As Obama Fades, Democrats Express Alarm Over Reelection Chances

Sunday, September 11, 2011

What started as grumblings in the blogoshere over President Obama’s commitment to core Democratic principles like Medicare and Social Security, as well as the veracity of his campaign promises to end DOMA and the 10-year Afghanistan war, has reached elected Democratic lawmakers and party leaders at all levels who express anxiety over the president’s reelection prospects.

With only 14 months until the general election, new signs of a weakening economy, and a job approval in the high 30’s, suddenly the president looks vulnerable to Republican challengers like former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and current Texas Gov. Rick Perry, both who have executive experience built around job creation.

According to an article in Sunday’s New York Times:

“In my district, the enthusiasm for him has mostly evaporated,” said Representative Peter A. DeFazio, Democrat of Oregon. “There is tremendous discontent with his direction.”

“The frustrations are real,” said Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, who was the state chairman of Mr. Obama’s campaign four years ago. “I think we know that there is a Barack Obama that’s deep in there, but he’s got to synchronize it with passion and principles.”

His own economic advisers concede that the unemployment rate, currently 9.1 percent, is unlikely to drop substantially over the next year, creating a daunting obstacle to re-election.

Liberals have grown frustrated by some of his actions, like the decision this month to drop tougher air-quality standards.

And polling suggests that the president’s yearlong effort to reclaim the political center has so far yielded little in the way of additional support from the moderates and independents who tend to decide presidential elections.

For reasons known only to him, President Obama has chosen to ignore until this past Thursday, showing leadership on the number one issue the American people are most concerned about: jobs. And with unemployment stubbornly stuck above 9%, even last Thursday’s jobs speech may be too little, too late for Mr. Obama to win reelection.

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8 Responses to As Obama Fades, Democrats Express Alarm Over Reelection Chances

  1. feminazi says:

    Obama appears to have dyed his hair for the 9/11 ceremonies today. It looks too dark and faux. As for 2012, if Obama wins another term I will be very surprised. I know his supporters keep saying he is like Hoover but, I disagree. Obama in 2011 reminds me much more of Carter and we know what happened to him and to the country.

  2. Robyn says:

    This is Jimmy Carter’s second term but I’m more afraid of Rick Perry’s first term. I would vote for Obama if Perry wins the GOP nomination. I don’t want another mo fo from Texas ruining the country.

  3. Brigadoon says:

    All the talk of a primary challenger for Obama is very real. I hear among my friends and I read it on the blogs. Now the corporate-owned print papers discuss it. I have to think Hillary Clinton is aware of it too. Someone said to watch her hair. If she suddenly cuts it short and stylish again, then she plans to challenge Obama in 2012.

  4. Mets Fan says:

    America’s “First black president” is just another figure on the golf course.

    As extreme as Rick Perry is, and bizarre as Mitt Romney is, the general sense I get when talking to people about this president is, “we gave Obama a try and he failed to fix the economy and create jobs.” He’s been written off as ineffective and with real unemployment at 22%, just ask the unemployed and under employed if they plan to vote along party lines in 2012. I have and they looked at me like I was speaking Russian.

  5. Sayingwhatneedsaying says:

    O-bummer, you massive failure….. go home already. Chicago misses you,

  6. Sayingwhatneedsaying says:

    Dear Mets Fan….. next year, Obama will be the ‘ball boy’ on the golf course………..

  7. Woodcliffe says:

    Can anybody explain in detail what exactly President Obama did as Commander in Chief between January 2010 to now? I ask this in all honesty. I know 2009 was spent on healthcare but there’s an awfully large chunk of time after healthcare which seems to be a big, gray area. Maybe he should have focused aggressively on creating jobs beginning in January 2010? If he had done so, I think the president would be in better shape today with the voters.

  8. Debbie Banuelos says:

    Woodcliffe – I know what Obama did between January 2010 to now.

    He started an unconstitutional and illegal war against Libya and Yemen. Neither of which have received much media coverage and neither the cowardly Repugs and clueless Dumbos have stepped up to impeach the half-wit.

    I simply don’t understand why Issa, Canto and Boehner didn’t pounce?

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