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Does Obama Face a 2012 Challenge from Within the Ranks of the Democrats?

posted at 10:33 am on September 7, 2009 by

Rasmussen Reports writes that the growing unrest among far-left Democrats could lead to a result that just a few months ago would have seemed as unthinkable as it is rare in presidential politics: the challenge of an incumbent president from within his own party. That very subject was the focus of a discussion between Keith Olbermann and Eugene Robinson this past week on Olbermann’s MSNBC show:

Robinson said Obama needs to be careful how he handles the health care reform issue and the continuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Olbermann said the president has “compromised on everything so far and as self-defeating as it may be, the progressive caucus and progressives would abandon him if necessary, if this was to be the policy of this administration into 2012. If it’s necessary to find somebody to run against him, I think they’d do it, no matter how destructive that may seem.”

How likely is such an internal revolt within the Democrat ranks? If the Rasmussen survey is any indicator, the will of the people would seem to suggest it’s “on the table.” A poll conducted at the end of July revealed an even split on the question of whether Hillary Clinton would challenge Obama for the party’s presidential nomination in 2012. That poll was conducted before Obama seemed to abandon the public option, which now has people like Olbermann and Robinson all wee-wee’d up.

This level of dissension with the Democrat ranks would almost certainly spell the Balkanization of the party into moderate and liberal parties, to which I say, “Bring it on.” Understand, this is not a reaction to all the silly in-your-face jubilation that emanated from the arrested-development wing of the Democrat Party, which declared last November that conservatism was officially dead. I see this instead as a much-needed course correction in the American political process, which in recent decades has been threatened by the rise of identity politics and statism as guiding forces among many Democrats — the current president included. Much as people who subscribe to these beliefs would like to live in a country guided by them, the United States of America is simply the wrong address. The country is, has long been, and is destined to remain center-right in its overall political outlook.

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Hillary? She’s further to the left than Big O? He’s not really a lefty anyway, just another do whatever it takes to satisfy himself totalitarian.

Kissmygrits on September 7, 2009 at 10:56 AM

What fun! Frank,Kuchenich,Pelosi, Reid demanding Obama’s impeachment!
Will it then be ok to call Obama a facist?Compare him to Hitler?
Can’t wait.

conservativegrandma on September 7, 2009 at 11:10 AM

this is the bad part about being appeasing surrendercrats. Even on an issue that’s vitally important to them, they won’t be able to resist rolling over and playing dead.

WWS on September 7, 2009 at 11:11 AM

ReWrite™, Paragraph 5…

This level of dissension with the Democrat ranks would almost certainly spell the Balkanization of the party into moderate and liberal Stalin and Trotsky parties, to which I say, “Bring it on.”

Yes, it will be a rerun of 2008, but there is no such thing as a “moderate” Democrat, at least one within smelling range of power.

steveegg on September 7, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Okay; why did the <del> tag not work. Let’s try that again with the depreciated &strike> one…

This level of dissension with the Democrat ranks would almost certainly spell the Balkanization of the party into moderate and liberal Stalin and Trotsky parties, to which I say, “Bring it on.”

steveegg on September 7, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Hillary had a shot but blew it with Honduras. She could have challenged Barry had he gone wobbly on the public option, but through her handling of the Honduras fiasco she showed that she can’t handle the 3AM call, either. Stick a fork in her. any left challenge to Barry O is going to have to come from someone in Congress, or a governor.

Jorge Bonilla on September 7, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Hillary? She’s further to the left than Big O? He’s not really a lefty anyway, just another do whatever it takes to satisfy himself totalitarian.

I disagree. He ran as a radical in moderate’s clothing, but he’s much further left than people like Olbermann (and evidently you) realize. He’s certainly to their left.

The only reason he isn’t going ahead full-speed with his socialist makeover of the country is because the majority of American voters refuse to get behind it.

HowardPortnoy on September 7, 2009 at 11:38 AM

It’s hard to see Obama facing a serious challenge from the left — maybe by someone like Kucinich — but nobody with any real hopes, unless they were pre-approved by the Congressional Black Caucus and others among the usual race card suspects, in order to inoculate themselves from the same type of charges the left is always throwing at conservatives when it comes to all things Obama.

They just couldn’t risk the image of the Democratic Party’s African-American reps lining up against the white, college intellectual leftists during a primary battle (well, other than Henry L. Gates, who I suppose would line up against himself as both a race hustler and college intellectual leftist). So like Clinton, Obama has the freedom to triangulate to the center in the run-up to 2012 without worrying that the left is going to find a new lover. Whether or not he has the desire, the will, or any aides other than Rahm willing to tack towards the middle to pursue power when it crashes head-on into ideology is another question.

jon1979 on September 7, 2009 at 11:47 AM

This is GREAT news! What delicious fun! The moonbats have the moonbattiest President they’ve ever had, and it’s still not moonbatty enough for them!

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John the Libertarian on September 7, 2009 at 3:01 PM

I would have never believed this possible… that leftard toadies like Keef would be speaking like this so soon during the Reign of the Unicorn. I still think it unlikely that any Demotard would challenge Barry. They will almost certainly have to be non-white and, or, female. But who knows…

On the other hand, don’t fool yourself into thinking that the Demotards would split as a party. That is as unlikely as the GOP splitting. The way things are set up in the Nation Below Canada no 3rd party has a serious chance, and even Demotards know that. There may be internecine intraparty warfare galore, but the Demotard party will never split.

But one can hope.

George Orwell on September 7, 2009 at 6:24 PM