On September 28th, political strategist and former Clinton advisor Dick Morris spoke with radio host Sean Hannity, and dropped the growing possibility that President Obama may actually step down from running in the 2012 elections due to the recession, and his growing disapproval numbers. By stepping down now, it would give Obama another chance to run for office in 2016, and allow for four years of repairing his political reputation and approval numbers. Additionally, it would also give the American people the opportunity to see how the countries economic turnaround would be under a different leader, and use that to his advantage.
In an interview with conservative radio icon Sean Hannity, former President Clinton adviser and campaign manager Dick Morris stated that, after speaking with a Democratic strategist, he thinks it is “very possible” that President Obama might acquiesce to requests from the Democratic leadership in Congress and bow out of the 2012 race, leaving the door open for him to return sometime in the future.
“And, then, (Obama) pulls a Lyndon Johnson, he says ‘I’m fighting to solve the recession, and problem is because of partisanship and my re-election people reject everything I say because of partisanship, so I’m going to not run for president and focus my full time attention on solving this recession’ and then go out popular,” Morris added. – CNS News
A political strategy like this however, bears more similarity to Russia’s former President Vladmir Putin, who decided to step down after two terms in office rather than fight to have the Russian constitution changed to accomodate him. Instead, he hand picked the next President, that of Dmitry Medevedev, and set in motion the plan to retake the Presidency after abstaining for one term.
On the practical side, a strategy like this might be beneficial as growing scandals and the failure of Obama’s economic policies are making it harder for him to gain support for another term. Both the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal, coupled with the growing concerns over Solyndra and other loan programs given to Democratic supporters, will be two albatrosses over the President’s head during the campaign season.
Lastly, the failure of President Obama’s economic advisors, coupled with his inability to work with Congressional Republicans to pass meaningful economic legislation, has made him the primary focal point of the ongoing recession and lingering unemployment to the American people.
While it is still more than a year away before the elections of 2012, there is alot of time for the Republicans, as well as the American people, to place more spotlight on the Obama administration and their economic policies should he choose to run for a second term. The growing news that political strategist Dick Morris uncovered recently that Barack Obama may choose to sit out this election, and re-energize himself and his approval numbers for a different term in the future, is a strategy that is easily comparable to his Russian counterpart Vladamir Putin’s plan to win another election and become the leader of his country by skipping presidential terms.