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August 10th, 2010
05:30 PM ET

Why don't some Democrats want to be seen with Pres. Obama?

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 President Obama attended a fundraiser Monday in Austin, Texas. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images/File)


FROM CNN's Jeff Cafferty:

The mid-term elections are shaping up to be an uphill battle for the Democrats.

And here's just one reason why: Presidents who keep their approval rating above 50 percent traditionally see their party lose fewer seats in Congress than presidents with lower approval ratings.

According to Gallup, the average midterm election seat loss for presidents below 50 percent approval is 36 seats in the House of Representatives. That's compared to an average loss of 14 seats for presidents getting higher marks.

The Republicans need to gain 40 seats this year to retake control of the House, which is pretty close to that average of 36 seats.

And none of this is good news for President Obama and the Democrats. Not only is Mr. Obama below the 50 percent mark – but he's approaching 40 percent in some of the polls.

Some Democrats up for election have already figured this out. When President Obama comes into town, they leave.

Just yesterday in Texas, the Democratic candidate for governor, Bill White, was nowhere in sight when Pres. Obama came to Austin and Dallas for fund-raising events.

The week before it was Georgia, where another Democratic candidate for governor, Roy Barnes, decided not to appear with the president.

The White House insists they're not taking it personally, saying it doesn't say anything broadly about the president's coattails... they say there's never been a president who's been wanted by every single candidate around the country to campaign for them. Which is sort of what you'd expect them to say.

Here’s my question to you: Why don't some Democratic candidates want to be seen with President Obama?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Bob says:
They are aware that the public is disappointed and discouraged that the president has not delivered on his major campaign promises. It's probably unrealistic to expect a complete turnaround on the economy in just 18 months, but his other biggies, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo, could have been done on Day 1 with the stroke of a pen. Instead we get a new version of "Mission Accomplished" with 30,000 to 50,000 troops still getting shot at, and nobody being moved out of Guantanamo...Another illusion busted.

Alex says:
Political expediency is the name of the game. People who are not term-limited will always be governed by images if they want to keep their job. Regardless if the president is doing his job correctly or not, if a constituency doesn't like him politicians will stay away.

Mike in New York says:
Simple, they realize that pointing a finger at Bush is not going to win any votes this time around and for some reason, instead of selling the public on what he has done, the president continues to point that finger of his.

Jason says:
As far as I can tell, Democrats are avoiding the president because they are too focused on party concerns rather than the concerns of the nation. I see the president acting in what he believes is the best interest of the country…. When I voted for the president in 2008, I was voting for a man I believed in...and still do. I did not vote for the Democratic Party, and I never will vote for any "party".

Bill says:
Because the president is very unpopular in some areas of the U.S. Politically, it is the kiss of death to be associated with him.

Connie in Tennessee says:
Those are the "Blue Dog" Democrats that were never really Democrats in the first place. They don't have the interest of the people at heart, only self-interest.

Jamie in Sarasota, Florida says:
Because they don't want to be unemployed like the people they represent.


Filed under: Democrats • President Obama
soundoff (175 Responses)
  1. Tim Lister

    It is very simple. Those who drank the Kool-Aid in November 2008 and voted for this train-wreck of a President are not only spitting it out. It is now projectile vomiting!

    August 10, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  2. Chris

    Democrats avoid him for the same reason his polls are down, he doesn't know how to lead. He's got everyone whispering in his ear about this and that so much that he doesn't even know who he is or what he stands for. He wants to lead by consensus, but that's not what we need, not in a time of war and economic uncertainty. Bold leaders with new ideas and un-beholden to anyone is what we need.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  3. Rickey

    Just as the Democratic candidate for governor, Bill White, decided not to
    appear with the president. I will not be there for him in the fall. Democratic candidates or weak.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  4. Annie - Atlanta

    Because they are Republicans posing as democrats.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  5. Tommy

    We are still months away from the Mid Term Obama has capitol left and Democrats running for Offices should not send the message of divide in our Party

    August 10, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  6. Russ at Benton

    Because he is toxic.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  7. howie in Chicago

    The Obama administration has failed to keep it's promises and he does not listen to the people. The people are faced with enough taxes now and all he wants to do is spend, spend, spend puting us further in debt. Todays bill, providing money for teachers is a good example. We were told by Obama that the stimilus was to take care of the teacher problem, new he goes and gives them billions more. What happened to the stimulus money?

    August 10, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  8. Sixoh

    This just shows that what everyone who disagrees with this human wrecking machine has said all along was right: He is bad bad news. Apologizing for America to other leaders, shoving his health care reform down our throats whe we don't want it, suing his own country and siding with a foreign leader over immigration against his own people. Even his own party doesn't want him. Even his OWN party doesn't want him....and I mean hard working REAL Democrats, not the politicians running for cover from his horrible performance!

    August 10, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  9. Connel

    They are "Blue Dogs", which is another term for Republican. Why should we care if a "Blue Dog" seat goes Republican? At least you would know who your enemies are. If you say you are a Democrat, but you vote against EVERY bill supported by the Democrats, I'm sorry, you're a Republican!! Good riddance !!!!

    August 10, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  10. Stan from Fla

    I wonder why??? Because, Obama is a looooooooooooser!! He will not bring any votes for Dem canidates!! Will only bring negitive attention/focus to canidate(s) he will be campaign for.

    No independent votes in their right mind will vote dem canidates...this 2010 election will decide America's financial status for many generations to come..with the continued debt that Obama will shove down the throats of American children.

    Please vote republican, our nation depends on taking the Dem majority from Obama...He can not continue to ruin
    America with his socialist ways

    August 10, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  11. Nathan LaRose

    The answer is within the question.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  12. Brian

    I think you're right on with this one Jack. Dems fear the anger rising in America over the out of control spending. Not only is there out of control spending but there's no significant job growth that was suppose to occur as a result of the spending.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  13. Anothermuse

    Dems might quietly support Obama's agenda, but with unemployment at 9.7% no one is going to want the photo op. The far left thinks he's too moderate, the moderates are thinking too liberal and the conservatives, well you get the idea. This is not uncommon in the election following a landslide....One thing Americans seem to agree on whether it's left or right, we don't like one party rule. Obama just happens to be the poster child for that.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  14. Cindy Merrill

    This may sound strange but I think some Democrats actually have common sense, though why they didn't use it to pass a better Stimulus bill is beyond comprehension.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  15. Rachel, Minneapolis MN

    Why? Because politics is a dirty game. Pure and simple.
    This tells you that such people don't give a hoot about the people they represent – it is ALL about them! If they think hiding out will promote the chances of them winning, so be it. This is not about how they personally feel about Obama, it's about what makes their chances at winning better.
    I hope the citizens from these states will figure it out and realize that the candidates they chose to represent them are phonies. If Obama's numbers suddenly shot up overnight, these same people will be the first ones to publicly kiss his (Obama's) ass!!

