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Ralph Nader and others intend to challenge Obama in 2012

Official presidential portrait of Barack Obama...

He hopes to get reelected

The Washington Times reports that:

President Obama‘s smooth path to the Democratic nomination may have gotten rockier Monday, after a group of liberal leaders, including former presidential candidate Ralph Nader, announced plans to challenge the incumbent in primaries next year.

The group said the goal is to offer up a handful of candidates from various fields and areas where the president either has failed to stake out a “progressive” position or where he has “drifted toward the corporatist right.”

The Times continues:

In search of candidates, Mr. Nader and the others sent out a letter, endorsed by 45 “distinguished leaders,” to elected officials, civic leaders, academics and members of the progressive community who specialize among other things in labor, poverty, military and foreign policy. The list, they said, also includes progressive Democrats who have held national and state office and have fought for progressive reforms.

Virtue is its own reward

Elizabeth Warren, Chairman of the Congressiona...

The soon to be unemployed Elizabeth Warren

As we know, President Obama nominated Richard Cordray to be the first Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. By making Cordray his pick, Obama passed over Elizabeth Warren, the woman who oversaw the actual creation of the Bureau. One might have expected Obama to take the highly competent and dedicated person who championed the Bureau and brought it into being. Yet, as Theresa Amato of Citizen Works and the Fair Contracts Project
points out:

[Obama’s] Wall Street supporters don’t like Warren and his political fundraising is underway with a bang. Elizabeth Warren is an aggressive, savvy and earnest advocate on behalf of consumers everywhere and she deserved to be nominated to this position for which she has worked tirelessly. Cordray, her lieutenant, is sure to carry on the work, but Obama has shamefully robbed Warren of the opportunity to run the entity she championed to make a difference for the American people.

This, unfortunately, will not stand as Obama’s only shameless and craven act. And, to be sure, the Congressional Republicans intend to block Cordray’s nomination if they have the chance to do so.