Can Obama Govern if he gets re-elected?

President Obama is experiencing all time lows in his approval rating and gets worse numbers on the handling of the economy.  His Affordable Health Act (Obamacare) is in limbo as it awaits a ruling on its constitutionality by the Supreme Court.  Obama is well aware that he cannot run on his record and as a result has launched an unprecedented negative campaign.  Unemployment continues to be high at 9%.   With the looming crisis in the European Union there is little hope that the Obama Administration will be able to accomplish anything to ease America’s fears.

Patrick Gaddell and Douglas Schoen assert in an article in the Wall Street Journal that even if Obama were to get re-elected his ability to govern would be limited.

President Obama can’t win by running a constructive campaign, and he won’t be able to govern if he does win a second term.

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.

via Patrick Caddell and Douglas Schoen: The Hillary Moment – WSJ.com.

Since Obama cannot run a constructive campaign and will have to spend $1Billion for his campaign, the authors point to Hillary Clinton as the obvious choice for nominee of the Democratic Party.   Hillary, by all reports, has done an effective job as Secretary of State and the authors urge Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to appeal to Obama to step down in favor of Hillary, for the good of the Democratic Party.  Hillary, they say, would easily win by acclamation.  She enjoys 69% popularity and beats Mitt Romney in most polls by 17 points.

The assumptions of the two pollsters may be warranted, but for the time being there is no GOP nominee and neither has an election platform be rolled out.  It is safe to assume that Hillary would do better when matched against a Republican, but until a GOP nominee emerges all bets are off.   What is clear is that Barrack Obama has failed to lead and will pay the price.  Instead of leading Obama has chosen to be the “Campaigner in Chief” and has been missing in action on all major issues.

There can be no argument that Obama is the most partisan President in recent history and  the Democratic Party may indeed be wise to find an alternate nominee for the 2012 Presidential Election.  Giving the President another four year term will only hurt America.

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Karl Gotthardt - Politisite Managing Editor Maj. Gotthardt is a Retired Military Officer with 35 years service in the Canadian Armed Forces. He spent most of his time in the Military in Infantry Battalions. Karl took part in training for Afghanistan as an Operator Analyst with the Canadian Maneouvre Training Centre. Karl is a qualified military parachutist and military free fall parachutist. He earned his U.S. Master Jump Wings in Fort Benning, Georgia. Karl enjoys working with horses for the last 24 year. He owns six. He has experience in breeding, training and of course riding.Karl was born in Germany and is fluent in both English and German and he speaks enough French to "get in trouble". Karl has written or writes at NowPublic, All Voices, Tek Journalism and many others.

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