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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 01:13 AM

The Midas Touch: Obama Goes 0 For 4 On The Trail In Tight Races This Week

Posted at 8:01 pm on November 7, 2018


Has this guy been cursed by a witch so that Democrats now have to lose anytime he campaigns for them in a midterm?

It is not true that every candidate he stumped for over the last four days rolled craps on election night. He swung by Chicago to campaign for Democrats there, then stopped off in northern Virginia to rally the troops for Tim Kaine and House candidate Jennifer Wexton, both winners yesterday. But Kaine’s and Wexton’s races weren’t competitive. Kaine’s was an absolute foregone conclusion and Wexton was heavily favored to oust Republican Barbara Comstock long before O showed up.

Democrats didn’t need him to win in those places. They needed him, in theory, in the swing states — for Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson in Florida, for Stacey Abrams in Georgia, and for Joe Donnelly in Indiana. O won Florida twice, Indiana once, and finished respectably in Georgia both times. His task in each state was to try to turn out black voters, the core of the Obama coalition, via a personal appearance from America’s black president. Total wins across those four contests, with Dems slightly favored in three of them and Abrams neck and neck in Georgia: Zippo. Tiana Lowe noticed.

Even after decimating Democratic state legislators while in office and setting up his own party to lose the White House to Donald Trump, the myth of a unifying Barack Obama has persisted. Sure, he remains an undeniably formidable figurehead and fundraiser. While the Democratic Party struggles to find a new leader, he and the persistently popular Michelle Obama make telegenic godparents for the party. But getting into the mud with politics as dirty as these was never the strong suit of the wily and covert brute force of Obama…

Clearly America doesn’t have too much of a problem with putting unabashed narcissists in power, but they have to be just that: unabashed. The coy performance of being above the fray while getting back in the ring just doesn’t work.

Somehow, Trump managed to clinch narrow victories through last minute rallies for candidates in tight races. He puts up an ugly fight, but in the politics of expectations, at least he’s authentic about his willingness to get in the gutter. So long as Obama refuses to learn that, he can’t have his holier-than-thou cake and eat electoral victories too.

Barack Obama: Delivering big for the Republican Party every four years since 2010. The only thing he’s more effective at selling than GOP candidates in midterms is guns.

Dunking on O is a fun, unifying post-midterm tradition for righties but there was another loser on the left last night that’s more important. One of the things that made Gillum such an intriguing, potentially worrisome figure for Republicans is that he (supposedly) had Obama-esque appeal to minorities and younger adults but also was far enough to the left, pitching “Medicare for all,” that he might have been able to win over Berniebros as a national candidate. Put Obama’s base from 2008/12 together with Bernie’s base from 2016 and that might be very tough to beat on a presidential ticket. But the Bernie-style far-left had about as strong a night yesterday in competitive races as Obama himself did:


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Posted 08 November 2018 - 05:53 AM

I have heard Barry being referred to as the "King Sh-t Midas". Yep, he lives up to that..

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 06:47 AM

If only he could have torn himself fro the links a little more to campaign for more House candidates!

Your “full link” links to CNN Money, not Hot Air.

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