Democratic pollsters Douglas Schoen and Patrick Caddell wrote a Washington Post commentary making the provocative suggestion that President Obama announce he won’t seek re-election. “If the president goes down the re-election road, we are guaranteed two years of political gridlock at a time when we can ill afford it,” they wrote. “But by explicitly saying he will be a one-term president, Obama can deliver on his central campaign promise of 2008, draining the poison from our culture of polarization and ending the resentment and division that have eroded our national identity and common purpose.” They argued unconvincingly that such a decision would not turn Obama into a lame duck but “would grant him much greater leverage with Republicans.”
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