WaPo's Cillizza: Obama's Incompetence Will Hurt Midterm Dems

Monday, 28 Jul 2014 09:39 PM

By Greg Richter

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
President Barack Obama is facing a problem with public confidence in his abilities, but Democrats seeking midterm re-election are the ones most worried about it.

The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza noted Monday that Obama campaigned in 2008 on restoring competence to government by putting the most qualified person in every position.

But a series of events, including the VA scandal, the border crisis, Ukraine and National Security Agency spying have shown him to be weaker in the competence area than he promised, Cillizza says.

A CNN poll
released Sunday showed that only 42 percent surveyed think Obama "can manage the government effectively." Fifty-seven percent said he cannot.

The same poll found that more than three-fourths of Americans felt Obama was competent in late 2009, but his ratings have slid steadily since.

Cillizza says this is worrisome for Democrats in November because more midterm voters are likely to be older than when Obama was re-elected in 2012. Also, 70 percent of white voters don't think Obama can effectively manage government. Sixty-two percent of people age 50 and older feel the same way.

If Republicans can link Democrats in close races to the president, they stand a good chance of taking over the Senate. Republicans currently hold 45 of the 100 seats, so a six-seat turnover would give them control.

Republicans have been doing just that with the unpopular Obamacare law. Democratic senators, such as Louisiana's Mary Landrieu and Nebraska's Ben Nelson, made deals for their pro-Obamacare votes. Nelson has since retired, but Landrieu is among Democrats now trying to distance themselves from the president.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Daily Caller's Matt Lewis: Rand Paul's Had to 'Evolve and Adapt'

Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 20:11 PM

Sen. Rand Paul has evolved his political ideology over the past year to keep up with fast-changing world events, even th . . .

Benghazi Probe Looks Set to Go Deep in 2016 Race

Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 19:45 PM

The Republican chairman of a special House panel on Benghazi charted a course Wednesday for his investigation to stretch . . .

Quinnipiac: GOP's Joni Ernst Pulls Ahead in Iowa Senate Race

Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 19:07 PM

Quinnipiac University handed Iowans a surprise today with the release of a poll showing that Republican state Sen. Joni  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved