Barack Obama on the difference between the 1994 mid-term and the 2010 mid-term: “Me”
Scott Brown’s election has had a profound effect on worried Democrats in congress. Worried Democrats are starting to back away from the president’s agenda as the similarities between the 1994 mid-term elections– when the Democrats lost 50+ house seats– are now being brought to light in the media.
Barack Obama has a message for those who worry that the upcoming mid-term elections will have the same type of result as the mid-term elections of 1994: Don’t worry about a thing, I have your back.
Barack Obama claims that there is a major difference between the 1994 mid-term election and the impending mid-term election, and the difference is him. This revelation comes courtesy of the latest Democrat to declare that he is not going to run for re-election– Marion Berry.
They just kept telling us how good it was going to be. The president himself, when that was brought up in one group, said, ‘Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.
Apparently, Barack Obama is counting on his personal likeability rating to encourage Democrats that this upcoming election won’t be the same bloodbath that befell President Clinton. While it is true that the president’s personal likeability is still high, more people are opposing the president’s agenda on a daily basis.
We need to look no further than the recent election of Scott Brown to the senate for an example of how the president’s personal rating compared to his policy rating effected the special election. Barack Obama still held a personal favorability rating of 60% in Massachusetts before the election and it still wasn’t enough to carry Martha Coakley to victory. Voters went to the polls and voted against Barack Obama’s policies even though they still claim to like him personally by a large margin. Why should the upcoming mid-term election be any different?
Yet the president appears blind to this fact as he tries to encourage Democrats that the public still likes him enough to send incumbant Democrats back to congress in November. How can he still feel this way? Is it arrogance? Is it denial? Or his he merely trying to “rally the troops?”
Most likely, it is all of the above. The Massachusetts election should be a warning to all of those politicians who still support the president’s agenda; the people do not support it. It doesn’t matter how much somebody may or may not like you, in the end it is the results that people are interested in. Right now the people do not like the results– or lack thereof– and they are voting against this president. He can claim that the Massachusetts election “is not about me,” but in fact it was about him. It was about him and his policies.
The fact that Barack Obama is unwilling to acknowledge this, coupled with the fact that he is still asking Democrats in congress to put their careers on the line in order to pass his agenda is certainly good news for those of us who oppose the president’s policies. If he keeps his head in the sand, and he continues to deny that his policies are being rejected by the American people, there will be a bloodbath at the mid-term elections. And, unless Barack Obama is just putting on a brave face, the only one that will be surprised by the outcome will be Barack Obama himself. Then, and only then, will Barack Obama realize that, yes, it is about him.
Barack Obama’s arrogance could be his downfall. Instead of learning the lesson of the Massachusetts election, Barack Obama is denying that this election had anything to do with him. He will carry on as if nothing unusual happened in Massachusetts. But the question is, have the other Democrats learned the lesson that Massachusetts is trying to teach them, or will they trust Obama when he claims that his popularity will carry them through the mid-terms?
Democrats will have an interesting choice to make over the next 10 months, surely they all can’t be in denial the way Barack Obama is, can they? If they are, Republicans and conservatives can expect to make gains in congress that seemed unthinkable just a few short months ago.