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President Obama: Becoming a Major Liability for the Democratic Party?

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As Democrats gear up for the upcoming November congressional elections and formulate strategies to use against their Republican opponents, they need to take stock of their strengths and weaknesses, their assets and liabilities. And as they begin this process they will likely realize that an emerging liability could adversely affect their plans for success.


If you are a Democratic candidate for election or reelection to the House or the Senate you may well be facing a massive challenge and need all the help you can get. And the last thing you need in your campaign is to have it negatively affected by a situation that has the potential to spell deep trouble for you and your party.


Technically, President Obama is what, in political terms, is called a "Lame duck president"; one who, as he approaches the end of his tenure, cannot expect that his agenda will meet with any great measure of success. That's just the way it is with politics in the nation's capitol and, quite likely, this president will find that his ability to affect any kind of substantive changes is very limited at best.


But what he might do in the next three years or so is not the main issue for the Democratic Party at this time. The issue at hand involves his policies and actions and how they will affect the chances of these Democratic candidates in these elections. The problem is that this president just happens to have taken some highly questionable, controversial and unconstitutional positions and actions that are far from popular with a large portion of the American people.


The Democrats better wake up soon; it appears that the Republican Party is in a state of disarray and conflict between the various opposing factions and it could be in deep trouble in these elections. But if the Democrats fail to take advantage of this opportunity by allowing Mr. Obama's liabilities to adversely impact their campaigns then the Republicans may still prevail and that will be a disaster.


If you were one of those Democratic candidates engaged in a close and very difficult race with a strong GOP opponent how could you possibly defend the following highly questionable positions and actions that this president has taken that are in definite conflict with the opinions of much of the American electorate?


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