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15 August 2011

Perhaps a Democratic Primary Would Kick Obama Into Gear

It pains me to write this as an ardent supporter of Barack Obama in 2008, but given the state of our nation, the economy and the fear we may hit another recession, it may be best for the Democratic Party and the nation as a whole if someone challenged the president in the primaries.

And of course, the most logical person to do that would be Hillary Clinton.

I return to the last time such an experience occurred. It was 1980. Our country was a complete and utter mess. Iran kept many American citizens hostage. And President Jimmy Carter was, quite frankly from the get-go, doomed. The-late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, of Massachusetts, mounted a run against Carter, and nearly won the Democratic presidential nomination. 

Kennedy's mere presence was a sign that America was fed up with Carter's ineptitude. And the more we see of Obama, the comparisons to Carter are stark — and unfortunately, real.

Hillary has to be thinking about this. I've been thinking about it for the last 18 months. And as much as I don't want to admit it, I think it might be the Dems' best hope for keeping the White House if a real leader emerges from this crop of loonies on the GOP side. That, of course, remains to be seen. Could America stomach an extension of the George W. Bush era in clone Rick Perry? Could it deal with the absurdity of Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin? Could it digest Newt Gingrich's hypocrisy?

Not sure about any of that just yet. But I am certain that even if Hillary weren't to win the Democratic nomination, she'd certainly put Obama on notice that his performance, as evinced by recent polls, is intolerable and he could be on the brink of becoming a one-termer. 

Think about it for a moment.

Sadly, it makes too much sense to this Democrat.


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