Peter Ferrara of The American Spectator certainly thinks so. He argues his case persuasively, (and I am inclined to agree):
Months ago, I predicted in this column that President Obama would so discredit himself in office that he wouldn’t even be on the ballot in 2012, let alone have a prayer of being reelected. Like President Johnson in 1968, who had won a much bigger victory four years previously than Obama did in 2008, President Obama will be so politically defunct by 2012 that he won’t even try to run for reelection.
I am now ready to predict that President Obama will not even make it that far. I predict that he will resign in discredited disgrace before the fall of 2012. Like my previous prediction, that is based not just on where we are now, but where we are going under his misleadership.
Ferrara proceeds to list a few of the latest scandals, screw-ups and general mismanagement of the Obama administration:
• The Sestak scandal: (are Dem Presidents above the law?)
…indirectly offering the job through former President Clinton still violates the statute, as does the offer of an unpaid position. That is why Issa, Mark Levin, and others are saying that what the White House is publicly admitting still amounts to a federal crime, which is an impeachable offense. Democrats are going to have to decide if they really believe that presidents are not above the law.
The Romanoff scandal is finally starting to blossom, as well.
• Misfeasance or Malfeasance?: (Is the Obama administration’s mismanagement of the Gulf oil spill due to general incompetence and laziness, or a case of not letting a crisis go to waste? Could Obama have delayed the federal response because he thought the spreading spill would advance his anti-drill, pro-cap and tax political agenda?
What if evidence arises that Obama failed to respond to Jindal for partisan political reasons? As slimy as that sounds it wouldn’t be the first time a Dem had used an environmental disaster to score political points:
In the response to Hurricane Katrina, federal law specifically provided that the then Democrat Governor of Louisiana and Mayor of New Orleans were in charge. The federal and FEMA role was to “support…state and local assistance efforts” with the necessary, primarily financial resources. Nevertheless, in the days after the hurricane, President Bush’s federal government was the only functioning authority, as the Coast Guard rescued 30,000 people off of rooftops. Hundreds of school buses that could have been used to whisk those people out of harm’s way were left ruined under water due to Mayor Nagin’s inaction in response to federal hurricane warnings. The partisan Governor acted only to deny and delay President Bush’s control over the state’s national guard for political reasons.
But the Gulf oil spill emanates from federal waters, which means President Obama is directly in charge, not state and local officials. And his derelictions are losing his own supporters.
• Geometric Downward Spiral:
Now and for the next six months, we will be enjoying the high point of the Obama economy, the tippy top of the Obamanomics, Keynesian, roller coaster. If Art Laffer’s Coming Crash of 2011 arrives next year, or if the economy just dips into another downturn, President Obama no longer enjoys the political base to survive it. With African Americans suffering Depression-level unemployment for over a year now, even that most solid of all political bases will weaken and waver in the face of a renewed downturn.
• Inviting war through weakness:
Devilishly pursuing the opposite of every one of Reagan’s policies, instead of Peace Through Strength, Obama is inviting War Through Weakness. If Iran launches a bloody attack on Israel, open calls for his resignation will be widespread. If Iran uses a nuclear weapon in that attack, or in any other attack against American interests, the Obama Administration will be over politically.
• Reneging on tax pledge:
When the President directly violates the pledge that got him elected by openly endorsing such a tax increase, his resignation will immediately become a central political issue. The above problems and vulnerabilities will come together to increase the pressure for resignation to unbearable levels.
I believe we are already seeing the signs of a weakened and discredited Presidency. When Obama supporters from Peggy Noonan, to David Gergen and James Carville jump ship…when the thrill up the leg is replaced with nausea for Chris Matthews – you know there is trouble in paradise…the Utopian dream giving way to reality. And reality bites for small, petty, corrupt, Marxist Chicago politicians. It bites for the rest of us, too, because we are the unfortunate beneficiaries of his incompetence and malfeasance.
Today in PA, a slew of Democrats were invited to yet another Obama speech, and they scattered like the Grim Reaper was approaching.
Congressmen Jason Altmire and Tim Murphy have previous engagements. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. and Rep. Mike Doyle are out of town on anniversary trips with their wives. Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato will be campaigning in Philadelphia.
When President Obama and Sen. Arlen Specter land at Pittsburgh International Airport today, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl will receive them by himself.
The rest of the region’s top elected officials declined White House invitations to attend Obama’s speech at Carnegie Mellon University this afternoon, their offices said.
And that was in a blue state.
A good discussion among the Potluck bloggers on the chances Barry will bail. The general consensus is approximately 0% that he’ll resign before his term is up.
Just to be clear, I believe Obama’s Presidency is doomed to failure. It’s not in his psychological makeup to admit his shortcomings, and I suspect he lacks the flexibility to change course. I seriously doubt he’ll resign in disgrace. But whether he runs in 2012, or is persuaded by his party not to; I think he’ll be a one termer.
The Washington Times: EDITORIAL: Obama’s Islamic poll dance
Middle East appeasement policy has failed