Out of the gate, Obama reminds the GOP a majority didn’t vote for them

posted at 7:21 pm on November 5, 2014 by Noah Rothman

The results of the midterm elections are not yet fully known, but it is safe to say at this point that Republicans won a historic victory.

As of this writing, the Republicans have won a 52-seat Senate majority outright. Republican candidates are expected to take seats in Alaska and Louisiana, resulting no less than a 54-seat Senate majority in the 115th Congress. NBC News projects that the GOP will hold a 250-seat majority in the next Congress, among the largest Republican majorities in generations. On the gubernatorial level, where Republicans were expected to lose ground, the GOP defied expectations and picked up four new executive mansions while losing only one. Republicans now control governorships and state legislatures in 24 states while Democrats control those in only 7 states.

Given the above conditions, it is safe to say Republicans had “a good night.” That is, in fact, precisely what Obama said. But the president also opened what everyone expected would be a conciliatory press conference with a shot across the Republicans’ bow. The president letting the incoming majority GOP Congress know that the only reason why they enjoyed such successes at the ballot box is because most of America did not vote.

“To everyone that voted, I want you to know that I heard you,” Obama began. “To two-thirds of voters that chose not to participate in the process yesterday, I hear you, too.”

Obama made sure to draw a contrast with Republicans in Congress by noting that he is the figure with the most political legitimacy. “I’m the guy who is elected by everybody and not just from a particular state or a particular district,” Obama said when asked to address the “devastating losses” his party endured, “and they want me to push hard to close some of these divisions, break through some of the gridlock, and just get stuff done.”

And what “stuff” would that be? Obama insisted that the voters turned out on Tuesday night to support initiatives like increasing the minimum wage, rebuilding notorious roads and bridges, funding universal pre-kindergarten education, and expanding access to Medicaid.

In fairness to the president, he did say that he will seek an authorization for the use of military force against ISIS; a display of constitutional deference to the Congress which the Congress should have long ago demanded. But that seemed to be the extent of Obama’s willingness to reach across the aisle. According to the president, the voters who delivered a landslide victory to the GOP also are entirely supportive of Democratic policies.

He is not serious, of course. This is posturing for a deeply dispirited progressive base and a credulous press corps. The White House is a spent force, and America will be governed from Congress for the next two years when the president is not issuing executive orders which will necessarily be narrow in scope as they will not enjoy the support of the legislature. Obama’s pantomimed pugnacity may lift some progressive spirits for a time, but that will be a short-lived experience. They will soon find out that Obama has been reduced to talk and talk alone.


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After being abandoned by America, Obama must be having flashbacks to when his two fathers and mother abandoned him.
He goes into denial and blames others.

albill on November 6, 2014 at 7:04 AM

He stated multiple times how the voters approved a minimum wage hike (which was a lot smaller then the proposed $15) but when the voters approve defining marriage to a man and woman or rejecting SSM those votes don’t mean anything. I find it very odd.

someguyinnc on November 6, 2014 at 7:19 AM

What a waste of oxygen this guy is

RdLake on November 6, 2014 at 7:54 AM

This is exactly what Democrats do. They believe that everyone who didn’t vote would have voted for them if only they could have come to the polls.

It’s why they think voter fraud is fine. “We’re just reflecting the true will of the people!”

makattak on November 6, 2014 at 7:59 AM

JusDreamin on November 5, 2014 at 8:40 PM

My thanks!

The Wiemar NSDAP and their temporary Red travelers are always a handy touchstone when you hear a politician pontificating about a ‘mandate’ or some such. Getting 40% out of 88% sets a touchstone for just when tyranny is possible, when you have those conniving for supreme power seeking it. It is also where representative democracy breaks down since when the absolute percentage of those eligible to vote start dropping below that, then the unrepresented begin to be the ones holding an actual plurality in their non-support of the system as a whole.

