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AP: Obama Doesn’t Seem To Help Dems

From the ‘department of understatement’ at the Associated Press:

Obama endorsements don’t seem to help Democrats

By Charles Babington, Associated Press Writer Wed May 19, 2010

WASHINGTON – The role of endorser in chief isn’t working so well for President Barack Obama.

Sen. Arlen Specter became the fourth Democrat in seven months to lose a high-profile race despite the president’s active involvement, raising doubts about Obama’s ability to help fellow Democrats in this November’s elections.

The first three candidates fell to Republicans. But Specter’s loss Tuesday to Rep. Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania’s Democratic senatorial primary cast doubts on Obama’s influence and popularity even within his own party — and in a battleground state, no less.

Of course, it’s possible that Democrats will fare better than expected this fall. And there’s only so much that any president can do to help other candidates, especially in a non-presidential election year.

Still, Obama’s poor record thus far could hurt his legislative agenda if Democratic lawmakers decide they need some distance from him as they seek re-election in what is shaping up as a pro-Republican year. Conversely, it might embolden Republican lawmakers and candidates who oppose him.

If you were running for office this year, whom would you rather have endorse you? The President of the United States, Barack Obama, or that ‘no future in politics,’ Sarah Palin?

Obama’s track record also raises the question of whether he may be hurting candidates he supports by motivating his foes — such as tea party supporters — to vote

Sestak’s victory over Specter is especially embarrassing, because he won by portraying himself and his supporters as being more faithful to the Democratic Party than were Specter and his backers — who included the president, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and other high-ranking party officials

What a blatant misrepresentation, even by AP standards. Despite being a two term Representative, Mr. Sestak ran against the Washington establishment. There is nothing more Washington establishment than the Democrat party.

Creating another bruise for Obama and the Democratic establishment Tuesday, Sen. Blanche Lincoln was forced into a runoff in Arkansas’ Democratic senatorial primary. Obama supports her bid for a third term, but he is not as closely associated with her campaign as he was with Specter’s

Of course not. How can Mr. Obama go up against a candidate handpicked by the unions and MoveOn.org?

Unlike the Corzine, Deeds and Coakley races, Obama made no late-campaign appearances for Specter. But it will be hard for the president to distance himself from Specter’s career-ending loss.

It won’t be hard if the media has anything to do with it. Indeed, this is probably the first and last article we will ever see about Obama’s ‘reverse’ Midas touch.

Obama campaigned for Specter last September in Philadelphia, where he said, "I love Arlen Specter." Specter used the clip in recent TV ads. Obama also e-mailed his supporters on Specter’s behalf, and he was the first person Specter thanked in his concession speech…

Specter [became] a Democrat, giving the party the crucial 60th Senate vote it needed to overcome Republican filibusters, which were frustrating the administration. In exchange, Obama, Biden, Rendell and the entire Democratic hierarchy agreed to support Specter’s 2010 re-election, including efforts to clear his way to the party’s nomination

No matter how illegal, such as offering Mr. Sestak a bribe not to run against him.

In the past few weeks, the White House has played down Obama’s role in the Tuesday primaries, and he spent Election Day in Ohio talking about the economy.

"At some point, you feel like we’ve done what we can do," senior White House adviser David Axelrod told The Associated Press in an interview. "We do have other stuff going on," he said.

That explains it. Mr. Obama is so busy stopping oil leaks, fighting terrorism at home and abroad, and creating jobs that he couldn’t possibly campaign for Mr. Specter, despite all of his promises to help.

Matt Bennett, a Democratic strategist and vice president of the group Third Way, said he doubts that Democratic lawmakers will panic over Obama’s inability to help Specter to a victory.

"Presidents have coattails when their names are on the ballot," Bennett said, and that can’t happen for Obama until 2012.

What’s this? Didn’t Mr. Specter and the rest of these Democrats back health care reform? Didn’t Mr. Obama and Mr. Clinton and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid assure them that would be enough to guarantee their reelection? Did they lie to these Democrat Congressmen just to get their votes?

And speaking of healthcare, notice how this article and all of the rest you will see today will carefully avoid any mention of all of the incredibly unpopular policies that Mr. Obama and the Democrats rammed through Congress against the expressed will of the people.

Meanwhile, the same media are scratching their heads trying to come up with some explanation for this ‘backlash’ against the establishment. ‘What could it possibly be?’

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 19th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “AP: Obama Doesn’t Seem To Help Dems”

  1. Right of the People says:

    If I were a Dimocrat running for office this fall I would tell the boy king to keep his skinny little butt in Washington and stay the hell away from me.

    Personally I hope he campaigns hard for all of the Dims, especially Reid and Pelosi. You’d know the Apocalypse is coming if the Botox Bitch were to get voted out.

  2. bill says:

    Of course the milestone of the ridiculous lies told about the government rationed health care plan won’t be a problem at all. Why I bet all the Democrats will run talking about the runaway spending that, err, uhhh, ummm …… that may not quite work.

    It’s the economy, stupid Democrats.

  3. jobeth says:

    “AP: Obama Doesn’t Seem To Help Dems”

    Some days the headlines are just plain good!

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “AP:Obama endorsements don’t seem to help Democrats”

      Thank you Captain Obvious!

      DINGDINGDINGDINGDING—We have a winner, ladies and gentlemen!!!

      Give that person a seee-gar!

      My god, you just noticed?

      (and assorted other great responses)

  4. Right of the People says:

    I saw a great bumper sticker. It has a picture of President Reagan and says, “AVENGE ME!” I wish I knew where they got it.

    • jobeth says:

      Since I don’t actually put real bumper stickers on my bumper, but instead put them in the back window of my van (yeah I know…a gas guzzler….lol), I’ve been known to make up my own on the computer.

      It works…:-D

  5. Sharps Rifle says:

    If I were a ‘rat (God forbid), I don’t think I’d want Ozero in the same TIME ZONE, let alone on the same stage with me!

    Well, at least were rid of Arlen Sphinctor.

  6. BigOil says:

    That picture of Barry and Arlene is a classic.

    Barry has become the toxic bolshevik in a little over a years time. It took almost 6 years for Republicans to begin distancing themselves from Bush.

  7. Liberals Demise says:

    Watch the demo-rats flee and jump from the burning ship.
    DingleBarry is in “LEFT” field by himself!!

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