Charlie Cook: Political Landscape Should ‘Terrify’ Democrats

By Jacqueline Klingebiel

Sep 4, 2009 8:00am

Top Washington Democrats are already worried about next year's midterms.

(In fact, the WH has been quietly reaching out beyond its inner circle to come up with a strategy)  Reading Charlie Cook today won't make them feel any better.

No one knows Congressional elections better than Charlie, and he warns that 2010 could be a "wave" election.  Here's the money quote from National Journal:

"With 14 months to go before the 2010 midterm election, something could happen to change the outlook for Democrats. However, wave elections, more often than not, start just like this: The president’s ratings plummet; his party loses its advantage on the generic congressional ballot test; the intensity of opposition-party voters skyrockets; his own party’s voters become complacent or even depressed; and independent voters move lopsidedly away," writes Cook. "These were the early-warning signs of past wave elections. Seeing them now should terrify Democrats."

- George Stephanopoulos

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