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Obama the pariah
The Hill ^ | 7/14/2014 | Amie Parnes

Posted on 07/14/2014 4:26:27 AM PDT by markomalley

Democrats in tough reelection races have a blunt message for President Obama: Keep away.

Obama’s approval ratings are in the basement and show no signs of improving, so Democrats are keeping their distance. On the stump, in campaign ads and at fundraisers, Obama’s absence is increasingly conspicuous. Democrats are voicing their displeasure with his policies and campaign advisers are telling candidates to avoid being photographed with him, so as to deny Republicans effective visuals for campaign ads.

“It’s a no-brainer,” said one operative who works for a senator up for reelection in 2014. “The second term has been a bit of a disaster, his approval ratings are the lowest of his presidency and Washington is in disarray.”

Many of the Democratic senators elected in 2008 rode to office on Obama’s coattails. Six years later, they’re asking, “Barack who?”

Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) last week avoided being at his own fundraiser while Obama was there, excusing himself on the grounds that he had to attend votes at the Capitol.

It is not just Senate Democrats who are displeased with the president. Some House members have expressed dissent over his approach to the surge of young illegal immigrants streaming across the southern border.

Last week, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) described Obama’s behavior over the border crisis as “aloof,” “detached” and “bizarre.”

Referring to a staged photo opportunity for news media when Obama drank beer and played pool in Colorado while thousands of Latino children crossed the southern border illegally, Cuellar added, “I mean, the optics are just horrible.”

The centrist Texas congressman was not the only critic. Liberal Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) told MSNBC that “the borderlands deserve a presidential visit.”

He added, “I think a visit by the president is reaffirming that the borderlands along the southwest border are vital and important to this nation. So I think a visit would be important and very symbolic.”

Many Democrats in Congress complain that Obama is indifferent to their concerns. There is also a broader sense on Capitol Hill that Obama just isn’t the guy they thought he was, who would deliver on his vaunted promises of hope and change.

“He’s not the most popular man these days,” one senior Senate Democratic aide said. “A lot of people think it’s been one disappointment after the next and he can’t really get his bearings.”

Political observers say the White House understands the need for some Democrats to distance themselves from Obama. That is especially true in Senate contests where Democrats are seeking reelection in conservative states.

“They understand that President Obama is not the best messenger in all of these races,” said Christy Setzer, a Democratic strategist. “The White House understands this is about ... doing whatever it takes to save the Senate. In some places, that’s going to mean the president goes out and does events and, in other places, he takes a more behind the scenes role.”

Jamal Simmons, another Democratic strategist, added that Democrats such as Cuellar “have to do what’s best for themselves.

“It’s probably not making the White House happy, but he’s doing what he needs to do back home.”

Obama knows he’s radioactive but that hasn’t hurt his fundraising. Democrats love his prowess filling their campaign war chests. They just don’t want to be seen publicly embracing him.

If Republicans wrest control of the Senate from the Democrats, it will be seen as a repudiation of Obama.

Setzer suggested that Democrats in competitive races should try to fight not on national politics but on a record of local achievement.

“I think what you’re going to see is a lot of people following the Thad Cochran strategy: Talk about how you’ve been delivering for your state,” she said, referring to the Mississippi GOP senator who recently defeated a Tea Party challenger.

The latest Gallup daily tracking poll shows that Obama has a 42 percent approval rating, about the lowest of his presidency.

His pariah status contrasts starkly with that of two power brokers who are feeling the love from Democratic candidates: Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Several campaigns have already expressed an informal interest in having one of the Clintons appear alongside them on the stump.

Obama sought to poke fun at the awkward situation during an appearance at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in May.

“Of course now that it’s 2014, Washington is obsessed on the midterms,” the president said. “Folks are saying that with my sagging poll numbers, my fellow Democrats don’t really want me campaigning with them. And I don’t think that’s true — although I did notice the other day that Sasha needed a speaker at career day, and she invited Bill Clinton.”

The president, with no more campaigns to run himself and pushed aside as a proxy, has no forum in which to display his strengths as a campaigner.

