Why Obama will be dead weight for Democrats in 2014

Good artilce by Alex Isenstadt in Politico on why Democrats will try to distance themselves from President Obama in 2014. Almost all the competitive House races are in GOP-leaning districts where Obama's name and agenda are not very popular: To net 17 seats and flip the chamber, Democrats have to win predominantly on GOP turf, in districts that Mitt Romney won and where Obama and his agenda are unpopular. A number of Democrats made clear in interviews that the more partisan posture Obama has adopted over the past few months -- particularly on cultural issues like gun control, and to a lesser extent on immigration and gay marriage -- is making an uphill slog that much steeper. "I think the tone coming out of the White House ... could probably be more conciliatory," said Jim Graves, a Minnesota Democrat who nearly knocked off Rep. Michele Bachmann last year in a suburban Twin Cities district where Obama barely eclipsed 40 percent. Graves, who's girding for a rematch against...(Read Full Post)