BREAKING: Obama Running in 2012


W.H. deputy chief of staff Jim Messina (left) is likely to head the campaign, while senior adviser David Axelrod may reprise his role as Barack Obama's campaign muse. Photo: AP photo composite by POLITICO

In an EXCLUSIVE, Politico‘s crack staff has learned that Barack Obama is running for president in 2012.

President Barack Obama’s top advisers are quietly laying the groundwork for the 2012 reelection campaign, which is likely to be run out of Chicago and managed by White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina, according to Democrats familiar with the discussions.

In yet another shocker, he also hopes to win:

But the sources said Obama has given every sign of planning to run again and wants the next campaign to resemble the highly successful 2008 effort.

And, you know who’ll be running the campaign?  Why, the same people:

David Axelrod, White House senior adviser, may leave the West Wing to rejoin his family in Chicago and reprise his role as Obama’s muse, overseeing the campaign’s tone, themes, messages and advertising, the sources said.

David Plouffe, the Obama for America campaign manager, described by one friend as “the father of all this,” will be a central player in the reelect, perhaps as an outside adviser.

Truly exciting stuff.

UPDATE: Steven Taylor does a content analysis of Politico‘s reporting, deconstructing the language.

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  1. Dave Schuler says:

    No question about it. New media will definitely supplant old media.

  2. Wayne says:

    I didn’t realize Obama ever stop running. It wouldn’t surprise if he has been taking in campaign contribution already.

  3. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    It will be a little more difficult running against Bush this time. He ran as a centrist in 08. We now know he is a dedicated radical leftist. It will be hard to run successfully on his record. He will try to blame the Republicans but he has a majority in both houses.

  4. Dave says:

    Yeah, Obama is certainly a radical marxist socialist. He proposed a HCR plan that was close in many ways to what the GOP pushed back in 90’s.

    And the stimulus! How incredibly radical to push a gov’t spending program during a once-in-75 years recession. He should have went with a package of tax cuts, we all know how well that stimulates the economy during a recession.

  5. Lev says:

    Really? I thought he was going to resign a few months after the midterms, become a TV personality, and then try to become Supreme Allied Commander.

  6. MTiffany says:

    However did Politico scoop Chuck Todd on this?

  7. James Joyner says:

    Really? I thought he was going to resign a few months after the midterms, become a TV personality, and then try to become Supreme Allied Commander.

    I’d heard Supreme Court. But, yeah.

  8. Bill H says:

    I may faint.

  9. Shade Tail says:

    We now know [Obama] is a dedicated radical leftist.


    We could only wish. Rightist policies have been proven to be an unmitigated disaster, showing that the country needs to move to the left. Just expanding Medicare to all Americans would pretty much solve half our problems.

    Unfortunately, conservatives badly exaggerate just how liberal Obama is. Very unfortunate, because being liberal is a *good* thing. After all, unlike conservatives, liberals are actually correct about everything.

  10. floyd says:

    Obama will run again and will likely win, It seems most Americans are now too cowardly to run their own lives anymore.

    “”because being liberal is a *good* thing.””
    Only if you hate individualism and other peoples liberty.

  11. Shade Tail says:

    Only if you hate individualism and other peoples liberty.

    Yeah, because the worst ever roll-back of Constitutional rights was done by the most liberal group ever: the Bush administration.

    Tell me another, because I always like getting more evidence of how conservatives are wrong about everything.

  12. Brett says:

    It must have been an unfathomably slow news day at Politico.

  13. floyd says:

    Shade Tail;
    Ya Think??….. Nah, I guess not, huh?