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Posted By: Ron Davies
15-Nov-10 - 07:45 AM
Thread Name: BS: Should Obama Run in '12???
Subject: RE: BS: Should Obama Run in '12???
"if Obama extends the tax cuts for the rich..."


That's the crux of his problem.    He will need his base--especially since if Sarah wins the Republican nomination, she will damn sure have hers.

But if his base is so incredibly shortsighted and self-destructive as to not work for him--as well as voting for him--they will have nobody but themselves to blame for 4 years or more under Sarah's regime---or that of Pawlenty, Gingrich, Romney, or whoever else the Republicans pick.   Because you can bet that nobody else--including Hillary--will be able to marshall the sort of passionate support across all ethnic groups and ages-- that President Obama had in his 2008 run.

And as far as "tax cuts for the rich"---he's already being deserted by Democratic Senators and Congressmen on this.   If he signs a bill extending tax cuts for all taxpayers and his erstwhile supporters sit on their hands as a result of it, that will show just how petty and shortsighted they can be.    It's not as if it was his proposal to extend tax cuts for the rich.

He has been more ambitious--and done more for the "progressive agenda"-- than anybody since FDR.   Health care reform, in particular, is a work in progress.   Only in the Left's dreams would a perfect system have sprung forth from Obama's forehead.

But nobody has ever accused the Left of being sensible.   If they were, there would never have been a Nader candidacy. Nor would there have been a big push for things like removing the 10 Commandments from courthouses, removing "under God" from the Pledge, etc--which did nothing but bring out the other side in force, very likely making the difference in 2004.   

Issue here is, of course, as I've mentioned before, that in running for a second term your main selling point has to be competence, not charisma.    And the president will always be judged on the economy (despite the fact that he has limited leverage over it)--unless there is a hot war going on, in which case that may well be paramount.