George Graham

A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand

I hope I’m wrong but it looks as if President Obama’s reelection campaign is being undermined by the Clinton camp. I am not just talking about Bill Clinton’s famous “gaffe,” where he seemed to oppose the president’s position on the Bush tax cuts.  And I’m not referring to his book, which came out last fall, in which he criticizes Obama’s handling of the debt ceiling crisis.

There’s a lot more going on that smells fishy to me.

I’m hearing and reading widespread criticism from so-called progressives – many of them supporters of Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primary. Everybody seems to know a better way for Obama to run his reelection campaign. For example, Democratic strategist James Carville (photo above), who was an avid Hillary supporter in the 2008 primary, has released a “strategy memo” warning that the president  needs to change his campaign narrative or “face an impossible headwind in November.” The way I read it, the memo proceeds to provide valuable ammunition to Obama’s opponents.

Some Obama critics are even suggesting that he abdicate and let Hillary run in his place.

Could these boll weevils be deliberately undermining the president?

Could they be planning to let the Republicans win in November, figuring they will do such a terrible job that Hillary will have a cakewalk to the White House in 2016? Could they be that corrupt and cruel? Would they deliberately subject the American people to four more years of war and poverty?

It’s possible. Today’s politicians seem capable of anything, no matter how despicable it might be. The Republicans have not balked at inflicting economic misery on millions of Americans in their crusade to defeat Obama.

Increasingly, Washington is falling into the hands of the worst possible people. Many members of Congress are no better than criminals. Most are morally bankrupt. They’ll do anything for money.

A lot of people admire Bill Clinton. A lot of people admire Hillary. They are both extremely bright. As president, Bill brought the good life within reach for many of us. As secretary of state, Hillary has done a magnificent job.

But they’re as ambitious as Macbeth. And who knows what their supporters are capable of?

As I said, I hope I’m wrong. The “advice” the president is getting could be well intentioned.  Perhaps these folks really are trying to help him run a more effective campaign. But if that’s the case, wouldn’t you think they would whisper their advice in his ear, not broadcast it all over the universe?

These are not political amateurs; they know what they’re doing.

And what they’re doing looks suicidal to me. This is not the time to find fault with President Obama or his campaign. This is a time to close ranks and face the Republicans with a united front. As the Bible cautions us, “a house divided against itself cannot stand.”

Click here to read about Carville’s memo.

About the author


I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for