By the numbers: Vulnerable Senate Democrats “have Obama’s back”

posted at 4:01 pm on March 18, 2014 by Guy Benson

In a recent DNC fundraising letter, President Obama asks a rhetorical question of hardcore Democratic partisans: “Do you still have my back?” As I argued on Fox News, of course they do. They always will — forever and ever, amen. The president and his party are in trouble due to the mass abandonment of independent voters, not because Obama sycophants are jumping ship.  More politically relevant than the passions of rank-and-file Democratic donors is the degree to which vulnerable 2014 Democrats “have Obama’s back” when the chips are down.  According to Congressional Quarterly’s comprehensive 2013 analysis, every single embattled Senate Democrat has voted the Obama line at least 90 percent of the time.  The numbers range from Sen. Mark “Obamacare’s an amazing success story” Pryor at 90 percent (his Senate colleague from Arkansas voted with Obama less than 40 percent of the time) to Colorado’s Mark Udall and New Hampshire’s Jeanne Shaheen, who backed the president’s position in 99 percent of votes.  In honor of Senate Democrats’ unwavering fealty to the Obama agenda, we put together this brief video highlighting their lofty loyalty scores.  The yeas and nays featured in this clip are from the dramatic Christmas Eve roll call on Obamacare, in which every single Democrat in the chamber cast the deciding vote:

As Ed and I each discussed yesterday, President Obama and his signature legislative accomplishment are millstones hanging around many Democrats’ necks.  It’s early yet — and Lord knows Republicans have a knack for blowing it — but the 2014 Senate landscape looks promising.  WaPo’s Chris Cillizza explains:

The Senate playing field has shifted in Republicans’ favor over the last several weeks thanks to recruiting successes in Colorado and New Hampshire, as well as a national political environment that looks increasingly treacherous for Democrats. That shifting has led to rising confidence among Republican strategists about the party’s chances of retaking the six seats the party needs to regain the Senate majority in 2014. “After the last two Senate elections, this will be the year Charlie Brown finally gets to kick the football,” predicted prominent Republican pollster Glen Bolger…. “And yes, in this analogy, Harry Reid is Lucy, crabby as ever.” Even Democrats have begun to acknowledge the problems in the fight for the Senate — albeit privately. “There is no doubt that the Senate outlook has deteriorated significantly in the past six weeks,” admitted a prominent Democratic strategist. “Between the map and the [Affordable Care Act's] unpopularity in the states on the map, it has gone from being a jump ball to advantage Republicans.”

Another sign that Democrats are losing faith is a post on Greg Sargent’s ‘Plum Line’ blog, a perennial clearing house for official party talking points.  Writer Paul Waldman cooks up a “we don’t even want the Senate anyway!” analysis, arguing that the White House might benefit from losing control of the upper chamber, or something:

The House, still dominated by extremely conservative Republicans for whom any hint of compromise is considered the highest treason, could continue to pass one doomed bill after another, while the Senate tries to write bills that have at least some chance of ever becoming law. And that would be just fine with Barack Obama. If he’s faced with both houses controlled by the opposition, there’s nothing he’d rather see than them fighting with each other and passing only unrealistic bills that he can veto without worrying about any backlash from the public.

Yes, because a Republican Congress would be incapable of passing wildly popular bills and forcing Obama to anger the public with a parade of ideological vetoes.  I’ll leave you with this delightful MSNBC chyron:

Author’s note: Major props to my colleagues Sarah Jean Seman (Townhall) and Ben Howe (RedState) for their invaluable help in producing our original video.


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Stop the Madness! -Kevin O’Leary

22044 on March 18, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Grabbing some popcorn…

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Vulnerable Senate Democrats “have Obama’s back”

Yeah right……

BS.

Yuk.
What’s that pic at the bottom of this thread?

Totally disgusting..throw it back…

Electrongod on March 18, 2014 at 4:06 PM

I thought that is call “The Kiss of Death”?