The last person who beat those odds, who got more votes than those who were non-supporters was, if memory serves, Ronald Reagan. It has been downhill after that for Presidential years and the inter-Presidential years haven’t seen turnout on that order since… I’m sure it happened! Back in the 19th century for sure a few times, and maybe a couple of times in the early 20th century, but getting 60% of those eligible to vote out to actually vote on those inter-years is a huge problem for representative democracy when the central power grows too strong and the representatives of the people are seen as weak, ineffectual, and just being rubber-stamps for the central power.

I do not fear representative democracy when it is actually representative and you have a good chance of knowing your representative because they live in your neighborhood. By their numbers and argumentation, they are supposed to be the great break-wall against tyranny: the place where despotic aspirations run smack up against the will of the people and lose. I don’t fear a House with 10,000 members as their actual ability to pass ANYTHING is small, because the people are small and fit their britches just fine. These Elites in this tiny body we call the modern House? They squeak due to their britches being too tight. Presidents get a bigger hat, but their britches are just as small as they fit the common man just fine… those in power, not so much. Hat size doesn’t determine the size of the britches, and Obama isn’t just too big for his britches but he has disappeared under his hat which is why you can’t see the naked Emperor underneath as everyone keeps pointing to the hat, not the mewling thing it covers.

ajacksonian on November 6, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Not voting, is a vote.

Rebar on November 6, 2014 at 8:07 AM

To summarize:
 
A sample size of less than 2,500 people?
 

Obamacare is awesome!
 
http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2014/MarketPlaceEnrollment/Apr2014/ib_2014Apr_enrollment.pdf

 
A sample size of 1,000,000 plus people?
 

This election doesn’t tell us anything useful.

 
SCIENCE!

rogerb on November 6, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Obviously the 1/3 that turned out consisted of 45% caring Democrats & Independents, and 55% racists.

NickelAndDime on November 6, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Being the crusty ol’ phart that I am, I seem to recall that Dhimocrapt Bill Clinton won with 42% of the votes cast because that A-O ross perot sucked off the votes for GHWB. William only has a plurality of votes cast. However, that was OK with the Dhims because the Constitution said he won. Although some repubs went around complaining about his supposed mandate (as broadcast by the dhims) they weren’t condemned for it.

None of you are even thinking that obumbles was lying when he mad that statement. I think the percentage of registered voters is about 65% or there abouts. Of the remaining, about 80 million are too young to vote (thank God) 15 5o 20 million are illegal aliens, and a handful more are felons. The rest have the right not to vote for various reasons. Just like his employment numbers, debt numbers, money for ebola wasted elsewhere numbers, this paragon of presidential virtue is so insane, he believes his own lies just as the our national pravda, who pushed them on us.

Old Country Boy on November 6, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Oh, I forgot. There are about 100 million dead dhimocrapt and other voters that couldn’t get to the polls and vote, because they didn’t have a recognizable voter ID.

also – “he mad that” s/b he made that.

Old Country Boy on November 6, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Old and busted: Vote or die!
New hotness: I win because my people didn’t turn out!

Every citizen of the US had the opportunity to vote for either a Representative or Delegate to Congress. There’s no excuse for not turning out.

blammm on November 6, 2014 at 8:36 AM

New hotness: I win because my people didn’t turn out!

Maybe they were too busy eating that fried chicken as soon as Michelle gave them permission?

Don L on November 6, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Let’s go with Obama’s deflection:

You know, far more than 2/3 of our entire military was not at the Battle of Midway, but “we won” (To quote the messiah)anyway, and that turned out to be the battle that turned the war to a victory for America.
I’m not sure our GOP is really up to this battle and they seem to have a plethora of RINO white surrender flags at the ready–just in case Obama scolds them.

Don L on November 6, 2014 at 8:53 AM

And out of the gate Bonehead and Turtle remind the GOP base why they are nothing more than democrats pretending to be republicans.

bgibbs1000 on November 6, 2014 at 8:55 AM

It’s frustrating to see Obama be so arrogant and condescending, after he was just politically bitch-slapped for being the most inept and/or intentionally destructive and corrupt president in history.

