Dems to Obama: Don’t stand so close to me

posted at 12:01 pm on July 14, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The Hill follows up on the obvious trend among Democratic incumbents on Capitol Hill to recast themselves as a check on Barack Obama rather than a rubber stamp, and its comic results on the campaign trail. Senate and House Democrats are “distancing themselves” from the President and attempting to focus more on local politics than national stories. And one way to accomplish that is to make sure that Obama stays physically distant, too:

Democrats in tough reelection races have a blunt message for President Obama: Keep away.

Obama’s approval ratings are in the basement and show no signs of improving, so Democrats are keeping their distance. On the stump, in campaign ads and at fundraisers, Obama’s absence is increasingly conspicuous. …

Many of the Democratic senators elected in 2008 rode to office on Obama’s coattails. Six years later, they’re asking, “Barack who?”

Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) last week avoided being at his own fundraiser while Obama was there, excusing himself on the grounds that he had to attend votes at the Capitol.

It’s an even bigger problem when the local politics are national as well:

It is not just Senate Democrats who are displeased with the president. Some House members have expressed dissent over his approach to the surge of young illegal immigrants streaming across the southern border.

Last week, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) described Obama’s behavior over the border crisis as “aloof,” “detached” and “bizarre.”

Referring to a staged photo opportunity for news media when Obama drank beer and played pool in Colorado while thousands of Latino children crossed the southern border illegally, Cuellar added, “I mean, the optics are just horrible.”

The centrist Texas congressman was not the only critic. Liberal Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) told MSNBC that “the borderlands deserve a presidential visit.”

That’s not the only national story about an Obama administration crisis with local impact. In New Hampshire, Republican challenger Scott Brown leveled a campaign-ad broadside at incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen over the VA scandal and the shameful treatment of veterans under the Obama administration. Brown’s military service puts him in good position to hammer Obama on this scandal and to tie Shaheen to the lack of action and oversight on the VA from both the White House and the Senate:

“Thirty-five years as a member of the Army National Guard. I retired this year as a Colonel,” Brown says in the ad.

“I’m proud of the men and women I served with, but the Obama-Shaheen economy is not working for them or anyone else. Veterans deserve better than long waits for patient care — a national scandal,” he adds. …

And it highlights what the Brown campaign sees as a strong asset — his record on veterans’ issues. As a senator from Massachusetts, Brown served on the Veterans Affairs Committee, and cosponsored a number of bills to secure benefits and government protections for veterans.

Brown’s fighting an uphill battle in New Hampshire against Shaheen, running ten points back in the RCP average since April. That’s actually gotten slightly worse in recent weeks for Brown, with two of the three most recent polls putting him twelve points back and Shaheen at 50% or better, a critical level for any incumbent. Obama does best in the Northeast in approval levels, but the VA scandal’s reach cuts across all regional and demographic lines, too. Will this ad and the scandal impact the race? We may not know that until September, but if Brown can put pressure on Shaheen in New Hampshire by tying her to Obama, expect that to be a very successful strategy for the GOP overall — especially as Democrats keep trying to sell themselves as the supposed check on Obama’s overreach and incompetence.


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The two in the vid from The Hill are terrible.

Bmore on July 14, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Hickenlooper

Cantorize them all
In the fall.

Schadenfreude on July 14, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Yeah, they won’t be seen with him, but their votes will be with him…so what difference does it make?

right2bright on July 14, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Obama is quiet toxic to Dems ironically….

sorrowen on July 14, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Hickenlooper wouldn’t meet obama at the tarmac, but played pool with him…in the joint he owns.

“It takes balls to play pool” — Your eunuch in Chief

Schadenfreude on July 14, 2014 at 12:08 PM

How does a narcissist deal with not only no longer being the life of the party, but being dis-invited?

ConstantineXI on July 14, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Dems to Obama: Don’t stand so close to me

…sore ass syndrome?

JugEarsButtHurt on July 14, 2014 at 12:11 PM

How does a narcissist deal with not only no longer being the life of the party, but being dis-invited?

ConstantineXI on July 14, 2014 at 12:08 PM

I don’t think he gives a crap about being popular with the Dem Congresscritters. Just as long as the media and the Hollyweirdos keep kissing his … whatever.

Bitter Clinger on July 14, 2014 at 12:11 PM

This must mean these Democrats are racist, right? Nope, according to Eric Holder and whatever his first and second names are Dyson, only conservatives like Sarah Palin can be racist.

bw222 on July 14, 2014 at 12:11 PM

So the Demcratic line this fall wii be “vote for me and I’ll do all I can, within the limits imposed by Harry Reid, to limit the damage Obama’s incompetent does to America.” Wow, that’s certainly a winning slogan, if I every heard one.

