The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll has one very good number for Republicans. It found that an incredible 71 percent of voters want the next president to use a different approach for governing than President Obama.
For the Republican party it is easy to cater to this disenchantment with Obama’s governing style. As the opposition party they are inherently different from Obama. Any Republican candidate for President is going to easily and frequently remind voters how they will do things differently than the current resident in the White House.
For Democrats this presents a very tough challenge. They need to start distancing themselves from Obama. They need to start pointing out the flaws in his legislative strategy and executive action. They need to start offering a serious critique of Obama’s mistakes, but they need to do that without upsetting the core group of voters that still supports Obama. That is not going to be easy given how aggressive the Obama team has been at discouraging any left wing criticism of Obama.
It is a very difficult needle to thread, which is why it is rare for one party to win the Presidency three elections in a row. The earlier Democrats start the process, though, the easier it is to execute properly.