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Democrats Worried About Obama Losing

…And What It Would Mean For Them

September 12. 2008

Barack Obama

Democrats in Washington are worried about Barack Obama losing the 2008 presidential election and it costing them their seats in Congress as well. Well, at least they are being selfless, then (sarcasm). Really, you should be more worried about him losing, than your seats disappearing.

Frankly, after the sub-par performance of the current Congress, many Democrats and Republicans need to be voted out and new blood brought in to save the country.

According to a report done last month, the current Congress did the least amount of work of any in U.S. history. The least productive, should be the least employed.

Democrats on Capitol Hill fear Obama fallout

Democratic jitters about the US presidential race have spread to Capitol Hill, where some members of Congress are worried that Barack Obama’s faltering campaign could hurt their chances of re-election.

Party leaders have been hoping to strengthen Democratic control of the House and Senate in November, but John McCain’s jump in the polls has stoked fears of a Republican resurgence.

A Democratic fundraiser for Congressional candidates said some planned to distance themselves from Mr Obama and not attack Mr McCain.

“If people are voting for McCain it could help Republicans all the way down the ticket, even in a year when the Democrats should be sweeping all before us,” said the fundraiser, a former Hillary Clinton supporter.

“There is a growing sense of doom among Democrats I have spoken to. People are going crazy, telling the campaign ‘you’ve got to do something’.”

http://www.ft.com

As U.S. Economic Problems Loom, House, Senate Sweat the Small Stuff

August 19, 2008; Page A1 - WASHINGTON -- The 110th Congress, whose term officially ends in January, hasn't passed any spending bills or attacked high gasoline prices. But it has used its powers to celebrate watermelons and to decree the origins of the word "baseball."

Barring a burst of legislative activity after Labor Day, this group of 535 men and women will have accomplished a rare feat. In two decades of record keeping, no sitting Congress has passed fewer public laws at this point in the session -- 294 so far -- than this one. That's not to say they've been idle. On the flip side, no Congress in the same 20 years has been so prolific when it comes to proposing resolutions -- more than 1,900, according to a tally by the nonpartisan Taxpayers for Common Sense.

http://online.wsj.com

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