Both sitting leaders of the Senate and the House back in 2006, Bill Frist and Denny Hastert respectively, had their own issues of their own creation: Bill Frist was seen as weasley, mealy mouthed and easily bullied by the minority into lousy deals for the GOP. Denny Hastert was seen as a weak leader who could not contain the Tom Foley scandal and tried to sweep it under the rug.
Dubya called the elections of November 2006 'a thumpin'. This election on November 4th is looking every bit as thumpy for the Democrats, as Obama, while not on the ballot, is dragging down every Democrat's polling because of his scandalous presidency and disastrous foreign and domestic policies which these Democrats supported - much to their peril.
And now when any of these Democrats are asked about Obama, all we hear are crickets chirping. Kentucky Senate Democrat Alison Grimes can't even find it in her liberal heart to admit that she voted for Barry (twice), as she knows that saying as much in very conservative Kentucky is like Dracula asking for a glass of Holy water. It'll kill her politically. But she doesn't even need to say it: everyone knows who this liberal commie pinko babe voted for in the past two presidential elections, and her candidate's name does not rhyme with either McLain or Momney.
The incumbent Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) is trying to convince voters that he was not with Obama all the time: he did not support any gun control measures, and did not support Obama's restrictive energy policies. To do so in Alaska would have been an immediate kiss of death politically. Of course he couldn't support those policies, as every man, woman and child in Alaska is armed to the teeth, and they use 40-gallon barrels of sweet Alaska crude as kitchen chairs.
But what Sen. Bagich, the imperiled incumbent, can't run away from is that he supported the other 97% of Obama's liberal, job killing, foreign policy damaging agenda. And Alaskans have watched Begich like a hawk voting with the Democrats on all of that garbage.
He's toast. And probably the same fate awaits the rest of those incumbent Democrat candidates in the shaky seats up for grabs in North Carolina, Georgia, Kansas, West Virginia, Iowa, Colorado, Louisiana, South Dakota and a few surprise states.
All of these petrified Democrats are running from Obama as fast as their chubby little liberal legs can carry them.