Patt Morrison for September 15, 2011

Between a Barack and a hard place

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US President Barack Obama walks to Marine One prior to departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC.

The pun fits - Barack Obama has been having a tough time and things don’t look like they’re going to become any easier. His approval rating tumbled to 36% this month and he is taking flack from everyone: his own party on the new jobs proposal, conservative candidates and news sources, all have been slinging mud Obama’s way.

What is the President to do? James Carville has a suggestion: panic! In a recent CNN editorial, Carville makes the case that, in shifting the blame, firing much if not all of his cabinet and making examples of the people responsible, through indictments; he could be able to save his re-election. “For precedent, see the Russian Army 64th division at Stalingrad” writes Carville. Do desperate times call for desperate measures? What could Obama do to win your trust? And what advice would give?


Hans Nichols, White House Correspondent, Bloomberg News

Darry Sragow, attorney and long time Democratic political strategist

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