[Rushtalk] Does Obama Take The Blame - *REALLY*?!?
blueoval57 at verizon.net
Tue Jan 3 17:57:53 MST 2017
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On 1/2/2017 10:29 PM, Steven Laib wrote:
> He's still the community organizer- out of touch with the American public
> Sent from my iPad
> On Jan 2, 2017, at 3:41 AM, John Quayle <blueoval57 at verizon.net
> <mailto:blueoval57 at verizon.net>> wrote:
>> The Mainstream Media and President Trump
>> CIA Withholds Evidence of Russian Hacking
>> Obama Blames Self for Democratic Losses – Or Does He?
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>> As Donald Trump prepares to take the reins of government, many are
>> asking where Barack Obama goes from here. What role will he play in
>> the Democratic response to nationwide losses to Republicans? His
>> mixed message of first conciliation and then combativeness has not
>> helped answer that question.
>> With Democrats doing everything but blaming the president or Hillary
>> Clinton for her loss in November the odds are we are facing a
>> continued bitter attempt to save face by both.
>> Obama’s reaction to the loss is muddled at best. Out of one side of
>> his mouth, Obama takes the blame for Clinton’s loss while out of the
>> other he blames an uninformed and uneducated public that dares
>> question his wisdom.
>> In a lengthy interview with National Public Radio (NPR) Obama
>> admitted his leadership had focused almost solely on himself while
>> failing to support the Democratic Party on the state level.
>> Obama pushed hard the last month of the general election,
>> purposefully tying his legacy to a win by Hillary Clinton. In a
>> campaign video that aired just weeks before the election, he said,
>> “if you want to give Michelle and me a good sendoff…get people
>> registered to vote. If you care about our legacy, realize everything
>> we stand for is at stake.” He even told black voters that he would
>> take it as a “personal insult” to his legacy if they didn’t vote for
>> The question then comes, “has the Obama presidency been an asset to
>> future Democratic hopes?” In the same NPR, interview he admitted that
>> he and his team did not pay proper attention to local Democratic
>> candidates after he came into office in 2009. Then he couldn’t resist
>> excusing this oversight because of two wars and a recession.
>> “We were just putting out fires,” said Obama. “We were in a huge
>> crisis situation. And so a lot of the organizing work that we did
>> during the campaign, we started to see right away didn’t immediately
>> translate to, wasn’t immediately transferable to, congressional
>> candidates. And more work would have needed to be done to just build
>> up that structure.”
>> Regardless of who is to blame, there is no doubt Democrats have lost
>> hold the majority of America since the President’s inauguration in
>> 2009. Eight years ago, Democrats held 257 seats in the House and they
>> now hold 188, a loss of 69 seats. That means that Obama’s party has
>> lost over one-fourth of its total seats.
>> Political pundits were not better at predicting Senate races than the
>> presidency. Obama entered office with a filibuster-proof majority of
>> 57 Democrats plus two independents in the Senate. Now, he leaves with
>> only 44 Democrats plus two independents who caucus with them, a loss
>> of 13 seats. Not only has he squandered a super-majority, Senate
>> Democrats are now a decided minority.
>> Obama takes even less blame for what has transpired on the state
>> level. In 2009, there were 28 Democratic governors and now there are
>> just 18. Next year, Republicans will control all the government in 25
>> states, plus the GOP has legislative majorities large enough in two
>> other states to override a veto by a Democratic governor. Democrats
>> control both the legislature and governor’s offices in a paltry five
>> states: California, Delaware, Oregon, Hawaii and Rhode Island.
>> Republicans control 68 of the nation’s 98 state legislative chambers
>> (where electors are chosen). Two-thirds of the nation’s governors are
>> Republicans, the party controls both houses of Congress and the
>> presidency. Still, Obama and his party’s national leadership accept
>> little of the blame.
>> Obama told NPR: “One of the big suggestions that I have for Democrats
>> as I leave, and something that, you know, I have some ideas about,
>> is, how do we do more of that ground-up building? What I am
>> interested in is just developing a whole new generation of talent.
>> For example, we know that the Republicans, funded through
>> organizations like the Koch brothers, have been very systematic at …
>> building from the ground up and communicating to state legislators
>> and financing school board races and public utility commission races.”
>> Even in that concession, Obama made focusing on the much bigger
>> national issues of same-sex marriage and international relations as
>> his excuse for not paying more attention to governors and state
>> The truth is that progressives never blame themselves. It is only
>> those who resist the left’s strident march through the culture and
>> halls of power who are to blame.
>> ~ Conservative Zone
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