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Obama to Dems: Itís time to worry
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Posted on 03/09/2014 6:46:34 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Obama to Dems: It’s time to worry

By Justin Sink - 03/09/14 06:00 AM EDT

The election is coming, the election is coming!

That’s the message coming from President Obama as he tries desperately to rouse Democrats out of a midterm election stupor that could cost his party control of the Senate — and bury his agenda once and for all.

Obama has increasingly sounded like the nerdy kid in a bad horror movie constantly warning his friends to stay out of danger as he’s called on the Democratic base to not be complacent in 2014.

“You've got to pay attention to the states,” he begged at a recent fundraiser for the Democratic Governors Association. Obama lamented that Democrats don’t think state-level races in the 2014 midterms are “sexy enough.”

Raising cash for Senate Democrats in Virginia, Obama said Democrats tend to get “a little sleepy” and “distracted.”

“We’re good at Senate and House elections during presidential years — it’s something about midterms," Obama said. "I don’t know what it is about us.”

And at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Boston, Obama said poor turnout could lead the party’s candidates to get “walloped.”

“It's happened before and it could happen again,” said Obama, who remembers all too well the shellacking his party took in 2010, when it lost control of the House.

In 2014, the worry is that Democrats will lose the Senate if the base doesn’t come out, and it’s an outcome that political observers and Democratic strategists say is more and more plausible.

Democrats are defending 21 of the 36 Senate seats up this fall, and election watchers widely expect the party to lose seats as they protect a fragile six-seat majority.

Democrats in red states like South Dakota, West Virginia and Montana have retired, and Democratic Sens. Mark Pryor (Ark.), Mark Begich (Alaska), Mary Landrieu (La.) and Kay Hagan (N.C.) are facing tough races.

“You just have a lot more red states than blue states in play,” said Democratic strategist Steve Elmendorf.

Compounding that problem is that the demographic advantages the president exploited in 2012 — an influx of young and minority voters — are unlikely to materialize this cycle.

Older, white voters less friendly to the president are far more likely to head to the polls for a midterm election.

“The difference in electorates between midterm elections and presidential elections is stunning,” said Ken Goldstein, a political scientist at the University of San Francisco.

“We don’t know what the world looks like when there’s not an African American named Barack Obama on the top of the ticket,” he added.

Dye-in-the-wool liberal commentator Chris Matthews predicted that Democrats could lose as many as 10 Senate seats in the midterms.

“To the Democrats, this election, a rosy scenario is to lose five Senate seats, not six,” he said on “Meet the Press.” “They could lose 10.”

And Democrats are nervous that their candidates have been unable to exploit races where they should have an advantage. In Michigan, Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) hired a new campaign manager on Thursday, as recent polls show the congressman trailing Republican Terri Lynn Land.

Publicly, the White House is looking to project unwavering confidence heading into the midterms.

Senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said Thursday that the White House wasn’t even entertaining the possibility the GOP could regain the upper chamber.

“We’re not preparing for it,” Pfeiffer said at a breakfast hosted by Politico. “We’re very confident the Democrats will retain the Senate. That’s where all of our energy and our focus is.”

But Pfeiffer acknowledged that if Republicans took back the upper chamber, it would derail the president’s remaining ambitions. He predicted that the president’s judicial nominees would be blocked, and the effort to repeal ObamaCare would gain new momentum.

“It would mean a loss of the agenda that the American people care about and support,” Pfeiffer said. “The Republican Senate would block almost everything. The Republican Senate, I promise you … would spend all of its time trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act.”

Recent moves suggest Obama understands the consequences, and is eager to avoid the “shellacking” the party took in 2012. And his efforts to rally the base extend beyond nagging donors to stay engaged.

A White House official says that the president will look to “set the terms” of the election by focusing on his economic policy message, and repeatedly contrasting that with Republican policies designed to benefit wealthy Americans.

White House aides have been working with Democrats on votes intended to highlight that contrast. Those legislative efforts will likely include a Senate vote on hiking the minimum wage, among others.

And Obama will look to rally turnout, leaning on his voter data and political operation that helped secure his 2008 and 2012 wins.

“Midterms are about getting the base out and no one is better at that than President Obama,” the official said.

Of course, Obama and his middling approval ratings may not be an advantage in states like Louisiana and Kentucky, and some lawmakers have already said they don’t want the president to campaign for them. Instead, Obama hopes to channel fundraising dollars from progressive strongholds where he remains popular.

Through June, Obama will attend 18 DNC fundraisers, as well as an additional dozen for Democratic governors, senators, and House members. The president will also attend events for House and Senate political action committees, in a bid to inspire high-dollar donations to combat spending by wealthy conservative donors.

“President Obama is focused only on the end result,” the official said. “Our approach to the midterms is not ‘where can we campaign’ – it is ‘how can we help.’”


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Well if you say so........
1 posted on 03/09/2014 6:46:34 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
‘how can we help.’

You can sit down and shut up..."Yes We Can"

2 posted on 03/09/2014 6:52:58 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: Sub-Driver

Losing the Senate will not impede his agenda. Because he is already enacting it through illegal regulation and unconstitutional edits as well as selective (non) enforcement of laws.

