Politico: Say, remember when Obama was popular?

posted at 10:41 am on March 11, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Actually, it didn’t seem all that long ago.  After the election gave him a second term, the media talked about Barack Obama’s mandate for a progressive second-term agenda.  When he got tax hikes in the New Year’s Day budget showdown, the media and his fellow Democrats considered him unstoppable.  The big question was whether House Republicans would self-immolate by attempting to be an opposition party to Obama the Great.

Suddenly, we’re now seeing stories like this from Politico that paint Obama as an obstacle for Democrats, not Republicans:

President Barack Obama says he’s ready to do whatever it takes to help Democrats win the House next year — a feat that could make the difference between limping to the end of his presidency and going out with a bang.

But some Democratic candidates and operatives in the districts on which control of the House will hinge said in interviews with POLITICO that the message and issues Obama has emphasized since the election are creating a difficult political headwind for them.

Obama’s political choices, they say, reflect a tone-deafness to the challenges they face competing for moderate and conservative-leaning seats.

It’s not just the House where Democrats have begun to worry about Obama’s overreach on a progressive agenda.  In another article today, Politico also reports that the first Senate budget in four years will offer little support for that agenda in a chamber controlled by his own party:

Paying a price for his indifference, President Barack Obama is expected to get little or none of the extra money for health care and Wall Street reforms that the administration has been seeking in a six-month stopgap spending bill coming to the Senate floor this week.

Bipartisan Senate talks continued through the weekend in hopes of filing final legislation late Monday afternoon. Action by Congress is needed before March 27 to avert a government shutdown and the measure stands to greatly influence how agencies operate in the wake of the across-the-board cuts ordered under sequestration.

The White House had wanted $949 million added within the Department of Health and Human Services to help lay the groundwork for setting up state health-care exchanges to begin enrollment next fall. Smaller plus-ups were also proposed for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Securities and Exchange Commission, both affected by the recent cuts.

House Republicans refused to include any of these requests in their version of the stopgap bill adopted last week. Senate Democrats are now taking the same path given the weakness of Obama’s response and their need to pick up Republican votes.

Indeed, a statement of administration policy last week on the House bill said only that the White House was “deeply concerned” with the House bill and never even hinted of using the president’s veto leverage. This ceded effective control to Republicans and led Democrats to turn their focus more to protecting long-standing priorities such as investments in transportation or programs like Head Start for low-income children.

Two issues are probably at work, neither of them good for Democrats or Obama.  First, there has been a real sense that Obama overreached on tax hikes and partisan warfare to get them.  That’s not unlike the first two years of Obama’s presidency, when he tried to marginalize and humiliate the already-marginalized Republicans by allowing Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to lock them out of the deliberations for the stimulus package, and to a lesser extent ObamaCare later.  That resulted in a huge voter backlash in the 2010 midterms, which Reid at least seems to remember.

Second, the fallout from the Nightmare on Sequester Street pratfall must have Democrats worried plenty.  After promising that the world would come to an end if the rate of increased federal spending was reduced by 2.3%, the lack of any real consequences — combined with plenty of examples of foolish government spending — has destroyed Democrats’ credibility in this budget fight.  No one’s going to buy these Chicken Little scenarios now in response to Republican budget cuts, and Democrats want to get ahead of the curve now.  If Obama wants to follow, fine, but they are not concerned at the moment with whether Obama is on board with this strategy or not.

Perhaps the eulogies for the Republican Party were a bit … premature.


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So were hula hoops.

OldEnglish on March 11, 2013 at 10:44 AM

What? Southern demorats should be badgering Bark to come on down and talk gun control with them.

No really, please beg him to do just that.

Bishop on March 11, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Unfortunately, he was popular on the only date that counted, Nov 6th…

hillsoftx on March 11, 2013 at 10:45 AM

I don’t think Obama was ever “popular”, it was media driven. About 1 year after he was in the only people that were cheering were Dems.

He is just the giver of free stuff…what happens when the plebs don’t like the bread and don’t want to go to cirus?

Oil Can on March 11, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Perhaps the eulogies for the Republican Party were a bit … premature.

