But if Obama were to lose next month, the picture changes dramatically. The Democratic nominee in 2016 would be facing Mitt Romney.
What if Romney doesn't turn things around in four years? What if some of our problems go deeper than politics?
Then the country might look to shake things up again.
Maybe the country will look toward a man from De Soto, a Methodist, a lifelong hunter, a governor who never raised taxes, a conservative Democrat who consistently won in a red state and managed to co-exist with a Republican legislature. Sixty years old. Seasoned, but not yet old.
"They're doing it wrong in Washington," he'll say.
It's still a longshot, but the odds got a little bit shorter with Obama's listless performance Wednesday night.
Saturday, October 06, 2012
Columnist: Romney victory would clear road for Jay Nixon for president
This is a stretch, but St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bill McClellan says a Mitt Romney win next month could open the door for a Jay Nixon presidency: