Of course they would, Obama’s been a doormat.

(Moscow Times) — Amid growing anxiety over whose name will appear on the 2012 presidential ballot, lawmakers and pundits were quick to welcome the news that one president would certainly stand for re-election next year — Barack Obama.

The U.S. president’s announcement, made in an e-mail to supporters Monday, sent many in Moscow praising the achievements of a “reset” in relations that has become a hallmark of both Obama’s and Dmitry Medvedev’s presidencies.

“I will be very happy to see a second Obama term because this will mean a maximum in policy continuity regarding Russia,” Mikhail Fedotov, head of Medvedev’s human right’s council, said by telephone Tuesday.

Fedotov said this was even more the case because there is no clear Republican challenger to Obama.

His comments were echoed by Alexei Malashenko, an analyst at the Carnegie Moscow Center, who said a second Obama term would be the best possible outcome for Moscow because there was no more capable or promising leader in current U.S. politics. “He is the first U.S. president completely free of Cold War thinking,” Malashenko explained.

Konstantin Kosachyov, chairman of the State Duma’s International Affairs Committee, also has enthusiastically embraced Obama as Moscow’s obvious choice. “Obama’s global agenda is much better and more productive than what was proposed by his predecessors,” Kosachyov, who is also a leading member of United Russia, said in comments published on the party’s web site Monday.

HT: Big Peace