Democrats feeling pretty pumped about Obama’s commitment to help out with 2014

posted at 7:01 pm on February 9, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Many Democrats have not been pleased with President Obama’s lack of involvement or interest in both them and their campaigns over the past few years, and have been getting increasingly restive about it — but certain House Dems left their three-day retreat yesterday apparently feeling enervated by the White House’s announced commitment to various fundraising events with the DCCC and the DSCC in 2013, and the promise of even more in 2014 as the midterms get closer, reports The Hill:

House Democrats left their three-day retreat speaking of unity and voicing confidence that President Obama will help them win back a majority in 2014. …

“The president absolutely ignited the Democratic caucus by announcing this massive commitment,” crowed an ebullient Rep. Steve Israel (N.Y.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

The president, during a private session at the Lansdowne Resort on Thursday, pledged to host eight separate fund-raising events for House Democrats in 2013 and more in 2014. … He is giving equal support to the Senate Democrats’ campaign arm.

“Today he put his schedule where his heart is,” Israel said.

Yep, I’d say he certainly did put his schedule where his heart is, ’cause his heart is probably pretty set on on a successful and legacy-building second term, as Robert Shrum usefully illuminates over at the Daily Beast. He absolutely cannot afford to let the Democrats lose control of the Senate, and will want to pull out all of the stops to try and take back the House. An uber-liberal presidential agenda isn’t much good without a non-obstructionist, hostage-taking Congress to blithely pass it, you know.

President Obama may have to defy history—again. To pass much of his agenda for change, he not only will have to hold the Senate, but may have to gain the House in 2014, or come close, opening the way to what has eluded every two-term president in modern times—and at almost any time: a final two years of important, even historic, achievement in domestic affairs. …

But what can and should Barack Obama do to secure his landmark objectives and assure that his final two years aren’t a token presidency in the domestic arena? He will have to invoke the full persuasive power of the bully pulpit—and sustain the full firepower of his vaunted political organization in 2014. In effect, he will have to run all out for a third term in the midterms.

As Philip Klein points out, however, post-Civil War history is entirely against the president; he’d have to beat the traditional “six-year itch” that traditionally pits voters against the president’s party during his sixth year in office.

Liberal Kevin Drum at Mother Jones has argued that 2014 might break this trend. But I think it’s likely to hold, for several reasons. One, the redrawn Congressional maps are likely to protect Republicans at least until the second half of the decade. Two, the composition of the electorate in midterm elections is likely to be much more favorable to Republicans than the electorate Obama was able to galvanize during a presidential election year. Three, Obamacare’s major provisions will be implemented in 2014 and I’m betting against it going smoothly. This isn’t saying it can’t be done — seven such elections  is a pretty small sample size and Republicans aren’t exactly popular right now. But it’s still unlikely.


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With “friends”like obama who needs enemies?

sandee on February 9, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Midterm Dim Musical selection to get them really pumped up.

Bmore on February 9, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Obamacare kicks in for real on 1 Jan 2014 and the election in in Nov.When the public starts getting slammed with it the anger should be so heavy the democrats should never win a national election for years.If the repubs don’t jump on that wagon and demonize it they should never win anything again.

docflash on February 9, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Many Democrats have not been pleased with President Obama’s lack of involvement or interest in both them and their campaigns over the past few years, and have been getting increasingly restive about it

When did this happen? I thought the President was toxic for the past few years, and no Democrat would dare be seen in public with him? At least, that’s what conservatives have been saying.

It’s funny how narratives are just dropped on a dime. “Oh, that didn’t work? Let’s just throw the exact opposite at the wall and see if that sticks”.

segasagez on February 9, 2013 at 7:22 PM

His eight separate fund-raising events will be with health insurance companies.

docflash on February 9, 2013 at 7:23 PM

This is Obama’s agenda..win the house in 2014..his final 2 years, his has complete control

unfortunately, he will do it too

our party is divided and unorganized

the dems have offices all over the country registering ppl to vote as i type this. historical turnout for 2014

Redford on February 9, 2013 at 7:25 PM

segasagez on February 9, 2013 at 7:22 PM

You sound like lester’s brother/sister.

On topic, they might win the House and lose the Senate.

Schadenfreude on February 9, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Do they really think pushing gun control while ignoring the debt and costs of ObamaCare is going to help them?

jawkneemusic on February 9, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Boehner, McCain, Rubio and Graham are doing all the heavy lifting for the dems.

Wigglesworth on February 9, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Redford on February 9, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Yep. Our side is outnumbered by idiots , no doubt.

