Will the events in Ukraine affect this year’s midterm elections?
DEMOCRATS (87 VOTES)
“Democratic success in 2014 is a function of an increased job rating for President Obama. Americans unite behind the president in times of crisis. If POTUS can resolve the Crimean crisis successfully, his job rating will increase and help all Democratic candidates.”
“Ukraine will test the leadership of the president and the Democrats versus the GOP’s interest in restarting the Cold War.”
“Depends — but Putin backs down, Obama’s numbers go up, which helps across the board.”
“I’d like to think it’s a little early to tell on this, but the administration’s continued weakness on major foreign policy issues creates a huge appearance of vulnerability. That just does not help any Democrat.”
“If Obama looks strong, it helps with independents. If Obama looks weak, it will push toss-ups into the R column.”
“Did Georgia impact 2008? Exactly.”
“Voters don’t care about foreign policy in midterm elections (if they care about foreign policy at all).”
“It will be LONG over and will have made almost no impact on voters.”
“Not only do Americans have war fatigue, they have foreign policy fatigue.”
“It doesn’t change a thing.”
“Too abstract to most people — unless of course, the U.S. takes some overt action that impacts the military. But even then, with the economy still struggling, economic issues will dominate.”
“It’s March. As our president wisely noted, the snow will melt at some point. And this will play out, probably to no one’s — including and especially Vlad’s — benefit.”
“The election will turn on domestic issues — specifically which party can help the struggling middle class.”
Will the events in Ukraine affect this year’s midterm elections?
REPUBLICANS (93 VOTES)
“Obama’s weakness in handling foreign affairs can’t help Dems running in the fall.”
“It’s another straw on the camel’s back, as Obama heads to Carter-like standing on foreign policy.”
“Democrats have a perception of being weak on foreign policy. Ukraine will reinforce this perception.”
“During this crisis, Obama, Biden, Kerry, and Hagel will be the face of the party; that’s OK with us.”
“Just one more reminder to voters that this administration and those who support it are unwilling to deal with reality as adults.”
“When a president’s foreign policy collapses and the world becomes far more dangerous, his whole party suffers.”
“Even liberal commentators are beginning to talk about President Obama’s empty threats.”
“The midterm will be a referendum on POTUS and his leadership more than anything else. He seems to have let Putin totally play him here.”
“It’s unlikely, although the more the narrative continues that Romney was right and Obama was wrong on Russia, the worse it gets for the Democrats.”
“No, but this will impact the presidential election. Obama’s leadership (or lack thereof) will make Hillary more hawkish. Dems can’t keep bringing a baguette to these diplomatic knife fights.”
“Not unless it turns into a world war, which it won’t.”
“House and Senate races tend not to be impacted by foreign affairs.”
“No American troops are in harm’s way, and both U.S. political parties are on Kiev’s side.”
“While extremely important, it is not the economy.”
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