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Dems Got That Sinking Feeling… and a Monty Python Video

The New York Times has proof that presidential political adviser David Axelrod can read polling data afterall.

President Obama told nine nervous Democrat congressional candidates at a White House meeting that he would stay out of their districts if they think that will help their election efforts. At this point, it couldn’t hurt.

Democrats are losing public support faster than the Black Knight lost limbs to King Arthur. Polls by Quinnipiac, CNN, Reuters and Fox News all show the GOP leading in the “generic ballot” race from +2 to +11% among registered voters. A recent Rasmussen Reports poll has the GOP +10% among likely voters.

The president’s approval rating is also plummeting. A July 2009 CBS News/New York Times poll found 58% approval versus 30% disapproval for Obama. Oh what a difference a year can make. A July 2010 Rasmussen Reports poll turned those results upside down — 44% approval versus 55% disapproval. 

But what’s really getting the goat of Democrat candidates is the president’s refusal to shake the money tree for them. As the Times reports:

But several Democratic candidates and party leaders said in interviews that they were not sure Mr. Obama’s political operation was focused on the 2010 fight, and they questioned whether the president sees himself as the head of the party.

A huge database of people who supported Mr. Obama’s presidential bid remains off-limits to other Democrats, unless special exceptions are made.

Now they get it? Team Obama is focused on 2012. Axelrod and company’s jobs depend on getting Barack Obama reelected — not congressman from flyover country. No wonder they are abandoning ship.

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