Even as a supreme narcissist, there just has to be some tiny little spot in that walnut-sized brain of his that sees through his delusional smoke screen and knows the real Obama: a bitter, spiteful, lying, racist and anti-American little worm.

justltl on November 6, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Yes, President Obama represents the two thirds who didn’t bother to show up on election day. Those that didn’t vote at all – that couldn’t get out of bed, that were too uninformed to know that there was an election going on, that couldn’t figure out how to get an ID card, that don’t know what Congress does anyway, and spend the rest of their time talking about how stupid conservatives are. What he was saying is that the votes of the people who voted don’t mean anything. He is flipping the electorate the bird. I am flipping it right back.

grumpyank on November 6, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Since those who voted didn’t vote for him this time, Obama has decided to represent those who didn’t vote, which would be fine if he were 5 years old or mentally ill. Since he’s not 5 years old…

claudius on November 6, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Sort of like this:

I, Pres. do nothing, got no game, lazy a$$, open borders, Ebola enabler, tax and spend loon commie marxist Democrat stand with the other do nothing slackers. We are the ones who count, cause we got checks in the mail from you worker bees……got golf???

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 6, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Light up the Republican phone lines in D.C.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 6, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Thou shalt not have strange gods before me.

TimBuk3 on November 6, 2014 at 9:11 AM

“I’m the guy who is elected by everybody and not just from a particular state or a particular district,” Obama said when asked to address the “devastating losses” his party endured, “and they want me to push hard to close some of these divisions, break through some of the gridlock, and just get stuff done.”

Wow, bitter much?

LancerDL on November 6, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Guess what, Mr. President: a majority didn’t vote for you, either.

FiveG on November 6, 2014 at 9:15 AM

66 million votes were cast for Obama in 2012. There were 206 million eligible voters in 2012. http://www.statisticbrain.com/voting-statistics/ Therefore, under the Obama logic, he cannot claim to be the one “guy” elected by most Americans, as only 33 percent of eligible voters voted for him.

Moreover, at the time, the US population 18 and over was about 240 million. http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data/tables/99-total-population-by-child-and-adult#detailed/1/any/false/36,868,867,133,38/39,40,41/416,417

Therefore ,under the Obama logic, he actually was only elected by 27.5% of American adults.

He therefore, under his own logic, has no legitimacy.

FiveG on November 6, 2014 at 9:21 AM

And what percentage of Americans actually voted for Hussein? Yea, that’s what I thought.

Whitey Ford on November 6, 2014 at 9:24 AM

So if you didn’t vote Tuesday you’re supporting the Socialist in charge? He definitely has the mind set of the barbarians as there is no logic in that thinking.

TerryW on November 6, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Obama proves once again how much of a loser mentality has has at heart, and his woeful lack of leadership qualities.

Excuses, excuses.

s1im on November 6, 2014 at 9:37 AM

qwitcherbitchin

Immolate on November 6, 2014 at 9:57 AM

When’s the last time you saw a Democrat who wasn’t actively involved in the process of relocating a goal post?

Immolate on November 6, 2014 at 9:58 AM

“I represent those …… that, on Tuesday, didn’t get Michelle’s permission to eat fried chicken.”

Carnac on November 6, 2014 at 9:59 AM

In fairness to the president, he did say that he will seek an authorization for the use of military force against ISIS; a display of constitutional deference to the Congress which the Congress should have long ago demanded.

So now he can hang this next war on a Republican Congress.

Hill60 on November 6, 2014 at 10:08 AM

You are wrong, if anything most Reublcians are like Noah Rothman and only a few are extremists like the commentators at Hot Air.

The Wise Fox on November 5, 2014 at 9:13 PM

“The Matrix government is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.

fossten on November 6, 2014 at 10:11 AM

That little supercilious expression on his face makes me want to engage in a little boxing…

Pest on November 6, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Obviously the 1/3 that turned out consisted of 45% caring Democrats & Independents, and 55% racists.

