Ralph Nader said the Obama administration “jumped like a cat” to crush anyone who threatened to run against their boss for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 2012. “The retaliation is incredible,” he said.
Last April, the consumer advocate and four-time presidential candidate vowed to organize a slate of 2012 Democratic primary challengers against Barack Obama. Nader hoped as many as half-a-dozen candidates would challenge Obama in the intraparty contests, each raising a separate issue on which the Left feels it has been betrayed. He told The Hill newspaper the Obama administration saw to it that did not happen.
“I hate to say but it’s over,” he told the newspaper. “The minute any name was mentioned…they made the calls.” Nader did not elaborate on the pressure the White House exerted on those who threatened to run against Obama in the primaries.
Currently, the only presidential hopeful following Nader’s model — running against Obama to raise a single issue — is pro-life activist Randall Terry, who is running for president as a Democrat.
Nader, an honest gadfly, stated forthrightly that “Obama should be impeached” in March 2011. Six months later, he reiterated “the only remedy left” for Obama’s violations of the Constitution “is…impeachment.”
However, he is far from the only left-wing partisan who is disappointed with Obama. Last March, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, an avowed socialist, said a “progressive” rival would “enliven the debate.” Congressmen Pete DeFazio and Dennis Kucinich agreed a political challenge would strengthen the party’s liberal base.
On the other side of the party’s spectrum, Democratic pollsters Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell have called on Obama to step aside and allow Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2012.
A growing number of Democratic voters favor measures that would effectively guarantee Obama’s defeat – as well as the removal from party leadership of this ObamAlbatross. An Associated Press-Knowledge Networks poll last year found that 47 percent of Democrats “said Obama should be challenged for the 2012 nomination,” although no modern president who faced a primary challenge has been re-elected. That number includes 29 percent of voters who supported Obama during the 2008 primaries. An October WND/Wenzel Poll has found more than one-third of voters on the Left would like to see someone else as their standard bearer in the 2012 presidential election.
Obama’s re-election effort, like the economy, is a media Potemkin village. He faces no primary rivals because his thuggish tactics and political threats crushed the opposition behind the scenes. The unemployed rate has “plummeted” to 8.5 percent, because Obama has shrunken the pool of workers. Everywhere, Obama is keeping up appearances that everything is well, and no one is fooled.
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