Normally this close to an election, a sitting president is traveling the nation trying to help raise votes for members of his party. He travels from one campaign event to another helping governors, representatives and senators and all those that want to be elected for the first time.
But have you noticed that Obama has not been making the campaign circuit as usual? In 2010, he visited a number of states, but not this time and there’s a very good reason why.
Nearly twice as many Americans say that Obama’s presidency is a failure than those who say it’s a success. In the latest Rasmussen Report poll, only 22% of Americans responded that Obama’s tenure in office was a success. That’s compared to 42% that said he’s a failure and 33% just weren’t sure. That means that fewer than 1 in every 4 Americans consider Obama to be a success, which is a pretty dismal result for a man with two years left in his second term.
When asked if it would help if Obama came to their state to help campaign, only 27% percent yes while 39% said it would hurt the Democratic candidates in their areas and 23% said his visit would have little to no impact. When it came to just Democratic responses, less than half (46%) said yes. That’s very telling when less than half of all Democrats see an Obama visit as being helpful to their candidates. It means that over half of Democrats have lost faith in Obama.
When asked if they would vote for a current member of Congress who supported Obama’s agenda, 42% said not likely and only 28% said they would likely vote for someone who supported Obama.
I really hope that’s true in my state of Kentucky where our Democratic Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes, is running against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. I’m not the biggest McConnell supporter but Grimes is so pro-Obama that it seems she’s almost attached to him. In a state where coal mining is a major industry in the eastern part of the state, Grimes fully supports Obama’s war on coal. However, most polls show that the two candidates are neck and neck with less than two months to go before the election.
With so many Americans, Republicans, Democrats, Independents and those not affiliated with any party, believing Obama has been a failure and that his visits would do more harm than good, our Dictator in Chief has opted to stay off the campaign trail. After all, it does give him more time for vacations and playing golf, doesn’t it?