The Manhattan Beach Patch has reported that President Obama has just endorsed Congressman Henry Waxman.
If there is any sure sign that the LA-based Congressman is in trouble, the fact that he needs a little help from the Commander in Chief for support should surprise many who thought that the 33rd Congressional District would be an easy pick-up for Waxman.
I think that Mr. Waxman ought to give back the endorsement, and tell Obama to stay far away.
Let's consider Obama's track record with endorsing Democratic candidates:
1. Massachusetts special election to replace the deceased Ted Kennedy. Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) vs. Scott Brown (R) -- Brown one by five points in a 3-to-1 Democratic Massachusetts
2. New Jersey Governor John Corzine vs. federal prosecutor Chris Christie -- Christie won by four points in 2-to-1 Democratic New Jersey
3. For the Virginia Governor Seat -- Creigh Deeds (D) vs. Bob McDonnell (R) -- McDonnell took back the VA governor's mansion by double-digits.
4. PA Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter vs. Pat Toomey -- Specter lost the Democratic primary -- a humiliating defeat.
5. Disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) resigned his seat. Republican Bob Turner took the seat by ten points in a 3-to-1 Democratic district, despite Obama's endorsement of David Weprin. The New York Post deemed the Republican upset: a "slap in the face to the Prez".
Obama-WaxmanCare is a curse that keeps on cursing Waxman, a law which has more loop-holes than a piece of Swiss cheese .
Obama's endorsements are the kiss of death for any incumbent.
For over 38 years, Waxman coasted into reelection without any help, without any campaigning, without even having to get impute from voters.
Now that he faces an uphill battle for reelection in a new district, Waxman needs a little from a junior senator transform,ed into hope and change Chief executive Barack Obama. Seems like the kindergartener is sticking up for the beaten-down older brother at this point. Could any endorsement be more depressing and disheartening. The former leader of the Waxman-Berman machine now needs help from the president of the United States, himself an embattled incumbent who is losing independents and disappointed Democrats.
Waxman should say "Keep your Hope and Change, Mr. President" if he plans on staying in office for another term.
Waxman is melting. Bloomfield for the 33rd!