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August 18th, 2010
04:37 PM ET

Obama stumbles as parties get desperate

Ed Rollins
CNN Senior Political Contributor

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With a little more than 10 weeks left to go, the rhetoric has accelerated and both sides are trying to find an issue that changes the dynamics of Election Day 2010.

The Democrats are desperate to turn the debate away from a sagging economy and chronic unemployment. The Republicans are trying desperately to find one more wedge issue that can knock out a couple more Democrats and assure the GOP of a House majority, or add another Senate seat or two to the five or six it thinks it will win.

And whatever the president tries to do, his sinking poll numbers are hurting his party, and Democrats are avoiding him in droves. "We have been able to deliver the most progressive legislative agenda - one that helps working families - not just in one generation, maybe two, maybe three," President Obama said Monday night at a Hollywood fundraiser.

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