Posts Tagged ‘Challenge



08
Dec
10

on the verge of collapse!

Slate (David Weigel): As long as we’re going to be reading thinly-sourced articles about the “rumblings” of Barack Obama primary challenges, is it worth checking what’s happened to Obama’s poll numbers in the month since his party lost the House of Representatives?

One can only come to one conclusion after reading this data: Barack Obama’s presidency is on the verge of collapse, and only a primary challenger supported by Tikkun magazine can save the Democrats. 🙂

Well, sure, the “rumblings” of an Obama challenge mean more than that. They are coming from liberals who want to pressure Obama into cutting fewer deals with Republicans, and in many case they are coming from liberals who really, really want Obama out of the White House. But they are not actually a response to political danger.

01
Dec
10

only 85% of liberal democrats support the president? he’s ruined!

The New Republic: It’s time to smack down, once and for all, the idea that President Obama will face a serious primary challenger in 2012…..

This trope has been popping up ever since the 2008 general election, when horserace-hungry pundits speculated that Hillary Clinton would try to knock off the Democratic nominee four years down the road.

And it’s only gotten worse with the rise of the “angry left,” which thinks Obama has been too eager to compromise with Wall Street and the Republicans, and considers itself the representative of the Democratic base.

…For a substantive primary challenge to occur, a coherent bloc of Democratic voters—whether liberal or moderate—would have to sour on Obama and coalesce behind another candidate in such a way that threatens the president’s hold over his base. There’s just no sign of that happening.

….Obama’s straight approval ratings among rank-and-file Democrats are very high. According to Gallup’s latest weekly tracking poll, 81 percent of self-identified Democrats give Obama a positive job approval rating. Among liberal Democrats, who are supposedly the most likely to rebel, the number rises to 85 percent.

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07
Jun
10

kalamazoo!

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President Barack Obama at Kalamazoo Central High School, the winner of the 2010 Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge, at Western Michigan University Arena in Kalamazoo, Michigan. June 7, 2010




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