“A lot of these candidates who are in tight races are just in a place where they’re just running on their own things,” said one senior Senate Democrat. “It’s so commonplace, and he’s so unpopular, that people don’t even talk about it anymore.”

But Setzer said what Obama is experiencing is common for this place and time, nearly halfway through a president’s second term.

“We see this with every president and it’s not surprising,” Setzer said.

Still, even candidates in places where Obama could help are keeping a safe distance, choosing to stay away from the president’s policies while focusing on their own.

“We’re focused on putting our candidate out front and center,” an adviser to a 2014 Senate candidate said. “Not the national figures.”

TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
The task will be to incontrovertibly make sure that each Dhim candidate is linked to the party leadership and Øbama.
1 posted on 07/14/2014 4:26:27 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

The GOP is linked into Eternity with Obama.

Open borders- GOP supports
Deficits to the Moon - GOP supports
RomneyCARE/ObamaCARE - Is it not obvious?
Ignoring Fraud - GOP supports
Ignoring Treason - GOP AIDES transfer to al Qaeda

2 posted on 07/14/2014 4:28:24 AM PDT by Diogenesis (The EXEMPT US Congress remains COMPLICIT)
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To: markomalley

The Republicans historically are unable to pin actual voting records on the Democrats, who in times like these pretend they themselves have been “conservative” or “anti-Obama” all along.

It’s easy for democrats to make such claims in an election year because the basic template of the Republican politician is Romney, who fights hard against conservatives and then turns around and licks the butts of democraps.

3 posted on 07/14/2014 4:32:26 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: markomalley

Democrats are just like their communist brethren...when the time is right they turn on one another like rabid animals - sacrificing fake loyalty for control...fake fake fake....why anyone would ever vote - let alone support - a liberal - a democrat - a progressive - is just mind boggling....

4 posted on 07/14/2014 4:34:32 AM PDT by BCW (Amazon Books: "Babylon's Covert War" - the Iraq conflict explained in detail - by JH White)
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The demodummie ba$tards supported him all this time, now let the chickens come home to roost. Every one of them needs to be GONE and PERMANENTLY>

5 posted on 07/14/2014 4:58:17 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Diogenesis

Yes, the GOP looks like an aligned party rather than an opposition. In fact most of the time what little opposition they put forward is about power and control rather than ideas. Frankly, the GOP is just as bankrupt as the Dems...and perhaps more so as they claim the high ground. Neither party represents constituents anymore but a power structure looking out for its interests alone.

6 posted on 07/14/2014 5:38:44 AM PDT by 556x45
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To: markomalley

Simple strategy for the democrats to retain control of the Senate:

1) Tell Obama to stay away.

2) Put out an advert or two showing you are opposed to his policies.

3) Have the media machine put out stories that say linking democrat candidates to Obama is racist or mean thus turning off independents. This will be, of course, followed by Karl Rove and his whiteboard validating the MSM.

4) Wait for the “apology candidates” of the GOP-e to buy the MSM spin hook line and sinker (like the good little puppets on a string they are) as they proceed to apologize for not being democrats.

5) Throw in some “war on women” stuff based on some obscure comment that some obscure person (who suddenly is portrayed by the MSM as being the face of the Republican party) makes.

Voila, Majority Leader Reid.

7 posted on 07/14/2014 6:46:44 AM PDT by FlipWilson
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To: FlipWilson; GOPJ; sickoflibs; ken5050; Tennessee Nana; NYer; The Mayor; TADSLOS; Jane Long; ...

Fox’s “Media Buzz” reported that among the once-worshipful MSM-—it’s now cool to dislike Obama.

8 posted on 07/14/2014 3:28:05 PM PDT by Liz (Another Clinton administration? Are you nuts?)
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To: Liz
Fox’s “Media Buzz” reported that among the once-worshipful MSM-—it’s now cool to dislike Obama.

It may be "cool" but O has bigger plans and could care less about public opinion. He's arranging for a successor to continue this path of dismantling the US and NOTHING .... NOTHING ... will stop him.

9 posted on 07/14/2014 3:53:48 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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