    August 10, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  16. Joe, LA, CA

    Jack,

    Not all Democrats agree that the agenda Americans wanted was Obama's, Pelosi's and Reid's left-wing agenda. What these three misread was that Americans were simply tired of Bush.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  17. John Gillett

    The emperor has no clothes–for other Dems, he's a nasty virus whose arrogance is outweighed only by his historic failure as a president.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  18. ernie edwards

    Well who wants to be seen with such a loser. A president out to destroy the country by radical spending practices. At the same time he is lowering our Military capabilities and weakening the military focus.
    His actions are only making the Tea Party a stronger group and who can blame the American people for looking for Change. Yes Change from the way he is running this country.
    I would not want to associate with him. Period

    August 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  19. Ken

    Simple answer. He promised stuff in his campaign he could never follow through with. Most of the stuff wasn't even in his power to promise. (I can't believe people did not see it, they only saw what they wanted) So now when the chips are down who would want him even near them. Today everything he says is carefully crafted so he can do nothing and still say he got it done. He moves around more than I have seen any president and acts like a rock-star when he does it. He needs to stay in the whitehouse and do his job instead of his many tv appearances like the view.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  20. Andrew In MPLS, MN

    Politics as usual. If President Obama can help, candidates will welcome him with open arms. If not, then he is simply a burden that potential voters don't want to be reminded of.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  21. Walter

    Los Angeles, California – You know how they say animals can tell what's happening before the earthquake hits or the tsumani strikes? Same principle. Dems around the country can sense what's coming and they want to stay as far away from the Catalyst-in-Chief as possible.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  22. Bill

    Because he is a socialist.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  23. Garry

    If anything, most professional poiticians are survivors who know when to jump from a sinking ship. Obama's insistence on pushing through huge entitlement programs which will bankrupt this country, when the vast majority of Americians oppose such reckless spending, have sunk his ship.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  24. Carl

    Jack,
    Maybe because he is a liar. Besides that, I wouldn't want to be seen with a member of either party, they are all self serving liars and cheats. This is whats really wrong with the United States government. It's actually hopeless. By the way, my name is Carl, I live in the corrupt state of Illinois, where our governors always serve 2 terms, the first in office, the second in prison.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  25. Walter

    Obama's appearance at TU just goes to show you that even Democrats are smarter than TU students. 😉

    August 10, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  26. Garnet_ME

    Perhaps King Midas is just a man afterall.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  27. Graham Jura

    Likely because they're in the small minority of moderate people who are actually willing to be open to the right. This goes for moderate Republicans who did the same with Bush. The extreme left is no different than the extreme right, just different agendas, and neither are conducive to a harmonic democracy of principled tolerance that we so desperately need.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  28. Raj - Springfield, VA

    The president is unlucky I guess!!!.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  29. Tracy - Bullhead City

    Because Obama is like the kiss of death for these politicians, lol.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  30. Bryant in Texas

    It's plain and simple, Jack. The Dems have never been people with fire that rages. That said, they tend to shy away from the action of calling people out on lies and rhetoric. The POTUS is tackling a lot of challenges, doing actual work, and the Dems (moreso Repubs) prefer to sit in meetings and simply collect a check instead of actually governing.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  31. Michelle

    Because they don't want to represent the same kind of "hope" and "change" President Obama has so far delivered.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  32. Gail, Plano TX

    Jack: As a result of Jim White's reluctance to be seen with President Obama yesterday here in TX, I will be voting for Rick Perry. I am a lifelong democrat, but the disrespect exhibited by White towards the President will cost him dearly in TX.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  33. Matt from New York, NY

    Here's a shocking thought: Maybe it's because Obama's doing a poor job, and Americans know it.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  34. Ronald Le Doux

    Ron from Gold Hill,OR..its simple, Obama and his health care program is a bumber, His endorsement of anyone would be like A KISS OF DEATH

    August 10, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  35. Joel

    Same reason why some Republican candidates didn't want to be seen with President Bush.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  36. Michelle

    Because they don't want to represent the same kind of "hope" and "change" President Obama has so far delivered.

    Michelle
    Vancouver, British Columbia

    August 10, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  37. Ann Marie

    Is this a serious question? Let's see we had a multi billion dollar stimulus that was guaranteed to hold unemployment at no higher than 8.5% – it's been close to 10% for quite a while now. He promised transparency and then passed a health care debacle that was not a tax but now is a tax without letting anyone read it. Our borders are a disaster but he sues a state for trying to do what the government won't do. Golfing was more important than the Gulf spill. I could go on for hours. At this point he's lucky Michelle will be seen with him – oh wait she's in Spain.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  38. mitch from calif

    The polls say obama is a loser so who likes losers? I guess there are some smart democrats after all.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  39. Fnordtastic

    Obama is losing popularity on both sides of the political spectrum. The right beleives he is "destroying america". The left feels he is not progressive enough, and bends to the wills of the Republicans in the name of Bipartisanship.
    In my opinion, if he is to get re-elected, he needs to come through for the people who voted him in. No matter what he does it will NEVER make the Rebublicans happy, so why bother. They are not interested in the greater good , only lining thier greedy pockets.
    -Fnordtastic Los Angeles

    August 10, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  40. Aaron

    Because they know he is the worst president in the history of America.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  41. R.L.

    Two words, Self Preservation. President Obama is sinking faster then the titanic and these so-called representatives are abandoning ship before they sink with him.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  42. Gary H. Boyd

    Jack, Forget the criticism of Obama by Republicans, it's the Democrats themselves who sense the country's mood about the President which is increasingly negative. There's an odor emminating from the White House and responsible Democrats in tight races don't want it stinking up their reelection campaigns.

