Senate Democrats unload on Obama

posted at 10:10 am on November 19, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama met with the Senate Democratic caucus for the first time since six of their membership got their 2011 access canceled, and they wasted no time putting the blame squarely on the President’s shoulders.  Even the supposedly mild-mannered Bill Nelson of Florida got angry, according to Politico, over Obama’s sagging popularity and inability to sell the Democratic agenda Obama demanded they follow.  But the message sounds a little incoherent after that:

Senate Democrats – including typically mild-mannered Bill Nelson of Florida – lit into President Barack Obama during an unusually tense air-clearing caucus session on Thursday, senators and staffers told POLITICO.

Nelson told colleagues Obama’s unpopularity has become a serious liability for Democrats in his state and blamed the president for creating a toxic political environment for Democrats nationwide, according to two Democrats familiar with his remarks. …

Several senators expressed the opinion that Obama needed to show more passion, while party liberals renewed their complaint that Obama should abandon the pretense of bipartisanship in the face of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s intransigence and what they consider the Kentucky Republican’s blatantly political tactics aimed at making Obama a one-term president.

Others said Democratic leaders need to clearly spell out what they believe are the motivations behind the Republicans’ positions: that they are beholden to special interests, who bankroll their campaigns.

That should be as effective as the strategy adopted by Democrats in this midterm cycle of running against George W. Bush.  In fact, Democrats did put a lot of effort into painting the GOP as the party of fat cats, along with other boogeymen like Karl Rove, John Boehner, Dick Cheney, and George W. Bush.  It worked about as well as any of the other attacks on the Republicans, which is to say, not at all, in part because Democrats get bankrolled pretty heavily by unions, trial lawyers, and other special interests.  They wound up with more money on the air than did the GOP in this cycle, and it didn’t do them much good in the end.

Why?  Because American voters don’t really buy a purity claim from either party.  Both parties have monied interests, and besides, Democrats who mined Wall Street for contribution gold in 2008 didn’t seem to think that the lucre was all that filthy in that cycle.  Griping about business leaders suddenly shifting from Democrats to Republicans sounds more like sour-grapes whining than an argument on policy, and only the true believers buy into it.

Barack Obama became an albatross around Democratic necks because of the economy.  His economic agenda has led to stagnation, chronically high unemployment, and no respite on the horizon for at least another year under the circumstances.  Obama’s stimulus package hasn’t stimulated anything other than debt, and the health-care bill has introduced so much uncertainty into employment costs that Obama and Democrats have actively made the situation worse.

But Senate Democrats can’t just blame this all on Obama.  After all, they all voted for these bills.  None of them stood up to the White House while Obama demanded and got spending levels that jumped more than 20% in two years in the FY2010 budget.  They all participated in the “reconciliation” dodge that got ObamaCare passed into law.

Nor is their advice going to make the situation better.  After two years of seeing total Democratic control in Washington, voters threw out more of the governing party in both chambers than any other midterm election since 1938.  If Senate Democrats take that message to mean that Obama should be less accommodating to Republicans and that liberals in the Senate Democratic majority should push their hard-left agenda with more “passion,” then a whole lot of them will be hitting the exits in 2012, along with their President.


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RACISTS!!!

hillbillyjim on November 19, 2010 at 10:17 AM

They just don’t get it. None of them, it seems. I’ve yet to hear one of them admit they suffered great losses because the citizens they are supposed to represent aren’t being listened to and don’t want what the government is trying to force them to do.

scalleywag on November 19, 2010 at 10:18 AM


a whole lot of them will be hitting the exits in 2012, along with their President.

I hope…

golfmann on November 19, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Maybe his heavy handed czars, Incompetano, and tax cheat Geithner have something to do with it too. The government is becoming more and more intrusive.

clnurnberg on November 19, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Senate Democrats – including typically mild-mannered Bill Nelson of Florida – lit into President Barack Obama during an unusually tense air-clearing caucus session on Thursday, senators and staffers told POLITICO.

