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It’s never too early to think elections…

September 29, 2009

It’s more than a year away, but the White House is already making clear that President Barack Obama will not be on the sidelines of the 2010 elections. OBAMA/

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.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young (Obama at rally for Senator Creigh Deeds who is running for Virginia governor)

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I hope you are right, The country needs a second chance to vote on the direction it is being pushed. Divided government may be a solution, then both side can formally nasty to each other.

Posted by Pumpkin | Report as abusive
 

The democratic election prospects fall firmly on the shoulders of Obama,because the credibility of the congressional democrats with Pelosi at the helm,are a laughing stock.But what must be worrying the democrats is Obama,s personal poll numbers are falling as he is struggling with his policies on all fronts.The all or nothing attempt to appease the Iranians into a face saving meeting at the UN has resulted in the French being furious because Obama,in spite of the French and British insisting that he mentioned the secret plants in Iran ,he refused to do so.They thought rightly so not at the G20 summit.There are cracks starting to appear in Obama,s belief that all world leaders are going to marvel at his brilliance.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive
 

What use is it who we elect? If the people have no control over who is running the country, During his campaign President Obama constantly told the people he was getting money and corruption out of his administration now for the most important part of his agenda Health Care Reform he lets a democrat senator Max Baucus who received approx, 4 million dollars from the insurance and pharmaceutical companies dominate that Bill. The American people can elect who they want but ultimately the insurance companies are running the country. It is a farce. What Al Capone and the other gangsters did during 1920/1930 with their grip on the political and law enforcement establishments is done now by the insurance companies on a big scale.

Posted by Harold Rock | Report as abusive
 

has anyone at all out there heard about sb 2099 ??
this is an end run past congress to reqire registration of ALL firearms on the 2009 income tax forms. it also allows them to enter your home to check the veracity of your declerations with severe penalties and jail time .
WAKE UPEOPLE!!!! Obama is out to ram through his agend
and change us into a socialist country!!!!!!

Posted by daddmeyer1 | Report as abusive
 

Normally, these articles are just more blah-blah-blah-pro-Obama-no-matter-what- blah-blah-blah, so I couldn’t help but laugh at the irony of the title: less than a year and it’s definitely not too soon to think about getting somebody-anybody-else in there.

Posted by quick! | Report as abusive
 

I sure hope we get Ron Paul to run again. He’s the best shot we have at reigning in our out of control federal government.

Posted by jason | Report as abusive
 

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