Should Pres. Obama hand the reins of the Democratic Party to Hillary Clinton?
November 21st, 2011
03:58 PM ET

Should Pres. Obama hand the reins of the Democratic Party to Hillary Clinton?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's time for President Obama to step aside and hand the reins of the Democratic Party to Hillary Clinton.

This rather radical idea is coming from two Democratic pollsters in a Wall Street Journal piece called "The Hillary Moment."

Patrick Caddell and Douglas Schoen argue that Obama should follow in the footsteps of Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson. Both presidents "took the moral high road" and abandoned a run for a second term when they realized they could not effectively govern.

Caddell and Schoen say that never before has there been such an "obvious potential successor" as Hillary Clinton. They say she would save the Democratic Party and be able to get things done in Washington. They think Clinton is the only leader capable of uniting the country around a bipartisan economic and foreign policy.

They point to Clinton's experience as first lady, senator and now secretary of state - suggesting she is more qualified than any presidential candidate in recent memory, including her husband.

Although Clinton says she's not interested in running, polls suggest she might do pretty well:

In September, her approval rating was at an all-time high of 69%. Another poll shows Clinton leading Mitt Romney by 17 points in a hypothetical matchup.

Caddell and Schoen say Obama could still win re-election in 2012, but only by waging a negative campaign, which would ultimately make the gridlock in Washington even worse.

If Obama isn't willing to step aside, they think Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi should urge him to do so.

The pollsters say they're writing as "patriots and Democrats," have had no contact with Clinton's people, and don't expect to play a direct role in any potential campaign.

Here’s my question to you: Should President Obama step aside and hand the reins of the Democratic Party to Hillary Clinton?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Alex in South Orange, New Jersey:
You know Obama is doing a poor job when Republicans are actually asking for a Clinton, as I have heard many Republicans admit they would take Hillary in a heartbeat over our current president. He wasn't ready. He essentially went from being a state senator to president. There is not a state legislator in the country, in either party, who had any business doing that. Turns out all that jazz about the 3 a.m. phone call was really a good point after all.

Jeff in San Diego:
Huh? Perhaps if Hillary openly said she was interested, said she'd fire every single person from Treasury and start over with people who didn't work for Goldman Sachs, promised jail time for the Wall Street crooks, offered to draw down the military to more manageable costs... Oh wait, she's never going to be different than any other politician in Washington, so what's the difference? Also, this would be suicide for Democrats – making them just as kooky as the GOP field right now.

No one should try and tell the president he can’t run. However, given his poor approval ratings, a Democratic primary should be held. If Clinton (or anyone else) wants to run against him, they should be given the chance. I don’t see her staying on if he does win a second term.

That would be asking Obama to actually do something selfless and for the good of America. Nice thought, but won't happen.

Yes. We should have done it four years ago.

Mark in Oklahoma City:
Obama better hand the reins to somebody! He darned sure can't control this runaway team of donkeys that he was elected to rein in.

soundoff (284 Responses)
  1. Michael Danahy

    This question is without a doubt the dumbest question you've ever come up with. A better question would be, "Should the Republican party turn over the reins to Grover Norquist?" Oh wait, they already have.

    November 21, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  2. Tom S

    I never would have thought that Hillary would have been our best bet in 2008 but I'm starting to lean that way.
    Obama will be re-elected unless a new GOP candidate surfaces which is highly unlikely.

    November 21, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  3. Frances

    That is a ridiculous question. The answer is no. President Obama will be reelected.

    November 21, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  4. Juanna Bell

    Stop this! You keep setting up these questions attacking the President. Why not have a question asking the Republicans to stop obstructing the President?

    November 21, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  5. Willda Ritter, Arvada, CO

    Yes! He got the presidency illegally and has no regard for the US Constitution.

    November 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  6. John from Alabama

    Jack: The question to ask, does Hillary Clinton want the job? I think she wnats a break after 4 years as Sectretary of State. It is a powerful position, but one which has a very demanding schedule and duties that would make a person think twice or three times before accepting the reins of the Democratic Party. Does Hillary Clinton believe she could do a better job than President Obama has the head of the party? There a great deal more questions to be answered before taking this position.

    November 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  7. Ed Hansen, Atlanta

    Jack, I suspect President Obama is more involved than his PR lets on, and I predict Secretary Clinton and Administration Foreign Policy are inseperable. The Secretary is clearly working Policy effectively, largely following the President-elect's Nobel Prize-winning foreign policy doctrine. Don't you sense she is an "iron fist/velvet glove" charm diva? Can we doubt the President already gives her significant autonomy? Cheers

    November 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  8. roc from selkirk

    The answer is a flat out no. He might as well take his licks in the election next year. No matter who runs they are doomed to failure since there is no one shining light in the crowd. The lights have gone out in both parties. Time for a third party.

    November 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  9. Janne from NC

    Of course he should and he will just as soon as those pigs start flying around Pennsylvania Ave!! Jack, it really is not fair to get our hopes up about such a thing. To admit that he is WAY in over his head would be to put the country before his own ego and that will never happen.

    November 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  10. Jk from Minnesota

    I'd rather he be coming down hard on the latest "Do nothing Congress" and actually fight for improving America. If he can't do that, then yes, he should step asadie for someone who will.

    November 21, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  11. Lou, Fayetteville, NC

    Hand the reins over..................just get her as Vice President because she could do more good there than being the President. She has leather balls and she could win the vote plus straighten out the men.

    November 21, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  12. Ken from California

    I don't see why. I can't imagine the spiteful, angry, party first, middle class killing, Republicans in Congress would have any problem saying No to a lady.

    November 21, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  13. Ed from California

    No, Jack he shouldn't. Obama is doing an outstanding with the very limited resources that Boehner is giving him. I don't think there will be very many Republican's left after November 2012 on the payroll. It looks like American is finally waking up. Mr. Boehner!! Where are the jobs?? hint: look in communist China, Mexico and India.

    November 21, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  14. s in fl

    You bet, Jack. In 2016. No reason to now. He'll do just fine next year, despite the endless pundit smokescreens being blown in our faces.

    November 21, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  15. ken, atlantic city, nj

    no, clinton is owned by wall street and would give us more of the same for main street. She also said she would nuke iran which puts her in the category of crazy.

    November 21, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  16. Ken in Victoria BC

    Jack hello. The answer is no., However, I think she would be a good Vice President. Does she not have experience, intelligent and Beauty. Good luck to Mr. Obama.

    November 21, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  17. Robert Florida

    No Jack. What kind of idiot would think a different liberal would be any better? This country can’t afford another 4 years of liberal wasteful spending. Have we forgotten all the worthwhile programs our so called stimulus package was wasted on? This out of control spending is what got us into this mess to begin with. We don’t need another Blamer and chief we need a leader. As for Clinton, just look at the mess the Middle East is in and to think she would be a better President than Secretary Of State is just plain crazy.

    November 21, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  18. Steve,NY

    I'm not sure if that is a good idea. Hillary has a lot of baggage, big one is Bill. He's one of the biggest liars. Plus anybody that took advantage of a young intern and Hillary stood by him tells you something of her integrity and weakness. If Bill was working for a big corporation as a CEO and had any kind of sex with an employee, he would have been fired immediately. After all the lies, the press glorifies Hillary and Bill. Something is wrong here. I'm not sure if she would win the election, even though she's doing a great job as a Secretary of State.

    November 21, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  19. Annie, Atlanta

    Wouldn't the GOP love that? If you think, as I do, that they've shown nothing but disrespect for the Black guy, what do you think they'll do to a woman? Especially when that woman is Hillary Clinton. I think we should be trying to heal the toxicity, not seek new lows.

    November 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  20. Michael

    No. Wow, you go to the bottom of one barrel to the bottom of another. That would be the equivalent of handing it to Perry, Santorum or Biden. You couldn't run a Mary Kay business with the cumulative IQ of that crew.

    November 21, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  21. Richard Texas

    At this juncture I don't think it really makes much difference. The Obama policies are very similar to the Clinton policies so that means nothing changes. In order for the democrats to win in the next presidential election 3 things must happen. The first is that republicans must be portrayed as pro rich and anti middle class. The 2nd thing is that democrats must get our troops out of the middle east. The 3rd thing is the democrats need to stop spending. Without doing all 3 things the republicans have a very good chance of winning the Whitehouse next year.

    November 21, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  22. Pete from Georgia

    At this point he would be better off handing the reins over to Hillary's hairdresser compared to his looney policies and non performance.
    If ever there was an absolutel Pretender in the White House it's this imposter.

    November 21, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  23. Lorna Kelly

    Dear Jack: I would love to see you ask a question about the fact that Grover Norquist is controllong the Republican Senate, the Republican House of Representatives, and holding the deal on Budget cuts' super committee hostage to his idiotic "Pledges". I live in Prince Edward County in Canada, which is an island in Lake Ontario between Toronto and Montreal. I have a standing date with Wolf Blitzer and yourself each day and admit to being a political addict especially to American Politics, much more entertaining than our very bland variation. I come to life in your election years..and thrive on the details of candidates' ups and downs! Keep up the good work...and Jack, I know you're not the curmudgeon you would like us to believe! Best regards, Lorna Kelly

    November 21, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  24. JD in NH

    What a strange question to ask. I've always been puzzled why the President hasn't gotten more good publicity for some of the truly spectacular things he has done – like getting Bin Laden, for example. If George W. Bush has taken out Osama Bin Laden there would have been a week long celebration complete with parades and 24/7 media coverage the entire time. Mr. Obama has made some mistakes, but compared to what might become of our country if any of the "Clown Car Candidates" wins the election, he's far and away the best person for the job.

    November 21, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  25. Mike Smith, New Orleans

    Why not Jack? George W. Bush Jr. handed the reins to Dick Cheney and Halliburton Corporation. So I guess if what the Republicans want to achieve is total chaos of the American economy, the more turmoil the better. Let's get this disaster over with.

    November 21, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  26. Kim, Dodge City, Ks

    It's obvious there needs to be someone in charge, someone who can take the Norquist Republicans to the wood shed and remind them that their oath of office is the only oath they are required, by law, to honor. Our country has been hijacked by the most dangerous and treasonous man in our history, and it would be nice if the President, an elected representative of the people, would stand up and protect us. It doesn't matter to me if it is Hillary Clinton or Obama, but someone please get this man neutralized before we crumble completely.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  27. Jenna Roseville CA

    Should President Obama step aside and hand the reins of the Democratic Party to Hillary Clinton?

