Howard Dean: Obama might be in trouble in 2012

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.


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6 thoughts on “Howard Dean: Obama might be in trouble in 2012

  1. MIGHT? Wow thats an understatement…..while progressives were fooled by his charm it has become clear to most Americans that he was under qualified and is a major embarrassment to America. two years of the progressive agenda and America is rushing back the the conservative roots that once made it great

  2. The tax deal sucks, but was inevitable given the failure to address the issue until the 11th hour. Even more consequential is the total fail on the omnibus bill, which the Dems allowed to be scuttled by idiotically giving the GOP the handouts-to-the-rich carrot first. That’s now gifted Paul Ryan & Co. with the power to conduct his Randian jihad.

    The next two years were already going to be bad. Now they’re going to be unbelievably brutal, regardless of whether Obama is reelected.

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