Monday, November 21, 2011

The Hillary Wedge, Again

And whenever President Obama is making headway with his numbers clearly improving, enter our dear old friends Pat Caddell and Doug Schoen with an op-ed in the WSJ screaming that OBAMA IS DOOMED and that only Hillary can save the Dems.

One year ago in these pages, we warned that if President Obama continued down his overly partisan road, the nation would be "guaranteed two years of political gridlock at a time when we can ill afford it." The result has been exactly as we predicted: stalemate in Washington, fights over the debt ceiling, an inability to tackle the debt and deficit, and paralysis exacerbating market turmoil and economic decline.

If President Obama were to withdraw, he would put great pressure on the Republicans to come to the table and negotiate—especially if the president singularly focused in the way we have suggested on the economy, job creation, and debt and deficit reduction. By taking himself out of the campaign, he would change the dynamic from who is more to blame—George W. Bush or Barack Obama?—to a more constructive dialogue about our nation's future.

Even though Mrs. Clinton has expressed no interest in running, and we have no information to suggest that she is running any sort of stealth campaign, it is clear that she commands majority support throughout the country. A CNN/ORC poll released in late September had Mrs. Clinton's approval rating at an all-time high of 69%—even better than when she was the nation's first lady. Meanwhile, a Time Magazine poll shows that Mrs. Clinton is favored over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by 17 points (55%-38%), and Texas Gov. Rick Perry by 26 points (58%-32%).

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. 

Yes, because Republicans love Hillary Clinton and would totally work with her if just the awful black man does the honorable thing and refuse to run for a second term.  Bonus Verbatim Stupid:

Put simply, it seems that the White House has concluded that if the president cannot run on his record, he will need to wage the most negative campaign in history to stand any chance.

Right. You know, unlike the GOP in 2008.  That was a campaign of rainbows and unicorn farts.

If you honestly think that the best thing to do right now is for President Obama to give up, hand everything over to Hillary Clinton, and that by doing so, this will magically make the Republican Party totally come back to the table for awesome bi-partisan compromise, then I have a lovely royal friend in Nigeria who needs your money in order to get his treasury funds out of the country.  Just cut me a check now along with your credit card number and your SSN.  It'll be great.

The best part is at the end, where they blame 100% of the partisan divide on the black guy and demand that he not only step aside but be made the step aside by Pelosi and Reid, and that Hillary be made to run.  Or else...well, umm...well Doug and Pat aren't sure, but it may involve Obama not being President anymore.

And if this entire article doesn't drip with absolute burning hatred for the President, the implied condescension that not only is he completely incompetent, but that any of his supporters must have their judgment thoroughly questioned as Democrats as well, as if any thinking Democrat, any real Democrat, would instantly agree with their logic as tautology of the most pristine credibility, the assumption of privilege here that President Obama should listen to his moral superiors and exit the election as the "right" thing to do is staggering.

How dare, they say, should the President dare run for re-election when the country is suffering when his very existence offends the authors to the point where the only chance the Democratic party has, they believe, is political suicide.  The suggestion that Hillary Clinton will step above partisan politics where Barack Obama is incapable of doing so means that either Caddell and Shoen have frightfully short memories...or that they believe you do.

Imagine, two professional conservative "Democrat" pollsters demanding that the entire Democratic party drop everything to validate their confirmation bias, pleading their case in Rupert Murdoch's outlet of choice for "gravitas".

They've been running this game of three-card monte for a year now.  I'm sure they have our best interests at heart, considering we're just brain-dead anyway.

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