By tying Democrat opponents to President Obama, Republicans have successfully shifted momentum their way in Kansas and South Dakota. Politico,
While Orman could still win in Kansas and South Dakota is still unpredictable, the shifting dynamics underscore how Obama’s deep unpopularity remains the biggest advantage for Senate Republicans — not just in conservative battlegrounds but in swing states as well. Even though Republicans lack an agenda this year or a defining issue to bring voters to the polls, 2014 is at risk of becoming all about Obama — and that could be devastating for Senate Democrats.
“I think Obama being so unpopular is the biggest factor in this election,” said Tom Jensen, a Democratic pollster with the firm Public Policy Polling. “And I think at the end of the day, it may be too much for a lot of the Democratic Senate candidates to overcome.”
While debating New York Republican Rep. Tom Reed, Democrat candidate Martha Robertson resorted to accusing Reed of being part of the “war on women.” The audience responded with groans and laughter, revealing just how sick Americans are of the Democrats’ go-to, deceitful political rhetoric.
California billionaire Tom Steyer is “extending his lead as the biggest super-PAC donor of the 2014 congressional elections.” Bloomberg Politics,
The California billionaire and climate-change activist gave $16 million more to his NextGen Climate Action Committee in the first two weeks of October, bringing to $57.6 million his aggregate donations to his organization. Steyer’s super-PAC, which made a filing yesterday with the Federal Election Commission, is opposing Republican candidates in some Senate and governors’ races…
A full accounting of giving by Steyer and other big donors isn’t possible because they can also donate big sums to nonprofit issue-advocacy groups that don’t disclose donors. Super-PACs, which must disclose donors, may accept unlimited donations to pay for so-called independent expenditures that aren’t made in concert with candidates’ campaigns.
A new AP-GfK poll asks voters their feelings concerning the Obama administration. The Washington Post,
The AP-GfK poll asked the approve/disapprove question, finding 17 percent of likely voters said they strongly approve of Obama and 44 percent strongly disapprove. But then it asked a separate — and we would argue, more enlightening — question about the Obama administration. It asked how people felt about it, and gave them four options: “enthusiastic,” “satisfied but not enthusiastic,” “dissatisfied but not angry,” and “angry.”
That would seem to be a pretty good analogue for the approve/disapprove question, but the answers are quite a bit different. While 17 percent of likely voters “strongly approve” of Obama, just 9 percent say they are “enthusiastic” about his administration…
As for being “enthusiastic” though, we’re not sure what would prevent Democrats who “strongly approve” of Obama’s presidency from also professing to be enthusiastic about it.
Perhaps they’re just not that excited about politics. But whatever the case, the result is the same: only about one out of 10 people who heads to the polls on Nov. 4 will go there being enthusiastic about the Obama presidency.