When I asked the question back on January 21 who would the Democrats nominate in 2012 since it was plausible that the party and the Left will have lost faith in the President, I posted that thought under my “Side B” category because I thought it was quite the unconventional thought.
So, either The Washington Post columnist Colbert I. King is a fan of my blog (a rating of “low” on the probability scale) or my idea wasn’t so wacky.
In the January 30, 2010 edition of the Post, King writes an op-ed piece entitled “Message to Obama: Look both ways” (Note: Link to artice may require registration).
In his piece, Mr. King writes:
A week ago, on Gordon Peterson’s ABC7 “Inside Washington” show, I surprised my fellow panelists by saying that if the economic slump drags on through the fall, if cuts in liberal domestic programs are seen as political sacrifices, and if Democrats take a beating at the polls in November, Barack Obama can expect to have a fight on his hands in 2012. And the challenge won’t come only in the general election. He might be faced with a challenger in the Democratic primary. (Emphasis mine)
Courtesy of the magic of downloadable transcripts from the “Inside Washington” show, here is what Mr. King said on the show from January 24, three days after I posted the same idea:
Here’s the thing to be concerned about: if the Democrats really do take it in the neck in November, then Barack Obama will probably face a challenge in the Democratic primary from the left
I am in no way suggesting that Mr. King stole my idea. I am writing to express my chagrin that what I thought originally was a wacky notion (albeit backed up with good reasoning and historical insight if I do say so myself), actually might not be all that wacky since another person thought it up.
Sigh – Back to the drawing board to come up with something even zanier (if that’s even possible on the Internet anymore).
But, (in my mind) I was first.