October 12th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

OK when Democrats run against Pres. Obama?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

With the midterm elections only three weeks away, some Democrats are running scared - from their own president.
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/10/12/art.chris.jpg caption="Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)"]
Take Rep. Bill Owens, who won a special House seat in a conservative upstate New York district last year. He's out with an ad declaring that he voted with "the Republican leader 63 percent of the time." A Democrat bragging about how he's voted with the Republicans.

And he's not the only one. Other vulnerable Democrats have been promoting their votes against some of President Obama's signature pieces of legislation, such as health care and the stimulus bill.

One Democrat's campaign ad goes so far as to show the candidate shooting a bullet through the cap-and-trade legislation. Another uses an ad to tout his support of former President George W. Bush's Medicare plan.

But the Democrats claim this is all good. The lawmaker in charge of keeping control of the House - which is a tall order this election season - says this is actually a sign of his party's strength. Come again?

Rep. Chris van Hollen, D-Maryland, insists the Democrats are proud to have "an ideologically diverse caucus." He says members who voice their opposition to the president are showing their independence on certain issues.

Van Hollen says Democrats have a big tent, and they're problem-solvers. Maybe. But the White House has to be at least a little nervous that Democrats are distancing themselves from the president and some of his key initiatives.

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Steve in Virginia writes:
When politicians base their positions and platforms on polls and the flavor of the month, then sure it's OK for the Dems to run against their own president. Much like the Republicans did against George W. Bush during 2006 and 2008. Politicians don't run on personal principles and/or convictions… It's now all about whatever it takes to be re-elected.

Tom writes:
This running from the president should bother everyone. It just goes to prove what cynics have been saying for some time: politicians are there to support themselves! They'll change directions, parties, whatever. They want to stay in office. Power, prestige, money, must be a hard habit to break!

Simon in Florida writes:
Well, they certainly can't run on their records. The Democrats' control of Congress has been as big a disaster as the Obama presidency.

Karen in Idaho writes:
Dear Jack, I'd rather have a congressperson who is honest enough to express his/her own viewpoint. What has ruined our government are people who cannot compromise, think for themselves, or support the ideals of their constituents and who vote only a "party line."

Melissa in Memphis, Tennessee writes:
It's a good idea, sure. Be a proud Democrat when no one is looking; be ashamed when someone asks what you have done.

Melissa writes:
Yes, if they want. Doesn't mean they'll get the vote though. Jack, I just love how you try to skew things so they look bad, just like the fear-mongering Republicans. Two years ago, you were an objective reporter, until you realized that objectivity doesn't sell so you started to try to cause trouble. I'm disappointed in you.

Steve in Florida writes:
Whatever it takes to keep from handing the matches back to the arsonists is fine by me. The end justifies the means. And I'd bet Obama would say exactly the same thing.

Filed under: Democrats • President Barack Obama
soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Michelle D.

    It proves that the democrats are not standing behind thier President. The GOP and Democrats are two peas in a pod anyway it's a no win situation no matter which you vote for it's a matter of which is the lesser of two evils .

    October 12, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  2. KDS Irvine, CA

    I don't know why other Democrats would run against the president especially when most Americans are looking to throw them all out of Washington. But if any Democrat runs for the presidency before 2016, not only will they lose, but it will backfire on them and they will be considered traitors within their own party.

    The Republicans have a good shot of winning back the White House in 2012 if everything stays as is and Sarah Palin is NOT the nominee.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  3. Ed from California

    No, it's not okay. The vast majority of America don't hate as much as the "religious, moral, supernatural, righteous, homophobic, German uniform wearing whack jobs," say they do! Most Americans have some common sense and can come to a rational decision on the issues. They're not all Republicans.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  4. B.J., Quincy, Il

    It's great! That's how this government got started. Different ideas and thoughts.They had their ideas and stood up for themWhat ever you think is the right way that is the way you should go.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  5. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    It's sad that these people don't have a conscience to cast their vote by instead of voting to get elected but we built the system and now we need to tear it down. I really don't know how any of them ever sleep unless they're taking drugs to live with the guilt, of course that assumes that they have a conscience.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  6. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    All I can say about them is that they are like the Republicans, they suffer from two different diseases (1) loss of memory and a slight case of being retarded. They can't remember who got the United States in this economic mess, into two wars, shutdown of wall street and a housing market that went south, and are so damn stupid they can't figure out that there is no way in hell the Republicans can correct what they created in eight years. They want President Obama to correct what they destroyed but as much as we would like for him to accomplish that, the man can't walk on water like some of the Republicans think they can.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  7. Ed

    To a true Democrat this should be ok. True democrats know that evil or wrongness does not exist outside the republican party. And that freedom is an equal helping of good and evil, therefore democrats cannot exist without republicans. To preserve themselves they must become that which they hate, this is their strength.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  8. Margie from Massachusetts

    If they're telling the truth! Don't give us rhetoric just to get elected because you owe your constituents the truth in what you support. No one agrees 100% of the time, and it's understandable if the politician states his own agenda supporting his state which is not exactly the same as Pres. Obama.

