The midterms: Democrats in key states have stumbled, but the GOP lacks the voter intensity of 2010
Democrats are also faltering in two states they hoped to pick up. In Kentucky, Alison Lundergan Grimes declared on July 29 that, “The Iron Dome has been a big reason why Israel has been able to withstand the terrorists that have tried to tunnel their way in.” But Iron Dome is a missile defense system and useless against the tunnels built by Hamas. This adds to existing questions about her command of the issues.
In Georgia, Democrat Michelle Nunn suffered a self-inflicted wound when it turned out that in December her campaign posted online a 144-page strategy memo. It suggested that she came across as “a lightweight” and “not a real Georgian,” listing as weaknesses her support for ObamaCare and her vulnerability to being depicted as “a rubber stamp for Democrats.” And Georgia’s GOP runoff yielded a Republican, businessman David Perdue, who can win.
Nationally, Mr. Obama’s job approval rating remains dangerously low—41% in Wednesday’s Gallup tracking, 4% less than at this point in 2010. He is in worse shape on major issues. In the June 1 ABC News/Washington Post survey, the president’s approval rating on immigration is 38%, down 10 points from April 2009. An Aug. 3 NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll put his approval rating on foreign affairs at 36% and on the economy at 42%, both down from 56% shortly after his 2009 inauguration.