Part of the problem for the Democrats is that Obama forced them to all sign on as far left liberals. In the past Democrats have done well by running as moderates or conservatives. However, when your party is pursuing explicitly national socialist programs by any means necessary, it becomes impossible to keep up that fiction.

18-1 on November 19, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Evil people have a real hard time accepting responsibility for their own actions.
It’s way easier to point fingers.
POSes. Every single one of these people.

Badger40 on November 19, 2010 at 10:21 AM

The 23 Democrats in the Senate up in 2012 are going to make a lot of headaches for the hard left. The ones in swing states are going to be battling now with the ones in safe states as their agendas start to become opposite. The left in their typical tantrum will start saying they aren’t going to support Democrats who vote with Republicans ( See Blanch Lincoln). They are going to become vulnerable either by voting with Obama ( with the voters) or lose support and money by voting with the Progressives and Obama. Catch 22 and Deja Vue all over again.

Conan on November 19, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Another prime example of them not listening to us citizens… look at Pelosi’s approval rating, then look at how many of them voted to keep her as their party leader. It’s astonishing. They’ll continue to fund her extravagant travel and office space with our tax dollars despite the fact that the majority of us object to it. They’re deaf and dumb and deserve to be thrown out.

scalleywag on November 19, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Barack Obama became an albatross around Democratic necks because of the economy.

Barack Obama became an albatross around the neck of moderate democrats because of ideology. Moderate democrats from modestly conservative districts have no hope of continuing a career in elected office when their party ideology is so divorced from reality, or is being rejected by voters in their district.

Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi either share Obama’s goals, or their party loyalty transcends conscience.

Skandia Recluse on November 19, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Somehow Dems have to find a way to make Obama on a permanent campaign. He was really good at that…

HAExpert on November 19, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Ever since the 2008 Presidential race got underway, anyone who challenged Barry the Articulate on any subject for any reason was labeled a racist; therefore, I’m sticking with my first comment: These Democrat haters who oppose The Jug-Eared One are obviously racist troglodytes.

Shame.

hillbillyjim on November 19, 2010 at 10:28 AM

The Evidence:

Several senators expressed the opinion that Obama needed to show more passion

i.e. Communication problem

…party liberals renewed their complaint that Obama should abandon the pretense of bipartisanship…

Huh???

…in the face of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s intransigence and what they consider the Kentucky Republican’s blatantly political tactics aimed at making Obama a one-term president.

That’s right…the Republicans should be working for Obama’s re-election.

Others said Democratic leaders need to clearly spell out what they believe are the motivations behind the Republicans’ positions: that they are beholden to special interests, who bankroll their campaigns.

Been there, done that, doesn’t work.

Conclusion: They’re delusional.

Blaise on November 19, 2010 at 10:28 AM

If Senate Democrats take that message to mean that Obama should be less accommodating to Republicans and that liberals in the Senate Democratic majority should push their hard-left agenda with more “passion,”

More messaging. More reform. More speeches. Car in a ditch. Slurpee jokes. Raise taxes in lame duck session. Pass an outrageous budget.

Thank you.

antisocial on November 19, 2010 at 10:28 AM

They’ll still vote in unison for amnesty and whatever other crap he and the rest of them are trying to force down our throats. Because that’s how they roll.

The Mega Independent on November 19, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Are these the same Demoraps that stood up and applauded when the Healthcare bill was signed?
Were they the ones that stood up and applaud El Presendente of Mexico?
Are they the ones that applauded when the Whiner in Chief lit into the Supreme justices in the State of the Union address?
Screw them all.

Electrongod on November 19, 2010 at 10:29 AM

This Lame Duck Congress is certainly living up to that name. Come on, January.

kingsjester on November 19, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Civil war in the party!

Purity tests!

Violent, irresponsible rhetoric!

The people want compromise not gridlock!

Oh, it’s just Democrats arguing? Then that’s fine healthy debate.

mudskipper on November 19, 2010 at 10:29 AM

There are only so many seats in the lifeboats; who is with me and who is against me?

barnone on November 19, 2010 at 10:32 AM

You can always tell when ED has been on a “boondoggle” in a glorius SOUTHERN state …

He comes back from the experience and writes WITH BALLS!

