The United States is on the brink of complete transformation, changes feared by prominent Democrats. They warn if trends continue the damage will be irreparable. Imagine: liberals warning about liberalism on meth amphetamine leading to the destruction of the Democrat Party, and the country.
Hyperbole? Read on.
Dr. Douglas Schoen has been a political advisor, strategist and pollster for 30 years. In 1996 he was Bill Clinton’s campaign consultant.
Patrick Caddell is a political consultant and pollster. In 1972 he worked on the McGovern campaign. In subsequent years Caddell worked to elect Jimmy Carter, Gary Hart, Joe Biden and Jerry Brown.
Schoen and Caddell, writing together, published an article in the Wall Street Journal on November 21, 2011. It was titled: “The Hillary Moment—Obama can’t win by running a constructive campaign, and he won’t be able to govern if he does win a second term.”
The lead paragraph reads:
“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.”
The final paragraph reads:
“If President Obama is not willing to seize the moral high ground and step aside, then the two Democratic leaders in Congress, Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, must urge the president not to seek re-election—for the good of the party and most of all for the good of the country. And they must present the only clear alternative—Hillary Clinton.”
This is unprecedented: Democrats at this level calling on Obama to step down almost a year ago. And they have not backed down from arguing that this President is a threat to both the country and their Party.
Caddell, writing for Breitbart several days ago, actually called Obama an incompetent liar, then coached Republicans how to defeat him!
Describing the corrupt political class that forced Obamacare on the country, and the legislation itself a “crime against democracy,” Caddell challenged Republicans.
“Some Republicans are worried that the fight over Obamacare distracts from the issue of the economy. What these Republicans fail to realize is that healthcare and the economy are inextricably linked; Americans now realize that Obamacare was a detour on the road to economic recovery, so to remind them of one is to remind them of the other. And the two issues, compounded, are all the more powerful.”
Obviously Caddell relishes an Obama defeat.
Schoen has written for many months warning the Democrats to compromise and embrace bipartisanship, the pitfalls of Obamacare, the need to focus on jobs and the economy and the legitimacy of the Tea Party. Writing recently in Forbes he pointed out that Romney is outdoing Obama handily in fundraising and that will likely mean the difference in swing states.
Furthermore, the House recently having voted to repeal Obamacare, an effort to keep the debate fired up, voters would be wise to remember that not long ago President Clinton directly contradicted Obama on taxes and with regard to Obama’s attacks on Romney, saying Romney was a great governor, and he can be proud of a “sterling” business career as well.
(Insiders have long known there is no love lost between the Clintons and Obama.)
Notice this stunner as well: voters may have missed it because the MSM ignored the remarkable news, but recently President Carter accused Obama of being a war criminal. That is beyond remarkable, but it hardly created a ripple in the MSM.
Meanwhile, impeachment proceedings advance over Obama’s Libyan adventure, the investigation into Fast & Furious intensifies, the scandal over national security leaks makes Obama look very bad, Russian and Iran coordinated military exercises threaten the entire Middle East, and terrorists amass in South America thanks to Hugo Chavez (someone the President has embraced in the past), saying today Chavez is no threat. Really?
As Jeremiah Wright prophesied: “Them chickens is coming home to roost,” but in ways few predicted. As it turns out, Obama’s most potent adversaries reside within his own Party.
Allan Erickson is author of The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence, Tate Publishing, 2012