Fox News "Democratic strategists" tell Obama not to seek re-election

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Earlier this week, we reported that Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell -- who regularly appear on Fox News as "Democratic strategists" -- are attending this year's Restoration Weekend, the conservative retreat founded by activist David Horowitz.

But before they join various Republican members of Congress and conservative commentators for a few days in South Florida, they're firing off this salvo in Sunday's Washington Post:

This is a critical moment for the country. From the faltering economy to the burdensome deficit to our foreign policy struggles, America is suffering a widespread sense of crisis and anxiety about the future. Under these circumstances, Obama has the opportunity to seize the high ground and the imagination of the nation once again, and to galvanize the public for the hard decisions that must be made. The only way he can do so, though, is by putting national interests ahead of personal or political ones.

To that end, we believe Obama should announce immediately that he will not be a candidate for reelection in 2012.

If the president goes down the reelection road, we are guaranteed two years of political gridlock, at a time when we can ill afford it. But by explicitly saying he will be a one-term president, Obama can deliver on his central campaign promise of 2008, draining the poison from our culture of polarization and ending the resentment and division that have eroded our national identity and common purpose.

So Schoen and Caddell show up at a conference for Republican politicians and pundits. They regularly trash Democrats for being too liberal. Schoen, at least, supported Republican congressional campaigns this cycle. And -- in their second Obama-trashing appearance on the Post's op-ed pages in the past month -- they say President Obama shouldn't seek re-election because the recent elections were "a vote of no confidence in Obama and his party" and he "has almost no credibility left with Republicans and little with independents."

And these are Fox News' Democrats.

Question: Do you think Karl Rove is defending their Democratic credentials because they're good for Democrats, or because they're good for Republicans? And what does one have to do to no longer be considered a "Democratic strategist"?

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Pat Caddell, Douglas Schoen
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