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Obama team pushes back at suggestions he's in trouble
The Hill

Posted on 09/16/2011 9:57:32 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Obama team pushes back at suggestions he's in trouble By Sam Youngman - 09/16/11 12:27 PM ET

President Obama and his closest advisers are pushing back at the notion Obama is a one-term president doomed for defeat in 2012.

Obama’s top political adviser on Friday issued a memo to the Sunday news show producers and other reporters that concludes Obama is in strong shape for another four years in the Oval Office.

The memo from Obama guru David Axelrod noted that the president has strong support from Hispanics, the fastest-growing segment of the population, and that GOP approval numbers are in the dumps.

Obama himself took aim at the doubted while speaking at a Democratic fundraiser on Thursday night. He insisted odds of winning reelection are better than what his chances were for winning the White House in 2008.

“Now, I know that, over the last couple of months, there have been Democrats who voiced concerns and nervousness about, well, in this kind of economy, isn’t this just —aren’t these just huge headwinds in terms of your reelection?,” Obama said.

“And I just have to remind people that— here’s one thing I know for certain: The odds of me being reelected are much higher than the odds of me being elected in the first place.”

The affirmations from Obama and his senior political lieutenant come as the White House has won some momentum with its jobs proposal.

Axelrod pointed to a recent CNN poll that showed a plurality of respondents support Obama’s jobs proposal, which is crucial to the president’s reelection plan.

Obama may also have benefited from Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s entrance into the GOP primary contest. The battle between Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney threatens to be a bruising fight, and while the winner will be more campaign-tested, the GOP standard-bearer will also take some internal hits.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll released Wednesday found Obama leading Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, 51 percent to 39 percent. The same poll had Obama ahead of Perry, the Texas governor, 51 percent to 39 percent.

At the same time, Obama has just concluded a painful summer that saw his poll numbers hit new lows following the unpopular debt ceiling deal. Democrats have questioned his leadership on issues ranging from the environment to housing and unemployment, with some questioning whether he should be primaried himself.

Democrats have also expressed worries about Obama’s political standing for next year, particularly after a seemingly safe district held by the Democratic Party since the 1920s was lost this week to a neophyte Republican with Tea Party backing.

Democratic strategist James Carville, reacting to the special election losses in New York and Nevada this week, suggested the White House should panic.

Axelrod’s memo, which took on “members of the media” and “elite commentary,” seemed to be a reaction to those concerns.

He said Obama is much better shape to beat his Republican rivals next year than his approval ratings would suggest, in part because of voter support for the jobs proposal and in part because of the public’s dismal view of Republicans.

"Members of the media have focused on the president’s approval ratings as if they existed in a black box," Axelrod wrote.

“Two thirds believe we should cut taxes for the middle class and rebuild America’s roads and bridges,” Axelrod wrote, referring to the CNN poll. “Three quarters believe we need to put our teachers and first responders back to work. More Americans trust the president to handle the economy than Congressional Republicans by a margin of 9 points.”

Axelrod also took issue with the conventional wisdom that the president has lost many of his base to disillusionment or disappointment, saying that Obama is polling higher with Democrats than President Clinton was at this point in his first term.

“Despite what you hear in elite commentary, the president’s support among base voters and in key demographic groups has stayed strong," Axelrod wrote.

Axelrod even went as far as to say that the "base is mobilized" behind the president, pointing to the 12,000 volunteers who applied this summer to help organize the campaign.

He also said that the Republican candidates are running to extremes and are still unknown to the greater electorate.

“Their candidates are busy courting the Tea Party, signing off on any economic pledge it might demand – no revenue increases under any circumstances, ending Medicare as we know it, draconian cuts that will hamper job creation,” Axelrod wrote. “And Americans are increasingly rejecting the Tea Party’s agenda and its ideological rigidity – following the debt negotiations, an AP poll found the Tea Party’s approval rating sinking to 28-46. When Americans learn the details of the Republican candidates’ plans, the choice about America’s future will come into clear view.”

He added that “the president remains ahead or in a dead heat with the Republican candidates in the battleground states that will decide the election in 2012.

“And ultimately it is in those battleground states where voters will choose, 14 months from now, between two candidates, their records and their visions for the country," Axelrod wrote.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: jamescarville; obama; obamanation; panicof2011

1 posted on 09/16/2011 9:57:36 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Denial is such a lovely, fantastical place.


2 posted on 09/16/2011 10:00:53 AM PDT by PuzzledInTX
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To: Sub-Driver

His team is just trying to keep a job as long as they can.