    First off Jack, she doesn't want it anymore. Second off Jack do you think the GOP would work with Hillary any more than they would work with Obama? I seriously doubt that.

    The GOP are acting like spoiled children who are not getting their way. They need a good spanking! And the Americans are going to give them one at the 2012 election.

    Americans are NOT stupid as the GOP thinks they are, they are going to give the Democrats a Super Majority and Obama is going to get things done!

    The GOP lost all credibility when they chose to focus on things that didn't matter and allowed Americans to lose jobs and homes.

    Americans see this.

    Roseville CA

    November 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  28. VistaPoint

    Jack, It is time you hand over the reins to Wolf; he can ask such questions. He is best at it.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  29. Jeff In Minnesota

    Are you implying that the President should not run for re-election Jack? Are you confirming that the President is not leading the party? Not only does the President not lead the nation, but he's not even leading his own party. And we should re-elect him if he did this?!?! If he does, he and the family need to pack up and move out of the White House because it's all over.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  30. Dan in Albuquerque

    Jack, Hillary could get elected, but it wouldn't change anything if Republicans retain filibuster power. Hillary's policies are no different than the majority of Democrats. They still believe in increasing tax revenue, making major cuts in spending, uniiversal and more affordable health care, educatiion and helping the poor, sick and elderly. Several of those principles do not guarantee any more compromise with her than Obama.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  31. Loren

    If he wants to win reelection, he will. If nothing else, the Clintons have proven that they can make Chicago politics look like a cake walk, and while Obama has the Chicago machine on his side, this election will take the same finesse that caused a number of voters to believe that Bill and Hillary actually had a marriage.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  32. Mel - Houston

    First, is Hillary asking for the reins? Second, if she were smart she wouldn't take the reins if given them. Sometimes I think that is why the Republican party are running Larry, Curly and Moe. They don't want the reins either.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  33. RickFromDetroit

    No! He should hand the reins to Senator Bernie Sanders !

    November 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  34. Brad, Portland, OR

    A sitting President is the de facto head of his party.

    It isn't possible for him to "hand the reins" to someone else, unless he resigns, like Nixon did.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  35. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    She has done an amazing job as Secretary of State, but dealing with this congress as president would require a different skill set. Obama has prevented this country from falling asunder through his unique charisma and patience. Clinton would have escalated Republican intransigence into civil war by now. He's the person for the job.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  36. Phyllis G. Williams

    Should President Obama step aside and hand the reins of the Democratic Party to Hillary Clinton?

    Are you admitting your failure?
    The Bible states clearly that whenever the Female rules, the Male (MEN) have failed (Isaiah 3: 12).
    If you are reliable Men 'there shall not fail thee a Man on the everlasting throne of David
    (Isaiah 9: 7 ; 1st Kings 2: 4).

    November 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  37. Noel Sivetrson New mexico

    No. Secretary Clinton and President Obama are doing fine right where they are. We should turn over the reins of the congress to the Democrats. The Republicans with their myopic view of sacrificing the national interest to getting rid of Obama and their pledges to a lobbyist, Grover Norquist, have proven them unfit to lead.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  38. J. Davis, Knoxville, TN

    Absolutely not. Obama is the President and everyone should respect that and appreciate him for all he has done in foreign and domestic policy. It is sad that he is often blamed for George Bush's messes and the failure of the REPUBLICANS in Congress–they won't compromise on anything. It will take many years for us to overcome the reign of George W. Bush.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  39. mario

    Whst is that question,,,, the gop party is and will be the party of NO against any democrats, so Jack get a life

    November 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  40. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Why does it really matter who leads any thing anymore?

    Decades of lying and sacrificing virtue for greed and power by the parties is giving way to the idiocy of absolute ideology, where it is no longer about you or I or the welfare of a nation, but about misguided beliefs becoming the higher power that will only harm and grant the believers a temporary power high before a cataclysmic fall.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm |

    You keep on asking this question, over and over again. You stated before that you, in other words, enjoy "stirring the pot."

    Why don't you ask if America would have been better off with McCain and Palin over Obama and Biden.

    To answer your question, I, like millions of others, voted for who won the election, and I am still pleased with my selection.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  42. tom,ca. in chico

    Hillery is just as owned by wall street as Obama is.The status Quo doesent work any more.Remove all incumbants.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  43. MNResident

    Sort of like then Governor Sarah Palin handed the reigns over to her Lieutenant Governor and quit? I don't think President Obama could handle the comparison.....

    November 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  44. Ricky in Alabama

    Jack handing the reins to Hillary won't fix the problem . Republicans are still crying over losing the presidency so bad they won't cooperate with anyone . It's more than embarrassing what is happening with the congress. Greed and power grabbing, and no one cares what they are doing to the country. They should all lose their jobs and not be able to become lobbyists, and be made to do a real days work like most americans !

    November 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  45. Peg from NY

    Yes! Yes! A gazillion times yes! That would be the intelligent thing to do.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  46. Rick McDaniel

    That would be like jumping from the frying pan into the fire.

    Clinton, has, you realize, been giving away money to foreign countries everywhere she has gone.......often to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars, and never less than tens of millions of dollars. ALL of that money is borrowed........every last cent.

    Hillary will be WORSE than Obama, in my view. She will be no savior, to the Democratic Party, at all. She would actually make the economy even worse.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  47. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Hope is a good thing and we can only hope that one of them takes the lead in the next election. But unless the American people wake up and vote out the GOP, Gouging Ordinary People party then it really doesn't matter who sits in the oval office as nothing will get done anyway. If the GOP gets control of all three areas then we the 99% are toast.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  48. Ibe Ezurike, Detroit, Michigan

    Really Mr Cafferty? Hand in the democratic reigns to Hilary? OK, That makes absolutely no sense and there is no reason for it. We have an honest, intelligent and hardworking president who is doing his utmost best in the face of Republicans bent on frustrating every patriotic move to achieve partisan and corporate gains.Our memories seem to have erased the fact that we endured 8 years of the dumbest policies from Bush that cant be fixed in 3 years, Obama really is no Messiah, just a smart president.What is Hilary Clinton supposed to do different? Flash her chest for congress to wake up and act on our behalf?

    November 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  49. David from Herndon, VA

    I don't imagine Hillary really wants it. Would you want to be in charge of the country right now? We're at the beginning of a long decline - it ain't gonna be pretty.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  50. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Absolutely not. He's manuevered the GOP into a corner on tax policy. Assuming the economy continues to improve, he can have a "Morning in America" convention. He has the GOP exactly where he wants them on tax policy, provided he does not give away the store to get a deal on temporary expiring provisions next month, they have no option but to accept a deal to avoid deficit reduction coming from the expiration of the Bush tax cuts, which won't even come to the floor in the Senate if he does not wish it. His only reasonable opponent is unpopular with the GOP base, which means they will likely stay home in November. Why would he ever give that up?

    November 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  51. Alex Schmidt

    It would be great if Hillary was nominated as VP and Biden took her cabinet position. Hillary deserves more than what she got.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  52. Chris

    Yes! Hillary has far better judgement, and more importantly, courage, than the President. Of course she would have to marginallize Pelosi and Reed, but ti think she's up to it. The President has committed the most eggregious of offenses: he has failed the country and he deserves to be removed from office by the voters.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  53. Larry -Denver

    Does it matter who has the reins? Listen to the words of Mayor Bloomberg about the state of our government. Do you think you can unite around Hilary? or Bill for that matter. We are a broken government and until all parties can come together and start a dialog it wont matter who takes "reins". Its more like ,when you dont know where you are going, any road gets there.We are on a path to noplace.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  54. Bill of New Mexico

    Unless the the Republicans run Cain or Michelle, Obama does not have much of a chance of winning.

    To do his Party, his country, and himself a favor, Obama should bow out of the next election.

    Obama thinks that he has completed about 60% of what he promised.

    If Obama believes that, Obama did not listen to his own promises.

    Frankly, I do not want to vote for either Party. Both Parties are big spenders, heavy on the pork barrel, and ready to invade any country at the drop of a hat.

    Both Parties could care less about the voter.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  55. LA Belle

    President Obama should be re-elected in 2012, to let the Republicans know that the voters are totally in disagreement with their commitment to Grover Norquist and the wealthy. This is abviously not going to get this country back to prosperity and stability. They have forgotten who elected them to their positions and who they should be committed to. When did we elect Grover Norquist to Congress?

    November 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  56. hank

    so you arm chair quarterbacks really thank that anyone could have fix the mess we were in in fours years,please give me a break.you tell me what you would do.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  57. Tina Tx

    Sure why not. Pelosi is past her sell by date and Hilary needs a break and send Pelosi off traveling the world.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  58. Clephas from Austin, TX

    The more powerful question here is whether Hillary would accept such an action on his part... clearly, the stress put on her by her job has left her tired and worn out, as is evidenced by her appearance, and it would seem that she has no interest in taking the Presidency herself. I would vote for her if she ran, but I don't see it being very likely that she would, even if Obama stepped aside.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  59. Rich in Gainesville FL

    Ain't gonna happen. Stuff like this only gives the talking heads something else to fill airtime with instead of covering the real candidates and their campaigns.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  60. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York


    Let's stop fantasizing about dream candidates and put the blame where it really belongs: on the Republican opposition. When you have a party that is willing to filibuster every initiative aside from adding the Koch brothers profiles to Mount Rushmore, there is little chance for any progress.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  61. Paul

    With most of the right wing singularly committed to ousting Obama at any cost, a new face could only be a positive thing. Obama should ride out his term however, and I don't know WHY he would willingly want another 4 years of what he has already endured. If it were me, I'd be looking forward to getting out of it.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  62. Terrence

    For Obama to hand over the Reins, he must first grab them... He's made history for two things, the first black president of the United States, and having the longest Party in Washington History. Simply shameful

    November 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  63. Lori - PA


    First Hillary would have to agree to be the Democratic nominee and Obama would have to agree to step down. If both Hillary and Barack did reach an agreement, that doesn't guarantee that the Republican Party will work with Hillary Clinton anymore than they did with Obama. Maybe it's time to vote all of them out and start from scratch. The first order of business should be to put an end to lobbying, create a general campaign fund, and put an end to Super Pacs.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  64. susan

