Dorgan, Dodd a Fresh Problem for Obama

The new year starts, and the president has a rotten week.

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Pollster John Zogby updates our weekly Obama Report Card with a grade on the president's performance. Zogby uses his polling, expert analysis, and interaction with major players to come up with a grade and some comments that capture how he sees the president's week ending.

John Zogby on Week 51:

"The new year starts, and the president has a rotten week. Give him points for being forthright about a homeland security and intelligence agency communications problem. But the opposition is not buying forthrightness. They want someone to pay, and they think they have an issue going into the 2010 campaign. The president and his party have a fresh problem with two pillars of the Senate—Byron Dorgan and Christopher Dodd—announcing they are not running for re-election. That is probably good news for Dems in Connecticut, but it doesn't look good. Vice President Dick Cheney continues to hammer the president on Afghanistan and security. Is he running for something? Obama's getting it still from the right and left."

This week's grade: C

Last week: B

John Zogby is president and CEO of Zogby International, a public opinion, research, and business solutions firm with experience working in more than 70 countries around the globe. Founded and led by Zogby since 1984, Zogby International specializes in telephone, Internet, and face-to-face survey research and analysis for corporate, political, nonprofit, and governmental clients. The firm is headquartered in Utica, N.Y. John Zogby is also the author of The Way We'll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream.