Monday, June 21, 2010

The 2012 Election Strategy?

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Recently, journalist Sally Quinn made a serious proposal as to how Obama can finesse getting elected again in 2012. Excerpt from the Washington Post article:

Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden should switch jobs.


It makes sense for the Democrats, actually....


It would not be out of the question for Clinton and Biden to switch jobs sometime after the midterm elections. After the president announced the switch, majorities in both houses of Congress would have to confirm Clinton to her new position, following the rules laid out in the 25th Amendment. She could then immediately begin campaigning for Obama for 2012, and she would also have at least two years in the White House as vice president to give her unassailable experience, clout and credibility. For his part, Biden would simply need Senate confirmation to get to work in Foggy Bottom.


Take it seriously.
Of course, the following aspect plays an important part in Ms. Quinn's proposal, although the idea gets only a brief mention in an essay which mostly lauds Hillary Clinton:
...[C]onsider Hillary the Democratic campaigner. She is tireless and relentless. Given the combination of votes that she and Obama got in the 2008 primary campaign, they would be a near-unbeatable team. Clinton also appeals to independents...
Read the entire article HERE.

Now, we all know that, back in January 2010, Obama, in the face of falling poll numbers, which have continued to fall, has said the following:
“I’d rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president,” he told Diane Sawyer of ABC News. He added: “I don’t want to look back on my time here and say to myself all I was interested in was nurturing my own popularity.”
However, politicians as the power-hungry creatures they are rarely choose to relinquish their offices without a battle.

Furthermore, in the words of Donald Boudreaux:
People who seek political power are, with exceptions too rare to matter, never to be trusted...[W]inning elections requires a measure of deceitfulness and Machiavellian immorality that no decent person comes close to possessing.
In my view, Obama is going to have an uphill battle to win in 2012. But is victory for him out of the question? No. And, although it grieves me to say so, with Hillary on the Democratic Party's ticket, he could maximize his chances for victory. In my view, American voters are among the most gullible people walking the planet and show little discernment when they step into the voting booth.

Additional reading: If you have time, find more wit and wisdom about politicians and politics HERE.

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posted by Always On Watch @ 6/21/2010 04:00:00 AM