    Gary Boyd in Scottsdale, Arizona

    August 10, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  43. LIAM

    It is very simple. President Obama does not represent the views of most Americans and he governs like he knows it.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  44. Tim Lister (Reynoldsburg, Ohio)

    Barack Obama is toxic to anyone seeking re-election. Those who voted for him are not only having buyers remorse, they are projectile vomiting the Kool-Aid they drank in November 2008.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  45. Connie in Tennessee

    Those are the "Blue Dog" Democrats that were never really Democrats in the first place. They don't have the interest of the people at heart, only self-interest.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  46. Atlantic City Sam

    Because they have bought into the hype that the GOP/Tea Party machine has continously rolled out. This President will get more done in his first three years than any President before him. These candidates will change their tune next year.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  47. Alex L

    Political Expediency is the name of the game,

    People who are not term limited will always be governed by images if they want to keep their job. Regardless if the President is doing his job correctly or not, if a constituency doesn't like him politicians will stay away. Maybe some of them are telling the truth, but what are the chances of that in politics?

    August 10, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  48. Jason

    As far as I can tell, Dems are avoiding the President because they are too focused on party concerns than the concerns of the nation. I see the President acting in what he believes is the best interest of the country.

    Dems, like their Republican counterparts, are only interested in attacking the other party and staying in power.

    When I voted for the President in 2008, I was voting for a man I believed in...and still do. I did not vote for the Democratic party, and I never will vote for any "party".

    August 10, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  49. Susan from Idaho

    Because they haven't been doing their jobs well enough. If this is a popularity contest then let the chips fall where they may.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  50. Bobby

    Pretty simple. Most American voters are dead set against his policies and Dems up for election are perfectly aware of it. These folks want one thing, and one thing only. That is to get re-elected. The last thing they want to see in front of there own electorate is to be seen and associated with an extremely umpopular figure. Perhaps this will help voters forget what party they are affiliated with.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  51. Chris, Bronx, NY

    Spineless jerks walking away from the agenda they supported before he and this congress bravely moved these historic pieces of legislation through.........
    It's okay, Obama will bask in the glory himself too, when it's all said and done.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  52. Petey

    They avoid him because the economy stinks and they know that voters hold him ultimately responsible for it.

    This is not rocket science, folks.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  53. Randy

    Part of it is that the vast majority of this country can't stand the guy or his policies. The other part is that Mr. Obama usually spends 90% of his speeches either pushing the blame or bragging about himself. What use is this to a local election candidate?
    Randy Katy, TX

    August 10, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  54. Ann from Charleston SC

    Some Democratic candidates don't want to be seen with President Obama because:
    1) they are weak and lacking in character
    2) they are chameleons who change with the environment
    3) they are playing political games.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  55. RG from Syracuse, NY

    Jack, the democrats that are avoiding the President like many others have realized that redistribution of wealth and social justice are not where they want the country to go. Instead the government and the Congress should create policies that allow people to create wealth and prosperity, as everyone's remain equal in front of the law no matter what race they are, where judges do not legislate from the bench, where the intellect and knowledge prevails versus the fake diversity quotas, where political correctness does not impede the right of speech. As these democrats I see the country moving towards socialism, and I lived in a socialist regime before.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  56. Fred in L.A.

    Because he is the kiss of death. People are no longer bowled over by this inexperienced professional politician.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  57. Cal

    Because they are afraid that the negative press he is receiving now will fall on them and cost them their jobs. They are more concerned with saving their own job than that of their constituents. Gutless, truely gutless.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  58. Jim C.

    They do not want to be seen so liberal or adhering to his policies. He has alienated independents so they want to distance themselves to try to get that group.

    This issue should be eye opening to the president. Same thing happened to Bush in the presidential election that Obama won. Funny how what goes around comes around.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  59. Gene Wright

    It's pretty simple why some Democrats are avoiding Obama! They are hopeful they could win! Obama's charm and charisma are gone and in many races, it will be independents and conservative Democrat votes that they need. Obama has upset voters with the healthcare legislation, lack of action in the BP oil spill, playing the blame game, poor response to the recession and arrogance in White House and personal activities. The First Lady's visit to Spain, playing basketball with NBA stars, the number of golf outings and his other vacations have left voters with a sour taste. Democrat candidates realize that Obama is likely a one term President and has no coat tails to hold on to!

    August 10, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  60. ntop

    Gee....why pick up an anvil when you're about to jump into the deep end??

    August 10, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  61. Loren

    Democratic candidates don't want to be seen with President Obama because they don't want to ride his coattails. The President is doing such a good job that they're afraid voters will think that their not worthy of the Obama legacy and will vote for other candidates.

    Or maybe, they look at the polls and see how angry a lot of voters and are hoping that by not being seen with the President, they won't get as much publicity and voters won't think they are the incumbents.

    Doesn't matter to me, I say vote them all out.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  62. Libby Yates - Middle Tennessee

    The current President of the United States had many people fooled about his changie things. He, Pelosi, and Reid have a different agenda. Their agenda is to destroy everything this country has stood for from its beginning. Maybe, just maybe, some people are now realizing where this thing is going. Democrats, Republicans, Independents – whoever you are, we better start shunning this guy and his policies like the plague, and get him out of Washington, along with his two cohorts as soon as possible. Ideally, it would be NOW. If we don't get these career politicians out of DC, from both parties, we're doomed as well. It's sickening to think we have allowed our country to get into such a shape.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  63. Ray Hudson

    Clearly it is blatant racism....right?🙂

    August 10, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  64. Wayne( Canada)

    It is simply Politics . President Obama has been the go to Guy for all of the nations Ills. Republicans never did want to give this president a chance. He has had to forge ahead by himself. It is hard to understand as a Canadian why Americans cannot see the destructive attitude of the Republicans and some democrats.Democrats are afraid of the Obama Backlash.Hell I wish we could have him here in Canada. He is far ahead of what we have here and other leaders in the World. You Americans will see this when you elect another Bozo like Bush.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  65. rhonda

    Because what this country lacks in all areas is loyalty and commitment......