    Margie from Ma.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  9. Pete in Arizona

    Those Democrats aren't clever enough to make the Democrats' positions/actions plausibly, positive. No muscle, no ammo, no conviction...they're whimps. I'd never vote for them.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  10. Joe CE

    Democrats who run against Obama are maKING a HUGH Mistahle. Its OK if they cite an issue or two where they disagree, but to be strongly against will gain few Republican or Independent votes but lose a significant number of Democrats.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  11. ~BEVERLY~Mystic,Iowa

    As long as the voters all know the truth about ALL policies, etc.. Facts & honesty are paramount in politics, as in everything else. Democrats must tell the truth, then the voters must check all facts that they have been given. (politico.com, factcheck.com, CBO.com, AARP.org, whitehouse.gov, recovery.gov, etc.)

    Once voters knows the facts, they will know which politicians are lying to them, & which ones are on their side. Politicians should give their constituants what they want, so if they still don't believe that the Government has already helped us enormously, the politician should run against it . . . & God help us after those morons have voted against all that's good for America. 

    October 12, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  12. Loren

    Candidates running for office will say what they say, but it doesn't reflect well on the Presidency when members of the President's own party are denying him. I think that it speaks to how the legislation was crammed down the throat of Congress by Congressional leaders out of touch with what the American people were really looking for: reform in the processes of how legislation is passed and concern for the majority of Americans, not just lobbyists and their clients.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  13. Dee in New Paris Ohio

    No, it is NOT OK.

    But of course those in Congress will do whatever is necessary to protect their jobs. They have absolutely no desire to do anything good for the people, and if it means getting elected again they will even turn on the ones who have supported them and financed their campaigns!

    Is anyone sick of this? Yes. Is there anything we can do about it? The only way to dump the whole system and start over is the way they did it in France, Russia, and all the other countries where the PEOPLE just had enough.

    Of course, it does not always work out for the better so perhaps we need to try to redo our system peacefully.

    But the way to do it is NOT for those elected to office to turn on their constituents and their party.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  14. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    When politicians base their positions and platforms on polls and the flavor of the month then sure it's okay for the Dem's to run against their own President. Much like the Republicans did against George W. Bush during 2006 and 2008.
    Politicians don't run on personal principles and/or convictions nor the principles or values of their respective constituents. They don't even commit to their own party's positions or agendas anymore. It's now all about whatever it takes to be re-elected... God help us!!

    October 12, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  15. Jerry Johns Creek, GA

    I would like to think of the political parties as independent teams composed of individuals that are focused on a particular common goal. When a member of the team, Democrat or Republican speaks out against the team and especially the team leader then he/she is either pandering to their own narcissistic needs or are vying to take control of the team. In either event the team is turned into just a group that may have a common name but no real meaning or clearly defined common objectives. You are either with the team or the group but you can't be both.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  16. diridi

    it is o.k, but I shall vote for only Obama....because he passed Fin. Reg. legislation, and Health Care reform, and Consumer protection laws....or else, Visa, M/C should have charged 29 percent interest...to rob the nation...now only 7 percent...most of the plastic cards...only he has to ask for cash advance to cut down...still too high...Banks need to be watched by Govt....

    October 12, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  17. ~BEVERLY~Mystic,Iowa

    Please don't refer to them as Democrats, when they're really Blue Dogs. (Republicans.) It gives Democrats a bad name.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  18. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, it just goes to show you the biggest difference between the two parties. The Republicans march in step to the party line (at least now that the Tea Partiers have taken hold) while the Democrats are a more diverse group, ranging from far left to slightly right. Is it ok? Yes. Will it work? I doubt it.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  19. frankie

    In some of the CNN ad breaks, I see a local ad in which a cartoon monster Nancy Pelosi has escaped from liberal San Francisco due to Obama's budget. I do not expect anything about this election to make any sense.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  20. sheila

    It's ok to differ in opinions under the Democrat tent. However, a few of them should consider running on the other side of the isle because they're of no help to the people who voted them in.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  21. thom richer

    Merely foolish to do so. This is only midway through his failed Bush/Cheney/Rove hand-me-down recession. Those who lack the courage and loyalty to persevere and contribute to their own president's and party's four year correction of Republican incompetence, deserve to lose. I hope they do. The must just take a moment to look at and think about who and what the other side has to offer and they will snap out of it in a hurry. The right offers nothing and have no one with the leadership needed to better our situation. Stand together.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    October 12, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  22. Brian, Baton Rouge

    The Democrats have communicated their message poorly, so the Republicans have controlled the public mindset with their simple bumper-sticker slogans.