    Hillary Clinton was pushing for US troops in Libya. Then Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said anyone who involved "us in another Mid East war ought to have their head examinedl". Anyone who hands the reins of the Democratic Party to Hillary Clinton ought to have their head examined.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  65. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    Hillary Clinton could do no more than Barack Obama to unify the Democratic Party in countering GOP tax increase refuseniks. Republicans are gearing up for a circular firing squad during the 2012 election because they're betting all their marbles on insulating America's top 1% from participating in the Democracy of the reamaining 99% who are 100% about to suffer for GOP intransience.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  66. Dave

    Hillary has always been more qualified than any of her opponents. I am not sure that she, or anyone else, could have been any more effective, given the childish, and uncompromising elements of the Republican party. Bill Clinton had a Republican congress for the majority of his term, but still managed to get things accomplished, because unlike the current congress, that Congress was willing to work with him for the good of the country. The problem is not Obama, its congress.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  67. Don Desaulniers (Belleville, Ontario)

    President Obama should have announced last November, for the sake of his family, that he was not going to seek re-election. Doing so then might have ended the gridlock, although I doubt it.
    It's too late for Obama to give up now. What would he do with the billion bucks he's already collected in campaign donations? He would not be permitted to turn them over to Hillary Clinton. Maybe he could hold one gigantic farewell party and give out million dollar party favours to a thousand honoured guests. I'd be thrilled to attend for a couple of reasons. I could use the million bucks, and I'd love to see the retirement of this President.
    By the way, I've heard nothing more about the trillion dollar coins. I was hoping to purchase one for my own collection, as long as the government will accept my IOU.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  68. Vinny in Connecticut

    Of course he should step aside. America made a HUGE mistake in 2008 electing Obama. He is TOTALLY incompetent and his policies have caused our great nation into a downward spiral. Will Obama do the right thing for our country? Of course not! His HUGE ego will not allow him; with Obama, it's always "Me, Me, Me, I, I, ..." I know this saying is trite, but oh, how true- When Obama leaves office, it will finally be THE END OF AN ERROR!!

    November 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  69. Doug Ericson

    By all means, put Mrs. Mortgage Crisis, in the White House. She can finish the job her husband started. Doug. Pepperell, MA.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  70. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    It really doesn't matter who the democratic president is. The republicans will refuse to a cooperate in any way shape or form. They would rather see the country suffer in order to win a election. Newt Gingrich and the boys tried to pull the same crap on President Clinton. The republicans are so stupid they make a pledge tying their hands behind their back and want to blame it now on the democrat. Everyone knows in order to balance the budget you have to raise taxes on people making over one million dollars a year. Senator Simpson a republican and the committee he was on recommended to them that you would need more revenue coming in along with cuts in order to seriously reduce the deficit.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  71. Bill from ann arbor, mi

    Oh hell yes, Jack. Obama is very weak when it comes to dealing with Congress. I say, close the doors to congress, feed them bread and water until they make up their minds that we hired them to work for us and not the other way around. We are smart enough to figure this out, and if the plan is good enough you won't hear a peep from anyone. Hillary isn't afraid of them and she would do it, Obama is afraid and they know it.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  72. Dave - Phx

    Who cares what the Democratic party wants. They are just as repsonsible for the mess our country is in as Republicans. None of this is Obama's fault, although Republicans like to blame him because he black, they think he is a muslim, and more importantly they are morons. The Democrats are no different. If anyone should step aside for the good of the country its Pelosi and Reid. They are just as much the party of no as the Republicans are. Idiots backing either side should quit complaining and live with their decisions.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  73. Lene, IL

    First Lady, Senator and now Secretary of State. She also has dodged sniper fire in Bosnia! She's a great at managing money, as proof, Bill Clinton pimped himself out to try to soak people to pay off her Campaign debt. Gosh, we wouldn't want Hillary to pay the balance off herself, she is so poor, let the people pay! Let's not forget her wonderfully questionable campaign finance practices. Yes, she is slick! She would be perfect to take the reins!

    November 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  74. Gordon NJ

    How about this for a more appropriate question for today:
    Are Republicans in congress more afraid of Grover Nordquist than the voters?

    November 21, 2011 at 3:26 pm |

    Obama better hand the reigns to somebody! He darned sure can't control this runaway team of donkeys that he was elected to reign in.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  76. Fay in Abilene Tx

    Interesting idea. I think she would have been much better at dealing with a recalcitrant GOP. I doubt it would have taken her so long to realize "they are just not that into you".

    November 21, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  77. Nate NC

    Okay, but who would replace her? What has helped President Obama's foreign affairs policy is because of such a qualified candidate in Hillary Clinton. Also, with her not being President, she is free of the criticism that would impede her doing her job. While I like the idea, I am just afraid of how it would be implemented. I mean who will she have?

    November 21, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  78. Jim, Denver CO

    No, he should not step down. He has done his level best to get things done and be diplomatic about it. The obstructionism, and lack of government working, is coming from the GOP. Specifically; Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and Eric Cantor. Those 3 along with the ultra-right wing of the GOP have had it out for President Obama since he won the election in 2008.
    Get those 3 (McConnell, Boehner & Cantor) out of Congress along with the Tea Party people and put some moderate Republican's in their place and you will see bipartisanship and compromise come back, and government start to work for the people again.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  79. sc

    Obama = Good President
    Hillary = GREAT President

    GOP Field = Clowns, Flip Floper (Romney) and smart guy with no chance of wiining nomination becuase republicans are stupid (Huntsman)

    November 21, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  80. Sandstone.

    "A big fat NO!!!!! She should run as a republican and put the democrates in the toilet, for how she was treated by Pelosi, Obama, and the rest. Let the dem-ship sink for forever !"

    November 21, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  81. JD, Seattle, Wash

    No! Obama stepping aside for Hillary would give the Republican sharks just the "blood-in-the-water" moment they've been craving. A "noble" move such as this will only serve to encourage further the "Just say NO" mentality of Tea Partiers and all those nincompoops who signed the No-Taxes Pledge of that self-important little twerp who was on 60 Minutes last night. ... What's his name? Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey? ... Grover Norquist, that's it. ... Funny how the first 2 letters of his last name spell "NO."

    November 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  82. Robert Florida

    Here's a great idea! Urge Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to step aside so less partisan more moderate Democrats can actually get something done. As for the President waging a negative campaign, thats all he done since taking office, thats why he's called Blamer and Chief.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  83. Tony from Southport

    There's a lot of talk about the mistakes on the Republican side with candidates making gaffes or carrying baggage, etc., but why not ask the real question and that is "Did the Democrats make a HUGE mistake running Obama instead of Hillary in 2008?" She would be getting a second term for sure. Is it too late to turn the reigns over to her? No, but it would make Democrats look pretty foolish.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  84. Terry Wells -Hoosier Hillbilly-Greensburg,IN

    1st. Pres. Obama shouldn't have to step aside, he should be impeached. There's enough evidence against him to do it. The only reason the republicians haven't done it is because they know they can win with him running against them.
    Hillary would be an excellent choice, but she insists it's not on her agenda. She would win the election by a landslide.
    I don't understand why there isn't a runoff every 4 years anyway.
    Reid & Pelosi don't want a person of their own mind in the Democratic Presidental office! *you know that Jack!*
    JACK:Q: This rather radical idea is coming from two Democratic pollsters in a Wall Street Journal piece called "The Hillary Moment."
    I don't see it as radical I think they are right on track! It could very well be the only salvation for this country!

    November 21, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  85. Simon/Orlando

    That's the only way the Democrats are going to win.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  86. Marilyn, Powell OH

    Absolutely not. I voted for Hillary in the primary election, wanted her to be our president but it is evident the voters wanted change. Hillary would be having the same problems that President Obama is dealing with; the only difference is she is white and we have a country that is still racist as ever.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  87. Stella-Northern New York

    Hello Jack. No, as much as I supported Hillary over President Obama the last time around I don't think he should step aside and not run. If he did and Hillary runs... just think Jack you won't have to write any new bashing columns against Hillery. You can just pull out the last batch from the previous election and do a rerun with little or no editing. We all know what your game plan was. Bash Hillery because you thought she was going to beat McCain. Pretend to support Obama because you thought McCain would beat him. Sorry Jack no fun for you this time. President Obama is here to stay. Oh I forgot you can still beat up on good old Nancy Pelosi. Wait what's that I hear??? Your little mind is working on "Bashing Michelle". Now, now, Jack you don't have to say anything. I can see that little smile from here and so can everyone else.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  88. Terry Wells -Hoosier Hillbilly-Greensburg,IN

    They point to Clinton's experience as first lady, senator and now secretary of state – suggesting she is more qualified than any presidential candidate in recent memory, including her husband.
    (((AND: she'd get more votes than he did!!!)))

    November 21, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  89. Ed from Texas

    The President cannot govern because the House of Representatives is controlled by Republicans, the Senate is effectively controlled by Republicans because of their filibuster rules, and the Republicans have become obstructionists.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  90. phillip marlowe

    That would be asking Obama to actually dosomething selfless and for the good of America, nice thought, but won't happen.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  91. kim smith, Dodge City, Ks.

    Let's be honest, as much as we would all like to see a president that could rule over Congress with an iron fist, it ain't Obama. Hillary could win if she decided to run, but she would of course, need the permission of Grover Norquist who we all know is the real power behind all American politicians.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  92. Wendi

    Absolutely! I thought Hillary was more qualified in the first place. She's exactly what we need.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  93. tom in chico,ca

    Both Clinton and Obama are owned by wall street. more of the sameisnt going to fix our country.remove all incumbants'

    November 21, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  94. Joe in NYC

    Romney will beat Obama at this point. Poverty at an all time high, unemployment 9%+. The country has no direction. Hillary could lead us.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  95. Alex in South Orange, NJ

    You know Obama is doing a poor job when Republicans are actually asking for a Clinton, as I have heard many Republicans admit they would take Hilary in a heartbeat over our current President. He wasn't ready. He essentially went from being a State Senator to being the President. There is not a state legislator in the country, in either party, who had any business doing that. Turns out all that jazz about the 3 a.m. phone call was really a good point after all.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  96. Jeff in San Diego

    Huh? Perhaps if Hillary openly said she was interested, said she'd fire every single person from Treasury and start over with people who didn't work for Goldman Sachs, promised jail time for the Wall Street crooks, offered to draw down the military to more manageable costs – oh wait, she's never going to be different than any other politician in Washington, so what's the difference? Also, this would be suicide for Democrats – making them just as kooky as the GOP field right now.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  97. TJ

    Obama campaigned on rising above the partisan bickering in Washington and his administration has not done that. I've had good discussions with Republicans that would be excited about a Hillary campaign, as they too are disgusted with their candidates.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  98. NiSolihp, Vancouver

    No. This election should be a referendum on Vision not compromise. Hillary will always remain as the one-who-got-away in American history.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  99. Bob - Burnsville MN

    Bottom line is "this ain't gonna happen!". If for no other reason than Obama's ego getting in the way. Having said that, however, I do believe that Hillary would provide much better leadership than BO has. I don't believe I've ever seen such a total lack of leadership from any president from either party. Unfortunately for the country he will probably be reelected since the GOP crop of candidates are not qualified to be a high school class president. We desperately need an independent candidate to get us out of this mess. Michael Bloomberg anyone?

