Time for another Draft Hillary argument?

posted at 2:45 pm on December 19, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

It’s December.  We have three weeks left before the Democrats’ first primary contest in New Hampshire.  It must be time to make one more pitch to draft Hillary Clinton as the nominee, and Democratic pollsters Pat Caddell and Douglas Schoen arrive right on time at Politico:

We argued in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed piece that President Barack Obama should stand down and let Secretary of State Hillary Clinton run as the Democratic presidential nominee in 2012.

We are now calling on Democratic voters nationally — particularly in New Hampshire — to organize a write-in campaign for Clinton. This is something that New Hampshire voters have a long history of doing.

We advocate this Draft Hillary movement not because of the desire to make political mischief — but to put the country on the right course.

It’s clear that Obama has been unable to build consensus and, with the polarizing campaign he is now running, will be unable to govern effectively even if reelected. Only Clinton can commit the Democratic Party — and, indeed, the nation — to a unification and healing process. This could allow Washington, in a bipartisan manner, to finally address the economic and governmental crises that now grip America.

We are facing a crisis of national leadership, so citizens should step up and take charge of their country the way demonstrators in the Middle East did earlier this year. And, stunningly, as the people of Russia are now doing.

Say, didn’t Obama take credit for the Arab Spring?  Talk about irony.  Obama certainly has claimed affinity for the outbreak of Occupy protests, if not direct credit for them, which Time Magazine linked to the movements cited by Caddell and Schoen, although not very believably.  I’m pretty sure that Occupiers wouldn’t be cheering for a Hillary Clinton challenge to Obama, either.

The impetus for Caddell and Schoen might be less the Middle East than the latest from middle America on Obama’s re-election chances:

President Obama will be a one-term president, said nearly half of registered voters polled by The Hill.

While 46 percent of likely voters predicted Obama will lose next year, 41 percent said he will win, a narrow margin just outside the poll’s margin of error that reflects the public’s split opinion about the president. The remaining 13 percent were unsure.

When it comes to grading his first term, 51 percent of polled voters said Obama was either a failure (37 percent) or not very successful (14 percent), while 48 percent said he was either very successful (16 percent) or somewhat successful (32 percent).

Independents are ambivalent about Obama’s re-election chances, but not about his performance:

If the 17 percent of independents who are unsure could be persuaded to break Obama’s way, they could be the key to his victory.

But that scenario looks unlikely, as a majority (54 percent) of independents think his first-term performance has been unsuccessful (18 percent said it has not been very successful and 36 percent said it has been a failure).

If Obama had better numbers, no one would be suggesting a Hillary challenge in New Hampshire, which Hillary won in 2008 in a surprise that extended the Democratic primaries considerably.  However, with only three weeks to go and Hillary still at Foggy Bottom, there is zero chance that she will give any support to the idea of a write-in campaign, nor any other “draft” attempt — and without her support, no one will take this idea seriously.  Like it or not, Democrats are stuck with Obama.


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It’s time to get the algorithm of “failed Obama presidency” into overdrive.

Hillary Clinton of the Tuzla dash and the costly Libyan adventure, championed by her buddies Susan Rice and that other twit? Hillary Clinton, who would champion O-care tooth and claw and push it into single-payer category? Is this such a wonderful plan?

Should the draft Hillary plan take hold, will she select Rothschild Huntsman as her running mate? The suspense is killing me.

onlineanalyst on December 19, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Obama will never dump Biden…Biden is Impeachment Insurance!!!

logicman_1998 on December 19, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Besides, Joe is busy negotiating with the Taliban right now.

onlineanalyst on December 19, 2011 at 7:17 PM

I think Obama would like nothing better than to make Hillary! his new VP since it would boost his numbers, but it would only prove he needed her to win a second term because his first has been such a failure. Of course, what if “Plugs” were to suddenly long to get back to his family, and resume his career at Home Depot? That would leave an opening. Is Hillary! stupid enough to get sucked in by Obama twice?

tpitman on December 19, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Be very afraid of an Obama/Hillary ticket– these sociopaths will do anything needed out of desperation to cling to their power, once they finally come to the realization that they really are screwed in 2012

Joe will exit gracefully or feign some illness, then get the SoS slot he always wanted downt the road

thurman on December 19, 2011 at 3:19 PM

I agree with you 100%. The white professional women who put 0bama in office will go whole hog for Hillary.

I do not see any combination of current GOP candidates that beats an 0bama/H. Clinton ticket.

That is the depth of the idiocy that has spread through our once-great land.

If 0bama picks Hillary, he will be re-elected. take it to the bank.

:-(

cane_loader on December 19, 2011 at 8:03 PM

What we really have here is a failure to communicate!

The jug-eared idiot in the White House truly thinks we should give him a second term based on his performance. The electorate thinks otherwise. Die-hard Democrats are bracing to vote for this idiot the same way we Republicans had to vote for McCain even though the rat bastard traitor did not represent our values, goals, or vision.

Smart Democrats (what an oxymoron) would advise the party leaders to gather and give “the talk” to the jug eared idiot. But it wouldn’t matter. The jug-eared idiot truly thinks he is doing a good job and would not step aside.

Here’s hoping the GOP can rally around an American to replace the European socialist/ anti-American/ jug-eared bastard who has no business holding elective office.

Happy Nomad on December 19, 2011 at 8:06 PM

Would WJC allow this draft for Hillary? While he is more critical of King Putt than most outside the pundit faction, just do not see this happening.

HennyPenney on December 20, 2011 at 12:18 AM

Here’s hoping the GOP can rally around an American to replace the European socialist/ anti-American/ jug-eared bastard who has no business holding elective office.

Happy Nomad on December 19, 2011 at 8:06 PM

As usual, Rush is right. You have to appeal to this pure narcissist by convincing him that the presidency is beneath him and stupid Americans will never be able to relate to his genius. Get him to walk away from the job and run for king of the world.

Extrafishy on December 20, 2011 at 6:53 AM

and lighter fluid

Lily on December 19, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Heh! Yeah you’re right. She would.

dogsoldier on December 20, 2011 at 9:40 AM

“… the rat bastard traitor did not represent our values, goals, or vision.”

Amen!

Samantha on December 20, 2011 at 10:06 AM

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