Good post Ed!

HondaV65 on November 19, 2010 at 10:33 AM

That should be as effective as the strategy adopted by Democrats in this midterm cycle of running against George W. Bush.  In fact, Democrats did put a lot of effort into painting the GOP as the party of fat cats, along with other boogeymen like Karl Rove, John Boehner, Dick Cheney, and George W. Bush.  It worked about as well as any of the other attacks on the Republicans, which is to say, not at all, in part because Democrats get bankrolled pretty heavily by unions, trial lawyers, and other special interests.  They wound up with more money on the air than did the GOP in this cycle, and it didn’t do them much good in the end.

That’s why I love SP

she is truly a product for the people unlike the seesaw, three-card monty rep dem claim of who is more tied to special interest

Palin/West

Sonosam on November 19, 2010 at 10:34 AM

I think the Senate Dems are also missing the other point about Obama in that he routinely has smeared and demonized somewhere around half of American voters by variously calling them dumb, angry, fearful and enemies. Obama has succeeded in alienating a large bloc of independent voters.

flipflop on November 19, 2010 at 10:35 AM

All these Democrat Senators must be kicking themselves thinking “I could have been the guy/gal to stop that Obamacare crazytrain and saved my party.” They really know they have nobody to bleame but themselves. Most of them are not as old or as ideologically stuck in the 1970s as Nancy Pelosi and her gang in the House. Just look at the kickbacks and rules suspensions and midnight votes it took to get that bill passed in the Senate.

Bill Nelson, you need to look in the mirror.

rockmom on November 19, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Senate Democrats unload on Obama

[The story continues, Page A-43]

“…after unloading on Obama, Senate Democrats unloaded on the American voters — those who had unloaded the Senate Democrats — by rushing to pass new Draconian and anti-freedom legislation, including measures to give the government vast powers to control people’s food consumption and to make airport TSA screenings more dehumanizingly intrusive than hereftofore imagined…..”

FlameWarrior on November 19, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Next time you see me things won’t be the same,
Next time you see me things won’t be the same,
If it hurts you my darling, you only got yourself to blame.

Well, it’s true, true saying, all that shines is not gold.
Well, it’s true, true saying, all that shines is not gold.
Like the good book says, you gotta reap what you sow

Next Time You See Me Lyrics
Songwriters: Forest, Earl; Harvey, William G;

EliTheBean on November 19, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Barack Obama became an albatross around Democratic necks because of the economy. His economic agenda has led to stagnation, chronically high unemployment, and no respite on the horizon for at least another year under the circumstances.

If Obama or the Democrats had an economic agenda, most Americans missed it. They spent more than a year cramming a seriously flawed Healthcare reform package down the public’s throats despite a majority rejection. Only at the end of this last session did Democrats even make a feeble attempt to pass a jobs bill that was neither consumer or business friendly. Re-distributing wealth is not an economic agenda!

Rovin on November 19, 2010 at 10:42 AM

And the media is helping the Dems try to sell their various illusions to themselves and to us. From NPR to even Fox News, I am hearing that the parties need to work together (i.e. support Obama) because… the outcome of the last election shows that the public is angry over gridlock in Washington!

It was merely a coincidence that the voters took out that anger almost 100% on Demcrats. Sure.

drunyan8315 on November 19, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Interesting analysis, Ed. Too bad it’s wrong.

The soon-to-be ex-Congresscrooks didn’t lose because of Osama Obama. They lost because they bought into his act, hook, line and sinker. They supported him all the way, cheered for his every move, approved his nominees — including the Criminal General, Eric Shabazz Holder — and passed his destructive legislation.

Heck, if anything, they didn’t think he went far enough. They would have lined up like good little soldiers for even worse legislation. They would have passed Bomber Bill Ayers onto the Supreme Court, if only the Traitor-in-Chief had given them the chance.

Like good little lefties, they now blame the Mohammedan Mouthpiece for their own failed policies. In the meantime, they’re getting ready to push through amnesty and other unconstitutional laws before they are finally put out to pasture with their fat pensions and access to cushy government (or lobbying) jobs.

