Reading the Tea Leaves Before Counting the Votes

They are already writing the Deeds obit — and reading the tea leaves. The Washington Post looks at Bob McDonnell’s 9-point lead over Deeds in the Post’s latest poll:

The findings paint a portrait of the electorate that, if replicated elsewhere, stands as a warning sign for President Obama and Democrats who will be running in next year’s midterm elections. The new poll shows a lack of enthusiasm among many of the voters who propelled Obama and his party to victory last November, raising troubling questions for the Democrats: Were many of Obama’s 2008 energetic supporters one-time participants in the political process who care little about other races? Is Obama’s current agenda turning off some voters who backed him last year but now may be looking elsewhere?

Well, in fairness to Deeds, he hasn’t lost yet, but one can sense how jumpy the liberal media is — and how precarious Obama’s aura of political invincibility seems less than a year after he reshaped the political landscape (or so we were told by the now nervous mainstream media). The fretting is more pronounced, perhaps, in Virginia because Republican Bob McDonnell has made a point of running against the Obama agenda — card check, cap-and-trade, and tax hikes. To a greater extent than anyone could have predicted, McDonnell has made this into a “send a message to D.C.” election. Voters in a swing state now have their chance to  register disapproval over the ultra-liberal agenda. And hence, the liberal media and Democratic consultants and incumbents fret.

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Reading the Tea Leaves Before Counting the Votes

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