by Ken Feltman
At this point, a little more than a year from the election, Democrats in competitive districts are hearing from constituents that President Obama and his policies are getting more unpopular all the time. The voters are anxious about the economy and foreign entanglements. Thus, Obama has made some questionable moves: His jobs bill is having trouble with Democrats in Congress, much less Republicans, and he is withdrawing from Iraq, another controversial move. Voters are concerned that Obama continues to play the blame-game instead of forging compromises to get things done. Democratic incumbents who have recent polls should be especially worried because independent voters are showing signs of blaming all Democrats, not just the president.
As the months pass and these forewarned Democrats separate themselves from President Obama, their numbers will improve. The improvement may come at the president’s expense, however, because the voters are upset and they want to vote against somebody. The question is which Democrats beside the president will be part of that “somebody.”