Not if John McCain & Lindsey Graham have any say in the matter.

rbj on March 11, 2013 at 10:49 AM

With Paul Ryan indicating that he next House budget to be presented will have Obamacare repeal baked in, it’s doubtul there will be a budget that is signed into law anytime soon.

Not sure what the calculation here is by Ryan. Anyone offer an opinion on his strategy?

can_con on March 11, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Perhaps the eulogies for the Republican Party were a bit … premature.

Depends who gets control. Establishment traitors like Boehner and McCain or the folks that these traitors consider upstarts.

Happy Nomad on March 11, 2013 at 10:57 AM

The White House had wanted $949 million added within the Department of Health and Human Services to help lay the groundwork for setting up state health-care exchanges to begin enrollment next fall.

That’s a lot of dimes. Well over 9 Billion dimes.

Remember when Obama promised that he would not sign a Health Care bill that added a dime to our debt?

He lied.

Now he wants nearly 9.5 Billion dimes just to help get it started…

ITguy on March 11, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Not sure what the calculation here is by Ryan. Anyone offer an opinion on his strategy?

can_con on March 11, 2013 at 10:51 AM

If the Senate does indeed pass a budget, first in four years, it will have to go to conference with the House to work out the differences. My guess is that Ryan is staking out an opening argument that we need to get rid of Obamacare. It won’t happen, too much a signature piece of legislation for the rat-eared dictator and his party, but far better to open with no Obamacare than a position where all you are doing is tinkering around the edges of a completely unaffordable aim destroying the American health system.

Happy Nomad on March 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM

He lied.

That ain’t news. I bet no one could write all his lies in one article.

katablog.com on March 11, 2013 at 11:01 AM

With Paul Ryan indicating that he next House budget to be presented will have Obamacare repeal baked in, it’s doubtul there will be a budget that is signed into law anytime soon.

Not sure what the calculation here is by Ryan. Anyone offer an opinion on his strategy?

can_con on March 11, 2013 at 10:51 AM

My guess is Ryan wants to make the ’14 midterms about economic issues, and not allow the Democrats and the big media to again make social issues the main battleground.

As the sequester failure showed, it’s far harder to use the Alinsky demonization tactics on financial issues when it’s common knowledge how bloated federal spending is. An when the next phase of ObamaCare® kicks in next January, odds are it’s going to become an increasing factor in the spending battle.

jon1979 on March 11, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Unfortunately, he was popular on the only date that counted, Nov 6th…

hillsoftx on March 11, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Was he popular, or was it just some parts of his agendas? Birth control, abortion, and gay marriage motivated many of his voters. I agree with them on those issues, but I find their vote mindblowingly stupid. And what exactly do votes on those topics give Obama a mandate to do? Not anything outside of social issues.

thuja on March 11, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Lame-Duck

Tater Salad on March 11, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Not sure what the calculation here is by Ryan. Anyone offer an opinion on his strategy?

Probaby getting in front of Harry Reid. The dems are going to introduce a budget that will try to avoid the reality they have created. The younger demographic will have to make a decision and having two distinct paths will let us know what to expect for the future of the nation. Until the people feel the effects of the destructive deficits we’ve piled on its hard to convince them there is a problem.

Once the nation chooses, we’ll know the way the economy will go.

DanMan on March 11, 2013 at 11:04 AM

If he’s not as popular then why does Rasmussen’s approval rating stay at 51%. I think Rasmussen is polling Obama’s staff.

rplat on March 11, 2013 at 11:05 AM

It’s creating ‘headwinds’ because they have to pretend to be conservatives to get elected. It’s a ll a wink and a nod, everyone knows they’re not, and once they are elected, they look at you in astonishment “What? You knew what I was all along!” – Well, no, you campaigned as a COMPLETELY different person! And Obama is the worst, most Orwellian abuser of them all. Except now, he has shown his true colors. Right up to and including colluding with the Taliban.

Rand Paul exposed him, though. He talked about a lot more than just drone strikes, and all of it in the nicest way.

Rose in CA on March 11, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Perhaps the eulogies for the Republican Party were a bit … premature.

Depends on whether amnesty is passed. If we generate 30 million or so new Democrat voters, we’ll get snowed under no matter what we do.

