“We don’t have the wind at our backs this election. We have the wind in our face because the American people have the wind in their faces. This is going to be a titanic struggle.” – David Axelrod
Titanic. A more appropriate comparison has never been made.
Maybe it was a Freudian slip, the subconscious getting one over and expressing a genuine fear: 2012 is going to be ugly.
Dems are running from this pResident as if he had the plague. I challenge any to find a Dem Congressmen- especially one up for re-election- championing the pResident’s initiatives, namely his Jobs Plan. He cannot even find a sponsor, let alone a champion. Even the Dem Senate Majority leader, Harry Reid (D-NV) is pushing off on the plan… until after a week-long vacation and a vote on China’s role as a “currency manipulator”.
Every demographic is down on Obama. Stan Greenberg, a Dem pollster, recently found in a survey that Dems candidates in 60 GOP House battleground districts were fairing worse than they did in 2010, largely because of Obama. Multiple polls surveying multiple demographics have found Obama at all-time lows. The latest Economist/YouGov poll found Obama at only 36% approval against 56% disapproval. His standing with liberals is down, according to Gallup, which doesn’t imply a switch in votes but certainly a lack of intensity and involvement. Likewise, Jewish approval of Obama– a typically heavily Dem demo- stands at only 45%. Icing on the cake is the Investor Business Daily poll that found independents, by 53% to 38%, believe that someone other than Obama deserves to be in the Oval office.
This puts the Obama Administration in a very precarious position, and angles of attack are quickly dwindling. Another recent Gallup poll found that a majority rate Obama the same, or worse, than President Bush. The importance of this poll is that the goat- as in scapegoat- has left the building. Blaming Bush for Obama’s economy is no longer working.
Guess what else is no longer working, or at least not as well as it once did: the liberal media. The White House recently reached out to MTV in an effort to “reconnect” with young people. The network declined the invitation saying they don’t do political work. Hmmmm. Couple that with the bombshell comment from Newsweek editor Tina Brown while talking about Chris Christie getting into the Presidential race, “Actually, I just hope he doesn’t, because in the end, you know, his tremendous misgivings, maybe he is right. I mean, we had this with Obama. He wasn’t ready, it turns out, really.“ Double hmmmm.
Considering where the Dems stand in the Senate, there is a very good chance that the GOP takes the Senate in 2012 as well. RealClearPolitics has done a very good break down of the Senate races, and is worth a read. This puts Obama in an even more tenuous position, as he now will not have the advantage of leveraging key local politicians in battleground states. In 2008, Obama flipped 9 key red states. Well, 2010 and since have seen Obama’s polling in all of those states under 50%. Plus, local elections and the 2010 mid-terms have made the Census all that more important in redistrcting.
No, no word better encapsulates the current position of the Obama 2012 campaign- Titanic.