Wordsmith put up a post saying that the “shellacking” democrats took this election would save Obama’s Presidency. At first I thought I could see how that might happen, but that presumes a man capable of humility and of being chastened.
I don’t believe Barack Obama is that man. I think he’s going to double down on stupid.
Make no mistake- this election was a total, utter repudiation of Obama and Hillary Clinton. Obama put his policies and, by default, himself on the ballot. America squashed him like a bug. Obama campaigned for Anthony Brown in Maryland, who Drudge amusingly referred to as Obama’s “mini me”, and Brown was defeated. Obama campaigned for Pat Quinn of Illinois and Quinn went down as well. Before yesterday it seemed inconceivable that the election would find Republicans governors in Illinois and Maryland. The Illinois loss was said to be a “real blow” to Obama.
There have been some entertaining and conflicting reports flying around since yesterday. Over at The Hill they claim Obama has gotten the message:
White House aides acknowledge that Tuesday night was tough, but say they and the president recognize the message sent by the results.
and they added:
The president, aides say, is eager to get to work, telling staff he wants them to make the most out of every day of his remaining time in office.
And the administration is hoping to convey a willingness to work with new Republican leadership in light of Tuesday’s stinging rebuke.
That doesn’t fit the narrative being peddled over at Politico, where Carrie Brown says Obama isn’t backing down.
Voters demanded change from Washington on Tuesday, and Republicans say it’s now up to President Barack Obama to deliver it.
But don’t count on that happening.
At the same time, Obama won’t back down from using his administrative powers, including plans to issue an executive order on immigration that could be the most aggressive unilateral action of his presidency. He’ll adhere to a progressive agenda that, officials said, will keep the base excited, position his party to win back the Senate and hold the White House in 2016, and seal his legacy. And he will continue to use the bully pulpit to promote liberal issues, such as stemming climate change, that stand no chance of passing Congress on his watch but might under his successor.
And there’s Jonathan Karl of ABC News who also says Obama will act alone on immigration “no matter how big a shellacking Democrats get tonight.”
Obama doesn’t even feel repudiated:
The Republican capture of the Senate culminated a season of discontent for the president — and may yet open a period of even deeper frustration. Sagging in the polls and unwelcome in most competitive races across the country, Mr. Obama bristled as the last campaign that would influence his presidency played out while he sat largely on the sidelines. He privately complained that it should not be a judgment on him. “He doesn’t feel repudiated,” the aide said Tuesday night.
Bill Clinton lost the House in 1994 and went on to see the budget balanced and welfare reform happen, thanks to Newt Gingrich and the Republicans. I don’t see it happening with Obama. Clinton had a huge ego, of course, but he wasn’t megalomaniacal as is Obama. As I said, I believe we’ll hear some obligatory happy talk but ultimately we’ll see the same ole same ole Obama, whose words mean nothing the day after they’re spoken. In other words, meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
Should be an entertaining two years. We don’t get fooled again.
WHAT LANDSLIDE? Obama threatens vetoes and executive orders – including immigration reform THIS YEAR – after Americans reject him by giving Republicans historic gains in Congress
– ‘Congress will pass some bills I cannot sign,’ the president warned
– He has only vetoed two minor bills since his inauguration in 2009
– And ‘I’ll take some actions that some in Congress will not like,’ Obama added, referring to threatened executive orders
– Those include a bold move on immigration ‘before the end of the year’
– President sounded more like a winner than a loser despite his policies being repudiated on a national scale
– Never articulated a single policy where he would shift his position to align with GOP majorities in both houses of Congress