White House: 2014 is “not a focus” for Obama yet

posted at 6:33 pm on March 4, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

It irks me to no end when politicians try to make trite assurances like, “This is most definitely not political.” The fact that you feel the need to say so is a pretty reliable indicator that whatever it is you’re talking about is political, and hey, that’s okay — this is politics. But of course, it’s gauche to say so, and in this particular case, the president needs to try and retain at least some semblance of a public image that he’s even the tiniest bit interested in working with, instead of working around, the currently divided Congress.

After a weekend Washington Post story described how the president and his team are already taking very specific and, for them, unusual steps to prep for the 2014 midterms in an attempt to undo the GOP-wave largely brought on by his signature health care law, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney assured us on Monday that President Above The Fray is most certainly not focused on something so vulgarly pragmatic as electing a Congress that might help him pass his agenda.

“It goes without saying that a president wants those in his party to do well,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters today. However, he added, the 2014 midterm elections are “not a focus of his particularly at this point.” …

Carney today said that Mr. Obama does believe his agenda — which includes a plan to reduce gun violence, immigration reform and measures like raising the minimum wage — would be easier to enact with Democrats in control of both chambers. “But it is also the president’s belief, and it is established in fact in recent history, that you can achieve important policy objectives with divided government,” he said.

Carney insisted the president is expending “great political capital and energy” on working quickly to pass immigration reform. Republicans have shown interest, he noted, in both immigration reform and some gun control measures.

Hey, sure you’re focused on trying to get bipartisan support for your hyper-progressive stances on those issues — but let’s not pretend that every move the White House makes is not strategically viewed through the prism of how it will improve the political balance sheet and help out the Democrats in 2014. As The Post story pointed out over the weekend, Organizing for Action is already on the 2014 prowl, and the president has pledged his time and fundraising popularity to the midterm effort as well as started paying more attention to Congressional Democrats in general — a pretty big divergence from his usual Lone-Ranger political brand.

The man has some major obstacles out in front of his legacy-building, and he knows it — so the long game is already figuring largely in his decisions. As Richard Benedetto put it in January:

It is now obvious to Republicans that Obama has no intention of becoming a lame duck president at the end of his second term. He’s seems willing to bide his time and push for a more-friendly Congress.

His apparent two-year strategy is to work hard to help Democrats win back control of the House of Representatives and use his final two years to build the liberal legacy he outlined in his address — a legacy that will be near-impossible to achieve as long as the GOP controls the House.

But with Democrats in charge of both chambers of Congress in 2015-16, Obama would be transformed from a lame duck to a soaring eagle.


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Since day one, the key to understanding Obowma and his administration is to believe the exact opposite of what he says…

… Why even listen anymore to him or the press?

Seven Percent Solution on March 4, 2013 at 6:41 PM

What difference does it make?

They will say that the sky is yellow, the grass is blue, war is peace, and ignorance is stregnth. 95% of the “press”, and 51% of the American people will swallow it hook line and sinker.

Let. It. Burn.

wytshus on March 4, 2013 at 6:42 PM

He’s only pushing for amnesty for the illegals because he feels sorry for them … or something.

OldEnglish on March 4, 2013 at 6:42 PM

(expletives), Jay.

We know damn well he’s trying to have all elections ABOLISHED by 2014.

listens2glenn on March 4, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Right now Obama is focusing on continuing the sequestration beatings until moral improves.

VorDaj on March 4, 2013 at 6:49 PM

I’m so glad I didn’t have a mouth full of food when I read that headline! The man can’t sit five minutes without having an uncontrollable itch to start campaigning again. He’s had 5 minutes in DC today, hasn’t he? Time to hop on the trail again!

scalleywag on March 4, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Years ago Johnny Carson did a skit where every time a politician told a lie a loud buzzer would automatically sound. The character he played couldn’t finish a single sentence.

I would love to see Carney talk with one of those buzzers embedded.

Or should I say, not talk.

fogw on March 4, 2013 at 6:51 PM

All Republicans have to do to figure out the Democrats 2014 strategy is study the California 36th Congressional District. Mary Bono Mack was beaten by the Nancy Pelosi negative campaign hit-squad.

Republicans should be able to figure out how to keep seats like this from being lost, but they’re too stupid.

I predict Democrats will win the House in 2014, because Republicans are stupid.

MichaelGabriel on March 4, 2013 at 6:52 PM

They will say that the sky is yellow, the grass is blue, war is peace, and ignorance is stregnth. 95% of the “press”, and 51% of the American people will swallow it hook line and sinker.

wytshus on March 4, 2013 at 6:42 PM

This in itself is an edifice of the great glory that has gone beyond, and the intuitive feeling of the American people, based on the assumption that the intelligence not only as Mencken once said, “He who underestimates the American voter will not go broke.” This is merely a small indication of this vast throng gathered here to once again behold and to perceive that which has gone into the behind and to that which might go forward out of the future.

