Democrats, understandably, are concerned that their troubles are not yet over. If Obama runs for reelection in 2012, they worry, the losses that the Democrats may suffer could be as bad if not worse then what they have suffered in 2010.
To that end, the Democrats are begining an attempt to Lame-Duck Obama. (It won't work.)
See: Opinion | One and done: To be a great president, Obama should not seek reelection in 2012
We do not come to this conclusion lightly. But it is clear, we believe, that the president has largely lost the consent of the governed. The midterm elections were effectively a referendum on the Obama presidency. And even if it was not an endorsement of a Republican vision for America, the drubbing the Democrats took was certainly a vote of no confidence in Obama and his party. The president has almost no credibility left with Republicans and little with independents.
Obama may not be entirely opposed to the proposal, but not in the way that Douglas E. Schoen and Patrick H. Caddell would want. In fact, quite the opposite. Look closely at what Obama said in January of this year.
See: Exclusive: Obama Would 'Rather Be Really Good One-Term President'
"I'd rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president," he told ABC's "World News" anchor Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview today.
Having Obama declare that he will not run for reelection in 2012 will effectively lame duck his Presidency. Obama will become completely irrelevant to the political debate. He would become the most ignorable politician in Washington D.C.
Obama may be a narcissistic prick, but he is not stupid. He won't declare himself a lame-duck. On the contrary, he will campaign hard for reelection by being an even more outrageously leftist extremist. He will not move to the center to meet Republicans half-way. He will flip the Republicans the political bird and demand that they move to him.
Obama is not a politician out of the pragmatist mold. Obama is a believer. He believes he is working for a better America. He believes in his vision.
When Obama says that he would rather be a really good one term President then a mediocre two term President, he is declaring his belief that it is better to fight for his beliefs to the bloody-bitter end rather then to compromise with the opposition.
Obama will fight it out.
Obama will run for reelection in 2012.
Obama and the Democrats will get their asses handed to them in what will be a historic political route, a defeat that will make their losses in 2010 look moderate.
Expect things to get very weird over the next two years.