Democrats Should Write In Hillary in NH Primary

Two pollsters call for grass-roots campaign to unseat Obama
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2011 9:31 AM CST
Democrats Should Write In Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire Primary
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, listens to a question from the media during a news conference with Danish Foreign Minister Villy Sovndal, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at the State Department.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – It's time for Democrats to start a Draft Hillary campaign for the 2012 election, beginning with a write-in campaign in New Hampshire, write two Democratic pollsters on Politico. Patrick Caddell and Douglas Schoen called on President Obama to step aside last month, saying Clinton would make a far stronger candidate in 2012 and then president going forward. Now they are taking their Clinton push to the next level, asking Democrats "with resources and stature" to lead the write-in movement for the Jan. 10 primary.

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Since 1944, an incumbent president has had an approval rating below 49% only five times while attempting to get re-elected—and each time that president lost, they write. Obama currently has a 43% approval rating, the worst of any modern president at this point in his presidency. Citing the repeated candidate surges in the GOP contest, Caddell and Schoen say that grass-roots efforts are driving the political process, making a grass-roots campaign more plausible than ever, especially in New Hampshire "where grass-roots politics predominates." "All that is needed is a spark on the dry tinder of political frustration and anxiety," they write. "A few Democratic patriots can provide the means to make it possible—and change the course of US history." (Read more President Obama stories.)

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