Doomberg on March 11, 2013 at 11:09 AM

I think the YouTube video of the Lutheran school kids from Iowa needs to be part of every GOP effort in Congress on spending and part of every GOP campaign for 2014.

The GOP should hold a daily press conference highlighting a new spending outrage. And to spice it up, throw in a daily tax loophole outrage–and I mean a true loophole, not a legitimate deduction that’s been in the Code for decades. Sure, let’s have a policy debate if we want to amend them. But to call one of the longstanding itemized deductions that taxpayers have been claiming for years a “loophole” is patently absurd. The real games are played in the transitional rules of every tax act. That’s where you see the Senators and members of the House tossing in their exception for some favored consituency back home.

BuckeyeSam on March 11, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Don’t underestimate the impact of new taxes across many incomes levels.

Mr. Obama spent a significant amount of time preaching about “tax increases on the “rich”. However, in the end taxes have increased for most American’s who pay them. That’s cost him not only in credibility, but popularity. Now he wants more? That’s a strategy for failure as people continue to be affected by out economic malaise.

All that talk about a “laser focus on jobs” and other campaign rhetoric? The only person forgetting about that is Mr. Obama.

Finally, Mr. Obama has also kept some Democrats and Independents in check for years on the Second Amendment issue. He has declared time and again, the people stating he is anti-Second Amendment are partisan liars.

Well, acolytes can demagogue and belittle legal gun owners till the cows come home. But protecting our Second Amendment rights is one of the most important issues to the electorate- and they are going to show up in droves next election cycle. Democrats are already seeing the tide change. But they have no idea how badly this will turn against them.

You can preach mendacity all day long. But once you you start to prove it with your actions, people realize they’ve been taken advantage of- and they don’t like it.

Taken together- it’s the perfect storm and Mr. Obama’s declining popularity is only the beginning.

Marcus Traianus on March 11, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Laura Bush or Nancy Regan closing White House tours to school children then announcing Sinatra had been commisioned to sing at their WH birthday shin-dig would have their approval numbers in the 30s at best.

Politico, say, remember when you would have gone there?

Marcus on March 11, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Rather than consolidating the gains of his first term and settling for a series of smaller ones his last four years, Obama decided to take a great leap farther left. He made the mistake of believing his own hype, bolstered by big cheerleaders like Chrissy Matthews. Reality seems to be slowly setting in among the Dems, but more is to come. When the real bites sink in among the liberal middle- and upper classes, things might get worse for Reid and his ilk.

Using the likes of Boehner and McCain for models, I would venture Obama actually expected total nullification of the Republicans as a political force. What he didn’t count on is the true popularity of genuine Conservative views, the first showing of Rand Paul’s filibuster taking hold among the Left as well as the right. Similarly, the Pub establishment didn’t see that coming, either.

I expect a lot more vitriol like from McCain and Graham, with other establishment types joining in. Chrissy and his kind becoming more shrill is a given, if Obama’s popularity slides further.

Seems what the Left thought was a free and easy ride on November 6 might turn into a toll road full of bumps and potholes.

Well, one can hope, anyway.

Liam on March 11, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Let’s see, we have :
For Republicans, the Ice Age Cometh By Mike Murphy Monday, June 22, 2009 … and …
How Obama’s Enemies May Give Him a Boost By Mark Halperin Tuesday, June 01, 2010

J_Crater on March 11, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Meanwhile in New York, Obama loses 10% of his favorability in a month.
This is probably based on the lasting effects of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Storm Sandy” and Andrew “No Hope In 2016″ Cuomo’s gun control fiasco.

J_Crater on March 11, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Coming soon, a new term: latent racism.

tru2tx on March 11, 2013 at 11:21 AM

One week after a quiet dinner with the Clintons, Obama goes on a “charm offensive” with a dinner for Senate Republicans. John McCain returns a “stary-eyed” blithering idiot.

John McCain is such a “cheap date”.

J_Crater on March 11, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Comrade O was popular enough Nov 6, 2012. And that’s about all that matters and all he cares about.

The next date he cares about is Nov. 4, 2014. Until then the strategy and game is 1) blame the GOP for everything, 2) demonize “extremists” in the GOP, and 3) try to divide and destroy the GOP. This is the same game he has been playing since Nov. 2, 2010. Comrade O is basically a very simple man, some might say a simpleton.

