With just four
months away from the midterm elections, President Obama has beenstumping for Democrats and giving a preview of his fall election message. However,
prospects look bleak for Democrats as the president's approval rating
sinks to a mere 38% among independents. Between now and the
midterms, can the president turn things around? Pundits offer their
Win the Support of Middle Class Women On ABC's This Week,
Jake Tapper hosts a round-table discussion on the Democrats' midterm
prospects. National Journal's Ron Brownstein emphasizes the importance
of middle class women:
Pro-Business Agenda, writes former Clinton pollster Douglas Schoen at the New York
Daily News: "The left-wing economists urging Obama to... pour more
taxpayer money into the economy now, regardless of the impact on the
deficits, are prescribing electoral suicide. Obama needs a robust,
fast-acting job-creation strategy that doesn't throw fiscal
responsibility to the wind. To start, he should provide entrepreneurs
and small businesses with new incentives to create jobs. He must fight
to enact a payroll tax holiday, new lending through the Small Business
Administration's loan program, an extension of the Small Business
Innovation Research program and tax credits for businesses that invest
in research and development."
It's All About Passion, writes E.J. Dionne in The New Republic:
"Passion counts in politics. It motivates a movement's most fervent
followers but can also carry along moderates attracted to those who
promise change and profess great certainty about how to achieve it.
Barack Obama got himself elected president by understanding this...On
paper, Democrats have a rational solution to their political math
problem. They must still find the passion that executing it will
Don't Worry About the Tea Party, writes Bill Scher at The Huffington Post:
"The Tea Party is not large. Poll
has shown the Tea Party to be nothing more than a far-right faction of
the Republican Party. They do not represent anything close to a majority
of the country (a mere 18 percent in the April New York Times
poll). And the more other Americans hear about the Tea Party's
conservative ideas, the
less they like it."
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