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Posted by wmmbb in US Politics.

President Obama has announced that he will be starting his campaign for re-election.

Strategically, it is, I suppose, a good move, since there is no recognized challenger within the Democratic Party as Jimmy Carter had with Ted Kennedy. The media focus, at least, will not switch to who are the realistic Republican candidates. The really interesting development will be the emergence of a viable third party, perhaps anti-war coalition candidate, who can address the economic needs of the electoral centre which does not share the corporative imperatives. The mid-terms, I suspect, underscored the shortcomings of opting out of the first past the post two-party gerrymander.

Al Jazeera reports the Obama team is bushy-tailed:

Obama said that in coming days, his supporters will begin forging a new organisation in cities and towns across the country.

“And I’ll need you to help shape our plan as we create a campaign that’s farther reaching, more focused, and more innovative than anything we’ve built before,” he said.

The announcement was preceded by a video, which featured a group of presidential supporters talking about the importance of continuing the job the president started following his election in 2008.

“This will be my final campaign, at least as a candidate,” Obama said in the statement.

“But the cause of making a lasting difference for our families, our communities, and our country has never been about one person. And it will succeed only if we work together.”

Political observers expect the Obama campaign to raise an unprecedented $1bn for the race.

Many people over the coming months will have time to reflect on how the President has failed to deliver and address their needs while been somewhat profligate with respect to the imperial wars. I suspect that many people in which the political contest is fought on prescribed ground, might be looking for a positive alternative.

The $1bn figure is interesting. Where is it coming from? How is it to be spent?


At Crikey, Charles Richardson makes the salient point:

The Republicans in essence won the mid-terms not by reconnecting with mainstream America, but by energising their own extremists. In a general election, with its larger and more representative turnout, that’s not a viable strategy, but it’s precisely that crazy, energised fringe that will have a large say in deciding who the Republican candidate will be.

As Obama makes his accommodations to position the Republicans further to the right, to which they usually oblige, where does that leave “the progressives”, who become increasingly discontent with the President’s position?



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