Obama In Massachusetts As Woes Swirl

President Obama flies into the Bay State today for a fundraiser and a commencement speech amid a steady onslaught of scandals and missteps that Republicans say have “narrowed the map” for him and could prematurely turn him into a lame duck ahead of the midterm elections.

The latest Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll showed even in heavily blue Massachusetts, Obama faces as many detractors as fans, with his job approval/disapproval numbers in a virtual dead heat at 45 percent to 44 percent.

“When you’re barely treading water in a Democratic stronghold like Massachusetts, it’s safe to say you’ve hit lame-duck status,” said Ford O’Connell, a Republican operative in Washington, D.C.

“He’s going to Silicon Valley next, so he’s really narrowed the map,” O’Connell said, noting Obama is zeroing in on his party’s most reliable sources of deep-pocket donors. “The chickens are coming home to roost. He will try anything to change the narrative around.”

Read more from O'Ryan Johnson at The Boston Herald

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