The cable pundits are filling their time talking about how so many Democratic Senate candidates are distancing themselves from President Obama. I guess there’s nothing much else to talk about these days. Drama must equal ratings. Not surprisingly North Carolina’s Kay Hagen and Kentucky’s Allison Grimes tiptoe around the subject of the first Black president. More surprisingly is Colorado’s Mark Udall. He’s not really distancing himself from President Obama, but Obama isn’t out in Colorado campaigning for Udall, unlike Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton (twice — so far) and First Lady Michelle Obama.
There are a couple of things wrong here. First, the polls may overstate the Presidents’ unpopularity. He is certainly way more popular than Congress. Second, the polls may reflect that the lazy main stream media are just stenographers for the right. More cuckoo-nuts right wingers equals more ratings. Third, the low mid-term turnout meme may not apply this year.
The President gets this. His objective is for the Democrats not to lose the Senate. His feelings are not hurt. What the pundits miss is that while some may not want the President on their campaign trail, they are more than happy to accept the cash he generates from fund-raisers. And should they win, they won’t forget his contributions to their campaigns.