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So, who rises to the fore if Obama were to resign

Good question. Jerry Brown would be my pick of those listed, but some "centrist" acceptable to Wall Street would be more likely.  Popularity would be manufactured with money ex nihilo. But if Obama resigned mid-term, Biden would run as the incumbent. I preferred him to Obama in '08, but...

Probably some relatively inoffensive governor. Were this to happen in 2012, with Obama refusing to run, suffering an untimely death or disability, Hillary might take it, or Biden, but anyone with whom there is any danger that they might actually try to change the status quo will be fought big time by big money, so they would have to either have big money or a big money backer. What the US needs is a US Gorbachev, someone who can get in as an insider but will then turn on the establishment.

On the Republican side it is harder for me to see. But the Tea Baggers are likely to shoot down anyone who might win in the general election, so a "do nothing" moderate like Clinton or Biden might limp into office. Or things might get so bad that the Tea Bagger mentality can prevail. Then God help us all with Pres. Sarah Palin.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Jun 4th, 2010 at 12:41:40 AM EST

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