Fred 2 on July 14, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Heh. They’re racists. (in this case, they actually are!)

22044 on July 14, 2014 at 12:13 PM

How does a narcissist deal with not only no longer being the life of the party, but being dis-invited?

ConstantineXI on July 14, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Petulantly…. he goes back to cheating on the golf course.

Athos on July 14, 2014 at 12:13 PM

How does a narcissist deal with not only no longer being the life of the party, but being dis-invited?

ConstantineXI on July 14, 2014 at 12:08 PM

You’ll find many resort to antisocial behavior (I mean that in the clinical sense), tantrums and other acts of “look at me, look at me”.

Being irrelevant is death to such a person.

MistyLane on July 14, 2014 at 12:14 PM

There was a time when I cared about Scott Brown and even contributed to his campaign.

bw222 on July 14, 2014 at 12:16 PM

You’ll find many resort to antisocial behavior (I mean that in the clinical sense), tantrums and other acts of “look at me, look at me”.

Being irrelevant is death to such a person.

MistyLane on July 14, 2014 at 12:14 PM

So, doing things like giving orders based on authority that you do not have to compensate for irrelevancy fits the NPD pattern?

Obama doesn’t just need to be arrested, he needs the rubber room.

ConstantineXI on July 14, 2014 at 12:18 PM

There was a time when I cared about Scott Brown and even contributed to his campaign.

bw222 on July 14, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Nothing good is ever going to come from the north eastern Republican Party.

ConstantineXI on July 14, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Obama doesn’t just need to be arrested, he needs the rubber room.

ConstantineXI on July 14, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Well, he always says “I’m madder than hell!” so………..

VegasRick on July 14, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Dems to Obama: Don’t stand so close to me

That’s got to sting a bit. He’ll stew all summer trying to cope with that.

The Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me

Flange on July 14, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Senate and House Democrats are “distancing themselves” from the President and attempting to focus more on local politics than national stories. And one way to accomplish that is to make sure that Obama stays physically distant, too:

“They’re all racists” — Holder

Schadenfreude on July 14, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Referring to a staged photo opportunity for news media when Obama drank beer and played pool in Colorado while thousands of Latino children crossed the southern border illegally, Cuellar added, “I mean, the optics are just horrible.”

And some number of them drowned.

Yeah. “Bad optics” is about all the D’s can come up with.

I wonder, Rep. Cellular, if you’ve given any thought to heading down to river and helping fish out those children.

Think of the “optics” of that.

BobMbx on July 14, 2014 at 12:34 PM

It is not just Senate Democrats who are displeased with the president. Some House members have expressed dissent over his approach to the surge of young illegal immigrants streaming across the southern border.

1. They are racists.

2. They hate the children.

Schadenfreude on July 14, 2014 at 12:35 PM

I’ll handle thees-a one…

Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me

Newtie and the Beauty on July 14, 2014 at 12:35 PM

The Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me
Flange on July 14, 2014 at 12:33 PM

You beat me to it! ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on July 14, 2014 at 12:37 PM

especially as Democrats keep trying to sell themselves as the supposed check on Obama’s overreach and incompetence.

Why play the race card?
libfreeordie on May 4, 2014 at 11:40 PM

But these Obamacare posts are about whistling past the graveyard, by next Novemeber Democrats will be openly running on the ACA. Mark my words.

libfreeordie on December 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

When premiums decline y’all are going to be pissed!
libfreeordie on May 7, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Just give it a rest with the constant grievance politics.
libfreeordie on May 15, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Schadenfreude on July 14, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Flange on July 14, 2014 at 12:33 PM

*Snort!*

massrighty on July 14, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Well Ed, thanks for getting that damn Police song stuck in my head.

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on July 14, 2014 at 12:39 PM

You beat me to it! ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on July 14, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Someone had to post it. :-)

Flange on July 14, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Does anyone know how much time does Obama spend on his “Fundraising” It seems that this is the only thing he likes to do is fly the big plane to these events and gripe about the GOP. The local demos who want to distance themselves will they hurt the fueher’s feelings? What else will the pres. do if he can’t fund raise when none of the local demos want him?

garydt on July 14, 2014 at 12:42 PM

They went along to get along.

Chicken- it’s what’s here.

formwiz on July 14, 2014 at 12:42 PM

…especially as Democrats keep trying to sell themselves as the supposed check on Obama’s overreach and incompetence.

