What's happening to Obama

November 4, 2009

Barack Obama wakes up this morning to the first anniversary of the election win that put him in the White House.
But he also wakes up to the fact that voters are turning on him.
Two governors races did not go his way. Virginia and New Jersey both elected Republicans, kicking out the incumbent Democrats. Most notable of the defeats was John Corzine in New Jersey, the former Goldman Sachs banker. He had major support from the White House, even getting three visits from Obama on the campaign trail in recent weeks. It didn't do any good. Corzine was beaten by the Republican, Chris Christie.
How much can we read into all this? Ron Fournier, a political analyst with the Associated Press says, "People are upset. They sure are in New Jersey and Virginia. They went against the incumbent party. And in this country historically in the midterm elections - which will be next year when we're half way to the next presidential election - almost always cuts against the party in power. And Barack Obama leads the party in power and he now is the establishment at a time when people don't like the establishment.
CBC Washington Correspondent Michael Colton says Obama's popularity is even waning among black voters.
Obviously, the American papers have comprehensive analysis of all this.
Check out the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and this essay by the BBC's Matt Frei.
Also, the Daily Beast says if conservatives have gotten their groove back, it's because of the economy.

David Michael Lamb

David Michael Lamb

Senior Producer, World Report.