Democrats: If Not Obama for 2012, Who?

Monday, 25 Apr 2011 08:02 AM

By Jon Friedman

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What do people want from Obama, anyway?

A liberal journalist called me from Studio City, Calif., recently — I guess it's superfluous to say she is a liberal when hailing from Hollywood — to rant and rave about our president. Knowing that I'd (also) voted for him in 2008, she vented that he hadn't done enough to fix the nation's economic woes, thus opening the door to a Republican challenger.

"No," she said, "the problems isn't the GOP. It is the Democrats, themselves. With the economy in such a mess, they will extract revenge on Obama by deciding not to vote in 2012. They'll show him the level of their displeasure by boycotting the election."

I thought this notion was ridiculous — at first. But then, I started assessing her ominous proclamation.

Could it really go down like that next year? Could Obama be so vulnerable from within?

It may happen just that way. The Democratic faithful are fed up with the president's stewardship of the country. OK. We get it. But what is the alternative for liberals? Could they possibly drop down into the muck with Sarah or Mitt or, bite my tongue, The Donald?

If so, the apathy of the left would represent one of the colossal blunders of modern times. If they wanted to spite President Obama, sitting out an election wouldn't be the way to go. Remember the cliche, you're biting your nose to spite your face?

The Democrats can be a petulant bunch. Democrats like to think they have God on their side so anything they do is sanctioned by a power even higher than Barack Obama (or, say, Bill Clinton). This would be a mistake, though, folks. Get to the polls. And vote. Early and often, if possible.

Jon Friedman writes the Media Web column for MarketWatch.com. Click here to read his latest column.

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