    This forces Democrats to run against "death panels" and other imaginary propaganda that the Republicans have put out there.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  23. JENNA

    Is it really OK for the Democrats when their own party members are running against President Obama?

    Who is running against Obama? Are you talking about the DINO's(Democrats In Name Only aka Blue Dog Democrats) in the House and Senate who are running against Republicans? Real Democrats aren't concerned about them – we already know that they are really Republicans.

    Roseville CA

    October 12, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  24. John from San Antonio

    It really doesn't matter Jack. This is just proof that these guys are all running for office and wealth, ideology has absolutely nothing to do with any election campaign. Show me the office and where the money is.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  25. Pete from Georgia

    Absolutely !! It would be interesting and actually refreshing, especially if he or she was an autentic citizen.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  26. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    It doesn't matter which party the president if from, this happens more often than not. Just going back 4 years and republicans were running from Bush as if they were trying to get of the Titanic and there was only one seat in the lifeboat left.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  27. Jim Blevins

    As Will Rogers said - "I don't belong to any organized political party, I am a Democrat". Most Democrats pride themselves on their independence. If someone is brave enough to call themselves a Democrat and if they can win Democratic candidacy that's enough to include them in the Democratic tent.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    October 12, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  28. Melissa C. Memphis,Tn

    Its a good idea...Sure be a proud Democrat when no one is looking...Be ashamed when some one ask what you have done....

    October 12, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  29. Simon, FL

    Well, they certainly can't run on their records. Democrat's control of congress has been as big a disaster as the Obama presidency.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  30. linell, former republican, now NPA, Winter Park, FL

    NO! but I am becoming more understaning of Will Rogers' comment about not being a part of any organized political party...it is painful to watch.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  31. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Jack, Jack, Jack,

    The Pres knows they are not running "against" him, they are running scared about being unseated and President Obama understands political expediency. Anyway, after any of them getting re elected, its back to party "loyalty" again. For the others, I am sure they will get a bone tossed to them, you know, a meager 75 to 80 thou grant for some project plus expenses ! I could be underestimating, though.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  32. Dick B

    I think so if you are trying to sell team merchandise. If you are trying to score touchdowns probably not.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  33. Susan from Idaho

    Sure Jack, whatever gets the scum bags elected. They're like folks that cheat on theirs spouses; they eventually get what they deserve. Let the games begin.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:50 pm |

    why do the americans peoples keep voting in the same peoples in office every 4 years. Has it ever occurs to anyone that our senators both DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS are mostly if not all millionaires. how can anyone in their right mind think that these politicans have their interest in mind . they want your vote. they just pimping us and we fall for it year after year. we have some educated fools from educated schools.


    October 12, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  35. ~BEVERLY~Mystic,Iowa

    I bet they're not bragging about voting with Bush, especially the things they voted on when his popularity was 23%.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  36. Deb - Jasper, GA

    What these blue dogs, and even the President, amazingly don't get: they were elected to bring about the change they campaigned on. They're in trouble because of their cowardice. It's not because they're too far left – they've allowed the right to pull them in. You can't have it both ways. You either have the guts to do what you said you were going to, or you're just another two-faced spineless weasel. No guts – no glory.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  37. Erla Williams

    By all means, Jack...NOTHING would be better..MAYBE they can VOTE HIM OUT.. NOW that would be shout & a half for MANY voter's & a good share of the People, of out Country.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  38. tom w.

    This running from the President should bother everyone. It just goes to prove what cynics have been saying for some time, politicians are there to support THEMSELVES! They'll change directions, parties, whatever. They want to stay in office. Power, prestigue, money, must be a hard habit to break!!

    October 12, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  39. wm in Texas

    Parties exist only in the imagination. We are modern Americans we want it all right now with no effort, planning or work. We have been advertised into thinking it is OK if I got mine, you, you are on your own. We are now so rich we do not need to be mature and realistic. Cooperation negotiation and compromise are for those that can not bid in the Congressional auction to buy legislators to impose their will on the masses. State legislators are cheaper but federal ones can deliver more benefits to the corporate-persons and the corporate owners. Remember GE, Inc. paid no taxes but received 1Billion, 100 million tax payer dollars as welfare payments from the IRS

    October 12, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  40. john in atlanta

    I think it is a good idea for them since the only people getting elected this year are the one's running against Obama.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  41. Paul Austin,Texas

    There should be no problem if that is what they truely believe. The problem come in if they are only running that why to get elected.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  42. Allen in Hartwell GA

    October 12th, 2010 3:24 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    There are too many Democrats running away from the president for one obvious reason. If that's the way they want to play I hope they don't expect to ask for any favors.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  43. Gail, Plano TX

    No, Jack, it is not OK for democrats to be running against their President. But, they are yellow belly cowards who are so afraid of losing their Congressional seats, that they stoop to the lowest level of disloyalty, ever. One thing u can say about the GOP. They are loyal to their own to a fault. Not so for the Democrats. Bill White lost my vote for governor here in TX when he did not show up to shake the President's hand during his visit to Austin. In reality, I am really questioning my affiliation with the Dems. They are WEAK! No backbone.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  44. ~BEVERLY~Mystic,Iowa

    It'a a free Country . . . as long as there's a Democrat in the White House.

