Why Obama's Not Inevitable

There are plenty of reasons the president should be worried

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 2, 2012 12:59 PM CST

(Newser) – Democrats, and many pundits, seem to believe that President Obama is rebounding, and will surely win re-election, but Jim Vandehei of Politico isn't buying it. Here's why he thinks the president should be sweating right now:

  • The economy: The recent CBO report not only projected another trillion-dollar deficit, it predicted that unemployment will rise to 8.8% in the third quarter—something Obama's own advisers doubt he could recover from.

  • Swing voters: A recent ballot poll shows Obama essentially tied with Romney in 12 swing states—heck, he's barely ahead of Ron Paul. And that's in the heat of a primary battle, with Romney and Newt Gingrich spending all their firepower on each other.
  • Fundraising: Obama's fundraising hasn't been as strong as Democrats felt sure it would be, and there's a real chance he could be mauled by super PACs. Obama's super PAC has just two donors who've given $1 million or more; Romney's has 10.

President Barack Obama sings Amazing Grace at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012.
President Barack Obama sings Amazing Grace at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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