October 27th, 2009
04:30 PM ET
11 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. Joe M

    GO Jack...You are a breath of fresh air...Obozo does not have a clue where he is...Lots of smoke and mirrors.

    October 27, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  2. LC in CA

    It has gone the way of all fantasies; drowned in the bog of reality. I voted for him, but as the lesser of two evils. He's an untested politician who, despite a magnetic presence, had a centrist platform. Because Bush and his ilk were so right-wing, Obama looked like some kind of real change. He has towed the middle line on just about everything so far, just as those of us who switched from Hillary thought he would do. If McCain had had a brain, and picked someone worthy of the office of vice-president to be his running mate, I betcha all of this would have played out differently. Weren't you paying attention to the real candidates, voters? Hillary was the obvious best choice, but so was Gore. Such is politics is the starry-eyed world of United States voters.

    October 27, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  3. Scott L

    Bob McDonnell has a double digit lead over Deeds in VA. By Obama speaking today for Deeds, that lead will widen to about 13-14% points in my opinion.

    Deeds may as well surrender now with some dignity he is gonna get crushed next week and send a referendum to this White House that AMERICANS are not tolerant of their socialism.

    Love seeing Harry Reid get smacked down by his fellow Democrats.

    Filibuster here we come. Trying to cram this down America's throat and she is gonna vomit it all over the place.

    October 27, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. Jeff

    The Obama honeymoon is over!!!

    October 27, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  5. Bull

    It was HYPE, not Hope he was spreading.

    October 27, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  6. Tired

    It's hard to keep up the magic when everything you say, do, possibly think or believe is dragged out and trashed ad-nauseum by naysayers. I have heard Americans cheer at losing the Olympics and jeer at our President for being given a prestigious award....that 7 out of 10 times has been given for striving for peace not achieving it. Hard to fight that kind of logic.

    October 27, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  7. Bpin

    Well, I would say that American's expect to be told the truth. I voted for BHO because Bush was a horrible President and BHO had energy and what appeared to be a real vision to change DC. What has changed? Nothing. None, NONE of the promises he made to us have been kept. None,NONE of the great and wonderful things he said he would do have come to past. The only thing for sure is that he has tripled our debt from what GWB ran up and are we better off? I don't think so. I am very disappointed, and I completely understand why he is slipping. Change? If you had been asleep or in a coma for the past year and just woke up,you would swear GWB was still in office.

    October 27, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  8. That one guy

    He needs to stop the his campaign and get to work. That's all this guy does is campaign.

    October 27, 2009 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    After 8yrs of bad governance and ill advised decision. obama shows up to clean up the mess, the GOP should just let him be.

    October 28, 2009 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
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