    The Democratic Party is all about freedom, and thinking for yourself. What Democratic candidates do is their prerogative. They won't be getting threats, as with the GOP, when one of theIr Oompa Loompas dares to step out of line, by doing the right thing.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  45. Linda

    Jack As a registered democrat and African American, I think it is shameful. I hope they don't expect to get the African American vote. I do believe that democrats should be independent of the president when it comes to certain issues, but to go against him because they think that it will win them votes, hell no!! I think the passing of health care is going to work out fine for me.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  46. Mr. D

    Guilt by association. What fun it is to see the Democrat "herd" heading away from the last roundup. How can you "spin" "party strength" without sounding desperate? I guess the politicians really do think we are stupid. We will see in November.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  47. Viv from NY

    Well that's one democrat I need not vote for – You want to really loose your liberal base just tell us you voted with the republicans ! The way to get democrats back is to educate them – I think we got a case of sheep following blindly and they are following the a dumb crowd. The problem isn't Obama it is the Republicans in Congress. Want to see poverty – vote for the tea party .

    October 12, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  48. Gigi Oregon

    You bet it's not!...And it doesn't mean that you support the Republicans ideas. What it means is our own party is in need of doing a better job with moving along with change. Don't forget how often the press/media told us the bad news of the eight years all the mistakes the Republican made to get us where we are today... That's the focus we need to remember. We can be unhappy with our party but let's not put back in the party that went to war in the wrong country, let wall street kill the American dream for many etc. We may make mistakes but we don't need too twice in a row... to learn a lesson.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  49. Anthony from Swedesboro, NJ

    What a surprise! Democrats fleeing Obama's shadow, who voted for all his initiatives, to save their own skins by repudiation of the administration.
    Did you see George W. stomping on the campaign trail for John McCain?
    If your general is in trouble, head for the hills. That's the real courage we expect from our politicians.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  50. Annie, Atlanta

    Democrats running against the President apparently place more importance on keeping their jobs than doing their jobs. They’re just spineless opportunistic scum, hiding because the right wing gets away with demonizing all things Democrat 24/7. Honest representation is what we need. I won't be holding my breath.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  51. David

    No it's not OK. The Democrats lost this battle months ago when they did not tout how many jobs were saved by the loans given to the auto manufacturers. They did not articulate how health insurance reform impacts the people. They did not clearly state how many teachers' jobs have been saved by their policies. The Democrats failed to tell the American people that Boehner and Demint have done nothing but stall and say no to everything the President supported. Because the Democrats failed at basic political messaging, they have once again sent a very clear and concise victory to defeat.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  52. Spud

    I live in parliamentary system, so we vote for constituency representative only, not a head of state. Your Prez is half head of state and half administrator…that's a tough job when so much administration is required.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  53. kelly

    NO, NO, NO!!! I don't care how scared these yellow belly politicians are, the majority of Americans voted for Obama knowing things would not be easily changed, and most people i know still support him. Going the way of Republicans is definitely not the answer. I can't respect a politician who runs scared, and i certainly can't respect one that thinks the republican agenda is a way out of this mess!!

    October 12, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  54. Scott Stodden

    In My Opinion I Don't Think Its At All That Democrats Are Distancing Themselves From President Obama And Their Only Doing So That They Can Keep Their Jobs! President Obama Said It Best Before When He Said "We As The Democratic May Have To Make Unpopular Votes For The Sake Of Our Country" And That Is True And Just Because Certain Politicans Are Unpopular With The Voters Doesn't Mean They Should Distance Themselves At All, Stand With Your Party And Your Leader Is What I Would Say!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    October 12, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  55. Debbie, Florida

    Should the Democrats "eat their own" as Republicans are doing? You seem very disappointed in President Obama, Jack. So, I have one suggestion for all those who feel like you do: Consider the alternative. If you'd like America to become a Fundamental Christian Theocracy, vote Republican. Otherwise, I suggest you support your President.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  56. steve- virginia beach

    What matters is what's OK for the country and candidates should be able to run on whatever platform is truthful. The problem for them is that it's common knowledge that the vast majority of them supported the Democrat agenda with Pelosi's, Ried's, and Obama's knees in their backs and voted against legislation only when given permission after enough votes were registered. In short, they can run from their party but most of us aren't as stupid as they need us to be.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  57. Patricia/Georgia

    First and foremost I consider them cowards...they want to win at all costs. Second, they should be proud of the things they put forth and if not...join the republican party the party that held up many good things to make Obama look bad. Third...in spite of their negativity....I still support this president and wonder what happened to the republican party to support such candidates as Angle, Palladino, Iott (the suedo Naz) Paul, and O'donnell. The republicans once had standards...it seems to me they have dropped them to win also....so fear runs in both parties for them to stand by these characters.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  58. Matt, Little Rock

    There's nothing wrong with members of a political party running in opposition to their party leaders. It shows initiative, ability to think for themselves, to represent their constituents in the spirit that their offices are supposed to rather than by a party position, and to loosen both of these highly polarized political parties. If more Republicans did this four years ago, they may have held onto Congress.

