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Charlie Cook, the veteran political handicapper who successfully predicted the Republican takeover of Congress in 1994 and forecast a Democratic return to power in 2006, says Democrats are headed for disaster at the ballot box in 2010.
"The situation this summer has slipped completely out of Control for President Obama and congressional Democrats," Cook writes in his latest newsletter, The Cook Report.
"Many veteran congressional election watchers, including Democratic ones, report an eerie sense of deja vu, with a consensus forming that the chances of Democratic losses going higher than 20 seats is just as good as the chances of Democratic losses going lower than 20 seats," Cook writes.
Historically, the party in power loses seats in mid-term elections but Democrats now face the growing reality that the voters who put them into power in 2006 and 2008 may throw them out in 2009.
Obama’s approval rating is on the bring of going under 50 percent after a free fall faster than any President in modern times. The nasty uproar over the President’s muddled health care reform agenda caught many Democrats off guard at town meetings during the August recess and party’s leadership in both the House and Senate is considered lackluster at best.
As in 2006 and 2008, voter angry is aimed at the status quo in Washington and the Democrats now represent that status quo. While some argue that Obama has only had eight months to deal with the many problems facing this nation, the Democrats have now run Congress for more than two years and voters see little, if any, of the change the party of the jacksass promised.
In 2006, Democrats successfully won control of Congress with a national theme of "throw the bums out."
Now they’re the bums and voters are waiting the open the door under the exit sign.