Thingish Things

Obama’s Narrative Crisis

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Sep• 19•11

President Obama’s re-election narrative got a lot worse today, with Steve Chapman of the Chicago Tribune urging him to forgo running entirely in 2012. That’s tough stuff for someone struggling to get up from off the mat.

Chapman enumerates the President’s re-election challenges — the economy, the economy, and the economy — and then writes:

“But there is good news for the president. I checked the Constitution, and he is under no compulsion to run for re-election. He can scrap the campaign, bag the fundraising calls and never watch another Republican debate as long as he’s willing to vacate the premises by Jan. 20, 2013.

“That might be the sensible thing to do. It’s hard for a president to win a second term when unemployment is painfully high. If the economy were in full rebound mode, Obama might win anyway. But it isn’t, and it may fall into a second recession — in which case voters will decide his middle name is Hoover, not Hussein. Why not leave of his own volition instead of waiting to get the ax?”

Chapman has upped the ante on what is playing out to be a depressive, and possibly inescapable, story line for Mr. Obama — see how he falls.  The President is like the heavyweight fighter cheered on his way up the ranks, then broken by the weight of the championship belt. 

It is no surprise who Chapman recommends as President Obama’s replacement.  It is Hillary Clinton, of course, the most popular political figure in America today. 

“The ideal candidate would be a figure of stature and ability who can’t be blamed for the economy. That person should not be a member of Congress, since it has an even lower approval rating than the president’s.

“It would also help to be conspicuously associated with prosperity. Given Obama’s reputation for being too quick to compromise, a reputation for toughness would be an asset.

“As it happens, there is someone at hand who fits this description: Hillary Clinton. Her husband presided over a boom, she’s been busy deposing dictators instead of destroying jobs, and she’s never been accused of being a pushover.”

Mrs. Clinton has made it abundantly clear that there is “zero” chance that she would ruin for president in 2012. There is an even lesser chance, if that is possible, that President Obama would capitulate now. But every mention of Hillary’s name is a page added to President Obama’s withering narrative. The taller they are, the harder the fall, indeed. 

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  1. Your Friend says:

    This from the careful what you wish for department. If he loses in 2012 and we continue on the current trajectory of abject stupidity in DC (which seems all but assured), you will have the chance to look forward to OBAMA 2016. Just trying to make your day a little brighter.

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