So? Highlight their voting records. Slam them and shine a very bright light on their hypocrisy.

Newtie and the Beauty on July 14, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Someone had to post it. :-)
Flange on July 14, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Agreed–and Ed knew it, too ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on July 14, 2014 at 12:44 PM

2008: Yes We Can! O-BAM-A! O-BAM-A! mmmm mmm mmmmm!

2014: You know, what goes on in Washington is less important than my commitment to the folks back here at home………..

The rat-eared one has no coattails.

Happy Nomad on July 14, 2014 at 12:47 PM

The Hill dress code for interviews: brown.

HiJack on July 14, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Stupid democrat voters. Now you decide he sucks. The damage is done you jerks.

crosshugger on July 14, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Looks like somebody’s love is in jeopardy……

Where were you
When we needed you
Well you could not be found
What can I do
Oh, I believed in you
You’re running me around

Well you can take it as a warning
Or take it anyway you like
It’s the lightning, not the thunder
You never know where it’s gonna strike

Our love’s in jeopardy, baby
Ooooh-ooh-oooooh
Our love’s in jeopardy, baby
Ooooh-ooh-oooooh

Don’t be cute
Don’t be funny now
It’s later than you think
Oh, what’s the use
Save your money now
It’s hanging on the brink

Don’t let go while I’m hanging on
‘Cause I been hanging on so long
It’s so hard to be all alone
I know you’re not that strong
Yeah, yeah

Our love’s in jeopardy, baby
Ooooh-ooh-oooooh
Our love’s in jeopardy, baby
Ooooh-ooh-oooooh

Don’t let go while I’m hanging on
‘Cause I’ve been hanging on so long
It’s so hard to be all alone
I know you’re not that strong
Yeah, yeah

Our love’s in jeopardy, baby
Ooooh-ooh-oooooh
Our love’s in jeopardy, baby
Ooooh-ooh-oooooh
Our love’s in jeopardy (jeopardy), baby
Ooooh-ooh-oooooh
Our love’s in jeopardy (jeopardy), baby
Ooooh-ooh-oooooh
Love’s in jeopardy, baby

BobMbx on July 14, 2014 at 12:55 PM

That’s actually gotten slightly worse in recent weeks for Brown, with two of the three most recent polls putting him twelve points back

Cry me a river, Scott. I guess people who want to vote Dem would rather do that than vote for a carpet-bagging Dem-lite.

bofh on July 14, 2014 at 12:56 PM

With the Dems running away from Obama, Republican candidates need to say loud and clear that anyone who voted for Harry Reid for Senate Majority Leader is part of the problem, not the solution.

Harry Reid isn’t on the ballot this year, but Republican candidates need to tie all Democrat Senators up for re-election to Harry Reid.

Steve Z on July 14, 2014 at 1:28 PM

So the dems finally find out Obama is not all that “CLEAN & ARTICULATE” after all.

poxoma on July 14, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Let’s not get too excited here, people are stupid and will continue to vote against their own best interests.

Tard on July 14, 2014 at 2:22 PM

We’ve come a long way from King Barack’s boast to Democrats, “Don’t worry, YOU HAVE ME!”

GarandFan on July 14, 2014 at 2:26 PM

“Nothing”

Schadenfreude on July 14, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Whether you like Scott Brown or not, he will vote with the GOP. This is why we have 0bama – Mitt Romney wasn’t pure enough for you.
Just stop it!

We have got to defeat the dems everywhere. Hold your darn nose if that’s what it takes.
I can tell you if we had Romney we would have the best and the brightest advising him. Not a bunch of chump liber, communist professors, who never had a job that wasn’t on the gov payroll.

Bambi on July 14, 2014 at 2:53 PM

The RCP average for the Scott Brown campaign in NH isn’t right, he isn’t the candidate yet, and there are still others in the race, but she is unopposed. Brown will make his way from VFW hall to VFW hall, and Shaheen like the rest of her ilk will be pretending they don’t know who President Obama is. The primary is still a ways off – September 9th. There is a retired politician, 82, and a libertarian also running. Brown only needs about 350K votes to win this one, and he is used to shaking enough hands to get himself over a million votes. He wants to meet people, and it does the trick. Shaheen’s record suits Boston, and the elites, and she is not from NH either, she is from…Missouri?

Fleuries on July 14, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Here is a better view of the Brown campaign on the trail. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU1jsDNrfGM

Head in a couple minutes, or you can look for part 1 and see Kelly Ayotte list Scott Browns accomplishments…the media surely never told you about.

Fleuries on July 14, 2014 at 6:05 PM