FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
President Obama is taking a lot for granted.
Politico reports that top White House advisers are quietly working on plans for the 2012 re-election campaign.
For now - the planning is made up of private, closed-door meetings among aides at all levels. I guess when you have the economy, health care reform and the deficits under control, you can spend your time worrying about the next election. Even if it is almost three years away.
The article's sources say the president has given every sign he plans to run again and wants the next campaign to look a lot like the last one. My guess is it won't turn out the same way.
It's believed the re-election campaign would be managed by the white house deputy chief of staff Jim Messina - and possibly be run out of Chicago... a good way to remove it from Beltway politics and locate it instead in that bastion of good government.
The planning is still at its early stages - but some say it would likely launch in about a year.
Nonetheless, there's still a long way to go. President Obama's approval rating is hovering at around 50 percent; and a majority say he doesn't deserve to be re-elected.
The American people were promised change and a lot of them think this administration is just more of the same. And if the jobs don't start coming back soon, he may want to see if that community organizer job is still open.
Here’s my question to you: Is it too early for President Obama to be planning his re-election campaign?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Cliff in Rego Park, New York writes:
Jack, Every politician of both parties starts to run for re-election on their first day in office. The only solution to enhance selflessness and limit corruption is term limits… If the milk that I buy at the supermarket has an expiration date to prevent spoilage, why not apply the same standard to our legislators?
Dave in Oregon writes:
Why not? Let's all just be hopeful that Cheney and Palin don’t start planning.
Scott in Illinois writes:
Jack, I think President Obama needs to worry more about the economy, jobs, the deficit, health care and getting Republicans to work with Democrats instead of worrying about his re-election bid. Truth be told, I don't believe he will be re-elected unless things change dramatically between now and 2012.
Richard in Texas writes:
Of course it isn't too early for Obama to start campaigning. In fact, I have a couple of catchy slogans that he is welcome to use. "Isn't It Time You Were Disappointed Again?" "Read My Lips: No New Tax Cuts"
It's not too early for Obama to start planning for his re-election. After all, his opponents on the conservative side have started to plot his ouster.
Thaddeus in Milwaukee writes:
How about he follows through with the first campaign "promises" before moving on to additional hogwash? So in short, yes, it is too early.
Pete in Georgia writes:
Election campaigns are what Obama lives for. He's like a dog chasing a car, not having a clue what to do if he catches it.