3 posted on 09/16/2011 10:01:24 AM PDT by RC2
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To: Sub-Driver

“Talking Points”. . .are very important when you are attempting to brainwash the country.


4 posted on 09/16/2011 10:01:46 AM PDT by beethoven
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To: Sub-Driver
“And ultimately it is in those battleground states where voters will choose, 14 months from now, between two candidates, their records and their visions for the country," Axelrod wrote.

Yep.

I can't wait!!

5 posted on 09/16/2011 10:02:42 AM PDT by comebacknewt (Newt (sigh) what could have been . . .)
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To: PuzzledInTX

Dem buzzards are circling.


6 posted on 09/16/2011 10:03:22 AM PDT by DRey (Perry/Rubio 2012)
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To: comebacknewt

14 months. Starting to get excited!!


7 posted on 09/16/2011 10:04:35 AM PDT by DRey (Perry/Rubio 2012)
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To: Sub-Driver

It’s not just a suggestion. The stories are all over the place today how much trouble he’s in. Carville slamming him, Hillary challenge stories, dems speaking up against the jobs bill and avoiding it in congress, buyers remorse setting in everywhere now, solyndra, lightsquared, etc.


8 posted on 09/16/2011 10:05:40 AM PDT by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 !)
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To: Sub-Driver

Denial- it’s not just a river in Egypt.


9 posted on 09/16/2011 10:05:47 AM PDT by Mr. K (Palin/Bachman 2012- unbeatable ticket~!!!)
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To: Sub-Driver
Not only is he ‘one-term’ but he is going to tsunami a hell of a lot of Libs with him. He is toxic and has made the entire Dem party toxic.

They are all on-guard and scared of 2012 like the Apocalypse, and they should be. Their fear tells us all we need to know about what is going to happen. They know it. We know it.

Now they are all just concerned with stuffing their pillowcases on the way out.

Did Soros know what he was doing with Obama?
Did Soros intend to expose and crash the Leftists?
Do we need to thank Soros for Obama?

My father is 80 and has voted Democrat all his. He never ever will again. Obama and his *ahem* ‘lovely’ wife have done what I could not do for decades.

“These people are abortion obsessed, homosexual loving freaking Jew hating Communists!”, I would yell. He would never listen. He does now.

10 posted on 09/16/2011 10:11:25 AM PDT by 240B (he is doing everything he said he wouldn't and not doing what he said he would)
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To: Sub-Driver

He cant be in trouble...no way.... its way beyond that when Ford has a ad on national TV calling him a economic idiot!


11 posted on 09/16/2011 10:11:41 AM PDT by himno hero (Obamas theme...Death to America...The crusaders will pay!)
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To: Sub-Driver

He cant be in trouble...no way.... its way beyond that when Ford has a ad on national TV calling him a economic idiot!


12 posted on 09/16/2011 10:11:59 AM PDT by himno hero (Obamas theme...Death to America...The crusaders will pay!)
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To: Mr. K

Hands up if you knew about or have been affected by laid off unemployed first responders and teachers.

Purely delusional.


13 posted on 09/16/2011 10:12:13 AM PDT by PittsburghAfterDark
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To: 240B

I wouldn’t expect them to say yeah he sucks, but this is delusional.

I hope they stay that way right up to Nov 012.


14 posted on 09/16/2011 10:13:52 AM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: 240B

I wouldn’t expect them to say yeah he sucks, but this is delusional.

I hope they stay that way right up to Nov 012.


15 posted on 09/16/2011 10:14:56 AM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Sub-Driver

I would say Trouble is his middle name, but his middle name is worse than that!


16 posted on 09/16/2011 10:15:22 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Sub-Driver

Pushes back like a girl... no correction... like the fag that he is. I forgot for a moment that the Candidates on our side with the largest balls are all female. My apologies.

LLS


17 posted on 09/16/2011 10:15:29 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Is the person that you support a Crony Capitalist... A.K.A. CRAPITALIST?)
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To: PuzzledInTX
Denial is such a lovely, fantastical place.

Of course, it's one of our 57 states, on the western border of the great state of Delusion.

18 posted on 09/16/2011 10:15:43 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
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To: 240B

You said...
“My father is 80 and has voted Democrat all his. He never ever will again. Obama and his *ahem* ‘lovely’ wife have done what I could not do for decades.”

Sounds like my folks. The exception was Reagan.


19 posted on 09/16/2011 10:15:43 AM PDT by LMAO ("Begging hands and Bleeding hearts will only cry out for more"...Anthem from Rush)
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To: 240B

You said...
“My father is 80 and has voted Democrat all his. He never ever will again. Obama and his *ahem* ‘lovely’ wife have done what I could not do for decades.”