Dear Leader’s dinner with a select group of GOP senators was part of this game. And McCain and Graham are helping him out nicely, playing the role Comrade O has selected for them very will so far.

The Dems may be the party of single minded simple minded socialists. But they manage to hang together. The GOP, OTOH, continues to demonstrate why it is called the stupid party.

farsighted on March 11, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Was he popular, or was it just some parts of his agendas? Birth control, abortion, and gay marriage motivated many of his voters. I agree with them on those issues, but I find their vote mindblowingly stupid. And what exactly do votes on those topics give Obama a mandate to do? Not anything outside of social issues.

thuja on March 11, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Which part of the ‘birth control’ part did you agree with – that it should be ‘free’ (stupid), or that Republicans somehow wanted to ban it (a bogus notion, twice as stupid, and only appealing to people who are… well…)?

Midas on March 11, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Don’t underestimate the impact of new taxes across many incomes levels.

Marcus Traianus on March 11, 2013 at 11:11 AM

And that will cause more people to look to the government for aid they can depend on.

Mimzey on March 11, 2013 at 11:34 AM

What? Southern demorats should be badgering Bark to come on down and talk gun control with them.

No really, please beg him to do just that.

Bishop on March 11, 2013 at 10:45 AM

This is what I don’t get about the whole “flipping the House back to the Dems in 2014″ strategery. How is that possible when it requires winning roughly 17 seats in solid red districts? Granted, the GOP could still shoot themselves in the foot and drive down turnout(amnesty for illegals would all but guarantee it), but assuming they don’t do anything colossally stupid and actually fight Obama once in a blue moon(like with the sequester), then there’s no way the Dems will pick up enough seats to pull that off. Especially when all the Republicans in these districts need to do is link their opponent to Obama who remains incredibly unpopular in many parts of the country.

And that’s to say nothing of where Obama’s brand will be in 18 months. 6 years of a stagnant, non-existent recovery and the full implimentation of Obamacare? The Dems actually think this will make voters want to return Pelosi to the Speakership?

Doughboy on March 11, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Blundering into
The Gun Control Briar Patch
Can’t be helping things

Haiku Guy on March 11, 2013 at 11:43 AM

In 2014 Obama will only have two more years in office…but he is a lame duck way before that…

albill on March 11, 2013 at 12:03 PM

America’s Royal Family Costs More Than Six Times The Cost Of All Eight Royal Families In Europe…COMBINED.

Let them eat cake!

Indeed.

Resist We Much on March 11, 2013 at 11:45 AM

And yet with all the money spent pampering the rat-eared one, wide-beamed racist and mini-moochers; no money for White House tours. Where is the shared pain? Couldn’t these worthless grifters spend a weekend at Camp David shooting skeet instead of jetting off to Aspen to rub elbows with other rich people?

Happy Nomad on March 11, 2013 at 12:08 PM

I don’t care! Obama is teh awesome!

TarheelBen on March 11, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Obama’s political choices, they say, reflect a tone-deafness to the challenges they face competing for moderate and conservative-leaning seats.

Why should The Chosen One care? He’s got his 4 years.

It’s ALL about Barry, ALL the time.

GarandFan on March 11, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Comrade O was popular enough Nov 6, 2012. And that’s about all that matters and all he cares about.

farsighted on March 11, 2013 at 11:25 AM

That is how you play the game sport! The only ones who care about his “downward approval” ratings at this point are the fringe conservatives whose opinions do not really matter.

HotAirLib on March 11, 2013 at 12:37 PM

If Obama is less popular, it is only due to the drip drip drip of bad news which he blames on Bush and others. The economy, violent society, immigration. You can only blame others for so long.

And not to forget: today is the 4th Anniversary of the last budget enacted by the United States Government. Or to put it another way: We have been a lawless state, a banana republic, for four years now.

Fenris on March 11, 2013 at 12:45 PM

The only ones who care about his “downward approval” ratings at this point are the fringe conservatives whose opinions do not really matter.

