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For Obama, who needs enemies with friends like Ed Rendell and Doug Wilder?

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(Read caption) Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, shown here speaking to the Harrisburg City Council, has said that President Obama's stance on Afghanistan could result in a Democrat challenging him in the 2012 presidential election.

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At this point, the chances are slim to none that President Obama will face a serious Democratic primary challenger in his reelection bid, or that he’ll dump Vice President Joe Biden from the ticket.

But that hasn’t stopped some high-profile Democrats from thinking out loud about both possibilities.

First came Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D), who suggested last week on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that Obama could face a challenge from the left if he does not begin to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan in July 2011, as promised.

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A primary challenge “is really possible,” Governor Rendell said, without naming names. “It depends on how far [the war in Afghanistan] deteriorates.”

And by the way, Rendell also opined that Obama shouldn’t have agreed to go on “The View.“ “There's got to be a little bit of dignity to the presidency,” Rendell grumbled.


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