Former Democratic pollsters, Patrick H. Caddell and Douglas E. Schoen believe that it is in the best interest of the country for President Obama to relinquish his party’s election as the Democratic candidate for president and hand over the leadership of the party to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Effective Government in Jeopardy
Caddell was a poll-taker during the administration of President Jimmy Carter, and Schoen worked as a pollster for President Bill Clinton. Their argument, which they put forth in Monday’s edition of the Wall Street Journal, is that because it is inevitable that Obama will be forced to run a negative campaign to win re-election, he will then have to face the negative consequences of such a victory, making it difficult for him to govern the country in an effective manner.
“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,”Caddell and Schoen wrote.
Follow the Lead of Johnson and Truman
Schoen and Caddell point out that both Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson decided not to run for re-election despite the fact that they could have. They believe Obama should learn from them tht sometimes doing what’s best for the country is the right choice.
Schoen and Caddell also stated:
“One year ago in these pages, we warned that if President Obama continued down his overly partisan road, the nation would be ‘guaranteed two years of political gridlock at a time when we can ill afford it.’ The result has been exactly as we predicted: stalemate in Washington, fights over the debt ceiling, an inability to tackle the debt and deficit, and paralysis exacerbating market turmoil and economic decline.”