‘Professional Left’ Will Settle for Obama in 2012

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Despite the tension between the so-called "professional left" and the White House, neither Dennis Kucinich nor Howard Dean are expressing any interest in challenging President Obama from the left in 2012, and prominent liberal bloggers like David Sirota and Daily Kos's Markos Moulitsas don't see a serious primary challenge happening. This makes sense — when a majority of the country already thinks Obama is a socialist, you're not exactly going to win them over with Dennis Kucinich. [Hill]