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For those upset that we quote Pat Buchanan at World Net Daily, try this on for size:
Rep. Pete DeFazio (D-Ore.) slams president Obama in an interview with KGW in Portland.
From the KGW report:
Asked whether he thought the President had a shot at re-election, Defazio was skeptical.
“At this point it pretty much depends on how far out there the Republican nominee is. You know with a respectable–someone who is a little bit toward the middle of the road–Republican nominee, he’s going to have a very tough time getting re-elected,” said DeFazio.
He’s also not convinced the President will do well in Oregon.
“I believe Oregon is very much in play. I mean we are one of the harder hit states in the union, particularly my part of the state. I’ve just done six town hall meetings, have seven to go but people are shaking their heads and saying ‘I don’t know if I’d vote for him again.‘” Defazio said.
Asked if he was surprised, the congressman shrugged.
“Not at all,” DeFazio said. “One guy asked me, ‘Give me 25 words what he’s about and what he’s done for me.’ I’m like, ‘It could have been worse.’”
Yes, that is old time Democrat from Oregon Pete DeFazio which indicates that recent New Jersey and New York poll numbers are not that odd after all. Oh, those Silicon Valley geniuses that thought Obama was Mess-iah and Hillary Clinton was not – they’re disillusioned too. Latinos? They think Obama stinks and support continues to drop.
No wonder the Republicans, hardly on high moral ground in any of this considering the Bush years, are mocking Obama with a new website which supplies free greeting cards.
Peter DeFazio should be running from Barack. If you read the gina & krista round-robin you saw the roundtable where C.I. and the Democratic Party strategist were talking about who is at risk.
DeFazio is a liberal Democrat. Liberal Democrats and conservative Democrats are most at risk with re-election if they stand next to Barack.
Let's start with conservative ones. Conservatives are elected from conservative districts for the most part. They pick up independent votes. And conservative voters. And those voters are the ones who are most vocally against Barack. Photo ops with Barack will hurt them. They need to run from Barack.
The strategist was explaining that when C.I. said Russ Feingold lost the election -- when he publicly got on board with Barack in the last days of the 2010 campaign -- he didn't believe C.I. But, of course, Russ lost. (I wish he hadn't.) And it works similarly. If you're a liberal member of Congress, that's because you've got some serious left support. Serious lefties are not thrilled with Barack at all.
In both cases, liberal members and conservative members (both of the Democratic Party) are at risk of losing their base which gets them re-elected because Barack's pissed off everyone. The strategist said that the Senate is getting it but the House doesn't have a clue currently. Dems in the Senate realize this is going to be a serious fight and that they are at risk of losing control of the Senate to Republicans. But the House doesn't get it yet.
So, if they don't get it together quick, don't expect the Dems to regain the House.
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