Oil Can on March 18, 2014 at 4:09 PM

By Obama, I think we will win in a huge landslide this November. Any talk of Barack Obama and ObamaCare being a negative in any way for Democrats this November is merely an insane prattle. The fact is that as soon as our lying opponents speak out against ObamaCare with their lies about having cancer or any other lies, we besiege them and slaughter them. Wherever Barack Obama’s and ObamaCare’s opponents go they will find themselves encircled by billions of Obama’s and ObamaCare’s loving supporters. These lying liars who say they have cancer and their Tea Party masters will be burnt. We are going to tackle them. We are going to hit them with shoes! Barack Obama’s and ObamaCare’s opponents will be committing suicide by the millions come this November. Be assured, Barack Obama’s Presidency for Life is safe, protected, and ObamaCare will sweep the land. – (Joint statement released by Harry and Debbie from DNC HQ)

VorDaj on March 18, 2014 at 4:10 PM

I thought that is call “The Kiss of Death”?

Oil Can on March 18, 2014 at 4:09 PM

It’s more of a fist bump of death.

Ronnie on March 18, 2014 at 4:11 PM

The last time I saw a mouth like that, it had a hook in it…

Rodney Dangerfield

PatriotRider on March 18, 2014 at 4:13 PM

I just hope that Obama keeps being in front of our faces until November.

I find it curious that Obama asks if people have his back when he has NEVER had anyone else’s back. EVER. Ask any of our allies.

jukin3 on March 18, 2014 at 4:20 PM

It’s early yet — and Lord knows Republicans have a knack for blowing it — but the 2014 Senate landscape looks promising.

I’ve heard it around the internet grapevine that Rove, Boehner, and Co are pushing forth the conclusion that the Florida election was not won because of Obamacare and that the Republicans should focus on “Fix, Don’t Repeal”. So yeah… really looking like the Republicans are going to once again have the cavalry ride in to save them from victory.

Ukiah on March 18, 2014 at 4:22 PM

What’s that pic at the bottom of this thread?

Totally disgusting..throw it back…

Electrongod on March 18, 2014 at 4:06 PM

lulz!!! My stomach was doing fine until I scrolled down to that pic, then it gave a jolt and I had a yucky feeling in my esophagus.

Debbie’s face looks like a cheap latex mask that an actor would wear in a low-budget horror movie.

MisterElephant on March 18, 2014 at 4:25 PM

VorDaj on March 18, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Actually, Debbie could have written that one single-handedly with her eyes shut.

MisterElephant on March 18, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Does butt kissing and brown nosing count as having one’s back?

Flange on March 18, 2014 at 4:26 PM

If he’s faced with both houses controlled by the opposition, there’s nothing he’d rather see than them fighting with each other and passing only unrealistic bills that he can veto without worrying about any backlash from the public.

If the GOP takes back the Senate and keeps the House, I can see the post-election meme in the MSM- Obama wins! No longer has to play nice with Congress. Can veto the hell out of legislation without having to worry about trying to work with the opposition.

Happy Nomad on March 18, 2014 at 4:27 PM

So….that’s probably not the convincing chyron they wanted. #Victory14 pic.twitter.com/NpE89uatzR

— Sarah Isgur Flores (@whignewtons) March 18, 2014

Perfect face for that chyron.

rbj on March 18, 2014 at 4:27 PM

That’s right, ObamaCare ain’t nuthin’ but a harmless little bunny.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92gP2J0CUjc

NeoDawg on March 18, 2014 at 4:30 PM

The last time I saw a mouth like that, it had a hook in it…

Rodney Dangerfield

PatriotRider on March 18, 2014 at 4:13 PM

‘Now I know why tigers eat their young…’

Rodney (I don’t get no rspect) Dangerfield

bimmcorp on March 18, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Yuk.
What’s that pic at the bottom of this thread?

Totally disgusting..throw it back…

Electrongod on March 18, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Talk about ugly…When Debbie was a baby, her mama used to sit her in a corner and feed her with a sling shot…

bimmcorp on March 18, 2014 at 4:42 PM

That’s right, ObamaCare ain’t nuthin’ but a harmless little bunny.

NeoDawg on March 18, 2014 at 4:30 PM

To be fair, we’ve long known that bunnies are hardly harmless. If you remember, Jimmy Carter was almost taken out by a kamikazi bunny.

Happy Nomad on March 18, 2014 at 4:47 PM

At least some of the Senate Dems are jumping ship on his latest ridiculous nominations.

I just love the response from WH about “recalibrating” their Surgeon General nomination.

