January 20, 2010

APPARENTLY, THAT RACE WAS ABOVE HIS PAY GRADE TOO:

Adviser distances Obama from Mass. race (Thomas Fitzgerald, 1/20/10, Inquirer)

When he took his hand off the Lincoln Bible on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol and the cannon boomed the traditional first salute one year ago today, President Obama seemed to have the political world at his feet.

Supporters forecast transformative change, renewed faith in government, and a growing Democratic majority.

But Obama enters his second year having suffered the sharpest decline in job approval for a first-year president, with most polls putting him at 50 percent or just below. Millions remain anxious over the economy and angry at growing federal spending, and many analysts framed yesterday's special Senate election in Massachusetts, with its threat to his signature health-care overhaul, as a referendum on his presidency so far. [...]

Axelrod said "there were local issues at play" in Massachusetts that hurt what had been expected to be an easy election for Coakley, arguing that her troubles did not indicate an outright repudiation of Obama. Winning Republican Scott Brown, who opposes Obama's health-care plan, ran a "very clever" campaign as an everyman in a battered GMC pickup, Axelrod said.

"As a practitioner of politics, my hat's off to him," Axelrod said.


Posted by Orrin Judd at January 20, 2010 6:39 AM
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