Obama Must Step Aside, Let Hillary Run

Election, good governance require new Democratic candidate: pollsters

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 21, 2011 10:03 AM CST | Updated Nov 21, 2011 1:59 PM CST

(Newser) – If the Democrats want to win in 2012—and be able to get anything done in the following four years—it’s time for President Obama to hand the baton to Hillary Clinton, write two Democratic pollsters in the Wall Street Journal. “Never before has there been such an obvious potential successor,” note Patrick Caddell and Douglas Schoen. Clinton has been "a loyal and effective member" of the Obama administration, "has the stature to take on the office," and "is the only leader capable of uniting the country around a bipartisan economic and foreign policy," they argue.

An Obama victory is certainly possible, but it would require an excessively negative campaign, one that will only widen our country's divisions and make it extremely tough for him to govern in the run-up to the race. And were he to win, he'd hardly be able to govern then, as we’d see more of the relentless gridlock that we’re seeing today, Caddell and Schoen observe. On the other hand, Clinton would "understand implicitly the need to draw up a bipartisan plan with elements similar to her husband's in the mid-to-late '90s." On top of that, she’s "more qualified than any presidential candidate in recent memory, including her husband." And if Obama won't step aside, then Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi should step in and "present the only clear alternative—Hillary Clinton." Click through for the full article.

Clinton in Indonesia.
Clinton in Indonesia.   (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
US President Barack Obama leaves after speaking alongside US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton while announcing that Clinton will travel next month to Burma.
US President Barack Obama leaves after speaking alongside US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton while announcing that Clinton will travel next month to Burma.   (Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama arrives alongside US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to announce that Clinton will travel next month to Burma.
US President Barack Obama arrives alongside US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to announce that Clinton will travel next month to Burma.   (Getty Images)
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Having unique experience in government as first lady, senator and now as Secretary of State, Mrs. Clinton is more qualified than any presidential candidate in recent memory, including her husband. - Patrick Caddell and Douglas Schoen

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