While the President’s recent approval polls have supporters worried, it seems some inside his camp are less than concerned with the numbers. According to David Axelrod, President Obama will do fine in swing states in the upcoming election. In a memo obtained by POLITICO, the President’s former senior advisor and chief strategist writes:
The Republicans have yet to choose a nominee, and therefore, most Americans have yet to learn much about their records or visions for the country. Their candidates are busy courting the Tea Party, signing off on any economic pledge it might demand – no revenue increases under any circumstances, ending Medicare as we know it, draconian cuts that will hamper job creation. And Americans are increasingly rejecting the Tea Party’s agenda and its ideological rigidity – following the debt negotiations, an AP poll found the Tea Party’s approval rating sinking to 28-46. When Americans learn the details of the Republican candidates’ plans, the choice about America’s future will come into clear view.
Despite the Republican candidates just beginning to undergo the media scrutiny that occurs during a presidential campaign, from North Carolina to Nevada, the President remains ahead or in a dead heat with the Republican candidates in the battleground states that will decide the election in 2012. And ultimately it is in those battleground states where voters will choose, 14 months from now, between two candidates, their records, and their visions for the country.
While I do agree with Axelrod’s assumptions about the debt deal, I feel slightly less confident in Obama’s ability to win the swing states that he did in the 2008 race. After all, both the midterm and special elections suggest that Dems are steadily loosing the ability to declare traditionally blue leaning districts as “safe.”
Yesterday, in an article on CNN, Democratic Strategist James Carville argued that President Obama’s team needs to be more worried, writing:
People often ask me what advice I would give the White House about various things. Today I was mulling over election results from New York and Nevada while thinking about that very question. What should the White House do now? One word came to mind: Panic.
We are far past sending out talking points. Do not attempt to dumb it down. We cannot stand any more explanations. Have you talked to any Democratic senators lately? I have. It’s pretty damn clear they are not happy campers.
What do you think Clutchettes- should the White House heed Carville’s advice or is Axelrod right to be confident in President Obama’s odds? Weigh in- let’s discuss!