As President Barack Obama’s approval ratings continue to stay mired under 50% as unemployment hovers just above 9% nationally, it appears some Democratic elected officials are getting more than a little nervous about President Obama being a drag on Democrats nationally in 2012:
Elected officials and party leaders at all levels said their worries have intensified as the economy has displayed new signs of weakness. They said the likelihood of a highly competitive 2012 race is increasing as the Republican field, once dismissed by many Democrats as too inexperienced and conservative to pose a serious threat, has started narrowing to two leading candidates, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, who have executive experience and messages built around job creation.
Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon isn’t bullish on President Obama, saying, “In my district, the enthusiasm for him has mostly evaporated.” Rep. DeFazio continued, “There is tremendous discontent with his direction.”
And Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, who served as the state chairman of Obama’s campaign in 2008, isn’t terribly optimistic, saying, “The frustrations are real,” adding, “I think we know that there is a Barack Obama that’s deep in there, but he’s got to synchronize it with passion and principles.”
Count me among those frustrated by President Obama, resulting in the evaporation of my enthusiasm for his reelection campaign.