Ben Johnson, The White House Watch
A new WND/Wenzel Poll has found more than one-third of voters on the Left would like to see someone else as their standard bearer in the 2012 presidential election. The survey of Democrats and Left-leaning independents was conducted October 22-25. It discovered 35 percent of respondents “prefer that someone else enter the race” for president besides Barack Obama, although a primary challenge has been a death sentence for sitting presidents in modern times.
Presidents Johnson, Ford, Carter, and Bush-41 all faced a contest for renomination, and all went on to lose the general election or bow out of the race altogether.
Perhaps Obama should be thankful. An Associated Press-Knowledge Networks poll conducted at the same time last year found 47 percent of Democrats believed “Obama should be challenged for the 2012 nomination.” This year’s results are 12 percent lower. Yet knowing the likelihood that a primary challenge would cost Barack Obama the presidency, one-in-three Democrats still prefer None of the Above.
Party stalwarts have made no secret of their desire for Obama to take early retirement. Just weeks after last year’s AP poll, Democratic pollsters Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell penned an op-ed in The Washington Post entitled, “One and Done: To be a Great President, Obama Should Not Seek Reelection in 2012.”
Their motives are….