If they all had been reelected, they’d still be kissing Osama Obama’s boots, and begging him to turn the nation into even more of a totalitarian third-world state.

MrScribbler on November 19, 2010 at 10:45 AM

After two years of seeing total Democratic control in Washington, voters threw out more of the governing party in both chambers than any other midterm election since 1938

One thing is for certain….the democrats are not united and the finger pointing has gone internal.

Welcome to the Nancy/Reid Circus act.

What did the “adults” expect when they shoved unpopular and failed legislation down the throats of the American people.

The worst thing they could do is to double down on stupid by keeping the same leadership that destroyed their majorities and continue to spin their legislation as a grand success….

…..oh wait.

Baxter Greene on November 19, 2010 at 10:47 AM

hillbillyjim on November 19, 2010 at 10:17
AMmudskipper on November 19, 2010 at 10:29 AM
hillbillyjim on November 19, 2010 at 10:28 AM

EUREKA!

I have discovered “Lexicon Black Matter”.

It is there but you just can’t see it!

That is why only conservatives can be racists.

That is why gridlock is only on the Republican’s agenda.
That is what makes the “R” appear only in certain media reports!

It is hidden in the definitions!

IlikedAUH2O on November 19, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Nor is their advice going to make the situation better.

This is the biggest problem with having such an incompetent person/team in harge.

Americans can tolerate and adapt to poor leadership. But how do we respond to NO leadership?

Having choked off the lifeblood of the Great American Economic Engine, the Dems ar realizing that there is no one-step method of kicking the corpse back to life. The (D) driver and all his cronies are reduced to ‘showing leadership’ by kicking tires, popping the hood and tinkering aimlessly, and making critical decisions like who will make the next walk for Slurpees. He will stand at the head of the car because it is his place, and he will be unable to put into practice any advice he is given, even if he were inclined, which he won’t be. The only solutions that interest him will be the ones he thinks up himself (or is told that he thought of) because his Presidency is all about his thoughts and actions, not those of the American people. (Or as SP put it back in 2008, “We can’t afford to let the Presidency be Barack Obama’s personal voyage of self-discovery.”)

As difficult as it will be for the Rs to show any real achievement over the next 2 years, one primary fact is paramount: by 2012 Americans will be extremely ready for a good mechanic to step forward and take charge. If you don’t want it to be Sarah, find somebody better at rolling up their sleeves and getting the job done. But like Reagan and others say, it’s amazing what you can do when you don’t care who gets the credit. Too many Rs want to appear Presidential and be seen as the advisors to the mechanic. Sarah is the only one I see willing to get her hands dirty.

rwenger43 on November 19, 2010 at 10:49 AM

while party liberals renewed their complaint that Obama should abandon the pretense of bipartisanship

So
1) it is a pretense of bipartisanship, not an actual desire for bipartisanship

and

2) What even pretense of bipartisanship? To these Fascist-Democrats, bipartisanship means the other side going along with your agenda 100%. I do not think that word means what they think it means.

rbj on November 19, 2010 at 10:51 AM

I hope…

golfmann on November 19, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Don’t hope…pray for this daily as I do :)

lukespapa on November 19, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Is there any Democrat who can look at himself, and accept that he has fundamentally messed up?

Slowburn on November 19, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Senate Democrats unload on Obama

And don’t think House Democrats didn’t “unload” on Pelosi:

“The truth is that Nancy Pelosi’s season has passed,” said Rep. Allen Boyd (Fla.), one of more than 60 Democrats who lost their seats on Election Day. “And she is the face of defeat.”

“When you have taken the largest losses of any majority in my lifetime,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.), who led an effort to postpone a vote on Pelosi’s leadership bid, it’s “time for reflection to better understand the reason for those losses.”

And Rep. Bill Pascrell (N.J.), who called himself “one of Nancy Pelosi’s closest friends here in the Congress,” said that by holding Wednesday’s vote to keep Pelosi as leader, Democrats “missed an opportunity today to send a signal to America that we understand what happened this past election.”