Sounds like my folks. The exception was Reagan.


20 posted on 09/16/2011 10:16:23 AM PDT by LMAO ("Begging hands and Bleeding hearts will only cry out for more"...Anthem from Rush)
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To: Sub-Driver
The memo from Obama guru David Axelrod ...

Guru? A banana could have defeated McCain in 2008. Axelrod is a pissant.

21 posted on 09/16/2011 10:18:33 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Sub-Driver

22 posted on 09/16/2011 10:18:36 AM PDT by Lazamataz (If Hitler had been as lazy as Obama, the 1940's would have been a very nice decade!!)
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To: Sub-Driver
Obama team pushed me!

I'm going to Attaaaaaaack Waaaaaaaaatch to report!

23 posted on 09/16/2011 10:31:27 AM PDT by FightforFreedomCA (It starts here! It starts now! Mr. President, game on!)
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To: Sub-Driver

They are crazy and they are doomed. Can you imagine a scenario where Obama gets elected? You know what will happen if that happens? The stock markets would dive like a kamikaze on the way to oblivion. I’m not just approaching this from a political partisan stance. There is a building palpable feeling that this man is the obstacle to economic growth. Some of us has always had it but I think even his people have Obamafatigue. The thing we don’t want is him so damaged that he is replaced by Clinton even though I’m sure we could defeat her I’d rather defeat a dead duck than one full rested and armed to the hilt.

What will save him his chance at re-election will be his race but that will only get him through without a primary.


24 posted on 09/16/2011 10:34:49 AM PDT by Maelstorm (Better to keep your enemy in your sights than in your camp expecting him to guard your back.)
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To: Sub-Driver
"Obama team pushes back at suggestions he's in trouble

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25 posted on 09/16/2011 10:40:32 AM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: Sub-Driver
“And ultimately it is in those battleground states where voters will choose, 14 months from now, between two candidates, their records and their visions for the country," Axelrod wrote

Except the battleground states are now (formerly red states like) Michigan, Minnesota and New Jersey. Because Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio are solidly anti-Obama.

26 posted on 09/16/2011 10:41:45 AM PDT by kidd (S&P gives Obama an 'AA+'...Obama's only published grade)
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To: Sub-Driver
"Members of the media have focused on the president’s approval ratings as if they existed in a black box."


27 posted on 09/16/2011 10:45:09 AM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: Mr. K
Denial- it’s not just a river in Egypt.


28 posted on 09/16/2011 10:47:10 AM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I see dead people voting (for Obama). Do not underestimate Chicago-style politics.


29 posted on 09/16/2011 10:58:21 AM PDT by 1forall (America - my home, my land, my country.)
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To: Sub-Driver
The odds of me being reelected are much higher than the odds of me being elected in the first place.

Well, well, well...so the joke is on us...

...what wasn't precedent setting was electing the first black president in 2008...

We actually have elected...

Baghdad Bob

Now it all makes sense...

30 posted on 09/16/2011 11:16:53 AM PDT by NorCoGOP (Obama's approval ratings: so low that Kenyans now accuse him of being born in the USA)
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To: himno hero
its way beyond that when Ford has a ad on national TV calling him a economic idiot!

Tip of the iceberg. We've just begun to see what Citizens United hath wrought. This guy is gonna be buried under a literal avalanche of negative ads underwritten by corporations he tried to screw.
31 posted on 09/16/2011 11:27:15 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Sub-Driver
"David Axelrod noted that the president has strong support from Hispanics"

Hispanic Approval declines from 75% to 48% and that's 0bambi's response?

32 posted on 09/16/2011 11:28:17 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Gore Lauds Romney on Climate Position; 0bamaCare was based on RomneyCare.)
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To: himno hero

Actually, it’s not that the ad calls him an economic idiot,
it says “that’s not the way we do things in America”,

implying that he is unAmerican.


33 posted on 09/16/2011 11:34:16 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Sub-Driver

This is like Mario Mendoza’s agent insisting that he bat clean-up.


34 posted on 09/16/2011 11:43:48 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Obama - Wear The Fail!)
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To: Sub-Driver

And so it begins. Bad things always start with denial. Banks are in good shape the day before they close, companies are doing great then they go bankrupt, marriages are great and then they are divorced. Denial is always the tell.


35 posted on 09/16/2011 12:59:05 PM PDT by SandwicheGuy (*The butter acts as a lubricant and speeds up the CPU*)
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