President Obama: A Pariah to His Party

Heather Murphy-Raines

Heather Murphy-Raines
According to the most recent Gallup poll, a full 46 percent of Americans disapprove of current U.S. President Barack Obama. 

Only 45 percent approve of the job he has done.

You do the math.

Is it any wonder that mid-term Democratic politicians are running for cover whenever he's in the room? No longer does he seem to possess that magical "yes, we can" quality for his party.

Nope, not surprised here. I'd be running for cover too if I shoved an unpopular healthcare program down the throats of the American middle class. I wouldn't be so proud of that stimulus package either. And the lack of action during the BP crisis? Depressing.

When it comes down to it, President Obama is quickly becoming napalm for struggling Democrats on the campaign trail.

Short and sweet: A pariah to his own party.

According to CNN, Democratic candidates haven't openly said Obama is not welcome to campaign with them, but actions speak louder than words.

"Obviously [Obama's] ratings aren't where he wants them to be and that's going to hurt him in some parts of the country," said Robert Erikson, a professor of political science at Columbia University. "So a Democratic candidate will then think that he or she can show their independence best by discreetly not being present [with the president]."

Hmmm ...

It has also been reported that former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes, running again for his previous job, made a point of "honoring previous obligations" so he did not have to be seen with President Obama in Atlanta -- a scant 100 miles away from Barnes' said obligations.

Hmmmm ...

It seems FOUR other Democratic reps were too busy to attend President Obama's Atlanta fundraiser. The Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Texas also expects to be far away when President Obama visits his state. Ouch!

But don't just blame it on Barack. The Democratic-majority Congress has been digging to new approval lows.

And this time, they have no one to blame but themselves with their standing Democratic President and commanding majority in both houses of Congress, do they?

Back to Obama, call it shying away or call it political napalm, all I can think is that the political winds are changing. Thoughts?


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