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  • Obama Losing His Campaign Glow

    Democratic Party encounters 'Obama hangover' in state, local elections

    The president hits the campaign trail on behalf of Democrats, but the electricity of 2008 is tough to recapture.

    Reporting from Kennett Square, Pa. - As he is quick to point out, President Obama is presiding over two wars, a sour economy and an epic fight to rework the nation's healthcare system.

    Now tack on a trio of state and local political races. With an off-year election fast approaching, Obama is stepping up his commitment to Democratic candidates in hopes that an infusion of campaign charisma might pump up turnout.

    What the party is finding, though, is that the electricity of 2008 is tough to recapture.

    Some Democratic candidates running for local office around the country call the phenomenon the "Obama hangover." It is proving tougher to recruit volunteers and get people to vote.

    "It's like the morning after the party," Michael McGann, a Democrat running for clerk of courts in the Philadelphia suburbs, said in an interview. "The party was wonderful and exciting. The day after it's like, 'Gee, I don't want to do that again for a while.' "

    Combating the malaise, Obama is trying to galvanize voters by reminding them of the "fired up, ready to go" fervor that made last year's race riveting political theater.

    A television ad for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds released Wednesday showcases Obama, who is heard using some of the same rhetorical lines that helped get him elected: "Last year, Virginia, you helped lead a movement. . . . I need every one of you to get fired up once again."

    Are voters buying it? Obama's party has a hard sell.

    Apart from Virginia, Democratic candidates are trying to scratch out victories in the New Jersey governor's race and in a congressional race in upstate New York's 23rd District.

    In New Jersey, the election is in some measure a referendum on the Democratic incumbent, Jon Corzine, who has been in office nearly four years. Local issues loom large in New Jersey. A recent poll by Monmouth University showed that people see property taxes as the dominant issue, trumping the economy and healthcare.

    Asked whether a campaign appearance by Obama on behalf of Corzine would affect their vote, 73% said no.

    Conditions look even tougher for Democrats in Virginia. A recent survey by Public Policy Polling showed Deeds trailing Republican Bob McDonnell by 12 points.

    Obama's approval rating among white Virginia voters has slipped 3 points since the 2008 election, and, compounding the problem, black voters are not as excited about Deeds as they were about Obama, said Ron Faucheux, president of Clarus Research Group, a polling firm.

    Worse for the Democrats, if any one constituency is energized this season it's conservatives, who are angry about rising deficits, some pollsters said.

    "There's real anger on the right, and that anger isn't matched by enthusiasm on the left," said Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling. "So the emotion is on the side of the far right. And voting has become very emotional."

    A clean sweep by Democrats looks unattainable. So for Obama, the question is how much to invest in what could turn out to be losing candidacies.

    Aware of the risks, Obama's political advisors have privately discussed just how much of a time commitment he should make. Too much involvement could distract the White House from its chief immediate goals: passing a healthcare bill and devising a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan. But at the same time, Obama has decided not to sit it out.

    "There's a balancing act here where they're trying to make sure they're responsive to the needs and wants of the campaigns, and at the same time recognize the limits of their usefulness," said Jim Margolis, who was a senior advisor to Obama's presidential campaign. "If I were advising him, I would advise him not to set up campaigns in New Jersey and Virginia as we're trying to get healthcare done and with all these major initiatives."

    Obama looks to be picking his spots. In between strategy meetings on Afghanistan, the president is headlining rallies and fundraising events, cutting television ads and lending his name to campaign mailings.

    Obama helped raise money Tuesday for Bill Owens, the Democrat running for the congressional seat in New York. A day later, he spoke to 3,500 people at a rally in New Jersey for Corzine.

    An awkward dance has played out between Deeds and the White House. At times Deeds seemed to be tracking Obama's softening approval ratings. Given the chance to proclaim himself an "Obama Democrat" at a debate last month, Deeds took a pass.

    Senior White House aides, for their part, said they were put off by the Deeds campaign and how it refused early offers of help.

    Obama hasn't blanketed Virginia on Deeds' behalf, but he is targeting two important loyal constituencies: black and younger voters. He will appear at a Tuesday rally at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, a city whose population is 44% black, more than twice the representation statewide.

    Both parties are readying talking points depending on the outcome. Inside the White House, aides envision a scenario in which Deeds loses in Virginia and Corzine wins in New Jersey. Should the Democrats prevail in New York, the White House would then label that race the "tie-breaker." In this formulation, the White House would assert that the Democrats carried the day.

    Republicans are also refining their message should they prevail Nov. 3. The party is prepared to paint GOP victories as a grim verdict on Obama's presidency -- a foreshadow of the crucial midterm elections next year.

    "If the Democrats lose in Virginia, it is first and foremost a referendum on President Obama and a harbinger of bad things to come in the midterms," said Mark Corallo, a Republican strategist.

    One thing that Obama's strategy shows is a willingness to gamble. A safe course might be for Obama to offer merely token assistance. But as he did in his futile effort to capture the 2016 Olympics for Chicago, Obama is demonstrating he's not deterred by an uncertain outcome.

