Submitted By Todd on February 16th at 5:16pm
Analysts are suddenly suggesting that a GOP reclaiming of the Senate is not out of the question.
President Obama kicks off what might be called his "Save the Senate" tour this week, heading west to campaign for two embattled Democrats trailing badly against Republican challengers - including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.With Indiana now expected to flip to red less than a month after Scott Brown took over Teddy's old seat, the prospects are quickly brightening for Republicans. And Harry Reid, the big Democratic cheese in the senate, is so desperate he wants Obama to campaign for him.
"The hardworking families in Nevada see right through any type of political dog-and-pony shows taking place this week in Las Vegas," said former state Sen. Sue Lowden, a Republican running for Mr. Reid's seat. "No amount of campaign cash will buy back the trust of voters and convince them that he deserves another six years."Will this help? It didn't save New Jersey, Virginia or Massachusetts from flipping.
Even Democratic strategists say a visit by the president - whose poll numbers have plummeted since taking office - carries risks for his fellow Democrats. "It's definitely a gamble," said Democratic strategist Liz Chadderdon. "A handshake that raises $1 million now could cost them the election later."One year after the launch of Hope & Change, Barack is busy bailing out his sinking ship of state.
Mr. Obama on Thursday will head to Colorado to deliver remarks at an event for Sen. Michael Bennet, who is trailing both Republicans vying for their party's nomination. Mr. Bennet, 45, took office in January 2009 when Gov. Bill Ritter Jr. appointed him to fill the seat of Ken Salazar, whom Mr. Obama appointed to his Cabinet as secretary of the interior.North Dakota, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Indiana and the Obama/Biden states of Illinois and Delaware have joined Nevada and Colorado on the likely to go Republican list in this year's senate races.
The president's appearance likely will help Mr. Bennet survive the Democratic primary because he "is still very popular with base voters," said Ms. Chadderdon. "But will Obama's numbers have rebounded enough in the general [election] not to be an albatross?"The Democratic strategist called the president an albatross. Wow. He really is transformative.