August 21, 2009

RED SKY COUNTRY:

Western Democrats brace for 2010 election pitfalls (Valerie Richardson, 8/21/09, Washington Times)

President Obama's approval rating is slipping. Republicans are preparing red-meat ballot initiatives to get out conservative voters. Democrats have a negative "tax-and-spend" image.

That's not a Republican summary of Democratic vulnerabilities or the outcome of GOP opposition research into how to gain seats in the midterm elections. Rather, it's a list of the potential pitfalls that Democratic bigwigs saw for themselves at a brainstorming session here last week. [...]

[S]trategists see a number of pitfalls for the party as it heads into the 2010 election, including a likely array of conservative-themed ballot initiatives, a loss of momentum among the "surge" of voters who backed Mr. Obama in 2008, the shifting Hispanic vote and the party's struggles on issues involving taxes and national security.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 21, 2009 8:05 AM
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