    August 10, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  66. janet

    Because Democrats are weak cowards that focus too much on "polling" instead of principle. They don't stand for anything. They have no leadership skills. The American people want strength no matter what you believe, just don't be a whimp about it. Stand strong.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  67. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Because many of their constituents do not approve of Obama's policies and these candidates do not want to be associated with him or his policies. They want to win the election so they are distancing themselves from Obama.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  68. Elaine

    They don't want to be seen with him because he will hurt their reelection chances. I voted for Obama but will vote for a Republican in 2012, unless they nominate Palin or someone equally unfit to be president. I know that I am not alone.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  69. Scott in Georgia

    In Georgia it is because unfortunately in the rural parts of this state racism is still alive and well. I am a white middle age male who runs a small business. I was born and raised here and voted for Obama. I took a lot of criticism from peers for voting that way. I see racism everyday in our very rural part of Georgia. It is so sad and disheartening.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  70. Julie

    Obama's presidency is mirroring, so far, Reagan's first term in office. It's no surprise, both inherited abysmal economies and with that comes to unearned disappointment of the masses for not being able to fix the economy with a magic wand.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  71. Frank

    because he is as beholden to special interest, big moneis as the previous masters of disasters. he promised change and he lied.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  72. evelin

    it's an election year! Why are you asking this question! I am starting to give up on you! The dem's passed a mile stone today, in helping teachers, fire fighters, police man and all you can do, is thinking of something irrelevant.
    Why ar you not asking, why repub's are always voting no on everything, but want to keep bush tax cuts for the rich 2% !!!

    August 10, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  73. Anthony from Swedesboro, NJ

    There is no loyalty when it comes to self-preservation. Apparently, this life as a legislator is so good that most would throw their own mothers under the bus to save their tenure in office. Teddy Roosevelt said, "If you want a friend in politics, get a dog".
    Don't hold your breathe for the republicans to implore George W. Bush to appear before the voters in the behest of a campaigner. Self- preservation at any cost is the new by-law of politics and Obama's low polls are like venom to the blue-dog office seekers.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  74. Joe

    Simple. Fool me once, SHAME on America, fool me twice, the END of AMERICA.

    American's aren't stupid Jeff, we are awake.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  75. Ian from MN

    Because they know their constituants are dumb enough to think Barack Obama is the one causing the worlds problems instead of solving them.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  76. Phil in Port St Lucie, Florida

    Jack, "politicians" typically have "no backbone" and refuse to represent their Constituents.
    Why would any of the cowards want to be seen President Obama, who has at least has gone "all in"!

    August 10, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  77. b

    I am not the democratic candidates. So, I don't know why they are not at these fundraisers or anything. I don't know whether they want to be seen with Barak or not...or if they are home with their kids or something. I will say, in my opinion, they should be there. They don't realize that when they are not sticking up for the President, they are screaming to the people that they are guttless wonders. If you can't be a team player, how do you expect people to ever put you into an office. I am neither pro democrat or pro repulblican. I am not a political person. Honestly, I think it is all horseshit. However, one thing I will say...republicans, good, bad, right, wrong, or indifferent...they stick behind each other. The democrats could really learn something about this kind of teamwork from the Republicans. And, as for people that don't supposrt the President, they are just selfish bastards...thay think they look good and want to keep it that way. And, instead of doing the one thing that is honorable...they duck out like pansies. It's really too bad on many levels.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  78. Tom in Pa.

    Jack,

    Be real!!! Minimally, his administration had more knowledge than they are admitting to of Blago's intent to sell his Senate seat. His first act is to get rid of Gitmo, yet it still exists. He pushed through the new health care system, but it had to be passed in order to determine what was really in it. He put his foot in his mouth about events in Cambridge, Ma. He waited way too long to react to the oil spill. He has increased the number of troops in the Middle East as opposed to the immediate decrease that he promised during the campaign, etc., etc., etc. Would you like to have to explain all of these events to your constituents????

    August 10, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  79. Cousin Vinny Connecticut

    Obama has become "toxic" and no Democrat running for re election wants to be associated with that toxicity. Any Democrat who is a realist sees the anger and resentment that the overwhelming majority of Americans have for Obama, his admin (and Pelosi and Reid.) Look what happened in New Jersey, Virginia and Massachusetts when Obama came to campaign many times for the Dem candidate. Those Democrats who "live in the 'bubble of the Beltway'" have no idea of the "tsunami" that's coming in November to sweep out anyone who associates with Obama, Pelosi and Reid. Those who see it are running so fast and so far away from Obama!

    August 10, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  80. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Jack,

    How about because beside politics being local, we as citizens tend to forget the bad times of the past and fall easily to blame others in the present! We wonder why our future remain the same...because we blame the past and the present so we can only blame the future even before we even get there. You can be sure once we get there we will have plenty to blame because this is all we have learn over and over again in our politics and in our democracy : blame everybody except ourselves. We all ended up in the ditch because every one of us drove there! Today, some people keep digging further down, others are stuck in reverse of their definition of the good old days, others are in neutral from all the blame throwing, while others are in Drive with a clear map out of this ditch and all of us when looking in the side mirror where it says objects may appear closer we must get what it means : it means we all have to face our individual and shared responsibilities to avoid another cliff!

    August 10, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  81. Dan Franklin

    Because Obama is a political liabilty that would now have to be explained instead of coveted . No one wants that. Dan Franklin Nashville Tenn.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  82. Ed

    The reason that some Dems do not want to be seen with our President is they are more concerned with their own political future and they are also the ones that do nothing to make the country better. Those so called representatives that we put in office are afraid to lose their jobs, but it would not be a bad idea if many of those representatives did lose their positions, because
    they are not doing anything to up the country get back on track anyway. It is like a executive in the corner office, he shows up to work everyday and does his eight and hits the gate and does it so no one really knows his name. Take the money and really does not do anything that counts. So goes the Political elected ones, do the eight and hit the gate.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  83. andyz

    When the President's popularity is barely above the freezing point of water; a wise politician will avoid being seen with the less than popular president. Historians, however, will prove to generations of children, as yet unborn, the greatness of the President as this President has shown he will make decisins based on what is right, not what is popular.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  84. Ray in Nashville

    Jack, Democrats are running scared. They follow the polls and know the history of off year elections. This has always been a fragmented party, with few exceptions, and this year is no different. Instead of standing up and saying that they did what they had to do to protect the American economy, they are letting the Gee-nO-teaPartiers win the propaganda war.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  85. Ricky from Roseville, MI

    It is the same logic as when Sen. John McCain did not want to be seen with President George Bush in the 2008 Election. These Democratic Candidates do not want to be associated with "voting 95% of the time" with the President of the United States (regardless of whether or not they approve of his policies). It would be one thing if we were still not in a recession or dealing with states vs. federal supremacy in health care, immigration, and marriage equality, but when times get heated, sometimes it is best to stay out of the oven.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  86. Joe - Utah

