FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Things are pretty bleak for millions of Americans these days... but President Obama says they'll be worse if Republicans take over the reins.
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That's the message coming from the commander-in-chief as he hits the campaign trail for Democrats - in a midterm season that could be a real bruiser for his party.
The president says that the GOP wants to "go back to doing the same things... if we give them the keys back, they will drive this economy back into the ditch."
But experts aren't so sure this message will resonate with voters. Blaming President Bush and the Republicans for what happened in 2008 may not work when many Americans are still hurting badly today - worried about finding a job and putting food on the table.
Meanwhile, polls indicate the Democrats may have reason to worry about November.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows Republican candidates have a three point advantage over Democrats in the :generic" ballot question... that puts them in almost the same exact position as in August 1994 - months before the GOP took control of the House for the first time in 40 years.
What's more, President Obama's disapproval rating of 51 percent matches his all-time high.
This poll also shows Republican voters are feeling an intense amount of anger over the direction this country is headed in... much like they did in 1994.
When you add all of this to the fact that Republicans have held a significant edge for months when it comes to voter enthusiasm... it doesn't seem to bode well for the Democrats and President Obama.
Here’s my question to you: Will things get worse if the Democrats lose control of Congress in November?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
I don't think it matters who has control, we have some systemic problems which neither side will engage in an honest debate about. The only person who has any sensible dialogue is President Obama. And you see what happens when he says something sensible, all hell breaks loose. To answer your question, I think it's going to get worse until everyone gets honest – regardless of who has control.
Dear Jack, The fact that the Republicans are angry about the direction of the country should be fair warning to you all. Just look at the shape you're in now thanks to that course correction in '94.
Things will get worse no matter which party is in control. Both parties are ruled by rich people. Both parties will still be ruled by rich people after the election. Democrat and Republican mean the same thing anymore.
I have found that a congressional majority from one party and a president from the other party to be a very effective check and balance on each other. Clinton and the Republican majority Congress accomplished a lot and they had to work together. There was less talk of personal agendas, more talk of balanced budgets, and the voters actually got the feeling they were being listened to part of the time.
Jan in North Carolina writes:
I believe that things will get much worse is if Obama is allowed to continue with his agenda. If the Republicans do nothing but block him and his administration at every pass until he is finally voted out of office, I would say – job well done.
Sooze in Hawaii writes:
If the Democrats lose Congress then we are in real trouble. The party of NO will step in and take us back to the dark days of the Bush years. Your pointed-finger kind of reporting isn't helping the Democrats one bit. Are you turning into Glenn Beck? You used to be unbiased but I guess times have changed. Time to retire if you can't report fairly.