RasThavas on March 4, 2013 at 6:54 PM

White House: 2014 is “not a focus” for Obama yet

Jay “Baghdad Bob” Carney is like a hollow-man, he speaks the words he is told to speak, they do not originate with him. They originate from Obama’s inner circle of advisers. Jay probably agrees with everything that Obama’s inner circle tell him to say, but he’s just a empty headed parrot. While Obama and his closest advisers are indisputably Marxists, Jay is mostly likely just a kool-aid drinking “Do Gooder“.

SWalker on March 4, 2013 at 6:54 PM

White House: 2014 is “not a focus” for Obama yet.

Well he is pretty busy having all those meetings with Congressional leaders about actually governing the country so……..oh wait…..he’s not?

The blank you say….

……why over at YAHOO NEWS all I hear is that he is working hard but those nasty Tea Party people won’t let him fix what’s wrong with the country.

mmmm, really weird.

PappyD61 on March 4, 2013 at 6:55 PM

He’s only pushing for amnesty for the illegals because he feels sorry for them … or something.

OldEnglish on March 4, 2013 at 6:42 PM

In relation to the tabulation whereby we must once again realize that the great reconquesta story is now being rehearsed before our very eyes, in the rise of Marco Rubio… indicating that only a two-faced, I mean a bi-faced, I mean a bilingual hombre can receive…the award for reconquesta, unlike Kenyan Hussein Obama whose reconquesta plans don’t drink water.

RasThavas on March 4, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Have I got a bridge for you!!!!

Cindy Munford on March 4, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Dennis Rodman 2016……

………he can’t be any worse.

PappyD61 on March 4, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Jay “Baghdad Bob” Carney is like a hollow-man, he speaks the words he is told to speak, they do not originate with him. They originate from Obama’s inner circle of advisers. Jay probably agrees with everything that Obama’s inner circle tell him to say, but he’s just a empty headed parrot.

SWalker on March 4, 2013 at 6:54 PM

And Jay “Baghdad Bob” Carney has attained, and has created for himself serenity, and it is only his insanity that has kept him alive in his senility.

RasThavas on March 4, 2013 at 6:59 PM

I am not coming for your guns

You can keep your insurance

I am not a dictator

Sequester was not my idea

I did not threaten Bob Woodward

Al Qaeda is finished

and on and on and on…….

RealMc on March 4, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Isn’t Organizing for Action one of those hideous branches of the ACORN organization? I wonder how many more cleverly camouflaged organizations will be springing up.

fourdeucer on March 4, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Dennis Rodman 2016……

………he can’t be any worse.

PappyD61 on March 4, 2013 at 6:58 PM

This is when we will come to the inescapable realization that America has outlived its usefulness. Marx, either Groucho or Karl, I can’t remember which, maybe it was both or maybe it was Harpo, once said that America is the opiate of the people. I say that when America outlives its usefulness and Dennis Rodman becomes president or dear leader II, then opium…will be the opiate…Ahh that’s not a bad idea… we are going to need that especially when the booze runs out …

RasThavas on March 4, 2013 at 7:02 PM

This makes about as much sense as the piles of shinola we’re getting from inside the beltway right now.

http://omg.yahoo.com/blogs/celeb-news/dennis-rodman-bizarre-meeting-kim-jong-un-171903059.html

http://www.tmz.com/

What about Chris Brown and Rhianna or Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in 2016?

Let’s just go ahead and elect a REAL celebrity that doesn’t want to govern instead of the poser we have now!!

PappyD61 on March 4, 2013 at 7:02 PM

I have to wonder how Jay Carney sleeps at night…money and power can help a lot but they both have limits…at some point he has to say “I can’t do this anymore”…

teejk on March 4, 2013 at 7:05 PM

I am not coming for your guns

You can keep your insurance

I am not a dictator

Sequester was not my idea

I did not threaten Bob Woodward

Al Qaeda is finished

and on and on and on…….

RealMc on March 4, 2013 at 7:00 PM

President Pharaoh Pinocchio, the Perpetual Pathological Prevaricator, prevaricating pathologically perpetually.

VorDaj on March 4, 2013 at 7:06 PM

RasThavas on March 4, 2013 at 6:56 PM

However, if Obama’s bleatings wins the day, in 2014, all is moot.

OldEnglish on March 4, 2013 at 7:06 PM

I am not coming for your guns

You can keep your insurance

I am not a dictator

Sequester was not my idea

I did not threaten Bob Woodward

Al Qaeda is finished

and on and on and on…….