As Blaise said: “Conclusion: They’re delusional.”

Rovin on November 19, 2010 at 10:55 AM

But Senate Democrats can’t just blame this all on Obama. After all, they all voted for these bills. None of them stood up to the White House while Obama demanded and got spending levels that jumped more than 20% in two years in the FY2010 budget. They all participated in the “reconciliation” dodge that got ObamaCare passed into law.

This is what has been running our country, really this is the best representation we can get? They sh1t in their nest, and then blame their enabler “Obama” there really is no honor among thieves.

Obamascare is going to cost us 3 trillion dollars, we all told them emphatically we didn’t want it…that’s thievery.

Dr Evil on November 19, 2010 at 10:55 AM

MORE POPCORN!

GarandFan on November 19, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Excellent post, Ed. It would do each and every one of those whining Democrat Senators good to read it. But even then, they wouldn’t believe it, hyper-partisans that they are.

These idiots are to the point where they can’t recognize the truth anymore. It’s all about partisan politics to them. Everything is a seen as just another tactic in a political battle without end… and even the facts can’t shine through.

Murf76 on November 19, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Freedom itself is under attack by the rats.

The Obama sideshow is all a distraction.

tarpon on November 19, 2010 at 10:57 AM

MrScribbler on November 19, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Excellent analysis…and also correct!

belad on November 19, 2010 at 10:57 AM

I just don’t understand the left. I don’t understand their worldview, and I don’t understand their logic. They don’t seem to like the concept of risk and reward, hard work and reward, make good life choices and suceede, make bad life choices and pay the price.

They seem to want to kill the chicken laying the golden eggs, and reward being lazy and believe you shoulds get paid well if you decide not to learn in school, work, of be usefull.

How do they expect that to work?

saiga on November 19, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Anger and incoherence: always the end game for the Left because that’s where they always begin.

rrpjr on November 19, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Others said Democratic leaders need to clearly spell out what they believe are the motivations behind the Republicans’ positions: that they are beholden to special interests, who bankroll their campaigns.

AHA! THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT LIZZZARDAA MURSKSKSOSKI?

YES. BUT …

Lizzaradarar ffaorofo fdkcay is their FAVORITE RINO! She’ll get lots of hugs and kisses. Kathee Kourreierrrk has just gave Lizardisards some chocolates to unload on Palin.

Yuck!

TheAlamos on November 19, 2010 at 10:59 AM

We Tea Party activists effectively targeted Ron Klein in Fl-22 and replaced him with Lt. Col. Allen West. We have warned Sen. Bill Nelson for 2 years now that should he continue backing Dumb-0′s agenda he is toast.

Once the former astronaut agreed to side with Dumb-0 and close the Space Center he sealed his fate. There is nothing he can do to save himself.

Democrats are toxic in Florida. With the redistricting we will get rid of Wasserman-Ditz also. Florida is vibrant RED!

Jayrae on November 19, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Just a little venting…they’ll be in lockstep with dear leader as soon as the new congress begins…..the msm will get on those gop meanies who won’t work with the dems

cmsinaz on November 19, 2010 at 11:01 AM

But Senate Democrats can’t just blame this all on Obama. After all, they all voted for these bills. None of them stood up to the White House while Obama demanded and got spending levels that jumped more than 20% in two years in the FY2010 budget. They all participated in the “reconciliation” dodge that got ObamaCare passed into law.

Not only did they vote for the bills, they wrote the bills. Obama can almost rightfully stand and make this point known. He’s taking heat they they turned up and now they’re pissed off. Congress wrote AND voted on AND passed horrible legislation, which Obama also promoted and SIGNED. They’re all in this together and this lil’ exercise is nothing more than a circular firing squad. Or, a circle jerk, but the end result is the same, everyone is going to wind up getting shot with something.

ted c on November 19, 2010 at 11:02 AM

The worst part of all this is that the Democraps actually believe what they are saying.None of them seem to be able to accept the fact that they effed up.Instead of looking at the reality and saying”We went the wrong way,our policies and stategies didn’t work,so let’s try something else”,they just look for scapegoats.
I think the past election has demonstrated that even their ardent supporters are getting fed up with their child-like attitude.
The health care bill is a perfect example.they didn’t push for it because they thought it would work.Rather they continued to push for it only because they have wanted Socialized Med in the US for so many years.It didn’t matter that the people didn’t want it,it didn’t matter that all evidence points to its inevitable failure,all that mattered to them was “We want it.”
These are the thought patterns of spoiled children.Spoiled children do not make effective leaders.