NickelAndDime on November 6, 2014 at 8:24 AM

I literally LOL’d.

The Bringer on November 6, 2014 at 10:38 AM

As the proverb goes…

“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”

OBumbler is heading for a cliff. Jimmy Carter looks like a genius compared to this buffoon. Those of us who vetted the community organizer knew what we were getting; the rest of these low info voters had no freaking clue. Thank you MSM!

mrmagoo on November 6, 2014 at 10:39 AM

I think it’s telling that in the close races there was nothing close to voter fraud entering into the equation. How refreshing!

HiJack on November 6, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Obama is completely delusional and beyond help. He makes Baghdad Bob look like an eternal pessimist.

rplat on November 6, 2014 at 11:10 AM

His reality is a scary place.
That comment caught my attention too ( 2/3 didn’t vote) and I thought – where did you get that from?????

greencalliope on November 6, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Hey his old lady told people to have some fried chicken. For me and my house: Chick Fil A, will do nicely.

crosshugger on November 6, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Repent America….look what you have done……you have celebrated and made this man an idol…..obama is having his come to Jesus moment but ignoring it….he has a very dark soul….

crosshugger on November 6, 2014 at 11:25 AM

It’s frustrating to see Obama be so arrogant and condescending, after he was just politically bitch-slapped…”

justltl on November 6, 2014 at 8:59 AM

I’m actually relieved Obama is staying gangsta and tone deaf.
I hope he stays in this mode till the end, to show his toxicity every single day!

It’s like divorcing a husband.
It’s always easier when they are arrogant, angry and mad to deal with.

When they’re crying and pleading and appear to be reasonable,
it’s too easy to give in and play their game.

It’ll be easier for McConnell and Boehner to not cave on Obama’s demands…I hope.

Typicalwhitewoman on November 6, 2014 at 11:29 AM

“To two-thirds of voters that chose not to participate in the process yesterday, I hear you, too.”

Translation:

“If you’re too lazy to get off the golf course and vote, well, I want you to know that I’m your President, too!”

crosshugger on November 6, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Heh!

GWB on November 6, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Out of the gate, Obama reminds the GOP a majority didn’t vote for them

Of course, they didn’t vote for him either. In fact, this election, nobody voted for him.

Old Country Boy on November 6, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Out of the gate, Obama reminds the GOP a majority didn’t vote for them

What a petulant jerk. 2012 Turnout was 58% of eligible voters. Meaning that Obama went into his second term on just 30% of eligible Americans voting for him. Pretty arrogant for a man elected on just 30% of the vote, two years ago, to suddenly be making implications to legitimacy based on lack of participation. Classic Progressive thought. “It’s all cool so long as we win. If we don’t win the system has no legitimacy.” Because it’s not a respect for process or the rule of law that they value. Only their agenda. And all means, and I do mean all, are on the table for accomplishing it.

mikethemoose on November 6, 2014 at 11:49 AM

“I’m the guy who is elected by everybody and not just from a particular state or a particular district,” Obama said when asked to address the “devastating losses” his party endured, “and they want me to push hard to close some of these divisions, break through some of the gridlock, and just get stuff done.

”No, you’re the guy who’s poor performance in office persuaded 2/3s of the electorate to stay home.

G8orz on November 6, 2014 at 11:57 AM

“I’m the guy who is elected by everybody and not just from a particular state or a particular district,” Obama said when asked to address the “devastating losses” his party endured, “and they want me to push hard to close some of these divisions, break through some of the gridlock, and just get stuff done.”

Divisions that he himself created. The hubris and simultaneous ignorance is scintillating.

fossten on November 6, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Republicans are missing the obvious response.

In 2012, there were 218,959,000 eligible voters. Obama received 65,455,010 votes. That means Obama received less than 29.89% of eligible voters.

So, if this Congress is not legitimate because a majority of eligible voters did not vote for it, neither is Obama. Obama does represent even one third of the voters.

What gives him the right to claim to speak for the entire country instead of Congress?

Trey on November 6, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Because it needs to be repeated. . .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLgj7b7hZXs

Thank you, Dirty Harry.

Freelancer on November 6, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Yeah, but they voted for your policies this time. You said so yourself, moron.

pc253 on November 6, 2014 at 1:18 PM

In the last election, Obama received a simple majority of 50.9 % of the votes cast but only about 28% of all eligible voters. Furthermore, only slightly over 57% of all eligible voters actually went to the polls. The sad fact is that about 93 million eligible voters didn’t care enough or were too lazy to even vote. Obama lives in a fantasy land and receives most of his statistical data from the Wizard of Oz.

rplat on November 6, 2014 at 1:22 PM

He ignores the fact that he wouldn’t garner majority support at this point either.

ne0365_jms on November 6, 2014 at 2:06 PM

So 2/3 not voting is no good Obama? You might learn that the battle of Midway which turn WWII around to victory was fought with far less than 1/4 of our military.

Expect no easy ride, unless Boehner, McConnell, and Rove decide to still act like they’re playing the role of Tokyo Rose and betray their mandate and the very people who held their noses to vote for the GOP one more time.

Don L on November 6, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Obama wasn’t elected by everybody. I didn’t vote for him either time.

RebeccaH on November 6, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Had the other 2/3 voted, the demolition of Democrats would have been much worse. Obama is so psychotic he scares the hell out of me.

cajunpatriot on November 6, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Grassroots Establishment on November 5, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Yes. The people who did not vote did not speak ! Either they did not have an opinion one way or the other, or they were too young to legally vote.

I fear the current pretender to the oval office is having auditory hallucinations.

wutzupdak on November 6, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Most think the shellacking turned his smile to a smirk.

Amazingoly on November 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM

They will soon find out that Obama has been reduced to talk and talk alone.

Obama was always talk and talk alone.

cheeflo on November 6, 2014 at 5:33 PM

“Please enjoy your new paperweight. Sincerely, Voters.”

http://media.townhall.com/Townhall/Car/b/81_15588320141106021550.jpg

QuoterMeister on November 6, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Oh yeah? The fact is that anything close to 50% in virtually any race is a high turnout. Yes, some races in some places exceed that, but many more come in significantly lower.

Secondly, implicit in your obnoxious statement was the inapt “suggestion” that those who did not vote would have somehow supported you if they had voted.

How do you know that?

How do we know that a significant percentage of eligible voters who failed to turn out, were not disaffected Democrats who are just plain fed up with your stupid policies?

We don’t know whether that is true, do we? But we also don’t know that it is untrue either, do we?

Isn’t it entirely possible that, and even though they were unable (as yet) to pull a Republican lever, they were nevertheless damned if they were going to do anything to indicate support your policies — so they stayed home?

And, Mr. President . . . this just in from Wisconsin:

More than 2.4 million people voted in the governor’s race, according to unofficial results from the Associated Press. That’s 54.5 percent of the 4.4 million eligible voters in Wisconsin, according to the Government Accountability Board.

Take that! And nasty letter to follow!

Trochilus on November 6, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Dear B:

Actually, those who didn’t vote, by default, voted for the successful candidate because they certain didn’t vote against them.

Thanks for listening,
EB

EdmundBurke247 on November 6, 2014 at 11:53 PM

Obama must have seen the same high school PoliSci movie I did back in 1971. It’s called The Apacraticans and the Republic of Apathy, from a story by Sam E. Drake, where the Presidential contest was one by a candidate who clamied as his electorate all of the people who did NOT cast a vote – the Apacratican Party. Funny film back then- but who could have forseen this coming to pass today?

I cant find the film, but here’s a review in the 3rd column of this paper:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1094&dat=19630404&id=LEMlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=GxUGAAAAIBAJ&pg=619,733174

Too funny, if it werent so sad an indictment of our President’s thinking today.

Scott

swhitebull on November 10, 2014 at 10:35 AM

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