How to Know You’re an Unpopular Incumbent
“Ever since the recall wars erupted in this battleground state [of Wisconsin], the Obama campaign has been faced with a dilemma: how involved does the President get in a polarizing fight with huge national overtones?”
“Less than two weeks to go before the June 5 election, the answer seems pretty clear. The Obama forces are pitching in with voter turnout and fund-raising appeals. But the President has avoided taking a vocal role in the conflict, and there is little expectation of an Obama visit to Wisconsin in the homestretch of the campaign.”
In most cases having the President of the United States on your side should make him the big guns. He’d be the guy you bring out to build up support and push for a win, especially in a fairly blue state like Wisconsin. President Obama should be your guy in that scenario. But this case is different. Obama’s drooping popularity and peculiar ability to get the vote and support out among the opposition rather than his own side makes him a liability, not an asset.
Don’t believe me? See the 2010 special election in Massachusetts and basically every race in November of the same year.
Looks like you’re on your own, Barrett.