President Obama must decide now how he wants to govern in the two years leading up to the 2012 presidential election.
In recent days, he has offered differing visions of how he might approach the country's problems. At one point, he spoke of the need for "mid-course corrections." At another, he expressed a desire to take ideas from both sides of the aisle. And before this month's midterm elections, he said he believed that the next two years would involve "hand-to-hand combat" with Republicans, whom he also referred to as "enemies."
It is clear that the president is still trying to reach a resolution in his own mind as to what he should do and how he should do it.
This is a critical moment for the country. From the faltering economy to the burdensome deficit to our foreign policy struggles, America is suffering a widespread sense of crisis and anxiety about the future. Under these circumstances, Obama has the opportunity to seize the high ground and the imagination of the nation once again, and to galvanize the public for the hard decisions that must be made. The only way he can do so, though, is by putting national interests ahead of personal or political ones.
To that end, we believe Obama should announce immediately that he will not be a candidate for reelection in 2012.
Source: Washington Post (please click through and read the rest)
Hat Tip: Drudge Report
I think that some Democrats see the train wreck that is coming for them in 2012. They trying to get convince Obama to go peacefully so as to limit their losses in the next election cycle. As for me, I'd love to see a sitting Democrat President have to fight a primary battle. It would certainly provide an opportunity for plenty of extra sound bites of him defending his actions. It would even provide sound bites of other Democrats criticizing him.
Will he forgo a second run for President in 2012? I don't know.