HotAirLib on March 11, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Filthy Democrats having to face voters in 2014 are pretty scared at those numbers. They’ve spent years sucking up to the rat-eared bastard and defending Obamacare, taking away private gun ownership, forcing religious institutions to provide birth control for sluts, massive spending, tax increases, unacceptable levels of unemployment, etc.

It does not surprise me that a fringe idiot like you misses the obvious.

Happy Nomad on March 11, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Barry is still popular at ‘Man’s Country’ in Chicago.

BHO Jonestown on March 11, 2013 at 12:46 PM

It’s funny how the media painted his victory as a sweeping mandate of progressivism without ever mentioning that the House retained its GOP majority in the very same election.

John Deaux on March 11, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Comrade O was popular enough Nov 6, 2012. And that’s about all that matters and all he cares about.

farsighted on March 11, 2013 at 11:25 AM

That is how you play the game sport!

HotAirLib on March 11, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Your Dear Leader “played the game” in 2012 by totally abandoning educated voters; he lost the college graduate vote to Romney.

Instead, he won re-election by getting even more of the Low-IQ voters to vote for him than voted for him in 2008. That year, he got a record 70% of the high school dropout vote, but in 2012 he vastly increased that to 80%; even better than that in some Blue States.

I can see why you’re so proud of him.

Del Dolemonte on March 11, 2013 at 12:55 PM

The only ones who care about his “downward approval” ratings at this point are the fringe conservatives whose opinions do not really matter.

HotAirLib on March 11, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Hmmmm….

Dems’ big 2014 obstacle: President Obama

President Barack Obama says he’s ready to do whatever it takes to help Democrats win the House next year — a feat that could make the difference between limping to the end of his presidency and going out with a bang.

But some Democratic candidates and operatives in the districts on which control of the House will hinge said in interviews with POLITICO that the message and issues Obama has emphasized since the election are creating a difficult political headwind for them.

Obama’s political choices, they say, reflect a tone-deafness to the challenges they face competing for moderate and conservative-leaning seats.

All of those “fringe conservatives” in the House on the right left!!!

Resist We Much on March 11, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Don’t underestimate the impact of new taxes across many incomes levels.
– Marcus

My thoughts exactly Marcus. In January, everyone’s taxes went up two-some-odd percent. Doesn’t sound like much, but most American families were already on the ropes, and another couple percent was like kicking them when they’re down.

On a macro scale, we certainly haven’t seen much of an effect yet on 0bumble and the Dimrat’s January tax increase. Plus all of the other taxes and fees that are taking effect this year. But it’s only been a month. As the months pass, I am certain that we’ll see the effects of another couple percent of people’s income being su-ked out of the economy.

I certainly don’t wish pain on my fellow Dimrat-voting citizens. But I agree that they need to really start feeling the pain before the necessary changes can be made. But considering the Lapdog M3dia is in the tank, I’m sure they’ll end up blaming the “rich R3publican fat cats” and Bush for all their woes.

FlatlanderByTheLake on March 11, 2013 at 1:05 PM

The only ones who care about his “downward approval” ratings at this point are the fringe conservatives whose opinions do not really matter.

HotAirLib on March 11, 2013 at 12:37 PM

The problem is Obama needs them to pass anything of substance.

So you’re looking at a 4 year lame duck, and another recession in that time is quite likely.

Pretty pathetic legacy.

Chuck Schick on March 11, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Resist We Much on March 11, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Lolol. Didn’t you post all these links during the presidential campaign? Your fringe colleagues here at HA touted you as very smart didn’t they? Oh RWM, you are so smart.. Oh RWM, tell that lib how its done.. lolol

HotAirLib on March 11, 2013 at 1:33 PM

The problem is Obama needs them to pass anything of substance.

So you’re looking at a 4 year lame duck, and another recession in that time is quite likely.

Pretty pathetic legacy.

Chuck Schick on March 11, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Too late crying about your “dooms day” predictions. Just in case you have been hiding under a rock for the past 5 months, YOUR PARTY LOST. Americans know better than to believe the fringe right wing ideologues that still infest this country.

HotAirLib on March 11, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Instead, he won re-election by getting even more of the Low-IQ voters to vote for him than voted for him in 2008. That year, he got a record 70% of the high school dropout vote, but in 2012 he vastly increased that to 80%; even better than that in some Blue States.

