Democrats Upset President Obama M.I.A. in Midterm Election Campaigns

Democrats Upset President Obama M.I.A. in Midterm Election Campaigns
Democrats Upset President Obama M.I.A. in Midterm Election Campaigns (Credit: Donkey Hotey)

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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  • Janet:
    Do you notice a few patterns in your” journalism”?

    1) You are unable to analize criticism of Obama on their own merits without bringing a reference to the Republican opposition

    2) You say Obama has not gotten his message out but you can’t bring yourself to look from The vantage point of the people and explore the possibility that after 6 years of vicarious living through Obama there are diminishing resources to be tapped

    3) With Black people extend this from 6 years to 50, noting that the Obama Presidency is the apex of 50 years of local machine building with the promise that today would be grand but it failed to tell Black people about the present fate of Chicago, Detroit, Philly, Newark, Memphis, Cleveland, Millwaukee, LA, Indianapolis and Birmingham

    You face a personal decision point on your” journalism”.
    While Trayvon Martin is good for a whole years worth of activist journalism to tell America that Blacks still get a raw deal thanks to White Right Wing racism, your style doesn’t lend itself to keeping the memory of the 9 month old baby muttered in Dekalb and the 17 year old Black girl bashed with a brick live until regulatory change is made within the Black community.

    Also as the people of Libya suffers domestic terrorism today after Obama’s coup you are never going to venture out of your domestic political agenda to note that while Obama is equally able to run American imperialist foreign policy he is superior go Bush in stifling Black American Protests against imperialism in nations of color because he feed them a suffiencent meal where they are content fighting American white right wing domestic imperialist