    Matt, Little Rock

    October 12, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  59. Ashley N

    Yes, they have to - you cant change Obama this critical year, so I think Dems should shake things up by asking Nancy Pelosi to step aside. Republicans have a new face so should Dems

    October 12, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  60. maryann flaker

    btw, why not harp that bush started an unwarranted war and spent 1.3 trillion dollars on it that we didn't have...at least Obama is spending on Americans

    October 12, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  61. Old2Sunny

    Jack, The democrats that are running against President Obama were never with him anyway. And it was stupid to think they were. People think they can hide their true colors. maybe for a little while, but what you do in the dark always comes out in the light eventually.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  62. Darren from Minneapolis

    I don't think it's ok, but it sure happens a lot. During the 1994 mid-terms, Democrats ran to the right when the Clinton health care plan failed and the Republicans so-called 'Contract With America' proved popular with voters. In 2006, when it was clear President Bush was becoming increasingly unpopular, Republican lawmakers ran away from his policies – touting their 'Independence' from the President. It's politics as usual, Jack. Nothing has changed.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  63. Donna Taylor, Gatesville, Texas.

    Jack, I am an Independent. Maybe there is a silver lining. At least we are getting a politician TO TELL THE TRUTH. How refreshing. Yee Haw !!!!.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  64. Jim

    I have been a Chet Edwards (D, district 17, TX) supporter since moving back to Texas in 2001. He failed to support President Obama on the major issues we expected him to support. So,I will not be voting in the House race this year and I know a lot of other Democrats who feel the same way. Next election, we'll find a real Democrat who has the courage to do what's right and not what's politically advantageous.

    Jim in College Station, TX

    October 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  65. Chris Wagner

    I would hope that those people would stand their ground. Too bad the "R's" don't subscribe to the same. The party system works great but if some see things not going right they need to represent their constituents not the party.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  66. Joe Ngalle from Leominster, MA

    Jack, any politician who stear away from his party and President for the sake of votes is a clear indication that they represent themselves, not the people they claim too represent. What a shame!

    October 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  67. Ed Hummel

    Okay for whom? Apparently it is okay for the candidates since they believe it helps their election prospects. It also seems to be pretty okay for the Republicans since it gives them additional ammo, not just against the wavering Dem candidates, but against other Dem candidates and Obama himself. Is it okay for the Democratic party? Apparently they think so, and happily point to the evidence it gives of a big tent. Okay for me? Sure. Why not? I don't really care. It seems like the usual pandering election-time rhetoric I have come to expect from these clowns.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  68. Darzell Brown

    Democrats have it all wrong! The reason why independents and moderates are jumping ship is because the dems are being indecisive and it comes off as being incompetent. They need to stand by President Obama and be united with one clear voice.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  69. Jim

    I think the mistake is that they think about an anti-incombent vote. I think that those who have been in office and proved their credentials have little to worry about keeping their seat.
    I see the campaigns as more a vote against the administrations policies as they perceive their constituancy to feel, rather than against President Obama.
    If there is any anti-incumbancy movement the Republicans will lose seats to that as well, so won't that sorta balance out?
    Jim, Boise, Idaho

    October 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  70. E.j.

    Hey, cafferty its only natrual for people in tough spots to re-think their posistions.Remeber when the dems took back the congress in 2006? I couldent find a republican sticking with his party. In fact didnt a few defect to the dems? Its funny to see them run like headless chickens when the road gets tough, thats integrity if you ask me.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  71. Pericles

    This is so typical of Democrats. For 8 years, the Republicans ran this country into the ground with their policies. When we voted for change, the Dems got, not only the White House, but a Super Majority in Congress. This should have given them the opportunity to really make a change. But what happened? They fell over each other to screw it all up. They couldn't even agree with their own party to get things done. Now, two years later, they blame Obama for the lack of change and are falling over each other to distance themselves from him. This is so disgusting. You cannot turn the Titanic that is this country's economy is in just two years. Vote all the incumbent Dems out and new ones in.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  72. belinda collins

    Regarding "OK when Dems run against President? ,,,I do not have a yes/no answer, however, I have a comment. Who makes it possible for candidates of ANY party to win an election? Follow the money and come up with the answer to your question.....

