The divisive healthcare debate and sliding poll numbers for President Barack Obama are creating an even more difficult political environment for Democrats in 2010.
Democrats can’t ride Obama’s coattails as they did in 2008, when a strong turnout among young and minority voters helped them increase their House and Senate majorities.
In 2008, they said McCain would be a third term for George W. Bush. Running against Bush won’t work in 2010. Bush left office with a deficit of $1.3 trillion. Obama will have a deficit of at least $11 trillion!
The report also says the Democrats will be facing an older and whiter demographic in 2010, which would hurt Democrats in the best of circumstances.
Just as important is that Democrats are losing the messaging war with Republicans on healthcare, according to David Wasserman, who analyzes House races for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.
It predicted this week that Democrats could lose at least 20 seats in the House in 2010.
Especially vulnerable will be freshman Democrats in the House if they vote for ObamaCare which they will be pressured to do.
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