DDT on November 19, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Jayrae on November 19, 2010 at 11:00 AM

strong work down there in Florida. +++

thank you for LTC West. I’d like to see him tie up some Dems and get them to talk just like he does with jihadbots overseas.

ted c on November 19, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Nelson told colleagues Obama’s unpopularity has become a serious liability for Democrats in his state

Charlie Crist cozied up to Obama in 2009, and where did that get him? Nelson is looking over his shoulder at Senator-Elect Marco Rubio, and knows he’s next!

Mitch McConnell might want to have a few chats with Nelson about votes. Nelson’s votes in the Senate, and Floridians’ votes in 2012.

Steve Z on November 19, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Cloward Piven: it ain’t easy being cheesy.

The President knew Democrats would be fried at the polls, they fell for it, the ruling public didn’t, the ruling elite? Naah.

Speakup on November 19, 2010 at 11:07 AM

For Senators to blame Obama is on a par with Obama blaming the messaging.

Yes, Obama is toxic, but they lost because of their votes and arrogance. Cramming health care, the stimulus, and their Leftist dreams down our throats.

Bill Nelson is one of my senators. For example, I called and wrote his office about the stimulus. I told them that it was predicted the economy would recover without it, etc., etc. I got boilerplate emails in return–”people are hurting”–and so I called.

He still voted for it. I am totally unimpressed by his words.

We don’t like their policies and their arrogance. They have yet to admit that.

INC on November 19, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Charlie Crist cozied up to Obama in 2009, and where did that get him? Nelson is looking over his shoulder at Senator-Elect Marco Rubio, and knows he’s next!

Mitch McConnell might want to have a few chats with Nelson about votes. Nelson’s votes in the Senate, and Floridians’ votes in 2012.

Steve Z on November 19, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Yes, and it’s only too bad that Nelson wasn’t up for reelection this year!

INC on November 19, 2010 at 11:10 AM

They all can blame themselves…the voters spoke and they STILL don’t get the pulse of this country.

WE ARE NOT A MARXIST COUNTRY! Until they can grasp their pea brains around that, more losses will ensue. Obama woke the sleeping giant of the silent majority. Hopefully, they will remain awake through 2012.

search4truth on November 19, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Barack Obama became an albatross around Democratic necks because of the economy.

I think it’s something more than just the economy, as bad as all that is. I sense that people (not just those on the right) are taking the measure of this president and finding something deeply disturbing.

labwriter on November 19, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Wait, wait, wasn’t it the big “o” who refused to meet with the Republicans, wasn’t he the one who said “I won” (the little snot nosed physco in office, trying to rub it in McCain’s face)? He refused to speak to the repubs about health care, until people screamed. And then he met on a limited tv produced meeting and looked even lower. How many times has he really met with Boehner or any of the leaders of the opposition? He is a tyranical idiot and for those insiders who say he never yells or screams, I don’t believe them. Then to tell the dems that “you have me, that makes the difference” – well now they know what having him does to them.

Bambi on November 19, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Yeah, make a big show blaming Obama when these idiots went along with everything that Reid told them to do.

Please.

WisCon on November 19, 2010 at 11:27 AM

while party liberals renewed their complaint that Obama should abandon the pretense of bipartisanship

Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt….it’s also a river called the Potomac.

MayBee on November 19, 2010 at 11:27 AM

It is hard to sell a steaming pile of sh*t.

echosyst on November 19, 2010 at 11:28 AM

echosyst on November 19, 2010 at 11:28 AM

That is so true,echosyst.

mkm19602000 on November 19, 2010 at 11:37 AM

It is fun watching them go Full Retard, though…

SurferDoc on November 19, 2010 at 11:45 AM

It was merely a coincidence that the voters took out that anger almost 100% on Demcrats. Sure.

drunyan8315 on November 19, 2010 at 10:43 AM

..excellent observation!

