Midterms: It's All Over but the Shouting
(and There's Plenty of That)

by Linda Jenkinson |

presidential press conference

President Obama takes the blame for the Dems big losses last Tuesday. In an interview on Face the Nation last Sunday he said, “We have not been successful in going out there and letting people know what it is that we’re trying to do and why this is the right direction,” he said Sunday.”

I would agree, but he could take himself out of the we. This president has been “out there” more than any president I can remember in my lifetime, which goes back to the Eisenhower years. He continually puts himself in front of the American people, reminding us of how far we have come and telling us how far we have yet to go.

In the interview, President Obama also said, “People don’t automatically come beating to your door. We’ve got to sell it. We’ve got to reach out to the other side and, where possible, persuade.”

He got that part right. The Democrats lost because they didn't "sell" Democratic accomplishments (i.e. Obama's because Congress has too few to mention) to the electorate.

During the campaigns I got scads of emails from candidate campaigns. Every one of them started with a version of "I need your money to fight the Republican threat, attack ads, etc." Not one of them presented a progressive platform or even alluded to the changes the Obama admin has made for the good of the country.

The Democrats threw him under the bus and in doing so, threw their party under the bus. They should have told us how they would build on the positive change that has been made, but they didn't. Their own campaign media made it look like they were fighting a losing battle. Well they lost it on their own.

The American people respect and expect loyalty. If the Democrats can't even be loyal to the President their constituents elected, how loyal can they be to their constituents? Instead of "support me so we can build on the advances we have made" it was "gimme, gimme gimme because the GOP has more than I do." They were shameful.


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