No doubt the President’s declining approval ratings are going to hurt Democratic candidates in the mid-term elections this Fall — in which Democrats theoretically risk losing control of one or both Houses of Congress.
But Democrats have another problem: the Obama victory is proving to have been a singular historical event. A variety of off-year elections since Obama took the White House have demonstrated that in addition to losing Independent voters who have turned to Republicans, congressional Democrats are simply unable to assemble the same coalition of enthusiastic young people, first-time voters and African American voters that were so important to Obama’s victory.
The magic formula appears to be also eluding the new generation of black candidates trying to follow in Obama’s footsteps: Politico: Short Obama coattails for black pols
Turns out there can only be one First Black President.