    November 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  100. Paulette Bent

    Yes. I've been saying this for a long time. It's time to think about saving our country and improving its world standing. Hillary has the experience the expertise and knows how to get things done. Show the American people how much you love our country Mr. Obama and step aside instead of blocking progress.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  101. Lee

    Jack, here is an idea. Instead of trying to put a different face on America's excerise in the blame game. Give the republicans their cut,cap, and balance bill and let the democrats roll back the Bush tax cuts to Clinton era levels. Both sides make a sacrifice and get a victory all in one beneficial shot.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  102. Kelly

    No. We had two Bushes and a Clinton already just out of the last four presidencies. Why would it ever be a good idea to perpetuate a dynasty in a democracy, no matter what the ilk?

    November 21, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  103. Jason Yazzie

    I voted for Hillary back in 2008, Even if she did take office Im sure she would keep the same course Obama wanted with a few small tweaks here n there. I want a president that will do what it takes to make this country whole again. Thats why this Democrat is voting for Ron Paul.

    ABQ, New Mexico!

    November 21, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  104. tom

    No one should try and tell the President he can’t run. However, given his poor approval ratings, a Democratic Primary should be held. If Clinton (or anyone else) wants to run against him, they should be given the chance. I don’t see her staying on if he does win a second term.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  105. Mike in Minneapolis

    No. Why would the obstructionist GOP treat her any differently?

    November 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  106. Lei

    Yes. We should have done it four years ago.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  107. TJ

    Sure Jack as soon as Wolf hands over the Situation Room to.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  108. Josh

    A definite YES!

    November 21, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  109. Jeff

    Really? This is by far the dumbest question I have seen coming from Caferty. Come on.....really?

    November 21, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  110. aelarsen

    nothing but hate from both sides and no help for americans caught in the middle.....this is a hell of a way to run a country

    November 21, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  111. Paul, Columbus, Ohio

    Would Hillary make a good president......yes, she is more qualified than any candidate I've seen out there so far. Does that mean President Obama should just hand over his job to her??? Not really, with the crap going on in Washington these days even the most skilled politician would get killed due to the constant gridlock. It would be best for voters to wake up and kick out most everyone in congress along with their special interest groups.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  112. Gigi Oregon

    Having voted for the republican party presidential canidate in the last election, I feel President Obama has been a better leader than any President since FDR. No, to answer your question. Hilary Clinton, would made a great candidate in the 2015 pre-election. So Jack, keep her in mind. Look at the mess the Republicans have dragged us into for the last elven years. Do you really think "we the people' are blaming President Obama as the media and the die hard Republicans are. As we learn more at how corrupt our congress is, "we the people" want a president that can defend our country as well as supporting the middle class and feeding our own poor. Look at the wars, death of our troops under the Bush years, all borrowed money from China. With the plan...it be paid off by our and your grandchildren. And you don't believe in the power of the people, Jack. That vote against the radical republicans is all we have left. While the congressional Republicans are playing chicken with the Democrats and sitting on their hands bulling the country... men and women are out of jobs, lost their homes and the poverty rate is higher than ever. We may have lost our homes, jobs, health insurance, retirement funds dwindled or stolen, etc. But we do have that one vote left...and no matter the cost... it would be better to vote for President Obama than the republican choice. Can't you...imagine in for four years they could finish us off. Even the "Mighty Rich" have been saying "raise taxes on us"...but the congress is afraid they will lose the bribe money from corporate America.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  113. Paul Willson

    The aldy has already said no to this or a run in 2016 . Besides which I think things happening right now will back fire on the people of both parties that are blocking progress in debt reduction. Look for a very different congress in January 2013, and Mr. Obamama will still be POTUS. Too bad you don't do what we up here in Canada and if a money bill fails theres an immediate election, maybe a 45 day campagin and its all over . Seems to work where as I observing USA from here wonder if Congress knows how to play nicely & get along with others ?

    November 21, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  114. Guest

    This must be a joke.


    November 21, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  115. ROBERT

    Of course her approval ratings are very high....she isn't governing, she isn't held responsible for the problems people are facing.Amazing that people keep talking about wasteful spending...but the Iraq war cost 1 billion per day for how many years ?? At the same time revenue was reduced with another irresponsible rebublican tax cut. Guess it's ok to spend like money is no object on unnecessary war and putting drug addicts in prison, but spending to help people is "wasteful spending"...Republicans do not care about the majority of working Americans...

    November 21, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  116. Jerry Polon

    While I am totally behind Hillary, the fact is that she would be undermined by the same intransigent GOP tactics as have undermined Obama. Republicans act as if they deserve to rule, even when they lose. They act so well that believing seems to make it so.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  117. Henry Mayer

    YES!! Hillary would make an excellent President. and she can WIN! She has many personal contacts all over the world .

    November 21, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  118. roland

    They only had 1 policy difference and that was whether to make healthcare mandatory. Obama caved in on that.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  119. marsmotel

    Anyone is better than the unexperienced clown we have in office now. Maybe something will get done instead of nothing getting done. Obama is a nice guy, but he is in over his head and his 3 years before presidency on Capitol Hill does not make for a good Pres.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  120. Randy

    Are you talking about the same hillary Clinton who was on the board of walmart? The same hillary who was married to the republican-lite bill Clinton? The same Hillary Clinton who was a Goldwater campaigner? The same hillary Clinton who is part of the DLC corporate owned democrat organization started by her husband to undermine true progressive policies in favor of corporate America? Na... You must be talking about some new, rebranded Hillary who is gonna champion populists policies that'll rescue us from those bad bad corporations and republicans right?

    November 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  121. Bob

    This is what America gets for putting Republicans in charge of Congress. Americans overwhelming want a balance approach to balancing the budget. Spending cuts mixed with higher taxes on those who can afford it. If they don't vote for the party that's willing to do that, they have only themselves to blame.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  122. Tom K

    I have regretted my support and vote for Obama many times. I just don't think he has the backbone to stand up to the Republicans. I definitely wish that Hillary had won the nomination and think she would be the best President we have had in a long time. Besides, the only other time in recent history we have had economic security and a budget surplus came when the President was also named Clinton.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  123. mark in las vegas

    If I were the President, I would tell the world in January that I wouldn't run for office again. But, I am not the President. Like all those running for the office, he doesn't want to give up the good life. If you want to call being President, the good life. And with the current crop of GOP idiots, the President will most likely win the election.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  124. jill thompson

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This country would be much better off had Hillary been elected in the first place. Obama was dealt a tough hand but has made things worse pushing his unaffordable health care plan and he's deepened the partisan divide with his demeaning/divisive rhetoric.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  125. Tom Nebraska

    No, just pass term limits so they would all start putting country first over politics and the monetary sewer sludge of campaign funding. The middle class doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell

    November 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  126. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    It's far too late for that. Obama should never have run in the first place. I was for Clinton from the get-go, but when Obama won the primary, I had to vote for him in the national election. (There was no way I would ever have voted for McCain and especially after he picked the nincompoop from Alaska for his running mate!) But Obama is so far out of his depth and comfort zone it's embarrassing.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  127. Ben Cook

    Hillary was my choice from the start. Unfortunately she wasn't able to win the nomination. If President Obama did decide to throw in the towel...it would be interesting to see her matched up against ol' Newt if the Republicans nominate him.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  128. Joe in Boston

    The question is do the Dems want a Democrat in the WH, if so Obama must take one for the party like LBJ did and step aside. I was a Hillary supporter before I became a McCain supporter; experience matters and I knew a community organizer couldn't lead.

    My toughest choice would be Hillary vs. Huntsman.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  129. Jim in PA

    "Never before has there been such an obvious successor" to a President ?!!?! Sure; that is, if you're completely unfamiliar with the concept of the Vice President. Gee, it's even in the title. Seems kind of... what's the word they used? Oh yeah; obvious.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  130. Likeit

    Anyone is better than the unexperienced clown we have in office now. Maybe something will get done instead of nothing getting done. Obama is a nice guy, but he is in over his head and his 3 years before presidency on Capitol Hill does not make for a good Pres and is showing his total lack of experience. The platform of Hope and Change has ran its course!