One is continually amazed how these democrats will be continually amazed at future election outcomes.

The War Planner on November 19, 2010 at 12:05 PM

One thing I learnt from the left while GWB was president…
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Obama is not my president.
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He’s just the bast*rd some a**holes put in the WH to p*ss me off…

RalphyBoy on November 19, 2010 at 12:17 PM

They just don’t get it. None of them, it seems. I’ve yet to hear one of them admit they suffered great losses because the citizens they are supposed to represent aren’t being listened to and don’t want what the government is trying to force them to do.
scalleywag on November 19, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Exactly right, and the pundits are just as blind. Here’s the election in a nutshell from a disgruntled Sun-Times columnist:

In other parts of the country, the Democratic Party also underestimated the damage that has been done by flat-out fear-mongering.

For the last two years, the electorate has been subjected to lies about Obama’s religion, his heritage and his agenda. These deliberate falsehoods were designed to scare the bejeezus out of anyone who waves the American flag.

Unfortunately, Tuesday’s midterm massacre was as much a victory for the fear-mongers as it was for the Republican candidates who sought public office for a noble cause.

Apparently a lot of voters drank up every drop of the Obama-bashers’ Kool-Aid.

…except that there was also evidence of a conspiracy between Republicans and the business community:

But some observers also are questioning why so many businesses have been reluctant to hire workers despite the signs of an economic recovery. Some people even believe that the inaction is a deliberate attempt to undermine the president’s policies.

I don’t tend to buy in to conspiracy theories, even though we live in an era where the most popular pundits are those who are experts at manipulation and character assassination.

Nonetheless, I can’t help but wonder if something more sinister than voter frustration is behind the seismic shift in Washington.

[Psst! Pay no attention to that elephant in the room called Obamacare...not to mention the fact that no businessman in the country has a clue what tax rates will be come January 1, 2011.]

Read the whole sad thing here:

http://www.suntimes.com/news/mitchell/2864462,CST-NWS-mitch04.article

Owen Glendower on November 19, 2010 at 12:22 PM

The greatest speech maker, communicator and teleprompter reader in presidential history couldn’t communicate with the American voters effectively? It couldn’t be the message? Then it must mean that we need someone new at the top of the executive branch. That works for me.

stefano1 on November 19, 2010 at 12:25 PM

They’re deaf and dumb and deserve to be thrown out.

scalleywag on November 19, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Kinda like us California voters.

I’m just worried about the next 6 weeks and what travesties of justice they’ll foist on us. after that I hope that they go as hard-left as possible in their rhetoric. We need as many sound bites as possible that piss off average Americans. If we’re lucky, we can continue to be “the party of NO” and get more and more popular every day because of it.

hisfrogness on November 19, 2010 at 12:42 PM

But Senate Democrats can’t just blame this all on Obama. After all, they all voted for these bills.

Bingo. What a bunch of whiny babies, playing the blame game from here to eternity.

If Senate Democrats take that message to mean that Obama should be less accommodating to Republicans and that liberals in the Senate Democratic majority should push their hard-left agenda with more “passion,” then a whole lot of them will be hitting the exits in 2012, along with their President.

Yep. They are incapable of grasping the fact that it’s not their messaging that’s the problem, it’s their far left agenda. And no, we did not “vote against our best interests” as the insufferably arrogant Soros/Podesta crowd like to claim.

Buy Danish on November 19, 2010 at 12:49 PM

Barack Obama became an albatross around Democratic necks because of the economy.

He was, is, and will be an albatross on most Americans, especially those who “hoped” he’d help them.

This narcissist knows only himself.

The fools on all sides who believed in him, deserve him.

Too bad it’s so destructive to the good land.

Schadenfreude on November 19, 2010 at 12:50 PM

They all participated in the “reconciliation” dodge that got ObamaCare passed into law.

