"But Obama's policies are nonetheless having immediate consequences in the campaign as the candidates adjust their strategies to account for the president's controversial domestic agenda, which has overshadowed many state issues.More:
The president will make his first appearance in the campaign Thursday, when he headlines a fundraiser for R. Creigh Deeds(D) in McLean, in part to try to help the state senator from Bath County win over wavering Democrats such as Cleland. But Obama's entry into the race presents a challenge for Deeds: How does he continue the momentum created by Obama, the first Democratic presidential candidate in more than four decades to carry Virginia, without being saddled with the baggage the president now carries?"
"If politics is about momentum and message, then the outlook for '10 has changed considerably over the past couple of months. Democrats still have a wealth of opportunities and some advantages, but Republicans now have momentum and an improving issue mix. For the first time this cycle, I can imagine a scenario where Democrats do not gain Senate seats in 2010.I can see a scenario developing where the Dems come close to losing all their advantage in the Senate, particularly as the Chief Thug cum Bungler keeps increasing the opposition among those who were folled into voting for him and his partners in slime last November.