RealMc on March 4, 2013 at 7:00 PM

.
President Pharaoh Pinocchio, the Perpetual Pathological Prevaricator, prevaricating pathologically perpetually.

VorDaj on March 4, 2013 at 7:06 PM

.
Those are both real good. Kudos!

listens2glenn on March 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

His “legacy building?”

Excuse me, but I think I just soiled myself….

WTF?

Polish Rifle on March 4, 2013 at 7:29 PM

But with Democrats in charge of both chambers of Congress in 2015-16, Obama would be transformed from a lame duck to a soaring eagle.

More like a dead Albatross, around all our necks.

CapnObvious on March 4, 2013 at 7:33 PM

However, he added, the 2014 midterm elections are “not a focus of his particularly at this point.”

If by “not a focus of his” Carney means “totally a focus of his,” then sure, I believe him.

To loosely quote another famous Dem, “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘not’ is.”

butterflies and puppies on March 4, 2013 at 7:37 PM

My problem with Obama is he’s not paying attention to 2013 either. Right now I haven’t seen him do anything about J O B S. That was supposed to be his priority, yet here he is, once again, playing small ball and trying to Rahm through legislation he knows he’s going to get a fight on.

I know he’s dealing with the stupid party, and Boehner is just as apt to push legislation through with minimal Republican support, but still, you’d think he’d be able to demonstrate just a little leadership and get some jobs bill through. Nope, not this guy, he’s not concentrating on 2014, 2013, 2016, or 2015, he’s just playing PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, the Game.

bflat879 on March 4, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Gibbs was instructed not to acknowledge the existence of the drone program.
Carney has his marching orders as well.

lynncgb on March 4, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Rs are behind the eight ball…the press will be going ballistic with them at the first opportunity. I don’t know the vulnerable seats, but Rs need to figure it out fast, and get those threatened out on the street arguing their case…now

My theory is that we’ll have a three term sequence before the fever breaks…i.e. the Ds will win prezy in 16 and lose in 20. So the House is critical…rather than 2 years of barry’s legacy, it could be 4 of the barry/clinton(or whoever) juggernaut

r keller on March 4, 2013 at 8:01 PM

‘Nite ‘Toon: Barry and the Manufactured Crises Factory

Resist We Much on March 4, 2013 at 7:26 PM

President Panic, aka The Sequester Molester (h/t Sparky)…

Fallon on March 4, 2013 at 8:22 PM

EVERYTHING Barry does is aimed at the next election cycle. Just as ALL his policies are political.

GarandFan on March 4, 2013 at 8:51 PM

But with Democrats in charge of both chambers of Congress in 2015-16, Obama would be transformed from a lame duck to a soaring eagle.

A soaring eagle with those ears? More like an arrogant fruit bat.

Happy Nomad on March 4, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Since day one, the key to understanding Obowma and his administration is to believe the exact opposite of what he says…

… Why even listen anymore to him or the press?

Seven Percent Solution on March 4, 2013 at 6:41 PM

First one out the gate and its the winner.

SmallGovtGuy on March 4, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Jay “Baghdad Bob” Carney is like a hollow-man, he speaks the words he is told to speak, they do not originate with him. They originate from Obama’s inner circle of advisers. Jay probably agrees with everything that Obama’s inner circle tell him to say, but he’s just a empty headed parrot.

SWalker on March 4, 2013 at 6:54 PM

And Jay “Baghdad Bob” Carney has attained, and has created for himself serenity, and it is only his insanity that has kept him alive in his senility.

RasThavas on March 4, 2013 at 6:59 PM

I believe he is still traumatized by the time he shot and killed the momma bird with his slingshot and his Pa, the town sheriff, made him take care of the baby birds until they could fend for themselves.

rottenrobbie on March 4, 2013 at 11:24 PM

The perpetual campaigner isn’t thinking about 2014 . . . Ok, now, call me, I have several large bridges to sell.

rplat on March 5, 2013 at 7:29 AM

“It goes without saying that a president wants those in his party to do well,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters today. However, he added, the 2014 midterm elections are “not a focus of his particularly at this point.” …

Ahhhhhh…..Jay Carney’s lips are moving, so Obama’s surrogate is lying to us all again. How nice of Tass and Pravda to report it!

olesparkie on March 5, 2013 at 8:03 AM

OK, so you say he’s not preping for the 2014 elections, right?
Then why is He asking $500K for ‘meet & greets’ with King Putt?
Perhaps to build up his post administation Coke Fund?

Missilengr on March 5, 2013 at 3:14 PM