Obama's Honeymoon Is Over, Cont'd
By Ben Pershing
Since the day President Obama was sworn into office riding a wave of political momentum and goodwill, the press has kept an eye out for evidence that -- pick your metaphor -- the honeymoon is over, the smooth sailing has ended and the bloom is off the rose.
Today's fuel for the "fading Obama" fire is candidate recruitment, or lack thereof. The Fix writes, "The White House's vaunted political operation has struggled in the early months of the 2010 cycle," pointing out Team Obama's failure to get Lisa Madigan in the Illinois Senate contest and its inability to keep primary challengers out of the Senate races in New York and Pennsylvania. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin also disappointed some Democrats by deciding to stay in South Dakota's lone House seat.
On the flip side, Republicans are having at least some success persuading their top recruits to jump in the fray, headlined by Mark Kirk's indications yesterday that he would make the Illinois Senate race. The GOP is also cheered by Kelly Ayotte's burgeoning bid for Senate in New Hampshire. According to The Hill, "Public anxiety over the economy, stocks in decline, rising unemployment and a string of expensive Democratic initiatives are all encouraging high-caliber Republicans to compete in 2010." And Politico writes, "independent voters are deserting [Obama] nationally and especially in key swing states, recent polls suggest." (Not really, The Fix says.)
July 9, 2009; 8:25 AM ET
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