Republican control of the House and Senate. Republican businessman Larry Hogan’s win in Maryland’s governor’s race. Republican Charlie Baker elected governor of Massachusetts. Republican businessman Bruce Rauner’s win in Illinois’ governor’s race. The list goes on and on, and yet President Obama apparently thinks it has nothing to do with him.
The New York Times reported Nov. 4
The Republican capture of the Senate culminated a season of discontent for the president — and may yet open a period of even deeper frustration. Sagging in the polls and unwelcome in most competitive races across the country, Mr. Obama bristled as the last campaign that would influence his presidency played out while he sat largely on the sidelines. He privately complained that it should not be a judgment on him. “He doesn’t feel repudiated,” the aide said Tuesday night.
A Democratic operative speaking to Business Insider put things much more bluntly. Besides calling election night a “bloodbath,” the individual said:
“This is a tsunami. Heads will roll at 1600. And if they don’t, shame. […] The president has 60 days to clean house, regrow his spine, and lay out an aggressive, centrist agenda. If he fails at any of those, he might as well just start writing his memoir. … Democratic operatives who refuse to acknowledge this is the White House’s fault are out of their f***ing minds.”
Indeed. Salty language aside, the comment begs the question: Is Mr. Obama out of his mind?
It was only days ago that the president said, “I’m not on the ballot this fall, but make no mistake, these policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.”
If Mr. Obama is the head of the Democratic Party as the President of the United States — if voters consider him to be the living embodiment of the liberal policies that he readily concedes are on trial — then a rejection of those policies are on multiple levels a rejection of him. To deny that voters were sending a message to the White House is to deny reality.
If you call a terrorist group a “jayvee team,” and then six months later they credibly control large swathes of the Middle East, then voters will repudiate you on election night.
If you say it is not likely that the Ebola virus will show up on American shores — and it does weeks later — then voters will repudiate you on election night.
If you say “we don’t have a strategy yet” when asked how the United States will deal with terrorists chopping off the heads of American journalists in a mini-caliphate, then voters will repudiate you on election night.
If you promise people they can keep their heath insurance, and millions of people lose their health insurance soon afterward, then voters will will repudiate you on election night.
Men who can not see reality, even as a political “bloodbath” takes place before their very eyes, are not the kind of individuals who should have their hands on the levers of power. Unfortunately, Mr. Obama is the president and the American people put him there. It appears that many citizens are now trying to make amends for earlier mistakes, but it is a shame that so much self-inflicted pain had to occur before a course correction could be made.