It’s never too early to think elections…
Just about everything that happens in political Washington next year will have an eye toward November 2010 when all the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, one-third of the Senate and some state governorships will be up for grabs.
Republicans will be hoping to break the Democratic triple crown in Washington — control of the House, Senate and White House (of course the White House is taken until 2012).
The White House today let it be known that Obama will be very involved in the elections next year in rallying support for Democrats. The 2010 elections will also be seen as a referendum on Obama’s policies.
“I think the president will be an active participant in the elections in 2010,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.”
(Remember reports that the White House was urging the New York governor not to run)
“I think we have a significant interest in how they turn out. I think the president will put, a long way before that, put our best case forward in 2010, and support candidates that share his vision for long-term sustainable economic growth,” Gibbs said.
A column by Richard Cohen in today’s Washington Post says Obama is still in presidential candidate mode and has yet to shift into presidential gear.
Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young (Obama at rally for Senator Creigh Deeds who is running for Virginia governor)