If there was any question about how President Obama views his role as the leader of the Democratic Party over the next four years, his Inaugural Address cleared up any confusion. It was a bold, ambitious wish-list for progressives, putting climate change, gay rights, and gun control at the top of his second-term agenda. These are issues that drive at the passions of his winning electoral coalition in 2012, but are a very tough sell to the red-state Democrats in the Senate, six of whom are up for reelection next year.
Combined with his campaign officials’ decision last week to split apart from the Democratic National Committee to form their own 501(c)4 lobbying organization for the president’s agenda, it’s evident Obama believes he can mobilize his supporters to rally behind his pet proposals — any Democratic skittishness be damned. And he’s betting that the demographic changes that propelled his 2012 reelection victory will reemerge in full force for the upcoming midterms.
The challenge for the president is that the political environment in 2014 could end up looking more like 2010, when Republicans recorded a historic landslide thanks to the president’s overreach on health care and cap-and-trade legislation. Combine the tendency for midterms providing a more GOP-friendly electorate, the large number of Senate Democrats on the ballot in deeply conservative states, and the president’s open signal that he’s chasing a progressive legacy, and the seeds could well be planted for trouble ahead.
Last year, Republicans learned the hard way that lessons from the 2010 midterms weren’t translatable to 2012 — the types of voters who showed up at the polls were demographically different from the presidential cycles. In 2010, 77 percent of the electorate was white; in 2012, that number dropped to 72 percent. Young voters under the age of 30 made up a scant 12 percent of the 2010 electorate, but nearly comprised one-fifth of the vote in 2008 and 2012. Those who believe the Democratic Party is ascendant believe the longterm trend lines are clear: The emerging parts of the electorate favor Democrats and Republicans are doomed to irrelevance unless they move to the center, pronto.
I do hope that Reid and Pelosi, to name two, realize how they were used and played upon to get him his 2 terms and now they are cast aside as he forms his own political party of 1 and that is exactly what it is, a party of 1. He used the Democratic Party, but this proves he has no respect for them, either and one guess as to who is putting up the money for the "party of one"; bet it is George Soros.
This is exactly the way Barack, Michelle and their bed buddy, Valerie Jarratt planned from the start. Use people, get what you want, and then leave them high and dry so that you can take all the credit IF it's good and IF it's bad...his hands weren't anywhere on it....think Benghazi.
I've been thinking of a way to describe Obama's Inagural day and, by golly, I have it:
BANGS & BULLS***
Reid isn't going anywhere but down the same path. He just got McConnell to give in and negotiate on the filibuster which will give Obama total control of the house and senate legislation with no way for the GOP to object.
This is the plan to destroy the GOP and gain full control without an election. They will keep punching at the GOP and whatever it backs until it fully destroys the party. Clearly the GOP has no new leaders coming up for election. The only hope is to find someone like Rand Paul to run on an unblemished record in the next presidential election. Hopefully they will also find a woman to complete the package.