◼ (T)here is good news for the president. I checked the Constitution, and he is under no compulsion to run for re-election. He can scrap the campaign, bag the fundraising calls and never watch another Republican debate as long as he's willing to vacate the premises by Jan. 20, 2013. - Steve Chapman/Chicago Tribune
That might be the sensible thing to do. It's hard for a president to win a second term when unemployment is painfully high. If the economy were in full rebound mode, Obama might win anyway. But it isn't, and it may fall into a second recession — in which case voters will decide his middle name is Hoover, not Hussein. Why not leave of his own volition instead of waiting to get the ax?
◼ Time for panic at the White House? Some say yes - Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau Chicago Tribune
◼ Top 10 Reasons Obama Should Not Run for Re-Election - The Street
◼ What should the White House do? Panic! - James Carville, CNN Contributor
◼ Astonishing: Chicago Tribune Editorial Explains “Why Obama should withdraw” - NoQuarter