Democrats Fret Aloud Over Obamas Chances 1. Democrats are expressing growing alarm about President Obamas re-election prospects and, in interviews, are openly acknowledging anxiety about the White Houses ability to strengthen the presidents standing over the next 14 months. 2. Elected officials and party leaders at all levels said their worries have intensified as the economy has displayed new signs of weakness. They said the likelihood of a highly competitive 2012 race is increasing as the Republican field, once dismissed by many Democrats as too inexperienced and conservative to pose a serious threat, has started narrowing .... 3. ...some in the party fear that Mr. Obamas troubles could reverberate down the ballot into Congressional, state and local races. 4. In my district, the enthusiasm for him has mostly evaporated, said Representative Peter A. DeFazio, Democrat of Oregon. There is tremendous discontent with his direction. 5. ...a survey of two dozen Democratic officials found a palpable sense of concern that transcended a single week of ups and downs. The conversations signaled a change in mood from only a few months ago, when Democrats widely believed that Mr. Obamas path to re-election, while challenging, was secure. 6.There is little cause for immediate optimism, with polls showing Mr. Obama at one of the lowest points of his presidency. 7. And polling suggests that the presidents yearlong effort to reclaim the political center has so far yielded little in the way of additional support from the moderates and independents who tend to decide presidential elections. 8. The alarms have already gone off in the Democratic grass roots, said Robert Zimmerman, a member of the Democratic National Committee from New York,... http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/11/us/politics/11obama.html?_r=2 Now for the real question: Is there enough 'schadenfreude' to go around????