    October 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  73. Victor

    No Jack it is not ok! I can understand idelogical differences, but to tout that you've voted majority of the time with Republicans and your supposed to be a Democrat; is cowardly and hypritical. If you don't agree wiih the Democrqat party and it's values than switch parties or become an Independant.

    But their to cowardly do that, becasue then they wouldn't get elected at all. If Democrats cannot show courage regardless of the situation then I need to think about jumping ship!

    From a soon to be Independant in Bowie, MD.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  74. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    For one thing for sure, this proves Democrats aren't cowards. When Bush was in office his words to Republicans was "you're either with me or against me" and like cowards they were with him 100% of the time, right or wrong.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  75. David Becker

    Just shows ya Jack, just what scumbag weasels they all are, just out to save their own hides and butts. REPUBLICAN or DEMOCRAT, if they are an incumbent out they go!
    And you know what, If America votes right, we will never have an incumbent again, WE WILL IMPOSE TERM LIMITATIONS, by voting them all out every eight years. ENOUGH of these do nothing featherbedding,pocket lining thieves.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  76. Sharon Johnson

    They will certainly lose. Neither party will vote for them!

    October 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  77. Scott Bruce

    I find it preposterous that someone would align with an opposing political party just to try and forward their own agenda in an election. If that doesn’t spell political suicide than I don’t know what would. I think Democrats should keep tabs on these congressional party deserters and show the public who is really for what party. We don’t need turn coats in our party.

    Scott Bruce

    October 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  78. andEmma

    I recently changed from Democrat to Independent exactly for this reason. The Democrats have no spine, it's disgusting!!! I personally would vote for someone I respected and trusted before I would cast my vote for a coward.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  79. Cody

    Jack, a vote against the president is a vote for the Tea Party. How can moderate Democrats and Republicans vote in support of the extremists in the country? I don't see any way that a person can even call themselves a Democrat and support the extreme opposition.

    Cody, Oklahoma

    October 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  80. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – Party unity is not worth spit compared to winning the majority of the seats. Nothing a Congressional candidate says now will have any impact on the President. The President is in fact to the right of many prominent Democrats in Congress. What he will need starting in January will be enough votes, not enough Democratic "loyalists." Better to negotiate with your Own Right than to face deadlock with the Opposition. The job is to pass laws, not to make speeches in front of large crowds for the sake of media exposure. If enough conservative Democrats win, the government will not be :"broken" any more. If they win by running away from the White House now, and vote for "change we can believe in" when it is proposed again next year, all the better.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  81. Miles in New York

    This is politics as usual, Jack. Really nothing new or newsworthy ... Republicans did the same thing two years ago when they did everything they could to distance themselves from Bush. Politicians say what they think will get them elected. On a personal note, however, I much prefer a politician, such as NY's Dems Kirsten Gillibrand and Scott Murphy, who don't always vote the party line, unlike the current batch of Republicans. That's the way it should be, but unfortunately not the way Washington usually works. If you're truly voting mainstream America, most of us fall conservative on some issues and liberal on others, so what's wrong with a politician who does the same?

    October 12, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  82. Steve from South Florida

    These people are idiots...don't they think that this will come back to bite them when the Republicans inevitably screw this opportunity up?

    Can't they see what happened to Republicans who did the same two years ago?

    I guess when you have no principles this is easy to do. Ditch your base, a really GREAT idea!!!

    October 12, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  83. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Maybe they are not really democrats? Or maybe the Handwriting is on the Wall that big liberal policies don't work. I think it is too late to save the Tintanic so the only thing left is When in Doubt, Run in Circles, Scream and Shout.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  84. wm in Texas

    Parties exist only in the imagination. We are modern Americans we want it all right now with no effort, planning or work. We have been advertised into thinking it is OK if I got mine, you, you are on your own. We are now so rich we do not need to be mature and realistic. Cooperation negotiation and compromise are for those that can not bid in the Congressional auction to buy legislators to impose their will on the masses. State legislators are cheaper but federal ones can deliver more benefits to the corporate-persons and the corporate owners. Remember GE, Inc. paid no taxes but received 1Billion, 100 million tax payer dollars as welfare payments from the IRS

    October 12, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  85. tom minervino

    Evidently we have republicans in democratic clothing. The republicans who created this depression has fillabusted every every program that the president offered to resolve the depression . Who do we blame? The president. who do we blame the democrats. Just remember it was the republican and thier programs that got us int this depression and its the republicans and thier allys who want to go back to those same programs.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  86. Eric Martinez

    Cash is certainly powerful! Seems like those entities financially supporting GOP candidates are literally buying the dignity and character of SOME Democrats. This is an example of a bag of rotten potatoes, republicans, now democrats... I only hope Pres. Potato does not rot as well!

