Donald Lambro

WASHINGTON - It's doubtful you will hear this on the network news tonight, but President Obama and his party are in deep, political trouble. And it's getting worse.

Obama's job disapproval polls climbed into the mid-50 percent range in the past week. Nearly 60 percent of the voters now say they worry "a great deal" about the weak economy, federal spending and record deficits, according to the Gallup Poll.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll this Wednesday shows that 65 percent of voters believe America is on the "wrong track." That's almost nine straight months that this political measurement has been over 60 percent.

Democrats lost a special House election in Florida on Tuesday in a district Obama carried twice in his 2008-2012 presidential races. Republicans focused almost entirely on voter disapproval of Obamacare in that contest, a strategy that will be replicated by Republicans in elections around the county this fall.

"Democrats haven't had a week his bad since 2010," said veteran election forecaster Charlie Cook.

Other polls show growing discontent, across party lines, with Obama's dysfunctional job performance and with the Democrats in general. And Obama's warning his party that they may face another "shellacking" by Republicans in the November midterm elections, like the one they got in 2010 when Democrats lost majority control of the House.

Only this time, the Democratic-run Senate is now up for grabs, raising the prospect of a Republican-run Congress in the last two years of Obama's second term.

"In the midterms, Democrats too often don't vote. Too often, when there's not a presidential election, we don't think it's sexy, we don't think it's interesting," Obama told complacent Democrats this week at a fundraiser in New York City.

"People tune out. And because the electorate has changed, we get walloped. It's happened before, and it could happen again," he said.

Forget all those politically slanted news stories you've read in the liberal media about how the GOP brand has become deeply unpopular. A Washington Post-ABC News poll last week found that "Half of voters in states with Senate races are supporting Republicans in the November elections, vs. 42 percent for Democrats," the newspaper reported Wednesday.

"Democrats face a daunting electoral landscape, with almost no chance of winning the House and a high risk of losing the Senate," the Post said.


Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro is chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.