Sounds like a trial balloon to me. I can dig out my postings from 2008 (yes, I archive them all) where I predicted this would happen. Now we are seeing a little testing of the waters. Obama's administration was an epic failure except for adding 4 trillion dollars to the national debt and squandering billions on crapola like the Solyndra fraud.OVEMBER 21, 2011
The Hillary Moment
President Obama can't win by running a constructive campaign, and he won't be able to govern if he does win a second term.
By PATRICK H. CADDELL
AND DOUGLAS E. SCHOEN
When Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson accepted the reality that they could not effectively govern the nation if they sought re-election to the White House, both men took the moral high ground and decided against running for a new term as president. President Obama is facing a similar reality—and he must reach the same conclusion.
He should abandon his candidacy for re-election in favor of a clear alternative, one capable not only of saving the Democratic Party, but more important, of governing effectively and in a way that preserves the most important of the president's accomplishments. He should step aside for the one candidate who would become, by acclamation, the nominee of the Democratic Party: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Obama is doomed in 2012 and he's dragging the Democrat party down with him. Over 9% unemployment for the longest sustained time in the history of this country you mean. STILL over 9% unemployment, 16+% underemployment (stimulus jobs), $4+ trillion dollars in new debt in less than 3 years, home foreclosures continuing unabated by any Obama plan, gasoline hovering around $4 a gallon while Cuba and Venezuela suck the gulf dry and food prices hitting the stratosphere. That's the platform the Democrats have to run on? The Democrat party lost a historic 63 seats in the House in 2010. Unless unemployment some how gets down to below 8% in the next 12 months, the Democrat party will all but cease to exist a year from now. Folks need jobs and the Democrats stimulus of 2009 failed to deliver anything but keep Government union workers employed. Do you really think the American people can't see that? Good luck next year, only a miracle can save your party and since most Democrats don't believe in God....well that's not going to happen either. Substituting Hillary for Obama would gel the Democrat base, but they would lose a whole lot of the Black vote. The Titanic is going down......man the lifeboats.