Friday, March 21, 2014

"Democrats Get Clobbeed In Midterms"... President Barack Obama

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

Really it comes as no surprise. With President Obama's approval ratings suffering, partially the result of a horrific ACA roll out, the fact that "if you like plan you can keep your plan you can keep your plan", and "if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor" turning out not to be a totally accurate statement, concern with the President's, and his parties handling of foreign affairs it is evident the President has entered defense mode. His statement (the headline quote) may very well be as accurate as it gets.

THE HILL - President Obama complained Thursday that Democrats “get clobbered” in midterm elections, blaming a “toxic” atmosphere in Washington for suppressing Democratic constituencies.

“The challenge is that our politics in Washington have become so toxic that people just lose faith,” Obama told a group of top Democratic donors gathered at the home of former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning. “They say, ‘Y’know what, it doesn’t matter, I’m not that interested, I’m not gonna vote.’ And that’s especially true during the midterms.”

Obama noted that young, female, black and Hispanic voters were more likely to vote in elections with a presidential contest.

“Suddenly a more representative cross section of America
gets out there, and we do pretty well in presidential elections,” Obama said.

“But in midterms, we get clobbered, either because we don’t think it’s important or because we get so discouraged about what’s happening in Washington that we think it’s not worth our while. And the reason today is so important, and the reason that I’m so appreciative for all of you being here is because we’re going to have to get over that. This is a top priority.”

The President has repeatedly signaled his concern about Democratic turnout during a series of high-dollar fundraisers he’s attended in recent months.

I guess BIG MONEY, presumably from very wealthy donors is highly important to the President and democrats. Hm, special interest money maybe?

Democrats are defending 21 of the 36 Senate seats up this fall, and election watchers widely expect the party to lose seats as they protect a fragile six-seat majority.


Many of those Democrats have also refused to campaign with Obama, sensing the president’s diminished approval ratings could create a liability.

The White House is looking to counteract that by having Obama raise money for Democratic candidates in cities where he remains extremely popular.


Proceeds benefitted the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and the president has pledged at least another five fundraisers for the committee in the coming months.

Earlier in the afternoon, Obama attended a roundtable, where 25 supporters contributed up to $32,400 benefitting the DNC.


“Even though the economy is growing again — incomes, wages, they’re flat. ... People are having a hard time getting traction and feeling confident that their children are doing better than they are,” he said.

Hope and Change, Hope and Change. We're still waiting for that positive change ya promised Mr. President... with a big batch of hope. Our guess here is that if in the next couple of years things aren't looking any better 2016 is gonna be a major concern for your party and its presidential candidate in 2016 as well. Just sayin...

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Via: Memeorandum


  1. "Hope and Change, Hope and Change. We're still waiting for that positive change ya promised Mr. President... with a big batch of hope".

    Only those who are determined to see the Obama administration as a failure would claim the above statement and ignore reality.

    No change? How about the repeal of DADT? How about the increasing number of states allowing marriage equality? How about after 100 years of trying, this president passed the first health care initiative, flawed, but it got passed, and it's a beginning. How about ending the two wars the previous administration left? How about getting Osama bin Laden? How about the decreasing deficit? How about the improving unemployment rate to 6.7%?


    I perfectly understand partisans who will diligently claim none of the above is change. But facts are stubborn things.

    1. May I remind you Ms. Shaw of the many posts, comments, and acknpwledges here and elsewhere with respect the social issues you mentioned. But, in addition to these things, which I applaud Mr. Obama for many perfectly reasonable and intelligent individuals are in disagreement with his views and policies related to the economy and business and are concerned with the potential LONG term effects they will have.

      It is true that in the end people vote their pocketbook first and foremost and they want to feel secure, at least to sone degree they'll have a job that allows them to support themselves and their family.

      I'll gladly agree Ms. Shaw that the entire picture should be looked at. However, the ACA and the economy and dismal recovery will negatively affect the democrats unless things accelerate significantly in what the electorate views as positive in regard to bread and butter issues.

      A note on partisanship. Those in glass houses best not throw stones. When one starts taking flak from the right and left you they have earned the right
      to lob grenades about partisanship.

      Have a great weekend my friend.


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