Obama Should “Step Aside” -Chicago Tribune
“Besides avoiding this indignity, Obama might do his party a big favor… by stepping aside and taking the blame. Then someone less reviled could replace him at the top of the ticket,” writes Editorial Board member Steve Chapman in Sunday’s edition of the Chicago Tribune.
As previously reported here in The Presidency.us, Obama’s chances in the Electoral College are looking slim to none. Chapman goes on to suggest that Hilary Clinton might be a better choice.
“The vultures are starting to circle. Former White House spokesman Bill Burton said that unless Obama can rally the Democratic base, which is disillusioned with him, ‘it’s going to be impossible for the President to win.’ Democratic consultant James Carville had one word of advice for Obama: ‘Panic.’”
“But there is good news for the President,” according to Steve Chapman, ”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.”
It’s not unprecedented for a Presidential candidate to decline to run. Faced with out of control spending, and the unpopular war in Vietnam, President Johnson decided not to go for his own second term. President John Tyler also declined to run after being expelled from the Whig Party. President Andrew Johnson, caught between the North and South during the painful Reconstruction period failed to receive his party’s nomination and was almost removed from office.
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