank and ObamaCare.  He also refuses to end the regulatory attacks on domestic energy exploration, extraction, and refining, a move that would almost instantly create hundreds of thousands of jobs and signal plentiful and cheaper energy costs for businesses looking to expand.”

This is why the Democrats will lose in 2012.

As long as Obama continues to push regulations through EOs or his cronies at the NLRB, EPA, etc. and inhibit domestic energy production while promoting corruption in the “green” industry, he is sure to lose.

How close the races will be – wil be determined by the Republican establishment trying to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory… because some of them will also be dumped…

Danny on September 12, 2011 at 7:46 PM

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