Does someone in the Jugeared Jesus PR Machine think that talk of calibrating and recalibrating makes them sound smart? It seems to be their favorite word. Maybe a new buzz-word would be more appropriate, like say, apologize or wearestupidsoweregonnasaycalibraterepeatedly.

hillbillyjim on March 18, 2014 at 4:48 PM

“We got your back. And to prove it, here’s a knife in it.”

platypus on March 18, 2014 at 4:51 PM

BTW, Debbie Blabbermouth looks like an over-the-hill p0rn star. Just saying.

platypus on March 18, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Will Obamacare be repealed or won’t it? Will Congress fund it or won’t it? Will the web site be fixed or not? Blah, blah, blah. We the people just need to do what we need to do and Democrats be damned. Resist. Refuse. Revolt. EXEMPT OURSELVES! We did not comply with Prohibition and we simply should not comply with Obamacare. For religious reasons. For privacy reasons. For the cause of liberty and freedom and in protest of the idea that the federal government (under one party rule, no less), can force private citizens to purchase anything with our own money. Are we citizens or subjects? Mice or (wo)men? Just say NO to socialism and to the corrupt, unionized, far left IRS: the gestapo of America’s political class. Afraid of arrest? not to worry! After all, the federal government ignores millions of illegals who are breaking U.S. immigration law every day. Our Founders pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. All we have to do is just say no to a scheme we all know is un-American and a violation of our most basic founding fundamentals of privacy, self reliance, limited government and individual freedom.
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devan95 on March 18, 2014 at 5:01 PM

BTW, Debbie Blabbermouth looks like an over-the-hill p0rn star. Just saying.

platypus on March 18, 2014 at 4:55 PM

DWS might have been a porn actress. Maybe just maybe with the right lighting and a lot of focusing on anything other than that face and nose of her heritage.

Porn star, never.

Happy Nomad on March 18, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Be funny as hell if Republicans took enough seats to OVERRIDE any veto of The Chosen One.

GarandFan on March 18, 2014 at 5:15 PM

BTW, Debbie Blabbermouth looks like an over-the-hill p0rn star. Just saying.

platypus on March 18, 2014 at 4:55 PM

AAAAAARGH!!!! Curse you, platypus – I can’t get that visual out of my brain!!!! WHERE IS THE MIND BLEACH?!!!!

SubmarineDoc on March 18, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Be funny as hell if Republicans took enough seats to OVERRIDE any veto of The Chosen One.

GarandFan on March 18, 2014 at 5:15 PM

…he’s got a pen…and a phone!

KOOLAID2 on March 18, 2014 at 5:18 PM

BTW, Debbie Blabbermouth looks like an over-the-hill p0rn star. Just saying.

platypus on March 18, 2014 at 4:55 PM

…does syphilis do that… to your hair?

KOOLAID2 on March 18, 2014 at 5:20 PM

“Vulnerable Democrats”?? Ummmm … I prefer America destroying liberals who apparently don’t have the courage of their convictions. Pathetic, the lot of them.

Whitey Ford on March 18, 2014 at 5:20 PM

But these Obamacare posts are about whistling past the graveyard, by next Novemeber Democrats will be openly running on the ACA. Mark my words.
libfreeordie on December 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 5:22 PM

AAAAAARGH!!!! Curse you, platypus – I can’t get that visual out of my brain!!!! WHERE IS THE MIND BLEACH?!!!!

SubmarineDoc on March 18, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Calm down – it could have been worse. I could have said fluffer.

platypus on March 18, 2014 at 5:32 PM

“Got Your Back”

But…But…But…

Sen. Kay Hagan avoids Obama during his North Carolina visit

Sen. Kay Hagan stayed in Washington and did not return to her home state for the President’s quick trip to announce a manufacturing innovation institute. Opponents in upcoming elections say she’s trying to run from her voting record, which apparently matches Obama’s 96% of the time, and that she’s trying to distance herself from support of Obamacare.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/north-carolina-senator-avoids-obama-visit-article-1.1581658#ixzz2wLwDOKh8

Guess not!

Pelosi Schmelosi on March 18, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Good. Keep up the double down on Obamadontcare. The shellacking is going to be epic!.

neyney on March 19, 2014 at 12:46 PM