“Democratic pollsters” Patrick Caddell and Douglas Schoen are once again patiently explaining to readers of the Wall Street Journal why President Obama should surrender the White House without a fight.
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 realityâ€”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.
Never before has there been such an obvious potential successorâ€”one who has been a loyal and effective member of the president’s administration, who has the stature to take on the office, and who is the only leader capable of uniting the country around a bipartisan economic and foreign policy.
Some things do snark themselves, don’t they?
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.”
You cannot make this up. Well, I couldn’t, anyway. Caddell and Schoen can, though.
If President Obama were to withdraw, he would put great pressure on the Republicans to come to the table and negotiateâ€”especially if the president singularly focused in the way we have suggested on the economy, job creation, and debt and deficit reduction.
To Caddell and Schoen, for Republicans to “come to the table and negotiate” translates into “accepting the Democrats’ unconditional surrender.”
By going down the re-election road and into partisan mode, the president has effectively guaranteed that the remainder of his term will be marred by the resentment and division that have eroded our national identity, common purpose, and most of all, our economic strength.
But of course, if Hillary Clinton were president, all Washington would join hands and sing kum-bye-yah. Because the Republicans would never wage a propaganda war smearing Mrs. Clinton every time she breathed. Oh, wait …
Anyway … Caddell and Schoen are one-time “Democratic pollsters” who have carved out a career for themselves writing nonsense like this. And I wonder if even Republicans are demented enough to believe it, although they certainly seem to enjoy reading it. I’ve been trying to think of an analogy for them — Caddell and Schoen are to the GOP what Tokyo Rose was to Japan. Something like that. But perhaps one of you could do better.