Dems Admit They're Worried About Obama's Horrid Track Record
Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats tripled the national deficit in one year. They will top that this year.
Obama and democrats also passed a $862 billion failed stimulus bill in 2009 and watched the unemployment rate spike to record levels.
This weekend several democratic governors confessed they are worried about Barack Obama’s awful track record.
Democratic governors said Sunday they worry about President Barack Obama’s track record on fighting Republican political attacks and urged him to better connect with anxious voters. Some allies pleaded for a new election-year strategy focused on the economy.
“It’s got to be better thought out,” Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said. “It’s got to be more proactive.” And, he said, Democrats must hit back just as hard as they are hit by Republicans.
Eight months before the first midterm elections of Obama’s presidency, most Americans are frustrated with—even angered by—persistent unemployment and gridlock in Washington. Democrats fear voters will punish the party in power.
The titular head of his party, Obama has watched his own popularity drop over the past year. He will bear at least some responsibility for the outcome in November, and Democrats are looking to him for political fixes.
In interviews at the National Governors Association’s weekend meeting, several Democratic governors faulted the White House for losing the communications war against Republicans over what Obama has accomplished in his first year.
“We fought back only sporadically and pretty ineffectively,” Rendell said, adding that “right out of the box, we lost the spin war” on the $787 billion economic stimulus bill passed in 2009.
Several Democratic colleagues agreed, and lamented that voters thought Obama focused too much on overhauling the U.S. health care system. Others fretted that Obama may appear to be out of touch with the concerns of Americans.
“I think he’s got more work to do on that,” said Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, an Obama friend and ally.
Only 6% of Americans believe the Obama-Pelosi stimulus bill created jobs.