    November 21, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  131. Ken Nicholas

    When the President exclaimed to the world that he was NOT certain that we could cover Social Security payments the following Monday if the Debt Ceiling issue wan't resolved this past summer,...was the last straw for me..........he decided to inexcuseably stress out the Senior Citizens who've paid into Social Security their entire lives with this phony "we might not have the moneys".........that's not leadership.........he obviously didn't put himself into the shoes of the have-nots with a statement like that...............every member of all political parties should themselves be on Social Security and maybe then and only then will they too feel the pain of their decision making and it's impact, both monetarily and emotionally............on the tax payers of this nation...........................Hilliary to the Hill

    November 21, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  132. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Ah yes...Fox "News's" favorite "Democratic" strategists trying to stir up trouble. Sure, Hillary has more experience than any of the Republican candidates, but she doesn't have more experience than President Obama who has been wildly successful at getting things done which didn't need Congress's approval. He also had one of the most productive first-two-years than most administrations. So no, he should run for reelection like he's doing, and let Hillary relax like she said she wants to.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  133. Peter (old guy 72)

    Yes and No.
    Yes, if the Democrats are not re-elected because of President Obama.
    No, if the Democrats are not re-elected because of Hilary Clinton.
    In short, a party should never be elected and re-elected because of the person, be it President Obama or Hilary Clinton.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  134. Paul - North Carolina

    NO !
    Hillary, in hindsight, may have been a better choice in 2008 and, for obvious reasons, there might never have been a Tea Party. But let's deal with the present. Anyone who thinks the Grand Obstructionist Party would be anymore cooperative with Hillary than they have been with Obama hasn't been paying attention. Now that Norquist, the Koch brothers and their mindless minions have tasted the power and the glory there is no stopping them. The only thing that will save this country from their headlong rush into oblivion is voting in a solid Democrat majority in both houses. Until that happens it makes no difference who's president. I'd even vote for you, Jack.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  135. IndyOne

    Seriously, isn't this a case of the grass is greener? The republicans were constantly tearing her to shreds when she was running. What a joke. They never thought BO would win. No, I don't think Hillary would be more effective b/c she is a democrat and the republicans are running the show - at least it looks that way.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  136. Noe

    Yes, he has let his party and the people of this country down.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  137. marianne

    I would vote for Hillary. She's smart, she's savvy and she has a great love for this country. Unlike the President, she knows how to get things done in Washington, and that is what the American people need right now. I think it would also show me that President Obama really does put the good of the country before his personal goals.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  138. Chris Rochester NY

    Please ....Hillary? I think Bernie Sanders would make a better candidate ...at least he's not tied to big money and Corruption. The Clintons Signed NAFTA. As we witness the results of millions of Americans unemployed, it obvious they were working for Corporations and special interest.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  139. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Absolutely! He is in so far over his head and he doesn’t even know it. And if she refuses, she should be drafted and we should demand that she accept, not for the good of her party, but for the good of her country. Make no mistake, she will not be able to unite the country, but she can deal with the fallout much more effectively. Obama is both unwilling and unable to govern effectively, he is simply biding time while enjoying the perks and accoutrements of office. Clinton is more patriotic and is more pragmatic.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  140. voter

    No, elect Clinton instead of Biden. 12 years rule guaranteed.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  141. Bill C

    i love all these comments about how the Republicans someow stonewalled President Obama. For two years he had a Democratic Congress and could do whatever he wanted. President Obama's problem is not that he has not gotten his way. His problem is that he has.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  142. Jim in PA

    Since the GOP has crippled our government in its quest to destroy Obama, he should step aside for the good of the country. That way, the GOP can quickly begin crippling the government in its quest to destroy his successor. Great plan, geniuses.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  143. DJ in TX

    Jack, do you really think that Hillary Clinton would get things done in a "bi-partisan" way??? Wasn't she the one who said – the right winged conspiracy – back when Bill was going through his mess. Actually, there is NO ONE person who can get Congress to do anything. As long as the fringe of BOTH sides exist, nothing is going to get done. I think the American people have seen what a total GOP and a toal DEM Congress and administration would do – and that is nothing. Hillary, Obama, and sad to say, I don't even if Jesus himself could get this Congress to work together........... and I'm Christian who prays for our country.......................

    November 21, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  144. Libsrinsane

    As a hardcore conservative, I would take Clinton over the failed community organizer any day!! She will get things done and try to work with Republicans. Obama is the worst president in U.S. history!

    November 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  145. Kielbasa Kid

    Dump Biden. Hillary to the rescue.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  146. Greg

    Good idea she surely will do better than this loser!

    November 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  147. Harold, Phoenix,AZ.

    No, the President must remain at the helm. Getting reelected is the step to take, if it works , fine, if not that is the way it goes.
    The problems of the nation will remain regardless of the person in the White House. The parties responsible for Governance must put the Nation first. There are no simple answers to our problems.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  148. Mike in Frankfort, IL

    Do we really think that Hillary Clinton will somehow stop partisan in-fighting?

    Forget about whether she's a more likely winner in 2012. Could she stop the Senate minority (of either party) from blocking all sorts of legislation? Could she broker a debt solution? Could she work with Republicans, or to phrase it more accurately, would Republicans choose to work with her?

    I believe the answers to all of these are no, meaning it's a moot point.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  149. tehmeh

    Patrick Caddell and Douglas Schoen are not democatic pollsters, they are fox news operatives, why even comment on their drivel.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  150. Gary

    Based on President Obama's opposition who all look like one big disfunctional family, it looks like he'll do well by himself in 2012 but if he added Hilary as his VP he would have a gigantic landslide victory that would make history.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  151. Vic. From San Bruno. CA

    Dear Mr Cafferty;

    What makes you think that McConnell, Boehner and the rest of them would be any more interested in working with President Hillary Clinton?
    Dear Mr Cafferty;

    What makes you think that McConnell, Boehner and the rest of them would work any better with a President Hillary Clinton?
    Unless you are suggesting that racial bias may have played a part in the dreadful way this good and hard working President has been treated?!

    I am a registered Republican who voted for Nixob yes him in 1972 and Reagan in 1980. I voted for President Obama in 2008 and WILL DO SO again in 2012
    Unless you are suggesting that racial bias has indeed been part of the resistance to this good and committed man, Mr Obama?!

    I am a r

    November 21, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  152. Susan T

    As a lifelong Republican, I personally would vote for Hillary if it meant not suffering four more years of Obama incompetence. We need a respected leader who is more interested in moving our country forward than stroking his own ego. At this point, I'd probably even cast a vote for Bill...I'm that disgusted with the current adminstration and their blame game!!!

    November 21, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  153. Mark

    I don't think it would have been any different if Hillary had been elected. The Republicans would still have been playing their games of destruction. If Hillary had put the wars on the books like Obama has done the Republicans would also have accused her of 'spending like a drunken sailor' which is nonsense since most of the additional debt has come from just that and lost tax receipts due to the recession.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  154. Jacob

    Go Hillary! 🙂

    November 21, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  155. Great question - but the deal is already done

    I think this was already part of the original "grand bargain" – Hillary and Barry already worked out a power-sharing arragement before he was innaugurated. It's her turn now, and he knows it – maybe he didn't believe it then, but he does now!

    November 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  156. Ted New Mexico

    No he is the best shot to win over any of the Republicans if the issues are made plain and not confusing like the political parties like to spin things, I believe the Republican party has thrown away the opportunity it had in showing America their true colors. Clinton can not nor can anyone else fight the current system in place, one thing that may help the party ticket it to bring her on as VP, if VP Biden would be willing to step aside and support the ticket anything less than a positive spit would polarize the ticket. Another issue will be if the country is at the point that we will vote congress out in an overwhelming voice that shows both parties that this is our country and its time that they recognize "We the People" not them the few are the USA.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  157. David of Alexandria VA

    They should give it serious consideration. Obama has shown that he cannot lead effectively. Even if he wins in November, do we want 4 more years of such national interia and malaise? He shoudl dtep aside, for the good of his party and for the good of the country. Let history decide if the US was not ready for him or if he was not ready to be president. In the mean time, it's time for him to make one of the "shared sacrifices" he's so fond of calling on everyone else to make.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  158. mtnmedic

    Well, as much as I love Broadway Joe, I thnk Hillary would've been better as Obama's Veep. While the Clintons ARE ruthless people, they DID bring about the best economy our country has seen in over 40 years for eight years running. Only to have it all crash into the ground by Bush and the Republitards plus all of their rich corporate friends who are all grubbing at the millions and billions of dollars to have more gold-plated toilet seats in all of their hundreds of mansions around the world.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  159. HITHIEN

    Mrs. Hillary Clinton is a very good Secretrary of State because She is lucky working under the leadership of Presint Obama?

    November 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  160. Randy

    I'm afraid the GOP and their base will see the same picture in a different frame and the attacks will continue as will the inability to get anything done. Until common sense returns to Washington the outlook is bleak.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  161. Curtis in Philadelphia

    Yes Jack she should, because the powers that really control this once great democracy, Wall Street, only want to deal with two brands of politicians, Clinton's and Bush's. So much for a popular democracy, it sure was fun while it lasted.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  162. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    We voted the Republicans out of the whitehouse. Done, now the Democrats need to be thrown out of the whitehouse. Somebody has to rein in the Democratic party, if it be Hilliary C. so be it. If we only had a third party respected and acknowledged by the electoral system, then both would likely be thrown out for a long time. Just sayin..just whishin ! Neither of these parties serve the patriots, the taxpayers or the next generation (other than their families).

    November 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  163. daveindenver

    Please, please, please. Anyone but Obama (except maybe Biden). We need some leadership, not just a politician and that is all that Obama is.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  164. PiedType

    Great idea! Then I'd have someone to vote for. As it stands, I'm voting "NO!" next November.


    November 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  165. Chris

    I believe when you ask "Should Obama step aside for Hillary Clinton" you mean to ask Should Obama to step aside for Bill Clinton.

    His last appearance on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart proves that he has the right mindset to get this economy growing again.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  166. Abby, Temple, TS

    It doesn't matter who the Democratic candidate is, whether Obama or Hillary Clinton. If it is a Democratic president, the Republicans have made it abundantly clear that they have NO intention of cooperating because all the GOP wants is power and money. The GOP has no qualms about destroying this nation in order to gain that power and money. As long as Norquist, the Koch brothers, and the top 1% are happy, the GOP is happy serving their real masters; they are not serving you or me.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  167. Ash

    They are both puppets. NO MORE PUPPETS!

    November 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  168. James

    No, what we need is a replacement for a do-nothing-congress.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  169. jed

    Great idea. However I don't see Republicans doing anything differently than they have this term = nothing. Much like radical terrorists, they have thrust their ideology forward as the most important thing, the only thing, and everyone else must suffer while they pursue it.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  170. Renee Peoria,Ill

    In a word, YES! I voted for President Doormat, and I've lived to regret it. But the choices on the right are even worse; in some cases downright insane. Hillary is an experienced politician I could cast a vote for without feeling like I've just been mugged.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  171. Elizabeth

    At least the Dems have a competent, capable woman who could do so. Look at the GOP. Hand over the reins to Palin or Bachmann? I'd rather stick a sharp stick in my eye.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  172. Brent Hall

    Jack, I totally agree with you! There isn't a figure in recent American politics who has "risen to the occasion" in everything she has done as Hillary Clinton. She has gone from being one of the most polarizing figures to one of the most respected She is intelligent, very capable, a consensus builder and a true leader. She has earned the respect of many dispirate people; Republicans, foreign leaders, military brass, etc. The time is hers. (And this is from one who despised her in the early 90's when she was the First Lady; I have come a long way with her). She earned it!!

