President Obama has become the Democratic Party’s number one cheerleader. Although few candidates are interested in his endorsement and fewer want to campaign with him, the president continues to favor the fundraising circuit week after week.
It is blatantly obvious by his appearances this week; his agenda is taking back stage to more generalized themes that bring the room together.
Speaking at a fundraiser for the Democratic Governors Association, he exclaimed, “You've got to pay attention to the states,” he said humbly lamenting “Democrats don’t think state-level races in the 2014 midterms are sexy enough.”
Obama appears to be distracted like no other time in his presidency. “We’re good at Senate and House elections during presidential years, it’s something about midterms. I don’t know what it is about us.”
Midterms are usually low turnouts and the Republicans come out in droves. Noting that fact, Obama said at a Boston fundraiser that poor turnout could lead the party’s candidates to get “walloped.”
While reliving the 2010 Democratic midterm election nightmare in a recent speech, Obama said, “It's happened before and it could happen again.”
If it does, the president will be the number one reason and he knows it all too well.
There is an excellent chance the Democrats will lose their majority in the Senate and more seats in the Republican-led House. It will insure Obama’s last two years will be ineffective and “lame duck.”
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.
That means 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.
Older white voters will be the majority heading for the polls and they do not like Obama policies. “The difference in electorates between midterm elections and presidential elections is stunning,” said Ken Goldstein, a political scientist at the University of San Francisco.
Wild-eyed liberal commentator Chris Matthews thinks Democrats could lose as many as 10 Senate seats in the midterms. Chris Matthews, the Democrat’s number one fanatical supporter said that.
On “Meet the Press,” Matthews said, “To the Democrats, this election, a rosy scenario is to lose five Senate seats, not six. They could lose 10.”
Even Obama’s most loyal advisor, Dan Pheiffer said, “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 he well knows that should Republicans take 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.
Obama plans 18 DNC fundraisers through June, plus dozens 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.
These are trying times for a president who has “changed America” and now must explain it in voting terms.
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