    In the past, there really wasn't that much difference between Republicans and Democrats. Sure, there were philosophical differences, but basically we were all on the same page, with same core values and goals. But, Obama is a radical change – change which threaten the American way of life – at least as it has been up til now. He wants to create a new America – an America that fits his idea of what America should be. Obama's radical changes are too radical for most American including Democrats. He has become threat to the America they envision as well. Obama wants to destroy the old America and build a new one, but that means destroying the old Democratic Party in the process. The Democrats are avoiding him like the plague, because he is polictical poison.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  87. JMaster

    The problem for him is he is more of a centrist then most of the Democrats and their constituents would like. I have heard many times from Dems leaders and party members that he hasn't done "enough" handouts. I mean most bleeding heart Democrats want to have programs for everything and to his credit Obama has not given them whatever they want. This is, however, the problem with Obama trying to bring both sides together in general. He gets hated by large parts of "both" sides which I think is his biggest challenge as president and may be the reason he only sits one term. Even though everyone says they want to meet in the middle to understand each others side neither side really means it!

    August 10, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  88. Joe from Brigantine, NJ

    I suspect that it differs by state and particularly the makeup of the electorate in each state. Politicians simply want to be elected or re-elected. If Obama is down in the polls in a state then the pols in that state will play the odds. It matters not that many pols were swept into office by Obama in the 2008 election. What matters to them, much like in business, is what did you do for me yesterday. Short memories beat loyalty or ideology.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  89. Jerry

    Where does one start? Excessive spending in an economy that has a 9.5% unemployment rate. Changing Healthcare, which isn't all bad, except that making it mandatory to participate in the government's plan. Bailing out of Wall Street banks who could care less about their customers when they allowed zero down loans and merged good investments with bad investments, then sold them as derivatives. Looking the other way when goverment agencies fired people who were actually helping do what was right. George Bush once said that Hebert Walker Bush didn't correctly use his political capital properly. Then George proceeded to screw up royally. Now Obama who had a potfull of political capital, has seemingly done the same thing. Where are all the leaders that America used to produce? Perhaps we've listened to talking heads for so long, that now we confuse talking heads with real leadership!

    August 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  90. Dale

    Let's see.......
    How about the fact that he don't listen to the people?
    How about the fact that he deliberately pushes agenda's through the house with very low % of support from the public and high % against?
    How about he's trying to take over this country with federal government and sticking the states?
    How about the fact that he's pro immigration and opposes real Americans and American values.

    The list goes on forever people. Can't wait until Nov. and the dem's that have already voted with him have no recourse --They are DONE. So they might as well stay and greet him because the time to worry about the public's support has LONG PASSED.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  91. John

    Jack, like I said last time, you are NOT making any sense. You will be disappointed when you see the Dems still controls the House and Senate after the mid term election.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  92. Mike

    With all the "no Club" aka " noclu" republicans, Palinisms, Tea Bagger misfits, birthers out there against Obama just the idea of the President being in the area is scarry enough. These people have no respect and endanger anyone they are around. The Democratic candidates can't afford the security that the President must have in the public arena. Their presence is temporary and so is their security when they appear with him so why do it. I admire and respect Obama, I am not running for office and I wouldn't want to be any where around the President with all these idiots. The cumulative IQ takes a dramatic decline when the groups I mentioned above gather.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  93. Joe in VA

    I live in a traditionally Republican district now represented by a moderate Democrat. This is the case in many areas where moderate democrats went in on Obama's coattails in the last election driven by anti-Bush/Republican sentiment. Despite the praise for Obama's promise, the Dems could have run Donald Duck and beat McCain. Now the questions about the effectiveness of massive spending on stimulus and health care, and the perception of government taking over all facets of life, plus the lack of serious action to solve problems like immigration, are coming down on all Democrats. The moderates, in particular, are running for cover. The health care vote and perception that Dems favor illegals over legal immigrants and citizens, will doom our Democratic congressman. Our district is not unique.

    Chatham, VA

    August 10, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  94. Jay G

    Because the only legislative material he's successfully prodded Congress into passing is the one that over 65% of Americans did not want (the healthcare reform bill, which has just made healthcare more expensive).

    Instead of focusing on the economy, small and mid-size businesses, and other important issues (the oil disaster), Obama is busy doing.. well.. who knows what. Campaigning I guess. You never hear him linked to anything substantive anymore.

    I thought Obama might be able to do some good things for the country... I was wrong.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  95. Mark, Oklahoma City

    Because when The American people figure out that the BLAME for the National debt, Obamacare, the Arizona Border Lawsuit and High Unemployment come home to roost, they don't want to be roosting on the same branch as Obama!

    August 10, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  96. Chris Astoyan

    Jack,

    It's a simple reason why. He hasn't done anything yet for the American people. Maybe if he gets the job done, he will gain support from own party.

    Chris from CA

    August 10, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  97. Daisy

    What difference does it make....? Why are you so concerned about what people do or don't do....my goodness....if people think they can run the country better, go for it.........they'll soon find out their name will be mud too.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  98. Sean B. of Thousand Oaks, CA

    It's because candidates need to convince voters that they will bring the change that President Obama has not brought to the table in Washington so far. Our debt is still skyrocketing, we're stuck in an irrelevant war, our borders are wide open, and taxpayer money is being spent on vacations for politicians.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  99. mat

    I think people are getting tired of the blame Bush game. While people did not like the job Bush did i think they expected Obama to raise above the petty blame game. Dem canidates don't believe it's a winning strategy this election cycle hence they jump off the Obama train for now. They will all be his lap dogs once they get elected though.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  100. Jay G

    To be fair to Obama, though, Congress has been the biggest disappointment. They're the ones responsible for drafting and passing the legislation that we need.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  101. Bob

    I think you know why his majesty is not wanted, but are afraid to admit it.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  102. Michele

    For the same reason republicans don't want to be seen with Bush. The democrats have no back bones to stand up for the good things they have done. Noone in this coutry believes that the republicans are offering anything to try to fix the damage THEY created.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  103. Angela Savage Austin

    Jack...some Democrats by any other name are undercover far right conservative Republicans...ergo whats in a name?.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  104. Alex

