Well, isn’t this a ringing endorsement? This cat is radioactive and now Democrats aren’t afraid to go on record saying as much.
The White House and Senate Democrats are preparing an extensive midterm campaign strategy built around one unavoidable fact: Hardly any candidates in the most competitive states want President Barack Obama anywhere near them.
POLITICO spoke with nearly every incumbent up for reelection and aspiring Democratic Senate candidates across the country, but only a handful gave an unequivocal “yes” when asked whether they wanted Obama to come campaign with them.
“I don’t care to have him campaign for me,” said Alaska Sen. Mark Begich. “I’d rather him come up to see where his policies aren’t working. He’s wrong on ANWR, we’ve had struggles to try to get our permits done down in the southeast for our timber industry, I want to show him how important the military is in Fairbanks.”
Obama’s unpopularity could cost Democrats the Senate, but vulnerable incumbents need the full resources of the White House to hang onto the majority. So the president and party leadership are exploring how to deploy Obama and his team in a way that minimizes complications for Democrats in places like Colorado, Georgia or Kentucky where his polls are underwater. The White House also needs to buck the historic trend of the president’s party losing seats in the midterm election of his second term.
Obama needs to look at the upside. Instead of these tedious campaign events there’s so much more free time to play golf and help destroy the economy.
Republicans say there’s no way for Democrats to suddenly break with the president.
“The problem is [they are] the people who voted for his policies down the line, including Obamacare,” said Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas). “If they think they’re going to separate themselves from those votes because the president doesn’t show up and stand next to them and put his arm around them, I think they’re mistaken.”
They can run from Obama, but they can’t run from their votes for ObamaCare.