President Barack Obama's agreement with Republicans to extend expiring income tax cuts for all Americans, renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed and grant a one-year reduction in Social Security taxes is a "political nightmare" that will force a primary challenge from the political left of the Democratic Party, according to former CBS Evening News host Dan Rather.
"The more-left portion of his party hates this.. hates it with a passion," Rather said Monday on MSNBC.
"Politically, within his own party, if this goes through, Barack Obama will be in a position to have his shirttail on fire, his back to the wall, and the bill collector at the door which, metaphorically, is a way of saying he's almost guaranteed if this goes through to have a serious challenge in a Democratic primary for president in 2012," Rather said, according to eyeblast.tv.
Rather went on to add that Obama's flip-flop on tax cuts won't sell well within his own party and that "the perception of [Obama] is he won't fight for anything. Many of the heavy contributors to the Democratic Party are beyond shock about this happening and are saying to themselves, 'This guy has about four to six months to turn the perception of him and the party around or we've got to start thinking about somebody else in 2012.'"
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