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Obama’s Place in Midterm Election and the Roles of Presidents Past

Posted on August 10 2010 4:15 pm
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by Robert Schmuhl

Even though the presidency won’t be on a ballot in November, you never know what role the occupant of the White House — or a former occupant — might play in the mid-term voting.

With Barack Obama’s poll numbers sagging, there’s already talk that Democratic candidates in competitive races would prefer not to welcome the president into their states. At this point, it seems more likely that he’ll serve as his party’s fundraiser-in-chief at events for the well-heeled faithful.

Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, has been working on a memoir (Decision Points) since leaving office, with the publisher wanting a September launch. But the other day, according to the Financial Times, unnamed “friends” said the former president “resisted plans by the publisher”for a potentially more profitable early fall release because he “did not want to insert himself into the midterm election campaign, where Republicans are expected to make big gains.”

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