FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
It had to be a pretty rough morning to wake up to in the White House today.
Democrats suffered two stunning losses in special elections. In both cases, the Republican winners tied their opponents to President Barack Obama and his economic policies.
The most crushing loss came in New York. Democrats lost the seat of disgraced former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, a seat that hasn't gone Republican since the 1920s.
The district, which covers parts of Brooklyn and Queens, is heavily Jewish, Democratic, pro-union and blue-collar.
If this doesn't send the Democratic Party into panic mode, it ought to. The results in Brooklyn bring into question whether Obama can carry Florida next year, a state absolutely crucial to his re-election.
And there's more. The guy who won, Republican Bob Turner, is a retired cable TV executive who has never served elective office. He defeated a Democratic state assemblyman, David Weprin, with two decades of experience in public service.
National Democrats poured in half a million dollars at the last minute and even sent former President Bill Clinton to campaign, but none of that mattered.
Meanwhile, in Nevada - another important state for the president's re-election - the Democrat was trounced in a special election there.
These twin losses are only the latest in a string of bad news for Obama:
A new CNN poll shows Obama receiving the highest disapproval rating of his presidency at 55%.
As for his $447 billion jobs plan, it's looking unlikely that will get much, if any, traction in a divided Congress.
And if the upcoming election is really all about jobs and the economy, the president's campaign could very well be doomed:
The Congressional Budget Office says the economy will grow slower than anticipated and that unemployment will stay close to 9% through the end of 2012.
Here’s my question to you: Should President Obama consider not running for re-election?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
He has to run. President Obama is the only thing standing between the citizenry of the United States and insanity. The thought of Rick Perry sitting in the Oval Office is not what I call comforting. And although Romney seems to be fairly moderate and halfway bright, he can't fix anything. All in all, Obama is still the best we have – right now.
What an excellent idea. He has been trying to dig the country out of a hole and his shovel is not up to the job. Let's get someone with a larger shovel.
Liz on Facebook:
Only if Hillary runs. She would be the only one that could do it. Name recognition plus experience.
Great, now we go from a yutz (Obama) to pastor klutz (Perry). If Obama bows out, the flood gates will open. We will drown in biblical notations and in the reconfiguring of everything, from science to the lost space suit Jesus came in.
Joe in Binghamton, New York:
Jack, Why would you ask a question like this when it suggests we should let the obstructionists win the Civil War? Kind of reminds me of giving in to the terrorists.
Pete in Georgia:
Obama not run for president? It's all he knows. It's what he lives for. The campaign. He's like a dog chasing a car, not knowing in the least what to do if and when he catches it. It's the chase – the campaign. Pathetic.
Only if a real Democrat steps in as the counterbalance to the GOP. I'm not happy with Obama's performance, but I'm not senile.
Steve in Illinois:
No. I've already bought too many "2012" (with his little symbol in the 0) bumper stickers and buttons.