Bmore on February 9, 2013 at 7:30 PM

the composition of the electorate in midterm elections is likely to be much more favorable to Republicans than the electorate Obama was able to galvanize during a presidential election year. Three, Obamacare’s major provisions will be implemented in 2014 and I’m betting against it going smoothly. This isn’t saying it can’t be done — seven such elections is a pretty small sample size and Republicans aren’t exactly popular right now. But it’s still unlikely.

…well…I thought the composition of the 2012 election was going to be more favorable after 4 years of that clown…and what happened?

KOOLAID2 on February 9, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Yep, I’d say he certainly did put his schedule where his heart is, ’cause his heart is probably pretty set on on a successful and legacy-building second term…

That much was obvious on the night in which Ambassador Stevens died.

unclesmrgol on February 9, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Meanwhile, the brain-trust Maxine Waters weighs in on the very powerful data collection that the “very smart” Obysmal has put into place.
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2013/02/06/Maxine-Waters-Reveals-Obamas-Secret-Data-Base-Filled-Voters-Private-Info-Dems-Secret-To-Crush-GOP

O predicts that Pelosi will have the gavel again.

onlineanalyst on February 9, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Too true, unclesmrgol.

onlineanalyst on February 9, 2013 at 7:36 PM

It’s funny how narratives are just dropped on a dime. “Oh, that didn’t work? Let’s just throw the exact opposite at the wall and see if that sticks”.

segasagez on February 9, 2013 at 7:22 PM

…you’re not a 12 year old girl from Puerto Rico…are you?

KOOLAID2 on February 9, 2013 at 7:39 PM

It’s funny how narratives are just dropped on a dime. “Oh, that didn’t work? Let’s just throw the exact opposite at the wall and see if that sticks”.

segasagez on February 9, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Speaking of dropped, you and your ilk seem to be strangely absent on the threads regarding the Obama appointment of the dude with offshore accounts and the one where the LA cop killer demonstrated his support for liberal causes, yet this fact is being ignored by the public relations department of the DNC, the MSM when we all know that if he had even a passing relation to a conservative cause that would have been front page news from the DNC public relations department.

AZfederalist on February 9, 2013 at 7:40 PM

The mindless moochers are not aware mid-term elections even exist..

hillsoftx on February 9, 2013 at 7:42 PM

…you’re not a 12 year old girl from Puerto Rico…are you?

KOOLAID2 on February 9, 2013 at 7:39 PM

No. Not at all…….She’s from the Dominican Republic.

VegasRick on February 9, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Given ObamaCare will be in full swing in 2014 – with the resultant fallout – would any Democrat running for office even want Barry on stage with them?

GarandFan on February 9, 2013 at 7:43 PM

The mindless moochers are not aware mid-term elections even exist..

hillsoftx on February 9, 2013 at 7:42 PM

That is the key, we need to hold ground until the mid’s.

VegasRick on February 9, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Erika, you may want to rethink your sentence about Dems feeling enervated.

en·er·vat·ed [en-er-vey-tid] Show IPA
adjective
without vigor, force, or strength; languid.
Origin:
1650–60; enervate + -ed2

Related forms
un·en·er·vat·ed, adjective
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en·er·vate [v. en-er-veyt; adj. ih-nur-vit] Show IPA verb, en·er·vat·ed, en·er·vat·ing, adjective
verb (used with object)
1.
to deprive of force or strength; destroy the vigor of; weaken. Synonyms: enfeeble, debilitate, sap, exhaust.

herm2416 on February 9, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Well maybe the democrats Preezy Empty Chair campaigns for will have the same luck as the businesses he endorsed…of which many went bankrupt.

workingclass artist on February 9, 2013 at 7:46 PM

segasagez ?

Bmore on February 9, 2013 at 7:51 PM

segasagez ?

Bmore on February 9, 2013 at 7:51 PM

…new strain of syphilis!

KOOLAID2 on February 9, 2013 at 8:02 PM

onlineanalyst on February 9, 2013 at 7:35 PM

More on this:

The Collectivist Mind Game, Part 3: Demonizing Human Nature
By Oleg Atbashian in The American Thinker

Messina further describes OFA [Organizing for Action] as “an advantage that no previous president has enjoyed and one that has the potential to reshape our politics for years to come.”

Judging by past performance, the vague “reshaping of our politics” here translates into a very concrete subjugation of the legislative and judicial branches to the executive dictate and the elimination of the constitutional principle of checks and balances.

If this plan works, Obama and his Czars will be simply telling Congress and the courts what to do, as his Department of Agitation and Propaganda will discredit and demonize all non-compliant legislators and judges with coordinated “hate weeks” in the media and staged street protests, all the while feeding illusions of a major historic battle between good and evil to the misinformed public, who will eagerly play the part of a crowd with pitchforks and torches, especially if motivated with promises of more government handouts.