    November 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  173. Bucky

    Although I like Hilary and admire her accomplishments, remember how the other side hated her and her husband when they took office. Even if the Dems want her to run, the otherside will attack her worse than they did when she was First Lady. The were the Liberal poster children for the Conservative Talk Shows.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  174. Divided We Fall

    We had our chance to elect Hillary in 2008 and screwed it up. She would never take it now. The only reason that Obama may be reelected is that the Republican field looks so god-awful. He will not be elected because he is a great leader. He's not even that likable.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  175. Charles Gallo in New York

    Politically, I was a "moderate Republican," but as I listened to this year's debates there was no one who spoke for me. Every candidate said the same things. All I heard was "end regulations" for the economy to grow. But which regulations? I remember a time when rivers caught fire, homes were built over raw toxic waste (Love Canal), people died by breathing the air, and 1000's of babies were born with birth defects from unregulated drugs, etc. Republican President Nixon created the EPA and Republican President Theodore Roosevelt created the FDA. Republican President Eisenhower warned: "we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, by the military–industrial complex." These men were not Left-wing radical hippies.

    I am considered a successful small businessman, yet I have never made a business decision based on taxes. They never deterred me from expanding when I saw an opportunity to meet a demand by consumers. Taxes never took 100% of any additional income I made by expanding my business. They were just a cost of doing business like any other necessary cost. They paid for services my business and I, as an individual, needed. As my father used to express it "some for me and some for my uncle (Sam)." Besides, the psychic income, of pride and a sense of achievement, gained from building a business was never taxed. Those who say taxes kill jobs have their own agenda, that does not include paying for the common good, which benefits all of us.

    There is no doubt that we face a economic crisis that requires government action, not a government frozen into inaction by ideological and partisan differences. If President Obama announced at his next "State of the Union" that because of the economic crisis and the inability of Congress act to solve it, he was not running for reelection, he would instantly be perceived as a Statesman rather then just another politician. It would then become much more likely he could succeed in enacting his economic program, and preserving the programs he has already enacted as his legacy. I also agree that Mrs Clinton, who is perceived a more moderate Democrat would then be elected.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  176. Sam of Georgia

    I believe that withdrawing the troops from Iraq is a true sign of Leadership. For the supporters of the Republican Party, when were the Weapons of Mass Destruction found/ How much money does this country spend on the two wars that were started on falsehoods. The housing downturn starting when? Let's talk about real issues instead of asking silly questions like the one posed in this article.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  177. Daniel H

    I would not be oppose to it however, I still think Obama can win.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  178. PHIL

    Yes! Tremendous idea. Obama as VP?

    November 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  179. Larry of Boston

    Hillary – in a heartbeat – yes. If the democrats do not want to lose the White House, which they will with Obama, Hillary should be drafted to run against Obama in the primary. Otherwise, it is good bye Oval Office

    November 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  180. Jamie White, Tacoma WA

    Stop trying to start trouble and cause a rift in the party. Just because they are suffering buyers' remorse over the misogynistic beating they gave Hillary is no reason to upset a working team. the lady has already said no. Leave it alone.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  181. Dean

    Hillary would be no more successful than Obama to enlist "reasonableness" and "compromise" from Republicans. They would merely refocus to delegitimize her as president (as they have with Obama) through their megaphone called Fox News, and their minions like Limbaugh and Hannity. She can't save the day unless she has a solid 60 vote Senate, and a majority in the house.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  182. GeorgeGray

    Jack, President Obama was elected to provide hope and change. I think it is fair to say that this hasn't happened. He should not run for office again. Moreover, Hillary Clinton is not a fresh face; and nothing in her record appears to be bold enough to suggest that she can achieve any more hope and change than her colleagues. We need a bold NEW leader.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  183. Roger in East Tennessee

    The lobbyists will continue to run Washington regardless who wins what in 2012. Hillary has an excellent track record in her current position and shouldn't get it tarnished with the DC mud slinging.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  184. Elaine

    Yes, President Obama should step aside for Hillary Clinton. He was elected to do a certain job, and while he meant well, he has not been the strong decisive leader we all hoped for (and voted for). I am thoroughly disillusioned with all of our incumbent politicians at this point, but would be most happy to place my vote for President for Hillary. In fact, my suggestion for a candidate on Americans Elect was Hillary Clinton.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  185. Katy Heys

    This is pure partisan bunk. I wonder if these same authors called for GWB to step down after his first term?

    November 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  186. Lisa

    She should have been the nominee in the first place. Yes, he should turn it over to her.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  187. Chris K in Minnesota

    Is Hillary a blue dog Democrat? Otherwise what's the difference?

    November 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  188. Raquel STARACE

    NO! The Republicans have shown nothing but blatant disrespect for this black president - you you really think they're going to snap to attention because A WOMAN comes in to do his job? Wake up, Jack.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  189. Pamela in Texas

    I like Hillary, Jack. but I think that after about 20 minutes of Joe Biden's gift of colorful speech, the rest of Washington will get back in line, if only to prevent another episode! That might be just the medicine the 'super committee' needs... a good cussing out on behalf of all Americans who are sick of seeing their elected officials sitting on their collective thumbs!

    November 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  190. Adam Shockey

    YES! ...Actually, he should have done that in 2008 too.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  191. socalgal

    The annointed one is the worst ever–Hillary would be next worse.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  192. Mac

    Jack I think you are nuts for even asking than question! get some rest Jack.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  193. Laverne

    I love Cafferty, but some of his questions are just right down silly! Hillary is not running for president and has no desire to do so the next election cycle so why keep beating that same dead horse. You can't vote for a candidate that is not running unless you have a very hard time accepting reality and insist on living in denial. Please give it a rest! Obama may not be what all wanted him to be, but he is a hell of a lot better than the current circus pleasers in the republican field. If you think things are crazy now, vote the extremist back in power and I bet some of you will jump to your death!

    November 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  194. Clark from Atlanta

    I don't think it matters anymore who runs Jack! This country is slowly falling down the societal commode and neither Dems or Republicans are intelligent enough to stop us from heading towards the sewer.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  195. John Bosma

    It is utterly ridiculous that you don't mention that both Caddell and Schoen work for Fox News and haven't worked in Democratic politics for years. It's one thing for Caddell and Schoen to choose to be hired guns for Rupert Murdoch, but what gives with you, Jack?

    November 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  196. hollytamale23

    Cafferty–These two fake Democrats are writing an OpEd in the Wall St Journal, and I am supposed to listen to them for advice about the future of the Dem party? These guys do not support Dem causes or candidates.
    Although I like Hillary, this is the most underhanded advice. If Hillary had the reins these three years, she would be front-and-center to get the chagrin of the public for the economy.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  197. Patty

    YES! Oh, yes please. Even though I voted for Obama and support him, I know she would do such a better job during these tough economic times. The light at the end of the tunnel would be so much brighter and closer with her at the helm.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm |

    Yes. Rarely has one proved so inept at governing. Well, wait. GWB was even worse.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  199. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Obama said he was the one we were waiting for. And Hillary said someing to the effect about Obama, The Heavens Will open up and whatever else she said. Face it, Obama isn't any Harry Truman or Lyndon Johnson. Kinda makes you wonder doesn't it. What is better, a Crook or a Saint.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  200. tony from ct


    He should but he won't. Let's face it, without the super delegates he wouldn't have even been the nominee. This may seem like sour grapes to some, but to me it's about democracy. More people voted for Clinton but Obama got the nomination and nobody said anything. Now it's a big surprise that he's doing a not-so-great job. It's no surprise to me. The people got it right, Clinton should have been the nominee. I suggest that the politicians do something they never do: Listen to the people. Now there's a novel idea. We got it right!

    November 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  201. Adam Shockey

    YES! ...Actually, he should have done that in 2008 too.
    St. Augustine, Florida

    November 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  202. Keith

    Thats a retarded question. The republicans are the problem. I'm not sure what would compell them to stop their "our way or nothing attitude." Infanct if they let Hillary take over, all they have to do it keep it up and they will have the presidency and both houses.

    The president needs to stand firm.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  203. Eric

    Hillary doesnt want the job for starters. Obama just finished his 3rd year of Advanced Studies in Presidenting. Watch what happens over the next 4 years after he beats King-grinch in a landslide. Word.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  204. Glenn, California

    Yes, I think all Americans would rally around President Hillary Clinton to help improve the economy. President Obama has become (unfortunately) a catalyst of partisan politics and gridlock. I think not only does Congress have no confidence in him to improve the economy, so do the American people. I think it would be noble and also legendary for President Obama to step aside for the better good of the country.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  205. Jim-Charlotte NC

    Obama should run and lose then the Democrats can stymie the nation in the same manner Republicans have for the past 3 years. Then the Democrats can make remarks like all they want is to make sure the Republican President fails but they don't want to hurt our nation just like Republicans have said for the past 3 years.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  206. SheilaKA

    I don't like Hillary...but the Dems might think about giving her a chance. She can't do any worse...

    November 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  207. Judith

    Yes, Jack, Obama should step down. He should never have stepped up to the plate in the first place. It was like electing a 6th grader to be president of the senior class. If a young, WHITE man, who had never been a mayor or a governor, had never served in the military and had no other "experience" other than ONE working year as a junior senator and wanted to run for president, he would never have gotten past the first gate. This was nothing more than an affirmative action election. And for a half-white man, at that.

    So, with nothing but eloquence of speech and false promises, Obama has dug an even deeper hole for this country.

    All things considered, the 8 years of the Clinton administration were the best we have had since Reagan. So, Let's finally have our first woman president. There could not be a finer candidate than Hillary. And if given the "go ahead", I do believe she would take it.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  208. Mike Johnson

    I do want a Clinton in office...Bill Clinton, and since we aren't allowed by the constitution to have him as president again, I'm gonna stick with Obama. P.S. We need to change that part of the constitution.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  209. Shon (Washington, DC)

    Folks forget that when Hillary Clinton was trying to push "Clintoncare", her healthcare reform plan, when her hubby was in office, she drove deep wedges in her own party. She isn't the MLK of the Democratic Party. If anyone can get folks to sing Koombaya once this election is over and the Republicans see they need to cooperate is President Obama.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  210. Lori

    Sure, if you want to repeat the 1980 election. For the last 20 years, the Republicans have employed a strategy of demeaning and dehumanizing any Democrat that sits in the White House. Look how the Clintons were maligned when they were there. Now Hillary Clinton has a legislative record. Do you really think they'd be any kinder to her now?

    November 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  211. TJ in Birmingham

    It's not a new idea but one that needs more discussion to build a movement that Hillary cannot say "no" to. Never have I been so disgusted by politics from both sides of the aisle. I think Hillary is our only sane and rational choice! And I would be proud to both campaign for and vote for her!

