2010 Looks Ominous For Democrats

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on January 1, 2010


When stories like this one are being written about a party’s recruitment efforts for midterm elections, you can bet that things are not going well:

Democrats have lost yet another touted recruit, this time in Kansas.

State Sen. Laura Kelly (D) just announced her withdrawal from the race to face Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.). She becomes the fifth formidable recruit to bow out in recent weeks.

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Kelly joins several recent dropouts, including businessman Jack McDonald, a well-funded challenger to Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) who announced last week that he wouldn’t run. The others are Ohio state Rep. Todd Book, who was running against Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio); former Tennessee Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Paula Flowers, who was running for Rep. Zach Wamp’s (R-Tenn.) seat; and Solana Beach City Councilman Dave Roberts, who was running against Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.).

The whole story reveals the depth of the Democrats concerns. By no means should Republicans get overconfident; there still is plenty of time between now and the midterm elections. But there can no longer be any doubt that the party in power is having a bad time of it politically.

Isn’t it time for those who claimed a year ago that Barack Obama may bring about a great realignment shift in favor of the Democrats to admit that he is now closer to achieving the precise opposite?

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