President Obama has become toxic to the Democratic candidates running in the midterm elections as his predecessor George W. Bush had become to Republicans. Even though President Obama has said that the November elections mean a lot to him, many Democrats are worried that he has become a liability. They are griping that he doesn’t have a strategy nor has he given them the attention they need. What troubles me is that he ran two stellar presidential campaigns, making full use of social media, engaging young people, and rallying other demographics. That’s not happening in the midterm elections.
The problem, according to the nearly two dozen top Democratic operatives and outside allies who shared their frustration with POLITICO, is Obama’s investment — or lack thereof — in the midterms. The White House, they complain, has yet to broaden its economic message. The president has no set meetings with his political staff, and does little to help beyond headlining events to activate big donors. There’s no strategic direction.
Former President Bill Clinton and his staff have been getting regular midterm briefings from Democratic campaign staffers — including updates by Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Executive Director Guy Cecil, who’s flown up to New York to deliver them in person. Obama’s only conversations about races or dynamics with anyone connected with the main campaign committees, they said, have been limited to short chats en route to or at fundraisers.
Throughout his presidency, Democrats have griped that Obama has never focused on anyone’s races but his own. This time — with the last two years of his term in the balance — White House aides repeat that he’s all in, insisting to operatives in the face of questions about the president’s engagement that he really is focused strategically on how he and his political operation can help.
They just can’t seem to get people to believe them.
“He cares about these elections, not just politically,” senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer told POLITICO. “It’s personal to him. These folks are not just candidates, they are the president’s friends, and have had his back for years, and he has theirs in these elections.” Source: Politico
I would venture to say, if the Democrats take another shellacking in the midterm elections as they previously did, which resulted in the loss of the House majority, the squabbling about Obama will hit a fever-pitch. It will embolden more Republican wingnuts to throw their hats in the ring for the presidential election. Come on Mr. President, get off the golf course and plan a strategy to keep embarrassment at bay come November. Bill Clinton is upstaging you once again….
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