- The Washington Times - Monday, October 27, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Democrats may be leery of President Obama’s dwindling approval ratings but are certainly eager for his fundraising. Mr. Obama - who appears to be masking annoyance and seems game enough - will journey to a half-dozen states for the cause. So fire up Air Force One, and keep it idling.

On Tuesday, the president heads to Milwaukee for a Democratic National Committee “roundtable” at a sushi restaurant with ticket prices ranging from $16,000 to $32,400 - then it’s on to a campaign event for gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke and other Wisconsin Democrats. On Thursday, Mr. Obama heads to Portland, Maine for another “roundtable” plus rallies for gubernatorial hopeful Mike Michaud and state candidates. Mr. Obama spends the night in Providence, Rhode Island, attends an event at a local college, and will be back in the nation’s capital in time for the White House Halloween celebrations Friday.

Come Saturday, Mr. Obama journeys to Detroit on behalf of Rep. Gary Peters and his bid for the U.S. Senate seat, plus Mark Schauer, gubernatorial hopeful. On Sunday, it’s off to Bridgeport, Connecticut, to support Gov. Dannel Malloy, then it’s a quick jaunt down to Philadelphia to benefit Tom Wolf and his campaign for governor, plus other Pennsylvania Democrats.

For those still keeping count, that’s seven fundraisers in six states in six days.

“While the polls show President Obama isn’t loved even by his own party, only he can rally the Democrats to hold off the GOP’s Senate grab,” says pollster John Zogby, who doesn’t have the most promising news for Republicans either.

“I do not see a GOP wave coming in time for the November midterms, at least not yet. Can the GOP win the Senate? Yes. Can they win it big? Yes. But they are not there yet,” Mr. Zogby notes, adding that the impact of undecided plus “young and nonwhite” voters is still unclear.

Meanwhile, an NBC News/Marist poll released Sunday gauging the excruciatingly close races in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Arkansas, North Carolina and South Dakota bodes well for the GOP.

“The momentum in these races, however, has swung mostly in the Republican Party’s direction, giving the GOP a clear path to winning the majority,” says NBC analyst Mark Murray.

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