A campaign about nothing is still about Obama

Doug Rivers, a Stanford University professor and one of the pioneers of Internet-based polling, offered a succinct description of this campaign year at a conference hosted by the Hoover Institution last week. “There is no overriding issue other than that Republicans don’t like Obama and Democrats are lukewarm about Obama,” he said…

Regardless of where he chooses to appear, he will be ever present in campaigns everywhere. Even he knows that. On Thursday, after laying out the economic choices, he put it this way: “Now, I am not on the ballot this fall . . . but make no mistake, these policies are on the ballot — every single one of them.”

That comment may have rattled nervous Democrats looking to keep their distance from the president, but it is the reality they know they must live with for the next four weeks. That’s why this midterm is not about nothing.