    Mark Fabiani, who was an aide to former Vice President Al Gore, said: "He's going all in. Several candidates he's campaigning for could be considered underdogs, and that hasn't stopped him."

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    Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
    Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

  • #2
    There he goes again. The campaigner-in-chief. Or is it the celebrity-in-chief? I guess both fit. That seems to be all he does. Fly here and there and give grandiose speechs full of fluff and absent of substance.

    Maybe he can't get the same grass roots support because these people are too busy trying to make a living in these hard times and/or have buyer remorse.
    Jubilant Patriotic Republican

    America gave Obama the benefit of the doubt when they elected him. Obama is now giving America the doubt of the benefit of his governance......Change you can bereave in!..JPR

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    • #3
      It's going to be a bit tougher to run on your own record as opposed to a 'George Bush is Satan and all Republicans are no better than George Bush' platform.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by So Fla Cop
        I just want to see him escorted out of the WH in handcuffs by USSS after it is finally proven that he is not a US citizen and lied (again) to the American public. Chairman O has spent close to a million dollars to cover that fact he is not eligible to serve.
        Let me get my tinfoil hat..........

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        • #5
          Obama needs to do more than campaign from state to state showing support for his democratic counterparts, he may actually have to get ACORN involved again in some more voter fraud. That is the only chance he has of helping the DEMS win anything now.
          The fact that the government can't even get the H1N1 vaccine to people without running out is a perfect example of how the government should never be involved in healthcare of any kind. Not even partial involvement, forget about Obamacare...public option crude..
          "Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. The MARINES don't have that problem." ....Ronald Reagan

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          • #6
            ""There's real anger on the right, and that anger isn't matched by enthusiasm on the left," said Dean Debnam,..."

            I love stuff like this.
            Reppubs have anger
            Libs have enthusiasm
            I shoot, therefore I am.

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            • #7
              Anger trumps enthusiasm come election day. That's why BO won. It's why he'll lose.

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              • #8
                .....scratching head still trying to figure out what he did to prove fit for office.
                ...what he has done to improve our country
                .....why does everyone love him so much.
                .....why did he write a book?
                ....Why did people buy it?

                In all honesty WTF has he done??

                I really don't know.
                MDRDEP:

                There are no stupid questions, but there sure are a lot of inquisitive idiots.

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                • #9
                  Maybe we ought to drop a memo off to Obama telling him he got elected.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jcioccke View Post
                    .....scratching head still trying to figure out what he did to prove fit for office.
                    ...what he has done to improve our country
                    .....why does everyone love him so much.
                    .....why did he write a book?
                    ....Why did people buy it?

                    In all honesty WTF has he done??

                    I really don't know.
                    You could ask that about Bush or any previous President in recent memory. Its all subjective. And, considering Obama's term isn't even close to over, I don't see why you are trying to define his Legacy now. Some Bush-supporters are still holding onto their guns that, "Bush's legacy will improve as time goes on, so its not fair to rate him now", but you want to frame Obama's Presidency already? Hmm...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by phillyrube View Post
                      Let me get my tinfoil hat..........
                      LMAO!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by DaLAW View Post
                        You could ask that about Bush or any previous President in recent memory. Its all subjective. And, considering Obama's term isn't even close to over, I don't see why you are trying to define his Legacy now. Some Bush-supporters are still holding onto their guns that, "Bush's legacy will improve as time goes on, so its not fair to rate him now", but you want to frame Obama's Presidency already? Hmm...
                        Why do you (and the rest of the Libs) continue to bring up Bush when folks are talking about Barry and what he is/isn't doing right now.......?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Bearcat357 View Post
                          Why do you (and the rest of the Libs) continue to bring up Bush when folks are talking about Barry and what he is/isn't doing right now.......?
                          Because you (and the the rest of the people in this Section) continue to try and persecute Obama for things you didn't with Bush. Its all about precedent and calling things down the line...

                          Its kinda hard to look at the present and future without being aware of the past and how we dealt with it. To say Bush, or the predecessor of any current President isn't relevant...is pretty ridiculous. Especially since Obama (or anyone else who won) would have had to directly deal with the policies and ideological decisions that person before them (whether it had been Bush or Kerry/Gore or anyone else) made...

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                          • #14
                            My thing with Obama is that he hasn't really done anything but pontificate. So far it's been charisma over substance. I'd love the opportunity to praise or critique something he has done as there's more to the job than giving speech after speech.
                            Disclaimer: The writer does not represent any organization, employer, entity or other individual. The first amendment protected views/commentary/opinions/satire expressed are those only of the writer. In the case of a sarcastic, facetious, nonsensical, stirring-the-pot, controversial or devil's advocate-type post, the views expressed may not even reflect those of the writer.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by DaLAW View Post
                              To say Bush, or the predecessor of any current President isn't relevant...is pretty ridiculous. ...
                              Errr...no....it's not....

                              Barry wants to socialize healthcare, took over auto companies, and a bunch of other crap........how does that compare with W (or Clinton/Daddy Bush/Reagan)...? It doesn't in this context.....

                              You guys derail thread after thread by looking towards the past (W) and not looking towards the future and what Barry is trying to do or going to do......

                              I bring up something Willie did....and you guys go nuts.....

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