On the Radar: January 25, 2010

"Obama calls on campaign architect after lousy week"
By Charles Babington, Associated Press
A one-two punch of bad news suddenly has Democrats facing an election year with campaign finance rules that favor Republicans and a Senate that can block Democratic initiatives. And President Barack Obama called on the leader of his winning 2008 campaign to help....Continue Reading

"Obama Moves to Centralize Control Over Party Strategy"
By Jeff Zeleny & Peter Baker, The New York Times
President Obama is reconstituting the team that helped him win the White House to counter Republican challenges in the midterm elections and recalibrate after political setbacks that have narrowed his legislative ambitions....Continue Reading

"Obama goes populist as Democrats lick their wounds"
By Dan Balz, The Washington Post
The populist drumbeat emanating from the White House is a predictable reaction to the shellacking Democrats took in Massachusetts last week and the drop that began some months ago in President Obama's poll numbers. It is at best a partial answer to what ails the president and Democrats in Congress...Continue Reading

"Independents are calling the electoral shots"
By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 by assembling a broad coalition of Democrats and independents, but since the summer, independents have been deserting Obama's cause, and not only in Massachusetts... Continue Reading

Posted: Sat, 01/30/2010 - 8:16pm