Many Democrats and Republicans have one thing in common this Presidential election year.
Members of both parties wish they had someone else on the top of the ticket on Election Day.
Democratic and Republican political strategists tell Capitol Hill Blue that dissatisfaction runs high on both sides fo the political fence. Both the right and the left feel their candidate is too middle-of-the-road for their tastes.
“On most any day, I hear a Demcorat wishing Hillary Clinton had knocked Obama off in the 2008 primaries,” says one Democratic pro, who asked not to be identified. “Many Democrats feel the party would be better off if Barack Obama had remained a junior Senator from Illinois.”
Over on the GOP side, strategists say Mitt Romney was a compromise choice in a muddled election year — and a poor choice at that.
“When Mike Huckabee and Chris Christie decided not to run it left us with some poor choices,” says one strategist, who like his Democratic counterpart, doesn’t wish to go on the record. “Mitt Romney is the dog with the least fleas.”
Democrats complain Obama is not liberal enough. Republicans say Romney is not really a conservative.
“A supreme irony,” says independent political consultant Sam Yardley. “The extremists from both the right and the left want to dominate their parties but both end up with candidates who are not extreme enough.”