I can see why you’re so proud of him.

Del Dolemonte on March 11, 2013 at 12:55 PM

And these are the voters least likely to show up in midterm elections.

Second terms usually start on a high note and then quickly start to suck for the incumbent. Unless you’re Reagan and riding 5-8% GDP growth. Guess who’s not doing that.

Missy on March 11, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Perhaps the eulogies for the Republican Party were a bit … premature.

I used to tell my boss, “You can’t base your future success on the continued incompetence of your opposition.”

While he agreed with me, we never changed. They never did, either; so they went out of business–first. We followed.

rwenger43 on March 11, 2013 at 2:11 PM

HotAirLib on March 11, 2013 at 1:36 PM

This is an easy game to play. So simple…

Just in case you have been hiding under a rock for the past 5 months, YOUR PARTY LOST the House of Representatives, the one that represents the American people. Americans know better than to believe the fringe left wing ideologues that still infest this country.

But then, you’re just trolling.

farsighted on March 11, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Lolol. Didn’t you post all these links during the presidential campaign? Your fringe colleagues here at HA touted you as very smart didn’t they? Oh RWM, you are so smart.. Oh RWM, tell that lib how its done.. lolol

HotAirLib on March 11, 2013 at 1:33 PM

It’s tough not being able to rebut facts, but having to resort to ad hominem attacks, isn’t it, luv?

Yes, I linked to such “disreputable” sources as Gallup, Quinnipiac, PPP, Zogby, and other polling companies. Shame on me!

Resist We Much on March 11, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Lolol. Didn’t you post all these links during the presidential campaign? Your fringe colleagues here at HA touted you as very smart didn’t they? Oh RWM, you are so smart.. Oh RWM, tell that lib how its done.. lolol

HotAirLib on March 11, 2013 at 1:33 PM

I also posted them in 2010.

How did that work out for ya?

Resist We Much on March 11, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Too late crying about your “dooms day” predictions. Just in case you have been hiding under a rock for the past 5 months, YOUR PARTY LOST. Americans know better than to believe the fringe right wing ideologues that still infest this country.

HotAirLib on March 11, 2013 at 1:36 PM

And I don’t know where you’ve been since 2010 but Obama lost Congress and hasn’t done much since.

2014 should be great. All the ObamaCare rate hikes and Medicare cuts will be well underway.

Chuck Schick on March 11, 2013 at 3:04 PM

The GOP should hold a daily press conference highlighting a new spending outrage. And to spice it up, throw in a daily tax loophole outrage–and I mean a true loophole, not a legitimate deduction that’s been in the Code for decades. Sure, let’s have a policy debate if we want to amend them. But to call one of the longstanding itemized deductions that taxpayers have been claiming for years a “loophole” is patently absurd. The real games are played in the transitional rules of every tax act. That’s where you see the Senators and members of the House tossing in their exception for some favored consituency back home.

BuckeyeSam on March 11, 2013 at 11:10 AM

There should be a congressional committee reviewing the checkbook. Billboards should highlight the amount of cash, and identify the irresponsible spending on such items as….Obama phones, ridiculous studies, etc

skeeterbite on March 11, 2013 at 3:17 PM

It’s as simple as this. The guy got hammered on the sequester. The first time he’s been told NO in his life. Plan B is to suck up, pretend to be engaged in order to set the GOP leadership up for the next big dollar program. In his mind the Reps are easy to sway.
I would not give him the audience. It would cost him something dear.

FireBlogger on March 11, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Still too popular. We’ll see what happens when O’care really kicks in next year.

ironked on March 11, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Obama’s political choices, they say, reflect a tone-deafness to the challenges they face competing for moderate and conservative-leaning seats.

So basically they are complaining that they are not going to be able to lie loud enough to cover over Obama’s agenda in order for them to get elected or re-elected in order to go to Washington and enact that agenda. The only way they will win is to lie at home pretending to be “moderate” or “conservative democrats” but then go to Washington and sign on to the Obama agenda. Problem is, Obama’s agenda is so toxic, their constituents know they can’t be trusted. Joe Manchin kind of screwed the pooch on that, given his “evolution” on gun control.

/sucks to be them

AZfederalist on March 11, 2013 at 9:48 PM