October 27th, 2009
04:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Cafferty: Where has the Obama 'magic' gone?

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Some Democrats are calling it the "Obama hangover."

Even with President Obama on the campaign trail, at fund-raising events and taping TV ads for many state and local candidates – it seems like the electricity of the 2008 campaign is a distant memory.

The Los Angeles Times reports how much tougher it is to get people fired up to volunteer and vote Democrat this time around. And, as President Obama tries to address health care, the economy and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq – some of his decisions may not sit well with voters at the local level.

A lot of eyes are on the races for governor in New Jersey and Virginia; and a congressional race in upstate New York's 23rd district.

With election day a week away – things aren't looking so hot for Democrat Creigh Deeds in Virginia... One new poll shows him trailing Republican Bob McConnell by 11 points. Meanwhile – White House officials have been complaining about the quality of Deeds' campaign... gee, think they're trying to distance themselves from him?

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  1. Cheryl

    Back in the toilet where it came from.

    October 27, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  2. Idiot_Pelosi

    The MAGIC left when everyone realized their taxes, fees, and deficit were going up.

    OBOZO's ideas on paper sound good until you realize that YOU have to pay for them, and most people are REFUSING to pay any new taxes or fees.

    OBOZO is ruining the economy and our kids will never be able to bail themselves out of this OBUMMER DEFICIT

    October 27, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  3. Sam

    How simple to be a back seat driver. I am sick to death of media sensationalism.

    October 27, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  4. bawana

    well it is going to take a long time to try to do what all he is doing,,which is to straighten out a bunch of problems that were there before bush but has been exasberated by bush cheney and the illegal wars,,,,give him some time

    October 27, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  5. Democrat

    Get used to it.

    October 27, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  6. petey hatfield

    I am a worker of the coal industry in west virginia and I thought the object of obama was to create jobs and help this country? This admin. Is trying to put thousands of us on welfare I guess that is what they call helping they wanted to impeach clinton for sex who did that hurt his family only! Obama is wanting to kill our electricity before we have a substitute we need to get rid of this guy before he goes to far with his crazy ideas and the country is destroyed I am a christian and I believe the bible and he wants to go against the bible and the beliefs that the founding for fathers of this country believed in who is he to do these things in my bible gays and lesbians are an abomination in gods eyes read the back of a dollar bill I will bet it will say in god we trust if they haven't replaced that yet like one of my friends said only difference in osama and obama is a little bs I am a great fan mr cafferty u say things how they are hopefully all is not lost for the american people in this new age of tyranny that our elected reps. Are doing thank you petey hatfield gilbert,wv the heart of the billion dollar coal fields. Yes its true coal keeps the lights on!

    October 27, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  7. Matt

    It was called Hype not Hope. Glad to see you are starting to wake up and smell the coffee. Hopefully now we will have less biased articles and real commentary.

    Doesn't it feel so much better to stop carrying someone elses water?

    October 27, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  8. kyle

    Honestly, you have voters who read articles and watch the news all day about the same ol' stuff! After about a week of this, these impatient voters start to have doubts. They start thinking that Obama isn't doing much and he is a "fraud". Thing about it is that every time I ask the question "What specifically did you think Obama could get done in a year?", I get no response. It's interesting to say the least.

    Also, I not to sure about Corzine, but Deeds was a really bad candidate.

    October 27, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  9. Paul fom Kissimmee

    Where was the magic in the first place? It's called buyer's remorse. Too many people voted for him because they believe in magic. And after his apology tour, even though the libs and socialists ( what's the difference really?) cheered it on, every whack job leader out there wants to smack us in the mouth because they know he has no spine. I wouldn't be surprised if Cuba is thinking very seriously to declare war, just so Obama will surrender.

    October 27, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  10. cheryl

    The Obama magic has not gone anywhere!
    The media is now trying to tear down the person they built up for months.
    Obama is doing a wonderful job.
    After all, he is trying to clean up the mess that Bush left our country in.

    October 27, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  11. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Like stage magic, the Obama magic may have been just smoke and mirrors for the gullible.

    October 27, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  12. Scott

    How can we stay excited for Obama? He seemed like he would help the working man but instead has simply continued the Republican pattern of giving the store away to the very people who robbed us blind. He has continued Bush's policies of secrecy and torture, and reneged on almost all of his campaign promises thus far. He seems more concerned with appeasing Republicans (who are only 20% of U.S. citizens, btw) than with delivering the promises he made to his base during the campaign.

    October 27, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  13. Brian Tabakin from VA

    As a Virginian, I have to agree that Deeds has run a horrible campaign. After McDonnell's thesis came to light, Deeds stopped running positive adds and turned his campaign completely negative. The key of any campaign is to carefully balance negative and positive adds. However, Deeds only ran negative adds for about two months. If Deeds had done a 60% positive 40% negative campaign after McDonnell's thesis came to light, this campaign would be much closer (Deeds might even have been leading). However, my running an 100% negative campaign for two months, Deeds drove away the independents. This is coming from a Democrat.

    October 27, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  14. SouthPhillyBallz

    C'mon, Jack. I hate the way news works these days. Obama currently has Iraq, Afghanistan, the economy, and civil rights issues piling up in front of him. We all knew this was going to happen and we all knew he'd have to take a couple hits for it. Two years from now, he'll be fine. You know and and I know it. This isn't news.

    October 27, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  15. Red

    Jack, your question is irrelevant and totally biased against the President because the Magic didn't go away. It is just tougher to sustain it as president needs to focus on administering the country. But when it comes to elections, people know who are sincere and who are not. Most of Republicans had a nice honeymoon (only for them) for eight years with no result, I bet it will be a totally diffeernt next eight years.

    October 27, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  16. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    What magic?

    October 27, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  17. Keith in Austin

    The Magic has gone up in smoke along with his campaign promises and empty rhetoric. This President is an empty suit and a puppet of the left wing!

    October 27, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  18. TjayeInLA

    People have gotten over the novelty of having a Black President and now just see him as the man they expect to get some work done in DC.

    October 27, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  19. Mark

    My Dad a life long democrat has voter regret. I don't know what the big deal was he's doing everything I thought he would.

    October 27, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  20. Jean 2

    He tried too hard to include Republicans that never wanted to be included, but would want Obama to fail even if it means THE COUNTRY WE ALL LOVE goes down the drain.

    A sad state of afairs!!

    October 27, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  21. mike,iowa

    It is being stolen because so many people are bashing Obama for not changing the world over night! The man hasnt been in office a full year yet everyone expects everything to be diffrent and better for everyone... Mean while he's getting next to no cooperation from the senate or congress and even the countries were wasting money and troops lives on arent helping is! Maybe if people would go on their own beliefs instead of letting special intrests and their party leaders make up their minds for them we wouldnt be losing our hope in faith that things can get better. Everyone is too busy trying to convince everyone nothing is getting done or will ever get done becuase politicians care more about their careers and their money rather their own people!

    October 27, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  22. They call me "tater salad"

    I can't answer that yet, Jack, the media hasn't told me how I should feel, or what I should do, say, or think yet........I'll have to get back to you on that! Peace out!

    October 27, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  23. Olivia

    Don't mix apples and oranges. The local races are just local races. GOP want to make local races a political referendum on Obama. That will be too much streching!

    October 27, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  24. jules sand-perkins

    CNN isn't usually bent on bashing Obama.
    The Obama magic has gone where magic always goes: to reality.
    We no longer see the President as a magic man; we see him as a man.

    October 27, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  25. Rob

    Please Jack. The magic is there. Just wishful thinking on your part.

    October 27, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
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