Obama is Toast: We Need a Progressive Primary Challenger Pt. 3

Hard to believe it’s been three months since I first posted Obama is Toast: We Need a Progressive Primary Challenger. And still, not a thing has been done by the progressive left to raise money and be prepared should we find one.

It’s not like we’re the only ones who can see that Obama has lost his base and is unlikely to be re-elected. As early as March:

Obama’s liberal base disengaged

many of the activists and groups that worked to get people to the polls in 2008 say they’re not inclined right now to help Democrats in the fall.

"The energized base which transformed the nation and elected our first black president (is) now disengaged," Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile says. "If this was September, I would hit the panic button."

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs routinely brushes off questions about whether Obama and the Democrats are losing key constituencies, but he says the notion that the president is taking liberals for granted is "silly."

It turns out the only thing "silly" about the notion that the president is losing key constituencies is that a F’ing Retard like Robert Gibbs can actually keep his job.

And just recently:

President Obama’s Political Base Eroding

In case you haven’t noticed, President Obama is slipping badly in the latest polls; a recent Quinnipiac poll indicates that a GOP candidate would defeat him 39% to 36%. Polls can be misleading at times and subject to error, but this one from a respected source should be quite alarming for the Democratic Party. And it’s certainly a very bad sign when some fellow Democrats running for reelection would rather that he did not campaign for them. Wow!

How did he manage to alienate so much of his base in so little time? Here is my best assessment of what has happened. These disillusioned supporters were looking for a real visionary, someone who would stand up for what is right, a president who would go up against the Establishment, including the military, and not back down. They got nothing of the sort.

Which leaves us to face one undeniable fact: Obama is toast. There is no way he is going to win re-election vs any Republican opponent. If we want to avoid putting another wacko Republican in the White House, we need to start raising money RIGHT NOW for a progressive primary challenger. Someone who would galvanize the left and draw substantial support.

Defeating an incumbent isn’t easy. But it HAS to be done.

I don’t know much about organizing fund raising efforts, but this website is full of people who do. So I am asking again: Let’s starting raising money in anticipation of having it ready for when we find a legitimate progressive challenger to Obama.

In my first diary, people came up with the following list of potential candidates, which I posted in Part 2:

Elizabeth Warren.
Howard Dean.
Alan Grayson.
Russ Feingold.
Dennis Kucinich.

Of these five candidates, I think everyone realizes that Dennis Kucinich, who would be perfect if he were elected, has proven he can’t be elected. I suggest we scratch him off the list. Sorry Dennis, you had your chances.

Of the remaining 4, I think Feingold is the weakest option. But we need to start reaching out to all four of these people and putting pressure on them to step forward and take a leadership position.

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