Losing the Base

Peggy Noonan has a particularly harsh assessment of President Obama’s political fortunes. Here’s the opening salvo:

“We have not in our lifetimes seen a president in this position. He spent his first year losing the center, which elected him, and his second losing his base, which is supposed to provide his troops. There isn’t much left to lose!”

On the possibility of someone challenging the President in the 2012 primary, Noonan writes:

“The Democrats’ problem is that most of them know that the person who would emerge, who would challenge Mr. Obama from the left, would never, could never, win the 2012 general election. He’d lose badly and take the party with him. Democratic professionals know the mood of the country. Challenging Mr. Obama from the left would mean definitely losing the presidency, as opposed to probably losing the presidency.”

Read the rest here.

3 Responses to Losing the Base

  1. John Holmberg December 10, 2010 at 3:29 am #

    Am I blocked out from commenting here altogether? Did I do something recently to warrant this? It’s escaping me right now

    • Denny Burk December 10, 2010 at 4:32 pm #

      For some reason your comments went into my SPAM folder. I just released it.

  2. Tim Webb December 11, 2010 at 12:15 pm #

    President Obama “probably” losing the presidency? To whom? I heard right-winger radio gloating for months about how bad President Obama’s ratings are, but what Republican will challenge him. Sarah Palin? Please, no… shes done nothing that makes me think that she’s actually learned something that makes her a credible candidate. I voted against now-President Obama in the last election, which was a choice between two terrible candidates, and Obama vs. Palin would be even worse. God help Ron Paul!!!!!!!!!

    P.S. John isn’t the only one who’s comments haven’t posted lately.

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