Articles

'A Referendum on This White House'

November 10, 2009

Republican victories in New Jersey and Virginia governors' races last week—despite eight campaign appearances in the two states by President Barack Obama—have unnerved Democrats.

Over the weekend, White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod tried to calm jittery Democrats who might go wobbly on the president's ambitious agenda by telling NBC's Chuck Todd that next year's congressional elections will be "nationalized." Because they "will be a referendum on this White House," he said, voters will turn out for Mr. Obama. Mr. Todd summed up Mr. Axelrod's plans by saying, "It's almost like a page from the Bush playbook of 2002."

I appreciate the reference. Only two presidents have picked up seats in both houses of Congress for their party in their first midterm elections. One was FDR in 1934. The other was George W. Bush in 2002, whose party gained House seats and won back control of the Senate.

But those midterm elections might not be a favorable comparison for this White House. The congressional elections were nationalized seven years ago largely because national security was an overriding issue and Democrats put themselves on the wrong side of it by, among other things, catering to Big Labor.

FULL ARTICLE: http://bit.ly/3lkXnG

Related Article

A5553189087bb612d5c791969dc56142
February 02, 2023 |
Article
There’s a lot of skepticism about former President Donald Trump’s campaign launch for the 2024 Republican nomination.   ...
2a3709948fb905f0f374a3e91cf4fb48
January 26, 2023 |
Article
Chief of staff Ron Klain is leaving the White House after President Joe Biden’s Feb. 7 State of the Union address. ...
97ec7b48ca3d9767d1239465f00d84ee
January 19, 2023 |
Article
White House aides have been encouraging media coverage that credits President Biden with “a slew of legislative achievements” that give him “significant momentum” and leave him with “a stronger hand to play” in 2023. ...
D83d1d0b0d718a057fe4f85e1fc4e286
January 12, 2023 |
Article
Kevin McCarthy’s election as speaker on the 15th ballot early Saturday morning was a spectacle, and his concessions left him weaker than he would have been with unified support. ...
Button karlsbooks
Button readinglist
Button nextapperance