    October 12, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  87. Ralph Spyer

    They do not ask you how did you win they ask you did you WIN. This is not a game of horse shoes. Just look at John Mc Cain pick for V.P.or in Illinois the two candidates for senator.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  88. Matt from Kent OH

    It would be okay if these democrats were arguing that they have voted for what is best for those who they represent. We have a representative government in which elected officials are supposed to vote on issues by what is best for the people they represent. Elected Democrats should vote against Obama's policies when they are not beneficial for whom they represent, and then it is fine when they come out and say, "I did what was best for you." This is not the political landscape of today, and instead, politicians are more focused on their next term then the job at hand.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  89. cheryl

    Why is it the democrats always shoot themselves in the foot. They should be campagning on the facts. American corporations have been sending job overseas for years and wall street has been taking care of themselves for years too. It's too bad the American voter has such and short memory and is always looking for a quick fix. Until voters stop listening to the sound bites and reallly learn about the canidate and make them address the real issues facing our country, we deserve what we get. The Republicans – you've got to be kidding me.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  90. Luci

    The democrats all have their own opinions. They aren't in lock step like the party of NO.
    Why isn't the Republican president stumping for them?
    The Republicans know they can't have their own opinions or the t-party will oust them. Tea and Rush have tight reins on them.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  91. Linda from Northern New York

    I live in Owen's district. Although I am a liberal Democrat, there are precious few of us here. This is a very conservative Republican area.
    And, Owens is hardly a liberal, although his opponent is trying to portray him as such. It makes perfect sense that he would tout his more conservative leanings , not only to answer his opponent, but also to win the darn election. I think you are reading too much into this, Jack.. The case of Owens has to do with specifics of his election in this particular area, and less to do with Obama and the whole Democratic party.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  92. Twila S. Metheney

    Hey Jack. Here in West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin refused to have the President come help him in his campaign for Byrd's senate seat. Instead he had Bill Clinton do his "come-back kid" speech for him. Odd, considering Manchin never supported Hillary and cast his electoral vote "proudly" for Barack Obama during the '08 convention.
    John Raese, republican candidate for Byrd's seat, is right to point out that Manchin has always been Obama's biggest supporter. Manchin's greatest talents are, his ability to keep his balance while blowing in the stiff political winds and asking, "What's in it for me?". Twila S. Metheney, Morgantown, WV

    October 12, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  93. elj

    It is amazing that a member of your team is so near sighted that they willfully and publically treat you with disdain. That is okay, because, the ones that are running scared are the ones that did not have the fortitude to support him anyway; I think they are called “Blue Dog’s”. Here is a quote for them, “Inner change without outer change is not genuine, and Outer change without inner change will not last.” You ran to President Bush, and now we know how Bush ruined this country, he had their help. So no problem they won’t be reelected anyway, the ‘50’s and 60’s are calling their names.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  94. Susan Gordon

    Here in lies the problem. The electorate is ill informed and the politicians just want a paycheck. The Republican Party does not have a plan for America. The Democrats in districts that are close have not educated their electorate to show that the Republican Party has no plan for America and that they simply want the status quot...the course of direction that drove us into financial ruin to begin with. So here we are with a group of do nothing politicians and a know nothing electorate. I am so damn mad about this that I cannot see straight!

    Susan Gordon
    Baltimore, Maryland

    October 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  95. Rob

    The boat is sinking, Democrat's passengers are jumping into the water. My message to the Anerican electorate: Don't rescue old cowards, political opportunists, and selfish losers. Teach them a valuable lesson on this midterm election, once and for all.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  96. Colin

    Against Obama when he's not a candidate? It's a response both to their opponents platforms & the voters frustration with a dysfunctional
    government. Political survival by throwing party ideals under a bus.
    Party unity seems to be a mess on all sides which maybe a good thing
    if we, the people, end up with decent satesmen/women.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  97. Monroe in CT

    No Jack but let's face it, there is no longer honor amongst political thieves. For this coming election cycle, I wish that we could vote for the "neither" party. If the neithers win. Let the respective state governor pick who goes. Oh by the way, they can't claim to the Dems or GOP when they get there.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  98. Bob Spads

    Yes the Democrats are going to have a rough time this midterm. They're sufering for trying to do what they said they were going to do to get elected in the first place. Nothing makes sense anymore.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  99. eltee

    Jack - Isn't what you described in the opening statement the definitition of a BLUE DOG democrat? - eltee

    October 12, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  100. Rob

    The only obligation any politician has is the obligation to serve the people. Speaking against your own party I find it honorable. I wish more republicans would stand against the idiotic nonsense that comes from their party I.e. Carl Paladino.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  101. Ken in NC

    Yes it's OK for the Democrats torun against the President. They can't win as a group because they do not know how to function as a group. All that's left for them to do is go out and lose alone.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  102. Rob

    The boat is sinking, Democrat's passengers are jumping into the water. My message to the Anerican electorate: Don't rescue old cowards, political opportunists, and selfish losers. Teach them a valuable lesson on this midterm election, once and for all.

