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Simon: Biggest 2012 Threat for Obama May be Dem

Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 11:53 AM

By Dan Weil

When it comes to re-election, President Barack Obama may have more to worry about from a potential Democratic challenge on the left rather than the current crop of potential Republican candidates, says Roger Simon,  Politico’s chief political columnist.

obama, democrats, competition, dean, hillary“I don’t think Barack Obama will have a hard time defeating his Republican opponent in 2012, barring a financial meltdown or a major foreign crisis,” he writes. “It’s a Democratic opponent he should worry about. Obama continues to anger progressives in his party and has created a huge amount of running room to his left.”

Obama has upset liberals by continuing tax cuts for everyone, including the wealthy; increasing our commitment to the war in Afghanistan; leaving the Guantanamo Bay detention center open; and deciding to resume military trials there.

Potential challengers include Howard Dean, Hillary Clinton and Dennis Kucinich, Simon says.

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