It’s what the Washington Post described as “28 words that Democrats really wish President Obama didn’t say.” It may just be the 28 words that sink Democrats up for election from coast to coast this year.
Let’s just take a closer look at that:
“I am not on the ballot this fall. Michelle’s pretty happy about that. But make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.”
You could almost sense that Democrats across the country simultaneously felt their stomachs drop the moment he made these comments.
Every single one of Barack Obama’s policies are up for election.
The Post explains why Democrats have been trying to run away from the President’s policies.
The reason for this distancing strategy is obvious: President Obama is deeply unpopular in many of the states that will decide which party controls the majority in 2015. Of the seven seats rated “toss ups” by the non-partisan Cook Political Report, Obama lost four of them (Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina) in 2012. He also lost in three Democratic-held open seats — Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia — now viewed as sure-thing pickups for Republicans. If Republicans only won Democratic-held seats where Obama lost in 2012, they would pick up 7 seats — one more than they need to recapture the majority.
In many of these states, Obama’s numbers are in a (much) worse place today than in November 2012.
It doesn’t take a political mastermind to realize that an ad in which the President of the United States says “Make no mistake: These policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them” might not be helpful to the Democratic candidates trying to run away from him this November.
A new Fox News poll indicates that on a personal level, only 24% of Americans believe their family is better off than when Obama took over for George Bush in 2008.
As for his actual policies, 54% wish that Obamacare never passed, 53% disapprove of his handling of terrorism, 55% disapprove of his economic policies, 53% disapprove of his dealing with Iraq, 54% with Syria, and 55% oppose his foreign policy in general.
In all, 52% of Americans disapprove of the way the President is doing his job, a number that is likely to rise after his handling of the Ebola case on American soil, something Obama recently said would be an “unlikely event.”