Douglas Schoen and Pat Caddell, writing for the Washington Post say President Obama should announce “One and done” with respect to his terms in office. These are the words of two Democratic operatives writing in a liberal newspaper.
“[Obama would be] putting national interests ahead of personal or political ones. To that end, we believe Obama should announce immediately that he will not be a candidate for reelection in 2012.”
No, the WaPo has not turned conservative; the paper continues to support the liberal agenda. However, it concludes those goals can best be served if Obama announces he will not run in 2012 because he Obama has “lost the consent of the governed.” The authors reason that, with the President out of the race, Republicans would be more “cooperative’ and less opposed to Obama.
They have it wrong. They still don’t get it. It is not Obama that Republicans and Conservative oppose; it’s his policies. And as for a promise not to run for a second term, who would trust that? The number of politicians who have made that statement prior to running for office must be in the thousands.
Schoen and Caddell acknowledge a measure of hostility and division coming from Obama without noting any similar animosity coming from his opposition.
“In recent days, he has offered differing visions of how he might approach the country’s problems. At one point, he spoke of the need for “mid-course corrections.” At another, he expressed a desire to take ideas from both sides of the aisle. And before this month’s midterm elections, he said he believed that the next two years would involve “hand-to-hand combat” with Republicans, whom he also referred to as “enemies.”
Could it be they are beginning to get it?