Is President Obama partly to blame for the election results? | The Tylt
President Obama is leaving office with one of the highest approval ratings of any outgoing president, and most Tylters say they will miss him. But it's a fact the Democratic Party started Obama's administration with full control of Congress and the White House, and are now left with a smoking pile of rubble. Obama says the election was not a referendum on his worldview, but others wonder if Obama was too self-absorbed and turned off moderate voters with his policies. What say you? Vote below!
Is President Obama partly to blame for the election results?
Obama has rejected inquiries from journalists and pundits about whether or not he feels responsible for the Democrats' humiliating defeat. Obama campaigned for Hillary Clinton with a fervor unseen from any other modern president. But the president balked at the suggestion that he is at fault for the party's misfortunes:
I still don’t feel responsible for what the president-elect says or does. But I do feel a responsibility as president of the United States to make sure that I facilitate a good transition and I present to him as well, as the American people my best thinking, my best ideas about how you move the country forward.
But the harsh reality is that Obama, who has excelled at building his own brand, has completely failed to translate that favorability to his own party. Instead, he's often forced Democrats in the House and Senate to hold the line on unpopular policies while the party continued to bleed seats.
Obama is having none of that. He's looking at his approval ratings, and blames most of the country's resentment on Republican obstructionism. How can we blame Obama for the party's inability to mount a feasible counter-attack to eight years of a do-nothing Congress?
I think raising wages, investing in infrastructure, making sure that people have access to good educations that are equipment for the jobs of the future – those are all agenda items that would help alleviate some of those economic pressures and dislocations people are experiencing. The problem was I couldn’t convince Republicans in Congress to pass a lot of it.
Sorry, that's malarkey. Obama picked the DNC chair, who was forced to resign in disgrace. Obama pushed a platform that voters didn't like. Obama focused on Obama.
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.
That's bupkis! You can't pin this debacle on Obama. People still like him!
Numbers don't lie. Obama was driving the bus when he ran over his own party.