Democrats are starting to get nervous about the 2014 midterm elections and an increasing number of them don’t want the president’s help when it comes to campaigning.

You know things are getting bad for Democrats when you read something like this in the New York Times…

Obama Factor Adds to Fears of Democrats

WASHINGTON — Democrats are becoming increasingly alarmed about their midterm election fortunes amid President Obama’s sinking approval ratings, a loss in a special House election in Florida last week, and millions of dollars spent by Republican-aligned groups attacking the new health law.

The combination has led to uncharacteristic criticism of Mr. Obama and bitter complaints that his vaunted political organization has done little to help the party’s vulnerable congressional candidates.

That excerpt may sound serious enough but a bit further down, we get this:

One Democratic lawmaker, who asked not to be identified, said Mr. Obama was becoming “poisonous” to the party’s candidates. At the same time, Democrats are pressing senior aides to Mr. Obama for help from the political network.

It’s hard to imagine a Democrat saying that just a few short years ago. It’s also difficult to imagine the New York Times printing it before now.

Democrats were nervous before the 2010 midterms and feared a repeat of 1994, when Obama famously said…

‘Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.’

As much as they might not like it, Democrats have Obama this time too.