    Simply put, these are the same things dumbocrats did when he first ran. There is no guarantee that ducking President Obama is a sure fire way to victory. The main issue for them is not combating the right wing rhetoric machine and allowing Repubs to define them. It's all good something tells me that the Prez will have the last laugh in the end.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  105. Chris

    The Demorats have let the Republicans control the spin on what the President has been able to accomplish. Until the Democrats start standing up and telling the American people how they were the ones that helped save our economy and auto industry, they were the ones that got health care to all Americans, and they are the ones that are able to fight two wars successfully. Democrats have to start running on their accomplishments, not shying away from them.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  106. Rich McKinney, Texas

    It is all about getting elected Jack and nothing else. If Obama had something to offer them they would be lined up filling up cups with what ever he had to offer. Unfortunately Obama has nothing to offer those democrats hunting election or reelection so they will avoid Obama at all costs. It is there turn to shine and they do not want an Obama cloud hanging over them.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  107. Michael from Ohio

    Some democrats are just lilly livered chickens because getting elected is more important than standing on truth and principle. The era of real men and women have given way to just breath and britches.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  108. Michele

    How many republicans are asking Bush to help them???? I would bet NONE.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  109. Bill from Kansas City

    Jack,

    Democrats don't want to be associated in any way with Mr. Obama, because his policies don't appeal to the average anti-incumbent voter. They realize that if they do in fact show up to greet President Obama or hold a campaign fundraiser with him, then the republicans will portray the democratic candidate of being another liberal who supports Obamacare, the bailing out of the auto industry and banks, and one who can't stop reckless spending.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  110. Frank Warren

    Jack,

    Because politicians "don't act–they react"; they don't do what they think is right and stand on their morals–they analyze how their actions will affect themselves respectively, and proceed accordingly–in their own best interest!

    Regards,
    Frank Warren
    Sacramento, California

    August 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  111. Jay Maynard, Fairmont, MN

    There is no honor among thieves, or politicians. The candidates know the President is toxic right now, and they're bailing on him.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  112. Wendy

    Because they are there for the money. Can't afford to lose it. They don't care "dittly squat" about the people or the President. Haven't you guys figure that out yet??????Gee's. I haven't lived 70 years and learned nothing!

    August 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  113. Michael Daehne

    Let's be honest: Democrats are avoiding President Obama because they think voters are just plain stupid. The fact of the matter is that Texans like me won't vote for Bill White because of his policies, not because I naively think he plays cards with President Obama after a long day on the campaign trail. I'm smart enough to tell the difference between association and cronyism. Even our Republican and openly anti-Obama Governor, Rick Perry, took time out of his day to meet Mr. Obama on the tarmac in Austin yesterday. Wake up, Democrats - voters aren't stupid.

    Michael Daehne
    Austin, TX

    August 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  114. Ralph Spyer

    Great examples Jack , Texas and Georgia, In one the governor Rick Perry wants Texas to leave the union and in the other they call a war hero who lost his legsin Vietnam treasonous because he question the war in Iraq

    August 10, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  115. Gos

    It just shows their weakness than anything about Obama. They don't have the skill and the gut to defend what their party accomplished in the last 20 months. Tell me any Top Dem who is out defending the part's Policy on dailly base as republican do on every accessible media they get. It the parties fault not Obama's!!!!! Go out and defend the party rather than hidding in the bush!!!!

    August 10, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  116. John Wayne 1907

    Buyers remorse, they have figured out he's a liar, he's a socialist, he's a Chicago politician and he is only loyal to the unions, his special interest. Lastly he cant govern, he's a guest lecturer, a community organizer not a CEO or General. He's an empty suit.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  117. Hoopla

    Probably because Obama makes them look bad in comparison

    August 10, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  118. James W.

    It's every man/woman for himself/herself and so like how the Democrats have behaved since the president's election. So now the Democrats have the left, blue dogs, those in the center; and now the 'shuck & dive' groups. This further fuels the opposition's position, that the democrats have become their own worse enemy. If they are so willing to abandon the leader of their party, what does it really say in how they will represent or serve the American public?

    August 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  119. clark1b

    1. because they know the President is too far to the left.
    2. because they enjoy the status of being in elected office and don't like being just one of the guys.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  120. Rajeev Ajmani

    Clearly, the majority of Americans want more of the same failed policies of George Bush and the last GOP Congress. Grant them their wish, and in a generation the US will be in the same league as Britain today (a second rate power).

    August 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  121. Karol

    Because they voted for everything he asked for and now regret it because that is not what their constituents wanted and they know they will pay the price back home.

    Scottsdale, AZ

    August 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  122. Taylor S.

    The same reason why you keep calling him Mr. Obama instead of President Obama, Jack. The whole entire world is scratching their heads trying to figure out why, we Americans have no respect for this President, but revered the previous one. He has accomplished so much in so little time and his ratings are down. He wins the Nobel Peace prize and America is outraged. Our own quarterback actually got a touchdown and we booed.
    Something smells fishy, Jack!

    August 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  123. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    Dirty politics from the right.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  124. Graham - Los Angeles

    Because democrats don't stick together like republicans.

    President Obama ran on a, "Yes WE can" campaign and once he got elected, we said, "call us when you fix everything". If the majority of the country elected him, where were we when he faced armed tea party members? Why did he have to fight so much to get things done with democratic leadership in the house and senate? Why didn't we shut down this stupid Birther movement from the get go?

    Say what you will about the conservative party but the are as thick as thieves. GW could have proposed to change the national to the "Achy Breaky Heart" and it would have passed without a problem.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  125. Roger Harrison

    The obstructionist campaign of the Party of NO has been so successful, it actually has Dems running from their successes. LIes and distortions proliferate everywhere, especially on the internet, that misrepresent the true nature of the programs proposed and passed. With that background of negativity, no wonder Obama's numbers are low. Rove is right: fear works.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  126. Docb

    Jack,..
    If you are an elected official –you scramble away from any liability or accountability..

    The GOv't can not create jobs unless we have a TVA project... Business is sitting on cash because they are getting called out...Cooperation from them means –the staus quo and protect business ..That does not help either. Four decades of enabling corporations have killed the middle class and further enriched the already wealthy..

    RE REGuLATION has put the fear of G in the Business communtity...They a spoiled brats –that seem to be willing to let the economy go down because they ALREADY HAVE THEIR! Just like the Congress...they want not to be held to task or associated with 'Change' -it will stop the corporate dollars they need to get elected again!

