As Lefty Louie as many conservatives think Obama is, perhaps the greatest danger to his reelection, given the GOP’s penchant for nominating weak candidates, is from the left.
Obama is not moving fast enough or forcefully enough for the satisfaction of the Left, which won’t take half or in three quarters of a loaf for an answer. If he gets even a marginally credible primary challenge, Obama could be a dead duck.
Lyndon Johnson, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and George H.W. Bush, all got challenged. They all lost or, in Johnson’s case, decided to hang it up.
Obama’s since, as told by the Left: He caved on health reform by not insisting on a government option to insurance companies. He has failed after two years to junk Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. He bailed out Wall Street. He’s increased the number of troops in Afghanistan. He hasn’t gotten Congress to pass “card check” legislation that would end the ability of workers to vote in secret on unionization. No immigration reform. The list goes on.
And now, in the heresy of heresies, he’s about to refuse to raise taxes on the rich by agreeing to demands made by greed worshiping Republicans to extend all the Bush tax cuts.
The latest call for a primary challenge comes from Clarence B. Jones, a former adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, who writes in the Huffington Post.
It is not easy to consider challenging the first African-American to be elected as President of the United States. But, regrettably, I believe that the time has come to do this.
It is time for Progressives to stop “whining” and arguing among themselves about whether President Obama will or will not do this or that. Obama is no different than any other President, nominated by his national party. He was elected with the hard work and 24/7 commitment of persons who believed and enlisted in his campaign for “Hope” and “Change.”
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist nor have a PhD in political science and sociology to see clearly that Obama has abandoned much of the base that elected him. He has done this because he no longer respects, fears or believes those persons who elected him have any alternative, but to accept what he does, whether they like it or not.
It is time for those persons who constituted the “Movement” that enabled Senator Barack Obama to be elected to “break their silence”; to indicate that they no longer will sit on their hands, and only let off verbal steam and ineffective sound and fury, and “hope” for the best.
Jones provides a sense of Deja vu, having been one of the prominent supporters of Eugene McCarthy’s challenge to Johnson.
A challenger might need cover from prominent blacks like Jones, since an insurgent candidate could spark something of a race war within the Democratic Party. I would assume many Africans Americans would react viscerally to a white usurper. But maybe even they are losing their gusto for Obama.
The challenger doesn’t have to be particularly serious. He or she doesn’t have to be of the caliber of Ted Kennedy challenging Carter in 1980. The challenger merely has to be just good enough to siphon money from the Obama campaign, dent his prestige, and give Republicans six or seven free months of attacks on Obama.