Monday, October 24, 2011

Dems. Up For Re-Election Avoiding Obama

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny

Most members of Congress dodged Obama during his last visit to North Carolina. | AP Photo

It seems President Obama has lost his once messiah like appeal. Democrats up for re-election in 2012 are avoiding the President as though he might be a liability. Hm, could there be anything to the sentiment?

POLITICO - Despite President Barack Obama’s sagging poll ratings, top Democratic leaders from around the country insist they’d love for him to visit. From state party chairmen to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the message remains remarkably consistent: No one views the president as a political liability.

Roughly a year out from the 2012 presidential election, that may be true. But already, as Obama’s most recent forays into battleground states indicate, there are growing signs that many Democratic politicians don’t want to get too close to him either.

In trips to Michigan, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania — all states that he carried in 2008 — members of Congress were notably missing from the president’s side. Though none came out and said they were deliberately avoiding him, they didn’t have to: Dodging a presidential candidate who’s riding low in the polls is a time-honored political practice.

For Obama, who’s led a charmed political life since bursting onto the national stage in 2004 — he was in high demand on the campaign trail even before he won his Senate seat that year — it’s a harbinger of a humbling election year to come.

In North Carolina, only Sen. Kay Hagan, who isn’t up for reelection until 2014, and veteran Rep. Mel Watt, who represents a majority black seat, appeared with the president. The state’s other six Democratic House members took a pass, offering a variety of excuses.

“[Obama] may end up being Walter Mondale of 1984,” said Raleigh-based Democratic strategist Brad Crone, recalling how the only elected official who risked being seen with the party’s nominee that year was the longtime agriculture commissioner.

In Pennsylvania, where Obama visited Pittsburgh two weeks,the story was much the same — no members of Congress to be found. Though two of southwestern Pennsylvania’s three Democratic congressmen greeted the president on the airport tarmac, neither of them attended any of the public events Obama held, choosing instead to return to Washington. {Read More}

The president does face problems. His re-election is far from certain. However, given the caliber of potential republican challengers {Ron Paul being the exception} it is just as likely he will be re-elected as not.

Via: Memeorandum


  1. I was going to say that he'll probably only show up in safe districts. But then I realized - after the Anthony Weiner debacle and aftermath, there really aren't any anymore. Fund-raising and saving his own skin'll probably be his main focus now.

  2. It's about time the media picks up this story. About a month ago, I was reading about so-called concerns from Republican House and Senate candidates who were worried about one primary candidate or another having a negative effect down-ticket.

    Please! What about the effect Obama will have down-ticket? He's toxic, and it will affect local Democrats, national Democrats, and every ballot measure Democrats favor in 2012.

  3. I used to think that politics was 100% partisan. I was wrong. It's only 90% partisan, the other 10% being pure unadulterated don't let the door kick you on the way out self preservation. And, yes, nethinks that Mr. Obama may in fact be learning this.

  4. Dick Durbin is our senator and he comes to Quincy quite often. My county is conservative as all hell. Yet Durbin always wins here. When Obama came to town, when he was president anyway, there was a great turnout. it was even bigger for Bill Clinton.

    it's a peeve of mine. Running as something you're not. Bring in the president and run like a damn democrat I say. Or republican if that's what you are. Why a republican would vote for a democrat who pretends to be a republican, and vise versa, is beyong me when they can vote for someone they no is whatever party they belong to.

  5. The fact that Dick Durbin voted for Simpson-Bowles tells me that he's a man who puts country ahead of party. I'm thinking that that's maybe why he wins, Truth.


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