    August 10, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  127. Debra Hoffman

    Maybe they do not like President Obama because Texas & Georgia are redneck states. Thank goodness I live in Broward County, FL. Otherwise I'd have to move somewhere cold.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  128. Jay Lewis

    Jack look they all had his back when he had the momentum and we democrats were more favored after coming out of the last 8 years. Now when peoples political careers are on the line they run instead of standing strong by his side. It's like that friend that is always around when your life's going good but when it comes time to fight he runs.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  129. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – All politics is local. In some hard-core conservative areas, Mr Obama is unpopular almost by default, no matter what he says, no matter what he does. Democrats running in jurisdictions where this is true, like State-wide offices in Georgia and Texas, are better off if there is no video of them with this President. It's just politics. Some Republicans and Independents want to be seen with Mr Obama, because their electorate likes him. The President is not up for re-election, so his "popularity" is actually of no importance. The real issue this time is Congress, the progressive House and the stop-everything Senate, but almost no candidate is prepared to run on those issues alone, so they put the President up as a stalking horse. Fooling you, too?

    August 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  130. Jeannette/Toronto

    Fear of losing those Lobbyists, who keep their pockets deep!

    Truth of their own "dirty pockets," and not being re-elected with the lobbyists funds....

    Self preservation, not the people on main street, has always been the number one agenda of all those in politics.
    They, deep 'Throats' politicians, have separated main street from wall street!

    August 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  131. Steve D

    Jack

    The President is seen by his party as being in bed with big business as a result of the bail out of the "to big to fail" something they can spin however they want it won't get back the taxpayer's huge bonuses to bank employees rewarding them for losing billions. The republicans see him as the usual tax and spend big social program democrat that has no concept of balancing a budget. Everyone out of work blames the President in office. Its tough to get above 40% when so many elements don't just dislike you but wish they could vote you out today!!!!!

    August 10, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  132. shelly

    Jack, To me it sounds like someone at a family reunion where uncle Fred is an embaressment. Everyone knows that he has been borrowing money from Grandma for years, and everyone knows about it . He just talks about how wonderful he is, and doesn't notice that nobody has any repect for him any more.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  133. oldtimer

    Would you want to be seen with a socialist in democrats clothing. The only hope and change went to the rich bankers and big corporations. The rest of us are getting screwed.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  134. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, because they are trying to get elected in areas that are predominately "thinking voters" and those voters now know what a fraud Obama really is. These politicians know that voters are now aware of the disasterous plans the administration has for America and the voters are getting ready to shed anyone closely aligned to the tax/spend progressives.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  135. tracy

    Some canidates do not want to be seen with the president becuse they are in touch with how outrage there is about the lack of security for our southern border.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  136. Jerry

    The Dems are betting that President Obama is a loosing horse.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  137. Miami,Fl

    Jack,
    you can not blame them from hiding for he has not told the truth in too many situation including when his father was in the service and what he has said about saving this country and puting us back to work.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  138. Ken in NC

    They don't want to be seen with him because like most Democrats, they don't have the spine to stand up to the voters they are so scared of. They are Fred Flintstone's DINO. Democrats In Name Only.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  139. Duane - St.Petersburg Florida

    well lets see....Obama passed a health care bill that most did not want, has driven the USA into deep deep debt and has been a jerk to our allies and extended a hand to our enemies.......on top of all that the Independence's out there have turned against him..........maybe they don't want to be seen with him because he's an embarrassment.....

    August 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  140. Henry

    because some democrats, unlike Mr Obama ... are very shortsighted.

    These typical 'old-school' style politicians (of any stripe) with limited 'vision' should go ...

    August 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  141. Angie

    Because Republicans are always voting Hell No to everything Obama, because Republicans pretending to be Independents of the Tea Party scream Hell No to everything Obama, Some Democrats mistakingly think that reflects real America.

    Well Real America did not change their registration during the Primaries back in 2008 just to confuse the democratic primaries. Nope Real America did not do that. It was the Republican party that did that. Remember????

    August 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  142. wbn

    Uhhhhhh, maybe because he is ruining our economy, health care system, and military????

    August 10, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  143. jim

    Because they are cowards. Two years ago they were scrambling to be at his side and now they see their plush jobs disappearing. If things turn around in the next 2 years they will all be begging for a seat at the table.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  144. Rob - CA

    because all politican's care about is keeping their jobs, not doing what's right, and certainly not working for the people.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  145. Jane - WI

    This is an easy question. The Obama policies are not popular with the public, and Democrats in close races don't want to be labeled with the Obama radical agenda. Despite Democrat leaders trying to convince us that the stuff they have rammed through is well liked, it is not.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  146. Mark from Boston

    Jack,

    Because politicians are like leeches. They don't hang around if there’s nothing in it for them. But, in spite of it all, every time you turn around Obama’s winning… the primary, presidency, healthcare, Nobel Prize, finance reform.… so much so that conservatives are turning on each other. It’s like the man keeps beating you up, so you kick his dog.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  147. Dave

    Because of his terrible track record when he supports people/causes:
    1) Chicago (bid for the Olympics)
    2) Martha Coakley
    3) Arlen Specter

    Need I continue?

    August 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  148. Angie

    Because Republicans vote hell no to everything Obama, Because Republicans pretending to be Independents of the Tea Party scream Hell No to everything Obama, that is why some Democrats mistakingly believe that real Americans are against everything Obama.

    Well, it wasn't the Real Americans who switched back in 2008 to Independents just to throw the Democratic Primaries, NO!

