As he should be.
Via Washington Examiner:
President Obama’s campaign manager had a clear message Monday for supporters wary of the president’s standing in an increasingly competitive race for the White House: Chill out.
“We knew this was going to be a tough race,” Jim Messina said in the campaign’s latest web video. “Here’s one more thing you can tell your friends when they ask you about the latest polls: We’re actually ahead of where we were at this point last time around.”
New polling shows Obama in a virtual dead heat with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who is gaining on the president as the economic recovery sputters and Romney distances himself from a divisive primary battle. [...]
A growing chorus of Democrats, citing a shifting mood among voters, are wondering why Obama isn’t doing better than he is five months out from the election.
“I’m scared as [expletive],” one top Democratic strategist told The Washington Examiner, granted anonymity to candidly discuss Obama’s re-election prospects. “This message from the campaign is clearly a laughable attempt to gloss over a terrible patch for the president.”
Added Democratic strategist Doug Schoen, “It’s gone from ‘We expect he’ll be re-elected’ to ‘We think he’ll be re-elected’ to ‘We hope he’ll be re-elected’ to ‘He’ll probably be re-elected if everything goes right.’ Yes, they have something to worry about.”