    Rob Lou
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    October 12, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  103. E. Meador

    RE: Dems against Dems.
    Have we learned nothing from Republicans in the last years? Stick together and you can screww up anything!!! Ernie in Illinois

    October 12, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  104. Dennis. S.

    October 12, 2010
    OK when Democrats run against Pres. Obama? They show that Obama Policy's don't work, and some Democratic Senators voted against Obama policy's and now they can prove that they are worthy to be re-elected. Even if a Senator is a Democrat now they can show that their vote was against Obama policy. Many that voted Obama for President now will not vote for a Democratic Senator.Democrat Senators must furnish proof that they are different from the Obama Administration and now is the time to show off their vote the Democtatic vote against Obama policy.
    Dennis. S.
    Oh by the way Jack, Wolf B. and you are the best Anchor / Reporters on News today. That means all News stations not just CNN, you two keep up the real work delivering the News in a professional way.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  105. Stan from Philadelphia

    In more than 40 years as a registered Democrat, I have never seen the DNC and DCC so completely clueless and leaderless as to how to communicate with constituents and supporters. It is a very big mistake to abandon President Obama the way they have for the last 18 months by hiding their heads in the sand and smiling sheepishly and it definitely means they will lose both houses of congress in the midterm election. It is their own fault for setting back the progress made by 40 years.
    Phila Pa

    October 12, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  106. mary cann

    it is not ok for dems to run against President Obama. We elected him to do what he promised in the campaign. So far he has delivered. He said it would not be easy and it will not happen tomorrow. But it has (health care) and it will (jobs) when big corps decide to hire and stop trying to make The president fail

    October 12, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  107. Dave

    Republicans or Democrats, politicians are all the same. They are rich people trying to get richer on our dimes and our time. They will say whatever is necessary to keep riding the gravy train.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  108. JJ in Arkansas

    The liberal Netroots and organized labor did their best to dump Blanche Lincoln in the Arkansas Democratic primary. Why expect the general election electorate to be any kinder to Obama?

    October 12, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  109. Aggie in CA

    If all this is just being done to gain votes, they are cowards who do not deserve to continue to serve. Democrats in Congress do not have to agree with the President on every issue, but they should not run when the going gets tough. Factually, if all the hype about the GOP strength is correct, I am just so embarrassed to be an American. The American electorate cannot be so 'naive', ill-educated, and/or forgetful that they will give the Republican Party, the party that got us into this mess, the party whose platforms have repeatedly led to economic destruction for the middle class, the party of no, the party that nearly caused a worldwide economic collapse, back control of Congress.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  110. ~BEVERLY-Mystic,Iowa~

    It's the only thing those Blue Dog Democrats (who are really Republican'ts), can do, after taking such BIG BUCKS from BIG BIZ. It doesn't take a genius to know that shooting cap-and-trade means that BIG OIL companies & other major polluters, have paid him a small fortune, which he gladly accepted, at our expense. He's sending the message that he will get the regulations repealed for them, so they will be able to pollute to their heart's content, & isn't interested in what the poisoned air is doing to OUR hearts, & lungs, (God help anyone who has asthma, or other breathing difficulty), or to Mother Earth.

    You don't suppose that the guy who's admitting that he voted with Bush, will buy a house or two, & retire, with the ill-gotten funds from insurance companies, & other special interest groups, do you? You don't think that he's on their side, & wants to take away our health care reform, so insurance companies will once again be in charge of our health care, instead of letting us decide, do you? Do you really think that anyone be so heartless that he would put our fate back into their diabolical hands? I didn't think so.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  111. David P Vernon

    Tucson,AZ – Couple of background facts:

    No law is passed without getting 60 votes twice in the US Senate
    House-passed bills go the Senate, to die if not passed there too before the next swearing-in in January. 745 bills are in that status now. Your Representatives voted for them, sometimes by a wide margin, but Mr McConnell's minority will not allow them to be voted on in the Senate, in some cases not even considered. The House majority enjoys a substantial margin which is likely to shrink, but not disappear, due the the "incumbent advantage. The Senate minority has 41 votes, One less and they lose the power to stop things. The real election is not in the Congress, or in the State Houses, it is for 37 Senate seats in the respective States. 20 Republicans and 19 Democrats are being replaced. If the Democrats win 23, and keep more than 218 in the House, it will be Democratic sweep. It is in fact "more probable", which is why the opposition is funding so many false attack ads through "independent" organizations. They want us to THINK that the tide is in their favor, but they are the idiots who made this mess and are keeping us from getting out if it!

    October 12, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  112. Steve Batts Edna, Kansas

    All I can say is I am glad I have good health insurance, because these jerks make me sick. John Stewart for President.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  113. Ken in Maryland

    Sort of like when the Repubs ran away from Bush in 2006? This is nothing new when a President's approval rating is low.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:56 pm |