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Obama’s Danger on the Left

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.

Obama below East Room chandelier
A primary challenge might be about to drop on Obama's head.
Photo by Keith Koffler

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.

6 Responses to Obama’s Danger on the Left

  1. Leaving PC at the door:
    The race war will come from those who see racism in every unflattering comment, or opposing belief of those held by MrO. Even though he is bi-racial, he has chosen to be identified as a Black and denies his White heritage. His supposed goal to be a unifier has failed by his own actions.
    Class war, race war, divided by politics and background is what we live with now. No Dem will challenge him in the primary; they’ll let him run unopposed. They’ll sit on their hands and their money in the general election and plan for 2016.

    In all fairness, a Prez can only do so much in our political system. Even a majority in both houses doesn’t mean that all Dems will vote his way. A great campaigner with powerhouse speeches doesn’t always translate into a great executive. Except for the fiasco Obamacare, everything else he’s done that makes the left (and the right) angry were things that had to be tried. MrO surely didn’t expect the TARP or any other bailout to fail.
    Blaming the Prez for unemployment is silly; he can’t make jobs or uptick the economy without some assistance from the Fed, Congress and all of the million agencies that have regulated commerce into a funk.

    It’s hard to get a ‘read’ on MrO; he’s seems passionless or distracted. His speeches are flat unless he’s attacking the “other side”. MrO’s apology tour cut the heart of America and made us angry and ashamed of him.
    The public is looking for some optimism, someone who will tell us it’ll be OK and we’re going to be as great as before.

    • I agree with some of the things you say, srdem, but the unemployment rate is his. Business has been waiting to see what he’d do on taxes, how the torrent of new regulations is going to affect them, and whether he has the commitment to tackle the deficit.