    It was Republicans pretending to be Independents who tried to throw the Democratic Primaries in 2008 and who now scream Hell No to everything Obama.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  149. Tom

    He is an incompetent socialist. So when Americans are asked the question, " how is that Obama thing working out for you ? ", there's your answer. Enough said. He, along with Pelosi & Co., will destroy this nation if left unchecked. Thank God for the upcoming mid term elections. Democrats will see how this country rates their " swamp draining " performance. Thank you Charlie and Maxine for your hubris.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  150. Jane - WI

    These candidates don't want to be seen with the President for fear of being connected with his bad policies, his arrogance, his entitlement mentality, his disregard for the will of the American people, etc. Many people were fooled by the "hope and change" chanting, and didn't realize how radical the change was that he wanted. Mr. Obama wants to transform (his word) America. America doesn't need to be changed from it's core.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  151. Steve, Clifton, VA

    It is Silly Season for sure....Dems don't want to be viewed with the President as he is considered a Washington "Insider"... Washington is supposed to be so bad, yet all of these people are spending millions and campaigning to go to Washington! Go figure

    August 10, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  152. Joe R - Houston

    Collectively, we voted against the tyrannical policies of GWB and the power hungry Republican advocates of centralized economic and social planning and in spite of his promise to change, BHO and his Democratic allies are still using the same playbook. We can admire his tenacity but not his veracity.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  153. Frank Cape Coral FL

    you know Jack maybe you have it all wrong maybe Pres Obama is avoiding the house and senate candidates, after all their popularity ratings are much lower then the president with the people. Na! forget I said that it's him (Obama) he's the one siting in the dunk tank.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  154. Jim Blevins

    Because they are fools.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    August 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  155. Rita in illinois

    It's all very confusing to me. Obama has been doing, or trying to do everything he ran on, and he won the election by a large margin. Yet, as he's moved forward with his agenda, the Republican/Tea Party has been running a "the majority of Amercan's don't want this" campaign. I thought the majority of American's voted for this. I think the Democrats are a bunch of gutless chickens. They give into the Republicans every time. And now, they're saying to America, yep, the Republicans are right and the President so many of us voted for is wrong and we don't have confidence in him either. The Dems have always been so good at hurting their own cause.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  156. LM

    I don't know about Georgia but here in Texas Bill White is already fighting an uphill battle in this right wing state. He is slightly below Perry in some of the recent polls so why risk it. In my opinion Bill White has to run on his own merits being seen with the president only complicates things for the simple minded folks down here.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  157. Frank

    Because associating yourself with this inexperienced, socialistic, incompetent community organizer is akin to buying a ticket on the Titanic and knowing the future. Come to think of it I wish most far left Dems actually could get on the Titanic

    August 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  158. art

    They don't want to be seen with him because they would eventually have to speak. His discerning intellect, intent on public service, would slice right through their yellow spines. Which must be preserved intact, at all costs, to become a lobbyist.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  159. Emiliano

    He has lost credibility with the base of the Democratic Party, an enthusiatic throng of people who came out and worked for the "Change" candidate, only later to discover that he's just another cynical politician.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  160. Brian Paul

    They know that Obama Care was not wanted by the majority! Yes the Majority of America. And Obama is looked upon as the key reason it exists. The Democrats will go down hard this November and Obama will be gone in 2012.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  161. Jeff in Ohio

    Democratic candidates don't want to be associated with Obama anymore than Republican candidates wanted to be associated with Bush.

    Why? Just like Bush, Obama is very unpopular and his job performance has been abysmal.

    It really is that simple.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  162. Rosemary

    These democrats who you say don't want to be seen with the President, are just like the do nothing republicans....they protect their pocket book. They were elected to represent the people. We pay them way too much for doing way too little. They represent themselves, their financial ties to big business, and all their perks at the expense, of us worker bees. We the worker bees are owned by old money and corrupt money changers known as politicians.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  163. Justin

    either its a new stratagie or some democrates just dont want to be scene with president obama because they just do not agree with him on the way he is running the office. In reality no body is going to be any better he is a very smart man.President obama did promise change in order to adhere to change different approaches are needed. Obama is a new age president this country cannot be ran like it was 10 years ago everything moves a lot quicker. Republicans will say no to everything until they have some power in office and in a economy like todays every political group needs not to care about there numbers but to actually help there fellow americans through these troubled times

    August 10, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  164. JOE CE

    Democrats who don't want to be seen with Obama have a big problem. Un fortunately they will still be associated with the Admin record but will anger some Democrats who support Obama. This is a lose – lose situation for them.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  165. Mike T. Vaughn

    It's not Obama, what these idiots need to see that if you have a Majority in the house that cannot unify to get the job done, then the rating that is dropping reflect on that part as a whole not just the President.........how comical it is to see a party fighting among itself and trying to lead.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  166. UmbertoG

    The 2008 election was symptomatic of a reaction to the then-current administration. Every time you vote one candidate because you are tired of the incumbent – ergo you do not vote because you firmly believe in the other candidate – you are doomed to be disappointed. The 'change" that was stuffed down our throats during the campaign was obivously for its own sake. It was easy to go in front of an audience, scream "change" and rally them up (why? because they liked the word "change"). It was what I would call "a reactive vote" and not a 'proacttive" one and, as such, a passive vote. It is inevitable, then, that passive voters will loose their enthsiasm and interest quickly.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  167. sam

    what a change of fortunes, everyone would welcome Hillary Clinton and her grass roots star power to bring workers to the voting booths, but no one now is still buying Obama's inspiration crap- i always said where do you go cash in inspiration and now I know.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  168. Richard Clair

    Those so called Dem. and Repub. politicians are con artist who never had any real working man experience and quick to jump ship. In the last 8 years have not seen any real positive direction from Congress and repect for the Office...They are one big old boys club playing a game with the American public...too much talk and no action for really dealing with OUR pressing problems.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  169. wm in Penna

    Jack,

    Simple.

    Their monied owners told them to stay away from an intelligent, thoughtful, educated, leader who may see the need to regulate banks, corporations and serve the citizens of the United States

    August 10, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  170. Monty, Austin TX

    controversy

    August 10, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  171. Max

    Who actually fills out these polls? I haven't gotten one my whole life.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  172. AJ

    Jack, It's poor& disgusting to have people running for the states high office, who looks down on our president. you know for the last eight years, as bad as i dislike our president, I supported the office he was elected.

    AJ, LAKELAND FL.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  173. Dave

    Some comments suggest the party of no is to blame. This is the stupidest thing I have ever heard. The party of "NO" has no control over the executive, legislative or judicial branches of government. I'm sorry – but democrats deserve their pathetic poll numbers and their forthcoming defeat in '10 and '12.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  174. Monty, Austin TX

    Because he purposely made himself the ultimate lightning rod for political controversy!

    August 10, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  175. fyfy, mesquite, Tx.

    Jack, enough to get by, after all we leave our money behind when we go to meet our maker. Oh by the way the president is doing much better than those running away from him. Our president is smart and Yes i will vote for him again.

    August 10, 2010 at 6:48 pm |