Yesterday I noted how at least one Democratic insider (no doubt one of many Democrats) opined that a primary challenge to President Obama in 2012 would be a good thing for the Democratic Party’s chances of winning the White House, if not in 2012 then in 2016.
Chatter about President Obama’s reelection chances and the dissatisfaction among progressives who comprise a large portion of the Democratic Party base has intensified, with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) putting out an email yesterday asking members to withhold money from the Obama re-election campaign should the president endorse cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.
Here’s some copy from the email:
“President Obama: If you cut Medicare and Medicaid benefits for me, my parents, my grandparents, or families like mine, don’t ask for a penny of my money or an hour of my time in 2012. I’m going to focus on electing bold progressive candidates — not Democrats who help Republicans make harmful cuts.” Click here to sign.
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Many people still want to believe in President Obama. But the White House needs to understand that their actions now will have real consequences for 2012. The level of grassroots enthusiasm will be determined by whether the President fights for bold progressive change — and takes cuts that hurt grandparents, the disabled, and kids firmly off the table.
As a progressive, I’ve taken issue with President Obama’s handling of certain issues – I think he could have taken a more forceful and assertive role by use of his “bully pulpit,” but instead he let Republicans successfully frame the debate on health care reform – but ultimately at the end of the day I know that for all my complaints about President Obama, his reelection in 2012 is far more palatable than a return to the failed economic policies of Republicans like former President George W. Bush.