By BJ Bjornson
I don�t know what kind of self-induced coma Pat Caddell and Doug Schoen have been in these last few years, but it must have been caused by some pretty heavy stuff.
When Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson accepted the reality that they could not effectively govern the nation if they sought re-election to the White House, both men took the moral high ground and decided against running for a new term as president. President Obama is facing a similar reality�and he must reach the same conclusion.
He should abandon his candidacy for re-election in favor of a clear alternative, one capable not only of saving the Democratic Party, but more important, of governing effectively and in a way that preserves the most important of the president's accomplishments. He should step aside for the one candidate who would become, by acclamation, the nominee of the Democratic Party: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Now, I happen to think Hillary would make an excellent president and all, but it�s the reason these two think Hillary should take over that left my mouth hanging open.
But this is about more than electoral politics. Not only is Mrs. Clinton better positioned to win in 2012 than Mr. Obama, but she is better positioned to govern if she does. Given her strong public support, she has the ability to step above partisan politics, reach out to Republicans, change the dialogue, and break the gridlock in Washington.
Yep. As they see it, and even say further up the column, the problem with Obama has been his insistence on traveling down his overly partisan road, causing all of that nasty gridlock and fighting in Congress. If only they could find someone who could reach out to the Republicans and change the dialogue.
That they�ve completely missed the point of Republican obstructionism and Obama�s attempts to reach out and change the dialogue since he was elected, claiming he�s done the opposite, is bad enough. That they think that Hillary will somehow be the one to overcome the lockstep obstructionism on the Republican side just leaves me beyond words.
Seriously, what are these guys on?