In all fairness, the Senate actually did stand up in that manner. They passed their version. It was the House’s version they weren’t going to pass which created the need for the Democrats in the House to use reconciliation.

So, to say Senators participated in the “reconciliation” dodge is disingenuous.

ButterflyDragon on November 19, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Even the supposedly mild-mannered Bill Nelson of Florida got angry, according to Politico, over Obama’s sagging popularity and inability to sell the Democratic agenda Obama demanded they follow. But the message sounds a little incoherent after that

Maybe that’s because of the fact that there ISN’T a coherent way to explain why Democrat Senators are angry at Obama for merely approving of legislation they wrote without his input.

“You knew we were gleefully killing ourselves; You should have talked us out of it!”

This is the kind of conversation addicts have after a particularly severe group overdose. And it NEVER makes any sense.

logis on November 19, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Well look on the bright side, they don’t get it, so they will lose badly again in 2012. Works for me. Meanwhile, we have the House under R control, so that will put the brakes on this exploding government growth. And if they don’t apply the brakes, we will primary all of the fiscal traitors. Congress can not put this genie back in the bottle. WE THE PEOPLE are paying attention and getting involved.

karenhasfreedom on November 19, 2010 at 1:46 PM

That’s right…the Republicans should be working for Obama’s re-election.
Strange, I seem to recall the Dems ran a candidate during the 2004 election.
Are we to believe that the Dems, if they won, would have kept Bush as President?
Are we to believe that the Dems intended to lose?

Are we to believe that the Party that coined the phrase “we are the opposition party, are job is to oppose” somehow thinks the job of the “opposition party” is to “rubber stamp The Incompetent One”?

DSchoen on November 19, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Obama was never supposed to be a leader — a credit-taker yes, but never a leader, except in the sense he was supposed to be a racial battering ram so that people like Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Obama’s Chicago handlers could get their pet projects shoved through. Obama was to give them the ability to use the race card against their opponents and claim absolute moral authority for all of their ideas. But to get to that point, Obama had to be both non-threatening during the two year campaign while also being ultra-cautious in hiding his true ideology from the swing voters (which explains all the ‘present’ votes, because that maintained his presidential viability).

Doing the latter was easier than trying to change the former. The Senators are angry that Obama isn’t more aggressive, but that’s never been and will never be his personality — if he’s more aggressive, he never could have hidden it from the voters during the 2007-08 campaign and would have been marginalized by Hillary and even John Edwards before the Iowa caucus. At the same time, the cautiousness that’s part of his personality makes it unlikely he can move to the middle, because he would have to defy his core base of liberal special interest groups.

Obama’s a narcissist, but he’s not a self-confident one like Bill Clinton, since Obama’s been aided by a series of enablers since his Harvard days, who were willing to let his take the credit for the hard work others did. That means unless he’s scared more of losing re-election than he is of his own political base, he’s not going to tell them to pound sand, and he’s not going to get aggressive against anyone except for his usual Republican/conservative targets, and then only because he knows those same liberal special interest groups have got his back.

jon1979 on November 19, 2010 at 2:22 PM

These idiots are playin’ Russian Roulette with all chambers loaded!

What a bunch of cry babies!

AllosaursRus on November 19, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Obama’s unpopularity has become a serious liability for Democrats in his state and blamed the president for creating a toxic political environment for Democrats nationwide

Progressive socialism always sounds good. It’s when it’s put into practice and law that reality hits all but the most dedicated communists.

RJL on November 19, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Maybe Obama should try to get on Dancing With The Stars.

malclave on November 19, 2010 at 2:51 PM

One thing I forgot to mention which makes Nelson’s words double down on hypocrisy.

I believe he’s a Deputy Whip for the Dem Caucus. That means he was one of the ones keeping the votes in line for all of their wretched and destructive programs.

INC on November 19, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Barack Obama became an albatross around Democratic necks because of the economy.

True. But many Americans also distrust Obama and his intentions. That factors hugely into his monumental fall from grace–just as hugely as the economy, IMO.

Grace_is_sufficient on November 19, 2010 at 5:26 PM