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Who Would Challenge Obama From the Left?

I don’t think we’ll see this come to pass, nor do I think Keith Olbermann’s predictions are worth putting much money on. But it’s interesting, considering the passing of Senator Kennedy, that the stars might be aligning for someone to echo his 1980 primary challenge to President Carter:

Olbermann agreed, adding that “[Obama]’s compromised on everything so far and as self-defeating as it may be, the progressive caucus and progressives would abandon him if necessary, if this was to be the policy of this administration into 2012. If it’s necessary to find somebody else to run against him, I think they’d do it, no matter how destructive that may seem at face value.”

But who would play Kennedy to Obama’s Carter? I know some folks wonder if Hillary might want to revolt and run against Obama in 2012, but she would seem to be better situated to challenge Obama from his right . . .

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