At an Obama campaign event Democrats walked out.
This is being portrayed as an event where Obama campaigned for a Democrat running for the office of Governor in Maryland.
But that portrayal is not convincing. Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown is ahead of his GOP opponent by 11 points according to Real Clear Politics. So this wasn’t Obama helping out a local politician. This was a local politician with a comfortable enough lead that he believed that he could afford proximity to the President without ruining his campaign. This was Obama campaigning for himself.
But the plan backfired. People voted with their feet and they voted against the President. Even a mainstream news source like Reuters reported on the President’s unpopularity:
President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity.
With approval levels hovering around record lows, Obama has spent most of his campaign-related efforts this year raising money for struggling Democrats, who risk losing control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 4 midterm election.
Most candidates from his party have been wary of appearing with him during their election races because of his sagging popularity.
“There are no excuses. The future is up to us,” Obama said.
A steady stream of people walked out of the auditorium while he spoke, however, and a heckler interrupted his remarks.
So even among the attendees of a rally for a Democrat candidate for governor, Obama is still quite unpopular.
Supposedly, Governor Pat Quinn is going to also have Obama campaign for him in Illinois. We will see. Perhaps some crisis will change Obama’s plans. Since the President is from the Chicago area, it is possible that Obama might be able to rally some votes there. I don’t pretend to understand how liberals think.
But it is clear that, in most of the country, Obama is wildly unpopular.
Let’s pray this leads to real national repentance.