Obama's main legacy: The nationwide collapse of the Democrat party

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Obama and his cohorts have managed to achieve something very rare in modern politics: Getting the American people so fed up with his party that they voted them out of office in waves not seen in living memory.

It could well be his most important achievement in his 8-year Presidency.

For that, we owe him cordial thanks.

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Obama and his cohorts have managed to achieve something very rare in modern politics: Getting the American people so fed up with his party that they voted them out of office in waves not seen in living memory, and handing majorities and the White House to the Republicans in every major Federal body and state houses.

It could well be his most important achievement in his 8-year Presidency.

For that, the country owe him cordial thanks.

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http://nypost.com/2016/11/10/obamas-main-legacy-the-collapse-of-the-democratic-party/

Obama's main legacy: The collapse of the Democrat party

By Rich Lowry
November 10, 2016 | 10:47pm

Since before he was elected president, Obama put down as a marker the transformational example of Ronald Reagan. That entailed moving the political center of gravity of the country in his direction; winning re-election; and cementing his standing by securing a de facto third term for a Democratic successor.

As of 7 p.m. Tuesday, the Reagan standard looked to be in Obama’s grasp. His approval rating stood above 50 percent. He campaigned vigorously, and apparently effectively, in front of adoring crowds. The last round of public polling and the exit polls on Election Day showed Hillary Clinton getting over the top, and her victory seemed likely to precipitate an ugly, self-destructive Republican civil war.

By the wee hours of Wednesday, this scenario turned to ashes and Obama could only survey the wreckage of the Democratic Party, and by extension, his highest ambition.

Obama is a once-in-a-generation political athlete who will always be remembered as the nation’s first African-American president. But a goodly portion of what he has labored for over two terms could now wash out with the political tide.

His party has been devastated beneath him. It began in 2010, when Republicans took the House by winning 63 seats, the biggest pickup since 1948, and six seats in the Senate. In 2014, Republicans gained another 13 House seats and took control of the Senate. Democrats lost more than 900 state legislative seats in this period.

This was chalked up to the midterm effect, the product of a smaller, more Republican-leaning electorate in nonpresidential years. Well, on Tuesday night, the GOP won Senate races in blue states. It minimized losses in the House. It picked up more governorships, including in Vermont, and made striking gains in state legislatures from Kentucky to Connecticut.

All in a presidential year. The GOP controls the presidency, the US Senate and House, and roughly two-thirds of the country’s governorships and state legislatures. The Democrats are now, judging by the scorecard of major offices, the nation’s minority party.

What happened? From the beginning, Obama pushed the left-most plausible agenda without regard to political consequences. His signature initiative, ObamaCare, was forced through Congress despite its manifest unpopularity and with the crucial assistance of obvious falsehoods (i.e., that it would reduce premiums and people could keep their doctors).

When Obama’s initial legislative overreach cost him his congressional majorities, he proceeded with executive overreach, especially on environmental regulation and immigration. His attitude was that everyone had to get with his program and that if they didn’t, they were either stupid or spiteful. He believed less in the usual political arts of compromise and personal relationships than in the irresistible power of his own words.

Having made no real effort at party-building and after a series of disastrous midterms where his campaigning basically saved no one, he had no protégé to turn to in order to try to win his third term. The political bench was empty. He had to reach back to his vanquished rival, Hillary Clinton, whose inadequacies he had exposed in the 2008 primaries and who was almost comically ill-suited to energizing the Obama coalition.

Those voters were considered Obama’s enduring political contribution — an ever-growing bloc of minorities, millennials and the college-educated who would swamp older white voters and constitute an ideological ratchet, turning the country’s politics steadily to the left.

In its first big post-Obama test, the coalition failed. Now many of the president’s substantive achievements are under threat from a unified Republican government, especially ObamaCare, which is in a semi-crisis, and his vast number of unilateral actions. President Trump will pick up his own pen and phone.

President Obama’s party is lurching toward its own bloodletting after losing to perhaps the least likely presidential candidate in all of American history.

We now know that President Obama’s larger project has come a cropper. He is no Ronald Reagan, not even close.
 
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Since 2010 the dems have lost over 1,600 seats in all levels of government. And they keep telling us they're the majority.
 
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Who do the Democrats have to run for Congress in 2018? And for President in 2020?

More lying, angry, hard-left liberal fanatics?

How did that work out for them this time?
 

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We heard much during the election about Trump destroying the R party, not that that wouldn't be nice, but we never heard that Obama has destroyed the D party.

Funny how that happens.
 

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Who do the Democrats have to run for Congress in 2018? And for President in 2020?

More lying, angry, hard-left liberal fanatics?

How did that work out for them this time?
They have an old wrinkled up communist and a fake screeching indian. That's about it.
 

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Who do the Democrats have to run for Congress in 2018? And for President in 2020?

More lying, angry, hard-left liberal fanatics?

How did that work out for them this time?
That's why they want Keith Ellison as the DNC leader.
 

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Lol This is not Obama's fault, the reach here is amusing.
 