A Republican Senate isn’t going to change that. The Republicans don’t have the guts to do what is necessary to stop an illegitimate and lawless regime.


3 posted on 03/09/2014 6:55:36 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: Sub-Driver

Obama to Dem schleppers -

“This election is serious, dammit. Our Party’s future is riding on this one. I need all of you guys to work hard, give 110% day and night, so we can win this thing.

Now if there’s any further questions, I’ll be out on the golf course.”


4 posted on 03/09/2014 6:55:54 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: Sub-Driver
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he must have gotten word that Putin is going to release everything that he has been blackmailing him on

5 posted on 03/09/2014 6:56:53 AM PDT by Doogle (( USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Sub-Driver

“We don’t know what the world looks like when there’s not an African American named Barack Obama on the top of the ticket,” [the political scientist] added.”

Yes we do, that already happened in 2010 when the bloom was a lot brighter on the rose than it is right now.

There is also an error later in the article when they say 2012 but they mean 2010.


6 posted on 03/09/2014 6:59:03 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: Sub-Driver

This guy is always taking the high risk, do it my way, unconventional approach to do things his way.

None of those moves are based on actual success of past accomplishment be it the economy, green energy, reset with Russia, reinvent the Government Medical Business, etc.

So its all pretty much a guy whose narcissistic choices are totally departed from ACTUAL EXPERIENTIAL SUCCESS.

To to sum this up, he’s been going about having his way and now, JUST NOW, he’s telling his party that this stuff hasn’t worked and its time for all hands on deck?

The GOP may be the Stupid Party, but if they go along with this then the Dems are the Dangerously Stupid Party.


7 posted on 03/09/2014 7:02:27 AM PDT by R0CK3T
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To: Sub-Driver

Justin Sink.

Well, then, don’t just sit there. Try to climb out.


8 posted on 03/09/2014 7:03:13 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Sub-Driver
Compounding that problem is that the demographic advantages the president exploited in 2012 — an influx of young and minority voters — are unlikely to materialize this cycle.

Lie; he got 3.5 million fewer voters in 2012 than he had in '08 and the percentage of voting age population that actually voted went from 58% to 52 %. I'm guessing because this is one of the stories MSM doesn't want to tell.

9 posted on 03/09/2014 7:10:33 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: ChildOfThe60s

bingo on point two...of course this is the assumption the GOPe doesn’t screw up taking back the senate...


10 posted on 03/09/2014 7:15:55 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: PoloSec
— and bury his agenda once and for all.

At this point, it's not his agenda that needs to be buried.

11 posted on 03/09/2014 7:18:23 AM PDT by tbpiper
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To: Sub-Driver

The GOPe will save him.. The stupid party always does.


12 posted on 03/09/2014 7:31:34 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Sub-Driver; All

“Midterms are about getting the base out and no one is better at that than President Obama,” the official said.
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Pothead College kids and Welfare Queens are NOT going to bother with a Mid-term Election. Give it your best shot, Hussein; it’s not going to work.


13 posted on 03/09/2014 7:46:45 AM PDT by Din Maker (If Ted Cruz gave Rand Paul one of his balls, they'd both have one.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“White House aides have been working with Democrats on votes intended to highlight that contrast. Those legislative efforts will likely include a Senate vote on hiking the minimum wage, among others.”

If Hairy Reed gets a minimum wage increase to $10.10 passed in the Senate, then Boner should get the House to amend that to increase it to $100 an hour.

Then O’bastard and Reed can throw a fit saying Republicans are being mean to them because it can’t pass as amended.


14 posted on 03/09/2014 7:50:16 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Sub-Driver
An election tsunami is coming...

Even the one who promised to stop the raising sea and cool the planet will be powerless to stop it...

He will be the lamest of lame ducks when the GOP controls by chambers...but on a positive note, his golf game will vastly improve...

15 posted on 03/09/2014 7:55:34 AM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Beagle8U
get the House to amend that to increase it to $100 an hour.

Pass it with an amendment cutting small business taxes by a third.

If Boehner weren't such a pathetic rummy loser he would realize that every one of these feints and traps by the Dems is actually an opportunity.

I don't know what they did for fun in his old man's bar but it wasn't poker. Maybe they just cried in their beer...

16 posted on 03/09/2014 7:59:04 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: Sub-Driver

What’s to worry? McConnell and Boehner will rescue Hussiens agenda.


17 posted on 03/09/2014 8:17:13 AM PDT by lormand (Inside every liberal is a dung slinging monkey)
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To: Beagle8U

Boehner plays checkers while the Dems play chess.


18 posted on 03/09/2014 8:19:10 AM PDT by SusaninOhio
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To: ChildOfThe60s
Exactly correct. Boehner's already shown he doesn't have the balls to stop Obama in the House, and there's no reason to believe that McConnell will grow a spine in the Senate.

GOP-E has got to get voted out in order for real change to occur.

19 posted on 03/09/2014 8:25:09 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: SusaninOhio

If I was running the House I would feed O’bastard/Reid their Marxist agenda on a stick!


20 posted on 03/09/2014 8:30:24 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Sub-Driver

Older, white voters ( mugged and wounded }less friendly to the president.


21 posted on 03/09/2014 9:37:58 AM PDT by Vaduz
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