Gee. The current members of Congress have barely attained lame duck status. And already plans are being made for a debate this spring among Republicans who plan to make a run for the White House in 2012.
But while Republicans are getting a jump on the campaign wind bagging, the question may be whether or not the eventual candidate faces Obama in the election.
Could Obama be a one term president?
Democratic pollsters Douglas E. Schoen and Patrick H. Caddell say yes. And they make a strong case in their WaPo opinion article, “One and done: To be a great president, Obama should not seek reelection in 2012.”
Hope that has nothing to do with my request a few weeks ago to be removed from all e-mail lists seeking campaign donations. Those requests were becoming as annoying as the regular NPR beg-a-thons. I digress.
Anyway, here’s an excerpt from the WaPo article. It’s worth a full read:
This is a critical moment for the country. From the faltering economy to the burdensome deficit to our foreign policy struggles, America is suffering a widespread sense of crisis and anxiety about the future. Under these circumstances, Obama has the opportunity to seize the high ground and the imagination of the nation once again, and to galvanize the public for the hard decisions that must be made. The only way he can do so, though, is by putting national interests ahead of personal or political ones.
To that end, we believe Obama should announce immediately that he will not be a candidate for reelection in 2012.
Well we’ll see.
But if you notice Hillary moving into the campaign on-deck circle, then it’s game on.