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

John Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Tue Jan 3 18:05:19 MST 2017

/*Excellent point - Casablanca is one of my favorite films of all-time 
and I never saw this situation from that perspective!*/

On 1/3/2017 11:39 AM, Tom Matiska wrote:
> Do the Dems not hear the rest of the world laughing when they accuse 
> other nations of tinkering in our elections,???  It's not like 
> Secretary Clinton wasn't knee deep in other countries elections,  or 
> actively sought foreign donations to her "charitable" foundation.     
>     This is a bad remake of the scene in Casablanca where Inspector 
> Renault is shocked to find gambling is going on at Ricks.  Tom
> On Monday, January 2, 2017 10:30 PM, Steven Laib <slaib at att.net> 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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