Any surviving opposition will thus be pressured and intimidated into submission, one by one, until the last resisting judge, congressman, or any other troublemaker is either removed from office or gives up the fight and succumbs to the Orwellian alternative reality, letting Obama fundamentally transform America as advertised. Thereafter, we may as well live in a Lunar colony — so small will be our chance to uproot the new ruling Party who will be setting the terms, framing the debate, writing the narrative, and otherwise stage-managing the bamboozled, easily manipulated subjects of the new “people’s republic.”

We may well be witnessing a pivotal moment in creating a system, against which a future free-market revolution will be fought.

petefrt on February 9, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Time for bark to warmly reminisce about his past like the great doctor at Johns Hopkins. He can talk about his skank communist sleeze of a mother being inseminated by a wandering Islamist African unemployed sperm donor. He can talk of his culturally diverse upbringing where women were beaten and stoned to death for not wearing their burkha out in public.

He then can remind us of his accomplishments such as graduating from Columbia and Harvard valedictorian, organizing all of Chicago’s poor areas, curing cancer and the common cold and restoring “balance” to the economy.

acyl72 on February 9, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Hosanna Heysanna Sanna Sanna Ho Sanna Hey Sanna Ho Sanna

Limerick on February 9, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Yes, yes please “help” the democrats Mr. President for 2014.

redguy on February 9, 2013 at 8:26 PM

KOOLAID2 on February 9, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Hard to say. Could be an old strain. Won’t get tested. Coward for sure.

Bmore on February 9, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Wait until O-care kicks in. Dem incumbents will run like scalded dogs away from Barky, Peloser, and Dingy Harry. Obama who? Never heard of him or the Affordable Care Act. I’ll fix it, I swear. I’m not coming after your guns, I promise.

Big fun.

Philly on February 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Remember the the good ol’ days when a president would rise from the populace, do his duty, then retire back into mundane citizenship in his hometown – instead of enriching himself by perennially leveraging his position as political king maker?

locomotivebreath1901 on February 9, 2013 at 9:37 PM

but certain House Dems left their three-day retreat yesterday apparently feeling enervated by the White House’s announced commitment to various fundraising events with the DCCC and the DSCC in 2013

That’s the opposite of what you mean by “enervated,” Erika.

HitNRun on February 9, 2013 at 9:54 PM

If I could photoshop, I would add vampire fangs to Obama to the thread photo.

Jvette on February 9, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Behind door number one Barack Obama. Behind door number two Mr. Gerry Mander. I’ll take door number two.

bluesdoc70 on February 9, 2013 at 10:32 PM

That’s the opposite of what you mean by “enervated,” Erika.

HitNRun on February 9, 2013 at 9:54 PM

I gather that as well. What am I missing?

To “enervate” is to “To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of…”

Drained Brain on February 9, 2013 at 11:12 PM

for some reason I can’t log on to QOTD

Barred on February 9, 2013 at 11:30 PM

for some reason I can’t log on to QOTD

Barred on February 9, 2013 at 11:30 PM

…we are all having trouble with the site…comment numbers not changing…comments from threads not updating…etc.
WTF?

KOOLAID2 on February 10, 2013 at 2:18 AM

….his heart is probably pretty set on on a successful and legacy-building second term…

Would be kind of nice if the narcissistic egoistic empty suit legend-in-his-own-mind here had his heart set instead on using his second term to improve the economy, open up the job market, work to curtail illegal immigration, and actually do something strictly for the benefit of the American people, instead of try to be some sort of pseudo emperor out to build a power base for his own corrupt political party, ya think?

pilamaye on February 10, 2013 at 5:37 AM

…well…I thought the composition of the 2012 election was going to be more favorable after 4 years of that clown…and what happened?

KOOLAID2 on February 9, 2013 at 7:33 PM

America bought lust and free lunches fueled with infused anger and hatred of all that is good is what happened.

Don L on February 10, 2013 at 5:57 AM

Their trump cards are voter fraud and media propaganda.

justltl on February 10, 2013 at 6:54 AM

segasagez on February 9, 2013 at 7:22 PM

You sound like lester’s brother/sister.

He/she/it is molester’s transgendered sibling/spouse/partner !

cableguy615 on February 10, 2013 at 8:15 AM

I do not really see support from obama helping to elect anyone.

rjh on February 10, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Snakes also like other snakes in the pit to keep the warmth up. It’s a fact.

avagreen on February 10, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Maybe one or two will turn on him……and bite him. Several times.

avagreen on February 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM