Who Will Be the Democratic Presidential Candidate in 2012?

While all eyes have been on the Republican scramble for the Party’s nomination for the Oval Office, everyone has taken for granted that Obama will automatically run for re-election and be the Democrat’s choice.

However, there are whispers in the wind that the door to the Democratic presidential nomination may be about to fling wide open.

Dick Morris, former advisor and campaign manager for President Bill Clinton, told radio host Sean Hannity:

“I asked a top Democratic strategist the other day and he thought that it was possible that, in January, Harry Reid comes to Obama and says, ‘Look you cost us control of the House last year, you’re going to cost us control of the Senate this year. For the good of the party you have to step aside.’  And, then, (Obama) pulls a Lyndon Johnson, he says ‘I’m fighting to solve the recession, and problem is because of partisanship and my re-election people reject everything I say because of partisanship, so I’m going to not run for president and focus my full time attention on solving this recession’ and then go out popular… The twenty second amendment does not preclude non-consecutive terms, he is young, (he could) preserve himself as a possible candidate down the road.  We’ve seen how Bill Clinton is much more popular now then he was when he was leaving office, same with Jimmy Carter.”

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When you consider just how much Obama’s support base has been eroding this year and with his ratings dropping to dangerous levels, What Morris is saying may make sense.

Lending more weight to the possibility of Obama not running this next year was Vice-President Biden’s statement on Thursday that the American people need to blame Obama, not Bush, for the state of the economy.

If Morris and his source are correct, who among the Democrats would step up to carry the Party’s banner into the elections?  If Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi run and get the Democratic nod, I would say it’s time for an all-out public revolt.

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