Can Obama Lift Democrats in the Midterms? Don’t Count on It.
President Obama will not appear on a single ballot this fall, but there’s no doubt many voters will make decisions with him in mind. As things are shaping up now, that’s not good news for Democrats.
Why? Because most Americans simply don’t view their midterm votes as a means of expressing support for Obama. And on balance, his presence in the campaign more closely resembles George W. Bush’s on the eve of the 2006 midterms than Bill Clinton’s just before the 1998 elections, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows.
Republicans lost their Senate and House majorities in 2006. Democrats made slight gains in 1998. That’s what should worry Obama and his party.