    November 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  212. Mike S., New Orleans

    It wouldn't matter who ran on the Democratic ticket Jack. Republicans will make sure any Democratic president fails, even if it means bringing down the U.S. government. The Bush administration was a major turning point in our country's history. We are now government of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich. And President Gingrich will make sure it stays that way for decades.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  213. clayton

    Yes. It's time for the president to admit he's a failure and an amature and do what's best for the party.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  214. Patsy

    No, but Cinton should be his vice presidential choice, they would be unbeatable.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  215. Leonard from Albany GA

    I agree because a change would certainly result in a cabinet and staff shake-up. The Harvard educated elitists that Obama has surrounded himself with are not in touch with mainstream America. On her weakest day, Hillary is tougher than Obama on his best day. There is no compromise possible with the right wing so...bulldoze them!

    November 21, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  216. Jan

    I've been proud of Barack Obama since he announced he was running and I'm still proud to have him for my president. Whatever he CAN'T get done is the fault of Congress and Mitch McConnell, announcing that their one goal was to make him a one-term president. I like Hillary better than I did when she was running and if she wants to run after the President's second term is over, then fine. But no – he shouldn't hand over the keys to her. What he SHOULD do is build a chute at the doors of congress and push everybody down and out, then close it – fast.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  217. Bobby

    I think the VP should step aside so Hillary can run with Obama which will be a stronger ticket.

    Bobby (San Diego)

    November 21, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  218. Sheila

    Yes! Every time I see her on TV, I think that she should be president. I'm going to find my rhinestone HILLARY pin now!

    November 21, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  219. aggie95

    How STUPID a question this is? The FLOTUS, Michelle Obama, also has a higher approval rating, and over 60%. Should he hand it to her, too? The truth of the matter is, Clinton is not in politics, per se, and its always easier to look at someone in that role and say they could do a better job. If she were POTUS, they would be going after "Hilarycare"...Remember, she was the first one that floated the idea of an individual mandate, and for the more progressive side of the party, this doesn't make sense. She's always been considered more moderate than the Pres. If ALL dems would get behind our current POTUS and support him, and HELP him to fight against this tea-party led GOP (he seems to be the only one doing so), we'd have better results. We the people need to rise up.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  220. Marti

    Yes! I belive Mrs. Clinton could & would unite us. We have GOT to get back to what is best for this country. Forget ALL parties........let's just be Americans united to fix this mess!

    November 21, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  221. JoAnn C.

    Are you crazy Jack? Let the Republicans step down from their lofty candidacies and just "give" it over to Obama for his second term... It will be a landslide... They said the Republican party was dead in 2008 and let's just face it... They're still stone cold...

    November 21, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  222. JAMES

    Jack, this idea is just plain ludacris.I hope im not the only one on this planet that can see that Pres.Obama is not getting any cooperation from the right and as it appears from the left too.I am an independent voter and i assure you that i will not vote for the republicans.it is clear that they are protecting the wealthy.Look Jack whether its Hillary or Smillary,as long as the republicans wont raise taxes and the dems wont budge on their ideaology it doesnt matter whos in office.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  223. Moe Amran

    iI love Hilary, but i think President Obama is doing great job. I agree some of the stuff he promised, he did not make it happened, but i understand you can not win them all. He have accomplish more than he didn't, and that's for me is doing great. This type of question makes democrats dividing instead of uniting Democrats. I believe the president have our intrest in mind, and i am looking forward for his re-election.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  224. Goldie from Lynbrook

    I will have to vote for a republican if Hillary doesn't get in it. Obama is a disaster and is ruining the country between class warfare and lack of leadership.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  225. Joey

    In reality this will not happen, so why post the question. It didn't take four years to get into this mess and it's going to take a lot more to get us out. Give the Pres. a break – four years of trying to get something/anything accomplished working with the party of "no" and the do nothing congress? It's surreal, it's comical, it's sad and it's wrong. Yes, hind sight is always 20/20 – we will always wonder what the country would be like today if Hilary was elected Pres. But, she wasn't. Let's start engaging in reality and stop wasting time on what if.....

    November 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  226. Walt

    No, just step aside period, unfortunately a little over three years late.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  227. Nicole

    No; but if the people were to decide Clinton, the favorite, I think he would be obliged to do so. Would a Clinton/Obama campaign be too comical?

    November 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  228. Rodger Makore

    Jack, the Republicans do not know what bipartisan means. If Jesus Christ was elected president and called for tax hikes the Republicans would vote no.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  229. Will Ash, Las Cruces, NM

    Biden was picked to bolster Obama's foreign policy credentials. Now that Obama's first term is nearing the last year, Obama should be thinking how energizing an Obama/Clinton ticket would be. Independents are swaying back thanks to the Republicans refusing to tax at all, and even Republicans like myself are fed up with the conservative right being catered to over the majority. Whether or not it would be a good thing remains be seen, but an Obama/Clinton ticket would likely be a landslide targeting women voters who already vote more than men in general.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  230. Mike

    No, Obama should run so the Republicans can win office!

    November 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  231. Mo Mims

    Jack, I used to think that you were nonpartisan when it comes to President Obama, but with the questions that you have been posting lately, I am beginning to wonder. When Hillary Clinton was the First Lady, she was one of the most polarizing people in President Clinton's administration. Remember the health care debacle? If President Obama could break through the obstructionism of the Republicans, he would be fine. I think another Congress is in order for 2012.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  232. Emmy Lou Hawkins

    Are you people on drugs?! Since when has experience as a first lady qualified one for the presidency? Clinton can barely manage the role of secretary of state. She is temperamentally unfit for the presidency. The previous campaign showed that she is indecisive and fairly inept at managing people. In addition, I've had enough of the taint of corruption that lingers over the Clintons. To her credit, she has been a loyal and fairly capable follower of Obama abut to suggest that she would be a capable president is delusional.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  233. Larry

    Hell yes, let Hillary run! We will finally have some one with the pants suits to get the job done and Bill to run the economy! Just think, running a surplus instead of a deficit and Hillary keeping Bill in line this time!

    November 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  234. Grant in TN

    This is without a doubt, the stupidest question ever posed. Barack Obama is extremely popular with the base. Lose him and lose the election. By the way, Hillary Clinton is among his biggest supporters and the GOP would demonize her as much as they have him.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  235. Tom K. from Los Angeles

    Great question and it really needs to be asked. Yes, President Obama should step aside. We are more divided than ever and I have to say, I am really tempted to vote Republican or Independent just to get him out. Perhaps another option would be to do what they did on the final episode of the West Wing: A new President from one party and the vice president chosen from the other party, i.e. Clinton/Romney or vice-versa (what a great ticket that would be!). That could bring us together to solve all of these difficult economic problems.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  236. Michael M

    Frankly if gender and race weren't issues in the 2008 election, Hillary would have trumped Barack. It is unfortunate that these qualities were weighed so heavily in the last election, and not as much on the candidate's accomplishments and qualifications to do the job.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  237. Marv in Florida


    I’m a Republican. However, based on what I'm seeing so far from both sides – Hillary hands down is smarter and more experienced than all the rest. I've always believed that the Clintons were Republicans in Democrat clothing anyway. You can't spend eight years in the white house and not learn something from your husband about how the government runs – not that she needed him.
    She is competent, strong, determined, and for the most part, foreign leaders trust what she has to say.

    We need leadership and I believe she has the moxy to bring it on.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  238. Derrick W., Los Angeles CA

    Gimme a break Cafferty. Obama is phenomenal. The problem is the Republican obstructionist congress, hell bent on stopping any legislation that helps the poor or middle class. All of Congress should step aside but the 55 law, Republican wings, only out for helping the rich, protecting Wall Street thieves, & having no interest in helping the poor or middle class should be first in line. They don't care about America only their rich friends. Keep Obama. Get rid of the obstructionist Republicans traitors out for self not America.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  239. David M. Walker

    I am so disappointed by President Obama. We don't need some intellectual in the White House, we need a scrappy fighter who knows how to tell the GOP to take a hike. I think it highly unlikely that President Obama would step aside for Hillary Clinton, but I would love for that to happen, because we would then have someone who would fight for what is necessary to get this country back on it's feet, not some intellectual guru who sits back and waits, and waits, and waits.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  240. Rick

    You're asking like it really matters who the president is. Washington's broken so bad that it doesn't matter who is elected or voted out of office.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  241. George Jackson

    I honestly do not believe that niether Obama nor Hillary will be able to make drastic changes to help the party follow through on its promises. The problem lies within the democrat voting base, we control the power to help these elected officals enforce the changes we all want. However whenever you see protesting it is not the democrats that are fighting for these changes instead it is the far right tea partyist or lobbyist lobbying for the 1% that stand aside as if nothing is going to hapeen within the coming months to damage our way of life as americans. I worry for my generation cafferty, and my future children to think of what world they will grow up in when people rely on elected officals instead of following through with their rights and demanding changes. But to answer your question no I do not feel Obama should step aside. I feel we should actually start supporting his policies instead of standing in the back of the room golf clapping.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  242. Tom K

    No, Hillary Clinton will face the same Republican "NO!" wall in opposition as Oboma currently does.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  243. Kathy B.

