PDC Co-Chair suggests Obama Challenger “might get his attention as little else seems to have”

Dennis K Obduskey, Co-Chair of the Progressive Democrats of Colorado[PDC-PDA]suggests that it is time for a primary challenger to President Obama.

Dennis is also vice-chair of the Park County Democratic Party, a member of the State Central Committee, a member of the State Executive Committee from the Central Rural Region, a member of the state Platform Committee from House District 60, a member of the state Outreach Committee from the 6th Congressional District, and serves as secretary/treasurer for Senate District 4 and House District 60.

What he has to say undeniably carries weight among rank and file Colorado Democrats.

If Democratic Party Principles mean anything anymore, We Must have a Primary Challenger to Obama.

He is more a Moderate Republican then a Democrat.

He has done more to Split the Democratic Party than any politician I can remember, especially in Colorado in the 2010 Senate Nomination Primary.

His is Republican Rule. All progressive groups should Call for Primary Challengers.

If Obama should again win the primary, having had a respectful debate over Democratic Party Principles would unite rank and file Dems behind him.

16 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. I hope that we can dispense with the usual crude language.

    • Ralphie says:

      You know, undervote Obama to death.

    • GalapagoLarry says:

      Sorry, can’t.

      • GalapagoLarry says:

        1. I’m a PDAer and a very rank and vile Dem. but Mr. Obduskey’s opinion doesn’t mean much to me. Nice guy, I’m sure, but that’s just the way it is….

        2. Dems don’t have respectful debates over their party’s principles. They can barely agree on which principles the party should embrace–and hold on to–and then they disagree on how to apply them. (See Israel/Palestine. See workers’ rights/full employment.)

        3. As has been requested many times before, please float the name of a legitimate Dem who would (seriously) go into battle with Obama in this atmosphere of Republican intransigence in which we need a strengthened Dem president, not a weakened one. Savvy Dems who actually want to keep the White House–even those who hanker after the office–are well aware of this.

        4. A primary challenge is the least effective way of changing Obama (He and his advisors are stubborn to a fault.), unless all you want to do is get his attention. He would be a fool to change message in mid-primary; it’d come back to bite him in the ass in the general.

        5. You seem to have carried this stiffy around in your pants ever since the Bennet-Romanof face off. Either work it off or call you doctor. They say even four hours is dangerous.

  2. Diogenesdemar says:

    In all sincerity and seriousness, do you have knowledge of any credible person in the Democratic party who might be interested in and willing to make this run whom you could support?

    “Generic Democratic” vs. “Generic Republican” might be the basis for some interesting polling question and esoteric discussion, but it does nothing to provide an actual person (human or corporation) for the office.

    If Obama should again win the primary, having had a respectful debate over Democratic Party Principles would unite rank and file Dems behind him.

    Really? — See also Bennet vs. Romanoff.

  3. Automaticftp says:

    Oh, yay–another good idea.  Oh, wait . . . never mind.

  4. ClubTwitty says:

    or At Least a Red Flag for Passion!  and Maybe Fanaticism.

  5. raymond1 says:

    I can’t link it from the iphone but politicalwire.com leads with a poll showing that whereas Clinton had 57% approval from his party midway thru his term, Obama has 70%.

    On the plus side, John, since no same Dem will run against Obama, you could run yourself. While you don’t have the resume or the sanity for the job, you sure have a great name for a Dem primary!!

  6. Obvious Alias says:

    I cringe every time you post John.  Look, it’s clear that Obama isn’t the progressive champion a lot of people thought he was four years ago, but a primary against him just isn’t feasible.  If someone primaries Obama, he’ll stomp them with his warchest and it will reiterate that actual progressives can’t win.

    Your tag line just makes everyone who voted for the progressive choice in the last senate primary seem crazy.

    Go help the local progressive candidate of your choice — build a better bench of non corporate democrats in your area.  Run them for office.  That’s the only way “change” will happen.

  7. Steve_I_Am says:


    Passed July 30, 2011

    Anaheim, CA

    WHEREAS, the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party recognizes the challenge presented by President Obama’s negotiating away Democratic Party principles to extremist Republicans, we are challenged by President Obama in the following ways:

    •    His unilateral closed-door budget offer to slash Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, which endangers the New Deal and War on Poverty safety nets.

    •    His determination to escalate U.S. militarism through illegal secret CIA drone attacks and unauthorized wars.

    •    His willingness to extend the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and bail out big banks without ending the foreclosure crisis that displaces American working families.

    •    His insistence on pushing a health insurance bill which enriches private insurance companies while ignoring growing support for single-payer health care or robust public options.

    •    His continuance of President Bush’s assault on civil liberties with an extension of the repressive Patriot Act.

    •    His failure to restore due process, including the protection of whistleblowers and habeas corpus.

    •    His numerous failures to adhere to international law.

    •    The continuing practice of nationwide FBI raids of anti-war progressive protestors.

    •    His decision to increase the arrests and deportations of undocumented workers.

    •    His facilitation of the privatizing of the public sphere, which includes education and housing, among others.

    •    His disregard of his promises to the Labor movement.

    •    His failure to adequately protect the environment and adequately address climate change.

    WHEREAS, the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party recognizes the historical significance of the Eugene McCarthy/Robert F. Kennedy anti-war challenge to President Lyndon Johnson. The challenge followed President Johnson’s decision to escalate U.S. military involvement in Vietnam, betraying his campaign promise to end a war that polarized America. Similarly, we recognize the danger and betrayal that the current “Grand Bargain” represents to the legacy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s signature gift to all Americans, Social Security and the New Deal, a point of pride for all Democrats.

    WHEREAS, the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party is committed to the understanding that an interest in a 2012 Democratic presidential primary challenge will not interfere with President Obama’s ability to govern and not limit his ability to do so in ways that include invoking Constitutional options, we recognize that this will, in fact, raise debate on important issues without risking the ability to mobilize and energize the base of the Democratic Party to elect a triumphant leader to counter the far-right agenda.

    THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, to make our views heard, the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party will begin the process of contacting other Democratic organizations, Democratic Party members and public organizations that share our views on the issues and which seek to alter the course of history by exploring other steps to effect a necessary change, including a possible primary challenge to President Obama.

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