There is no doubt that there will be Democrats who are disappointed with Obama but will hold their noses and vote for him – I can’t say much – it is a feeling I know well from voting for Dole and McCain on the Republican tickets of 1992 and 2008.
What is interesting is that the institutional Left is seeing the same lack of leadership that we saw in Obama, they just chose to ignore it at the time to get him elected.
As much as I despise him, it was actually painful to watch this clip of Chris Matthews of MSNBC:
From the Daily Caller:
In a Sunday evening interview on MSNBC, “Hardball” host Chris Matthews spoke candidly not just of his allegiance to the president’s agenda, but also of the frustrations many on the professional left are feeling with the administration’s lack of leadership.
“There’s nothing to root for,” Matthews lamented. “What are we trying to do in this administration? Why does he want a second term, would he tell us? What’s he going to do in his second term, more of this? Is this it? Is this as good as it gets? Where are we going? Are we going to do something his second term? He’s yet to tell us.”
“He has not said one thing about what he’d do in his second term,” Matthews continued. “He never tells us what he’s going to do with reforming our health care systems, Medicare, Medicaid. How he’s going to reform Social Security? Is he going to deal with long-term debt? How? Is he going to reform the tax system? How?”
“Just tell us — why are we in this with him? Just tell us, commander. Give us our orders and tell us where we’re going. Give us the mission.”
But Chris just can’t bring himself to place the full blame on Obama, he’s so smart so it has to be the fault of his people:
“And he hasn’t done it,” Matthews said, blaming not just the president but those closest to him in the White House.
“I think it’s the people around him,” Matthews asserted. “Too many people around are little kids with propeller hats on their heads. They’re all virtual — politics, the social networking. … Their idea of running a campaign is a virtual universe of sending emails around to people.”
Still, quite a ways divorced from this paean to the One in 2008:
I have to tell you, you know, its part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama’s speech. My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often.
But the real stinger has to be long time Democrat Party movers and shakers, Pat Caddell and Doug Schoen calling for Obama to call off his second term ambitions in favor of Hillary in the Wall Street Journal:
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 reality—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 successor—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.
Certainly, Mr. Obama could still win re-election in 2012. Even with his all-time low job approval ratings (and even worse ratings on handling the economy) the president could eke out a victory in November. But the kind of campaign required for the president’s political survival would make it almost impossible for him to govern—not only during the campaign, but throughout a second term.
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. With his job approval ratings below 45% overall and below 40% on the economy, the president cannot affirmatively make the case that voters are better off now than they were four years ago. He—like everyone else—knows that they are worse off.
No matter what anyone thinks, my opposition to Obama has only been partisan in the sense that his policies are in direct contradiction to what I support politically – but the larger opposition has always been about his lack of any discernible leadership experience or talent. I was clear to many at the run-up to the 2008 election that the campaign slogan of “Hope and Change” was as much about hoping that his leadership ability would change as it was about actual “hope” and “change”.
Even the Left is beginning to come around to the fact that Obama is a SCOAMF and a disaster when viewed from either side of the aisle.