    This life-long Republican would vote for Hillary. Bet there are plenty more out there. It's your time, Hillary.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  244. Harry Tomlin in Ladson, SC

    I believe Clinton would be a great President but for Obama to step aside for her to run would create such an uproar within the democratic party that the Republicans would most likely gain the presidency.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  245. Ed

    I was an avid supporter of Hillary in 2008, that was sort of stuck with Obama. I gave him a chance and I am underwhelmed. I am disillusioned with the whole process, both parties have failed miserably and the leadership is more concerned with games and finger pointing. If we only had a president who had the cajones to twist congress to his will be would be in better shape. If forced to vote for Obama next year I probably will...but I wish there was a viable alternative..and I am not talking the clowns that run the GOP.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  246. Ed

    No, but he might consider replacing Biden with Hillary. Joe Biden has done a great job, but Hillary is political reality.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  247. Ray Snoker

    Absolutly Hillery should step up to the plate to pull the country and congress together again. It's Obama's duty to step aside as it's Hillery's duty to step in.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  248. Jon in Rochester

    It wouldn't have mattered if Hillary had gotten the nomination and won in 2008, we would still be in the same mess because the Republican's main goal would have been to make Hillary fail. Then the question would be "Should Pres. Hillary Clinton hand the reins of the Democratic Party to Barack Obama?" When your main goal is to make sure that a president that was elected by a majority fails, than you hope that America fails. That sounds pretty un-American to me and yet they even had the nerve to say it out loud immediately after he took office. The GOP are the terrorists within. They hold the 99% hostage whiile their buddies in the top 1% thrive.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  249. bgeibel

    Yes, it's obvious now that Hillary would have made a better president than Obama.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  250. aubrie

    I would prefer that, without a doubt, but it's not likely. The only thing that will save us now is if some shining star steps forward with guts, enthusiasm, love of country, ethics, integrity, intelligence and bravery and runs for a THIRD PARTY.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  251. sandee in portland

    Is this a trick question? There are no miracles! Until our politicians stop being in politics for their own egos and their own monetary benefits and go back to being in politics for the good of the country, no one will be able to lead our once great country. Under the circumstances, I truly feel Pres. Obama has done as good be expected. It's truly time to vote all incumbents out of congress. They are ineffective only because their egos get in their way, no matter which party they belong to.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  252. June

    Yes and he should take Princess Nancy and King Reid with him.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  253. Ted from Toronto

    Jack, this question is the kind that kids would ask..for example...if superman and spiderman fought who would win....(everyone knows it's superman). To suggest that "she would be better to unite the country" is to admit that there are a lot of Americans who are uncomfortable with an african american president as the republicans and democrats difference of opinion /position with regards to tax cuts/breaks would remain the same. So this hypothetical scenario becomes moot. In other words.....HE SHOULD NOT step aside.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  254. Claire Mallon

    I would have voted for Hillary Clinton in 2008. She is a brilliant woman and has the experience and personal skills to lead this country. Aside from being first lady for 8 years, senator and Obama's "vice president/secretary of state", she can handle herself underpressure and has a very good rapport with foreign governments. She's a winner and someone who can make everyone proud of the USA.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  255. Valerie

    The country needs some patriots right now; men and women who will put the country's interests over their own. We've not had one in a long time. Patrick Moynihan comes to mind. Only Barack Obama knows what is in his heart.

    Hartford, CT

    November 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  256. Thomas Bencivenga

    It's the only and obvious path to take at this point. Obama lacks the experience and leadership skills which everyone knew three years ago and failed to acknowledge. He is an arrogant, ego filled empty suit. He can't handle the job...............period!!
    The democrats are loosing credibility and the only campaign he can run is a negative smear campaign which will criple the country even more.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  257. rex in oregon

    Reid and Pelosi should have 'stepped aside' years ago in favor of good government. Hillary Clinton is even less a moderating influence than Obama. I suspect that this "poll" is as valid as any devised by Caddell and Schoen, whoever they are, and, Jack... why do you lend credence to this sort of kakameemee idea by posting it?

    November 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  258. Freygunnr

    Why would he when the REPUBLICAN CLOWN POSSE is handing him the election?

    November 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  259. KW in San Jose, CA

    Hillary isn't that stupid, Jack.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  260. Shirley

    Jack, absolutely not! As long as Republicans pledge loyalty to a lobbyist and not to their country no one can be effective including Hillary Clinton. The Republicans are hurting all Americans, my 401K is almost non-existent as a result of this pledge and their holier than thou attitude. Our country has been hurt by the downgrade and it would not surprise me if another is looming. I will work to re-elect President Obama and I believe that the American people are smarter than you give them credit.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  261. Ethel Brunty

    Aleke in WV
    I am all for Hillary but this country cannot afford to allow a MAN like Barak Obama let the corrupt republician party refuse to allow him serve this countryas he was elected to do. They have been bought body and soul by the horrible corporations that run the Tea Party and Fox News with their horrible lies to gullible people. The horror of what they are doing makes me too angry to be coherent.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  262. Paul

    No Jack, I think it's time you step aside. With a question like that it shows you've lost touch. Let's ask questions that are a possibility opposed to a dream. Maybe the delusional state of Washington is wearing off on you!

    November 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  263. Jean-Pierre

    Obama is not the problem. If Hillary becomes president will Republican work with her? The problem is to know if Republicans want this country to move forward? Obama has done what he can to get the contry out of the mess but the other side refuses to work with him because they want him to fail. Hillary is not the solution!!! obama will win the reelection!

    November 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  264. Pamela from Texas

    Jack, while Hillary might be popular, I think the president needs to let Joe Biden loose for a day to verbally motivate the congress and super committee into moving forward. Obama is a nice guy, far too nice for these hard nosed heartless money grubbing leeches in the rest of government. Let Biden give them a piece of his mind without hesitation or thought to R rated language behind closed doors- maybe HE can shame these shmucks into doing what's right for America!

    November 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  265. Ellen Creane

    The question is irrelevant - the fundamental problem is Grover Norquist. He is the destroyer of fairness in our country. Norquist and his frightened pledge-signers are protecting the weathy from paying their fair share of taxes and thus causing the gridlock in Congress. We didn't vote for Norquist, yet he controls the lily-livered Republican members of Congress. Somebody take him on!!!

    November 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  266. Lee

    Congress is the 1%. Both parties should come to the table and both are equally to blame for the mess we are in now.
    Obama has been a disaster for the country and his fanning the flames of class warfare and partisanship are neither Presidental nor helpful at this critical time in the country's history. He has effectively created gridlock in Washington.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  267. Jeanni Virginia

    Hillary was the best candidate before and it would be wonderful to see her as a Presidential candidate now. My only complaint as a registered republican is the democrats won't take me off their fundraising lists because I sent a donation to Hillary's campaign fund. She's smart, experienced and caring. That probably make her over qualified.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  268. maria

    In three short words: YES! YES!!! YES!!!

    November 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  269. Marv in Florida

    PS: I've never seen anyone more patient and respectful to keep her mouth shut around her boss than she.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  270. Cee.La

    These people need their head examined for sign of a brain, maybe you do to Jack........In the first place Hillary Clinton has done great job, as Sec. of State....... she has worked tirelessly in a very restless world..... she is tired Jack..... so NO......How about asking why are the Repubs obstructing every piece of legislation that is part of his platform? and wanting to repeal all other that has passed.......so give me a break........ the REpublicans are doing our country more harm than good..... they blew their chance.......with the list of light weight candidates they have Obama will be re-elected........Gingrich..... fire all the school janitors and pay kids to do the clean up.......good job Newt....LOL.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  271. John from California


    Anyone but Romney will soon turn to anyone but Obama, especially for independents. We need someone who is a real leader and someone who is going to be tenacious. That is Hillary. Obama has shown a total lack of either in the past 3+ years.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  272. Patricia, San Ramon, CA

    Yes, Hillary Clinton was my first choice in 2008. President Obama entered into a very difficult presidency, he has done a lot for the country, but it is time for Hillary Clinton to take over. Why not make President Obama Secretary of State in 2012. We would have continuity with Hillary Clinton and she would kick Congress into action!

    November 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  273. victor

    Hilary doesn't want it and Obama isn't going anywhere; unless the elections say otherwise. can we please stick to topics worth discussing. ask us questions Cafferty where we the public get to respond and hopefully, just hopefully the politicians who can make a difference will listen.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  274. CCA from Denver

    I agree with another poster that he has done his level best and could do better if Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and Eric Cantor were removed along with the Tea Party in general. I used to be a Republican until they picked up and moved so far to the right that I found myself sitting alone in the center. When their only goal is to get rid of Obama in spite of what happens to the country in the process, they are the ones we should be asking to "step aside" for progress' sake. Put some moderate Republican's in their place, as the former poster suggests, and "you will see bipartisanship and compromise come back, and government start to work for the people again."

    November 21, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  275. David

    Yes, he should step aside. But, what politician today does what is best for his party or country? They only do what is best for them and their ego.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  276. jenny-seattle

    she shouldnt be involved with more interior partisan politricks..we need non biased leaders..maybe he and she should just go away .

    November 21, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  277. Jeanette

    HELL NO, he should not give up the reins!!! Who put together these silly polls anyway??!! President Obama is one of the most intelligent and conmpassionate Presidents we have ever had. Let's get rid of the Republican Congress. A bunch of the most incompetents people elected!!

    November 21, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  278. Temi- Miami Fl

    One of if not the most significant issue President Obama is dealing with is constant Republican obstruction and spite masked as ideological differences, without regard for the impact such obstruction has upon the general population. People are being incredibly short sighted if they think Republican obstructionism would not continue with Hillary Clinton in the White House.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  279. NYCitizen

    Oh, if only.....you know Jack, this will NEVER happen, Obama is too much of an egocentric to allow that! Besides, Hillary said she would not run again for President! We should have elected her in the first place and its way too late now.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  280. Enrique

    I would love to see Hillary in the ticket, I mean OBAMA-CLINTON 2012 !!!!!!!! BEST CHOICE FOR AMERICA !!!!!

    November 21, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  281. Edie Anderson

    This sounds like a question designed by the GOP the Grand obstructionist Party. A scenerio like you laid out would tear the Democratic Party apart African Americans would never allow it. This language trying to paint President Obama as inadequate has got to stop.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  282. Brian, Philadelpha PA

    how anyone thinks obama will be reellected must be living on another plannet. Who would vote for 4 more years of this? our country is at the lowest point of its history. We have never been this divided, broke, and unemployed. Obama never held a job in his life and it shows. there is no hope for the democratic party. Full sweep of republicans and then rules put in place to limit the powers of liberals so that our country stands a chance at survival. This we way beyond politics, this is about america's survival.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  283. Gene

    Caddell and Schoen are typical armchair quarterbacks who don't have a clue. I don't know what makes those bozos think that Hillary wouldn't run into the same kind of obstructionist tactics that the GOP and tea party are using against President Obama. My question to you Jack is, why would you even give air time to such an asinine notion. Or is it a notion with which you agree?

    November 21, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  284. Jack in San Diego

    Absolutely. If Obama runs in 2012, the election will mostly be about voting someone out (as happened with G.W.) rather than voting the best candidate in. Peggy Noonan nailed in her last WSJ editorial... Obama is a great salesman but doesn't have a clue about the product he's trying to sell (good government). Clinton appears to know what good government is and how to achieve it. I'll still vote Republican because I think the U.S. government has a spending problem that Democrats refuse to deal with in a meaningful way but, with Hillary running, voters would at least have a competent Democratic candidate to vote for.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:28 pm |