Congressional Democrats are turning on President Obama and denouncing several of his key policy efforts, effectively distancing themselves from the administration’s faltering approval ratings.
Sen. James Webb (D.-Va.) last week called the President’s plan to raise taxes “terrible,” and said he does “not believe we should be increasing ordinary earned-income taxes on any level.”
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D.-N.J.) said the Obama administration “has not shown the leadership to combat gun violence.”
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, some of the President’s staunchest supporters, are also openly criticizing Obama.
“There are roughly 3 million African-Americans out of work today, a number nearly equal to the entire population of Iowa,” said Rep. Maxine Waters (D.-Calif.) “I would suggest that if the entire population of Iowa, a key state on the electoral map and a place that served as a stop on the President’s jobs bus tour were unemployed, they would be mentioned in the President’s speech and be the beneficiary of targeted public policy,” Waters said.
So what should the White House do now? The advice from renowned Democratic strategist James Carville is to “panic.”
“We are far past sending out talking points,” Carville said last week in an opinion piece directed at Obama. “Do not attempt to dumb it down. We cannot stand any more explanations. Have you talked to any Democratic senators lately? I have. It’s pretty damn clear they are not happy campers,” Carville said.
The “Ragin’ Cajun” told Obama he should either fire or indict those responsible for the sagging economy, and that the Justice Department should be ordered to investigate.
“I know Attorney General Eric Holder is a close friend of yours, but if his explanations aren’t good, fire him too,” Carville said. “Demand answers to why no one has been indicted.”
Rasmussen Reports‘ daily presidential tracking poll on Monday showed that 22% of the nation’s voters “strongly approve” of the way Obama is performing as President, and 42% “strongly disapprove.”
Meanwhile, a Bloomberg National Poll last week showed nearly two-thirds of Americans still hold a favorable view of Secretary of State and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and are suffering from buyer’s remorse, “saying the U.S. would be better off now if she had become President in 2008 instead of Barack Obama,” Bloomberg reported.
“His nomination to be the Democratic Party’s candidate could be in jeopardy,” Cheri Jacobus, political strategist and president of Capitol Strategies told HUMAN EVENTS.
“He’s trying to drag Democrats out on a limb with him. It’s hard to believe Democrats will follow him.”
“Aside from hard-core Democrats with safe seats, he’s just not going to get much support from his own party,” Jacobus said.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, whose job it is to lead the President’s party in Congress and pass Obama’s $450 billion jobs plan, says it will probably be next month before he can get to the President’s urgent request.
Democrats are also critical of the Obama administration’s handling of the mortgage crisis.
“The administration has been AWOL on this issue, and the American people are suffering because of the mismanagement,” said Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D.-Calif.). “In my entire political career, I’ve never seen anything this irresponsible.”
A new Gallup poll among Jewish voters shows Obama’s support at 40%, which comes on the heels of the Republican victory last week in the congressional district once held by disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner (D.-N.Y.).
“For a while now, I’ve been hearing from my constituents a lot of dissatisfaction with the statements on Israel that have been coming from the President and the administration,” Rep. Eliot Engel (D.-N.Y.) told the New York Times. “He’ll still get a majority of Jewish voters, but I would not be surprised to see that drop 10 to 20 points.”
And just weeks before the White House found itself engulfed in the Solyndra scandal—the bankrupt solar panel company that was once praised by Obama and awarded a half-billion-dollar guaranteed loan—black Congress members had already piled on with their criticism. Waters ripped the President’s green jobs initiative. “All of this talk about the green jobs never materialized,” she told MSNBC.
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D.-Mo.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, told the Huffington Post, “African-Americans out there were saying, ‘What do we have in common with this new, green technology?’ ”
Unemployment in the black community has risen to nearly 17%.
Rep. John Conyers (D.-Mich.) spoke bluntly at the National Press Club earlier this spring on the President’s overall record on jobs, energy and foreign policy:
“We keep getting a longer and longer list of things he wanted to do, wished he could do more about, and he’s of course having a big problem,” Conyers said.
“The only thing that saves him, of course,” Conyers said, “is that there doesn’t seem to be anybody to run against him next year.”