Obama reduced to trying to convince his own base to turn out for Democrats
Fox News reports on the flurry of campaign activity in recent weeks from President Obama that has revolved mostly around trying to rally his disappointed base to vote next Tuesday:
President Obama is making the White House his campaign headquarters this week as he reaches out to historically Democratic voting blocs in a bid to drive up turnout and block a Republican landslide in Congress.
Though Obama is taking a rare break from the campaign trail, he’s taking care of business from Washington with a flurry of interviews, conference calls and pep talks.
He held a call Tuesday night with thousands of union activists to thank them for their help knocking on doors and working phone banks. After imploring voters to turn out like they did in 2008 during an interview Tuesday with American Urban Radio Networks, Obama plans to do more radio interviews in the days ahead with stations that have large black audiences.
A senior White House aide told Fox News that Obama will participate in a call with bloggers Wednesday, as well as tape an appearance on “The Daily Show.”
The president will wrap up the week with a final campaign swing through five states where Democratic candidates are locked in tight contests.
It’s a homestretch strategy based on how the White House believes the president can be most effective in an election in which his name is not on the ballot but his agenda is up for debate.
White House officials say that while they still see value in the large rallies Obama has been holding across the country this month — he’ll headline three more this weekend — they also recognize that with just six days until the election, many voters have already made up their minds. The president’s time, they argue, can sometimes be better spent getting voters who already support his agenda to the polls rather than trying to win new converts.
Well, he’s never had conservatives on his side, and independents are abandoning him in droves so – really – who else can he turn to this election cycle? At this point it sounds like he’s just trying to keep next week’s upcoming Democrat losses respectable and a little less embarassing.
My oh my. How the mighty one has fallen.