[Rushtalk] Does Obama Take The Blame - *REALLY*?!?

John Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Tue Jan 3 17:57:53 MST 2017

/*Horribly......IMHO. When he said that he would've beaten Trump, I just 
shook my head and laughed. */

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
>>     <http://www.conservativezone.com/articles/the-mainstream-media-and-president-trump/>
>> -
>>     CIA Withholds Evidence of Russian Hacking
>>     <http://www.conservativezone.com/articles/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 
>> Hillary.
>> 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 
>> legislatures.
>> 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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