Obama's attacks aim to stem tide

By Kara Rowland-The Washington Times

President Obama is sharpening his attack on Republicans as he tries to recast November’s elections from a referendum on his policies to a choice between Democratic and GOP ideas – but it’s a tall task with an electorate that seems intent on sending Democrats a stinging rebuke.

With his approval ratings badly damaged and national unemployment stuck at 9.6 percent, pollsters and analysts say, there’s little chance Mr. Obama can improve voters’ views of Democrats’ stewardship of Congress before the election, so his only option is to make the electorate sour on the Republican alternative.

“Democrats are only going to win by making people hate the Republicans – there’s pretty much no chance that Democrats are going to make people like them in the next five weeks. That ship has sailed,” said Tom Jensen, director of Public Policy Polling. “If there is a strategy for Democrats that can help them cut their losses, it’s just painting the Republican Party as being extreme.”

As he begins a four-state swing that includes a political rally in Wisconsin, Mr. Obama is trying to do exactly that. He attacked the House GOP‘s “Pledge to America” as “irresponsible,” and accused congressional Republicans of turning their backs on small businesses after most of them opposed the president’s small-business lending fund, which he signed into law Monday.

But he also made a pitch for the young voters who helped power him to victory in 2008 to come out again this year, telling college reporters on a conference call Monday that “you can’t sit out” and “not pay attention during big midterm elections, where we have a real big choice between Democrats and Republicans.”

It’s a recognition that in most midterm congressional elections, where voter turnout is lower than in a presidential year, victory can depend on getting your base motivated – or, just as successful, demotivating your opponent’s supporters.

Campaigning in New Hampshire, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said he understands that voters are angry and are likely to take that out on those who are in power.

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