Howard Dean, the former DNC chairman and one-time Democratic presidential candidate, has some advice for President Barack Obama, who many on the left feel has abandoned his progressive base in order to appease conservatives:
Dean, the former Democratic National Committee chairman and one-time presidential contender, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Obama has “clearly upset members of his base” on issues including tax cuts and allowing gays to serve openly in the military. Obama stands to lose both the presidency and his party’s credibility if he doesn’t reverse course before 2012, Dean said.
“You take care of the people who sent you to the office,” he said in an interview. “There are hundreds of thousands of people under 30 who slept on floors for two years to make sure Barack got elected. You can’t turn your back on those people because if you do, it’s going to be hard to find any friends.”
There’s been a lot of talk that President Obama could face a primary challenge from the progressive/liberal wing of the Democratic Party, and while a primary challenge is certainly a possibility, I don’t see it being very likely. Like it or not, there’s not a single progressive candidate who could beat President Obama in a Democratic primary, no matter how vulnerable Obama may be heading into the 2012 election.