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I'd guess that if he had it to do over again, he would have just concentrated on getting the economy back on its feet, and not on cramming a shit health care system down our throats.

Maybe it was a legacy thing for him, who knows what goes on in the minds of politicians.
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Lol This is not Obama's fault, the reach here is amusing.
When a president leaves office and his successor is from the opposition party that also controls both the House and Senate, there's no way to spin it (not that they won't try). It's a political disaster, and then layer in they've likely kissed the Supreme Court good bye for a generation or more and it's even worse.
 

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Obama and his cohorts have managed to achieve something very rare in modern politics: Getting the American people so fed up with his party that they voted them out of office in waves not seen in living memory.

It could well be his most important achievement in his 8-year Presidency.

For that, we owe him cordial thanks.

-------------------------------------------------

Obama and his cohorts have managed to achieve something very rare in modern politics: Getting the American people so fed up with his party that they voted them out of office in waves not seen in living memory, and handing majorities and the White House to the Republicans in every major Federal body and state houses.

It could well be his most important achievement in his 8-year Presidency.

For that, the country owe him cordial thanks.

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Obama’s main legacy: the collapse of the Democratic Party | New York Post

Obama's main legacy: The collapse of the Democrat party

By Rich Lowry
November 10, 2016 | 10:47pm

Since before he was elected president, Obama put down as a marker the transformational example of Ronald Reagan. That entailed moving the political center of gravity of the country in his direction; winning re-election; and cementing his standing by securing a de facto third term for a Democratic successor.

As of 7 p.m. Tuesday, the Reagan standard looked to be in Obama’s grasp. His approval rating stood above 50 percent. He campaigned vigorously, and apparently effectively, in front of adoring crowds. The last round of public polling and the exit polls on Election Day showed Hillary Clinton getting over the top, and her victory seemed likely to precipitate an ugly, self-destructive Republican civil war.

By the wee hours of Wednesday, this scenario turned to ashes and Obama could only survey the wreckage of the Democratic Party, and by extension, his highest ambition.

Obama is a once-in-a-generation political athlete who will always be remembered as the nation’s first African-American president. But a goodly portion of what he has labored for over two terms could now wash out with the political tide.

His party has been devastated beneath him. It began in 2010, when Republicans took the House by winning 63 seats, the biggest pickup since 1948, and six seats in the Senate. In 2014, Republicans gained another 13 House seats and took control of the Senate. Democrats lost more than 900 state legislative seats in this period.

This was chalked up to the midterm effect, the product of a smaller, more Republican-leaning electorate in nonpresidential years. Well, on Tuesday night, the GOP won Senate races in blue states. It minimized losses in the House. It picked up more governorships, including in Vermont, and made striking gains in state legislatures from Kentucky to Connecticut.

All in a presidential year. The GOP controls the presidency, the US Senate and House, and roughly two-thirds of the country’s governorships and state legislatures. The Democrats are now, judging by the scorecard of major offices, the nation’s minority party.

What happened? From the beginning, Obama pushed the left-most plausible agenda without regard to political consequences. His signature initiative, ObamaCare, was forced through Congress despite its manifest unpopularity and with the crucial assistance of obvious falsehoods (i.e., that it would reduce premiums and people could keep their doctors).

When Obama’s initial legislative overreach cost him his congressional majorities, he proceeded with executive overreach, especially on environmental regulation and immigration. His attitude was that everyone had to get with his program and that if they didn’t, they were either stupid or spiteful. He believed less in the usual political arts of compromise and personal relationships than in the irresistible power of his own words.

Having made no real effort at party-building and after a series of disastrous midterms where his campaigning basically saved no one, he had no protégé to turn to in order to try to win his third term. The political bench was empty. He had to reach back to his vanquished rival, Hillary Clinton, whose inadequacies he had exposed in the 2008 primaries and who was almost comically ill-suited to energizing the Obama coalition.

Those voters were considered Obama’s enduring political contribution — an ever-growing bloc of minorities, millennials and the college-educated who would swamp older white voters and constitute an ideological ratchet, turning the country’s politics steadily to the left.

In its first big post-Obama test, the coalition failed. Now many of the president’s substantive achievements are under threat from a unified Republican government, especially ObamaCare, which is in a semi-crisis, and his vast number of unilateral actions. President Trump will pick up his own pen and phone.

President Obama’s party is lurching toward its own bloodletting after losing to perhaps the least likely presidential candidate in all of American history.

We now know that President Obama’s larger project has come a cropper. He is no Ronald Reagan, not even close.
Alert the MSM.....and Obabble himself....he hasn't got the message.....yet.
 
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It's a political disaster, and then layer in they've likely kissed the Supreme Court good bye for a generation or more and it's even worse.
Isn't it striking how, when the liberals think something is a disaster, it's invariably GOOD for the country?

Has there ever been a political party as out of touch with normal Americans, as the Democrats?
 

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So By extension and using your logic Bush is responsible for the death of the Republican party correct? Pretty sure Hillary and Shultz are responsible not Obama.
 

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