Obama needs to be like LBJ...decline a second term
I've said it elsewhere in comments on others' blogs, it's time to say it here:
Obama needs to follow Lyndon B. Johnson's example and say to the American people that he will not stand for re-election in 2012 (See: LBJ's March 31, 1968 speech). Obama has failed and even his ardent supporters in the Democratic Party know it. Obama is more like Hoover than FDR, more like Carter than even LBJ. In fact, Obama is like James Buchanan, a mid-1850s president who was a ditherer failing to grasp the moment in which he lives.
As for Vice President Biden, one piece of advice: Don't get any ideas. You're history, too. Time to call it a career.
Democrats with influence should be looking now to find replacements who will speak to New Deal principles and policies, which are principles and policies that have their antecedents in the policies of Alexander Hamilton, Henry Clay, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt.
For us to accept that nothing can be done but vote for the lesser evil that is Obama-Biden is to embrace the thinking that caused Obama and Biden to fail. We must be transformative, not reactive.
I know, I know. The Republicans are worse. Yes, they certainly are. It is a fact that they wish to hasten our national decline, a decline that Obama-Biden are "managing." However, arresting and redirecting our nation is why we have primaries.
I wish Obama had the integrity to step aside now. To make him do so, a primary challenge is necessary...and proper. :-) Would someone of note in the Democratic Party or even outside the party take up that task? Please!
And yes, I know this is a pipe dream. But it can only stop being a pipe dream if we start to say it, believe it and move to make it real. So, I say it. And hope others do, too.