President Barack Obama and his wife are dead weight in U.S. politics.
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They flew out to support a series of Democratic gubernatorial candidates in solid-blue states, only to see several lose in the GOP wave, including the Democratic incumbent in Illinois.
Obama flew out to Chicago Oct. 19 to help his home state governor, Gov. Pat Quinn — but Quinn lost to his GOP challenger Bruce Rauner.
It’s a humiliation for Obama, whose political career was launched by the city. It is a potential disaster for his home-state political machine, if the new GOP governor can gradually rebuild GOP representation in the state and in Chicago.