Due to Barack Obama’s record low poll numbers and sagging approval ratings, many Democrats, incumbents and new candidates have been trying to distance themselves from him in their campaigns. They feel that they have a better chance of winning in November without Obama’s support than with it.
Two weeks ago I wrote about Obama opening his mouth and helping the GOP win the Senate. At that time, he said:
“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.”
As if things were not looking bleak enough for Democrats, Barack Obama just made it more difficult for them. As I said earlier, a growing number of Democrats are trying to distance themselves from Obama to give them a fighting chance at the polls. That distancing may have just been narrowed more than they would like by what Obama said in an interview with the nation’s leading racist, Al Sharpton:
“And so some of the candidates there — it is difficult for them to have me in the state because the Republicans will use that to try to fan Republican turnout.”
“The bottom line is though, these are all folks who vote with me, they have supported my agenda in Congress, they are on the right side of minimum wage, they are on the right side of fair pay, they are on the right side of rebuilding our infrastructure, they’re on the right side of early childhood education.”
“These are folks who are strong allies and supporters of me, and I tell them, I said, ‘You know what, you do what you need to do to win. I will be responsible for making sure our voters turn out.’”
In Kentucky, Democratic challenger to Sen. Mitch McConnell’s senate seat is Allison Lundergan Grimes. She has tried to distance herself from Obama by saying that the election is about Kentucky and not about Obama. However, McConnell ads have done a good job of using clips of Grimes saying that she supports Obama on issues like immigration and coal.
Obama’s public rantings are still trying to make the election all about him and I hope he continues to do so. The more he tells America that all of the Democratic candidates truly support him, the more people are going to vote against the Democrats. If that happens, it would help to secure control of the Senate for the Republicans.
In that case, Mr. Obama, keep speaking and telling everyone how the election is all about you. It will help us take control of Congress and put your sorry rear end in jail where it belongs.