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Best analysis of Obama’s failure and why the Dems suffered at the polls

November 8, 2010

Why Barack Obama faltered – chicagotribune.com.

This is the best analysis I have read so far on the elections debacle of the democrats on Tuesday.  Edwin Meese III, Reagan’s Attorney General, lays it out perfectly.

Two years ago, Americans witnessed what pundits then confidently called a generational liberal ascendancy. In their minds, the ideas of the right had been tried and found wanting. The coalitions that came together to elect Barack Obama president and provide him with strong majorities in both houses of Congress were safe, strong and resilient — and poised to lead a realignment that would endure for decades.

Last week, the president’s party lost control of the House and very nearly the Senate. His popularity ratings are in the 30s, the percentage of Americans who believe the country is moving in the right direction is as low as 30, and the number who identify themselves as conservatives or conservative-leaning is at an all-time high.

So how did it all go so wrong for President Obama and this newest “New Deal”? There is a pattern in history here. It was the pattern that swept President Ronald Reagan to power in 1980 and gave Republicans and their “Contract with America” overwhelming electoral victories in 1994.

President Obama’s mistake — like that of President Jimmy Carter and, to a lesser extent, President Bill Clinton — is not merely that he overread his mandate, overreached legislatively and overreacted to conditions on the ground, although all that is true.

The mistake all three made is they failed to understand the American people. They didn’t recognize the reluctance of our citizens to accept extravagant increases in governmental power.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 8, 2010 8:56 pm

    That was a great article. There is no doubt that Barack Obama and the Democrats misread their mandate and over-reached. If Barack Obama had moved more slowly there is the chance that he could have implemented more of his agenda while slipping under the radar. But he, like all Democrats, just could not help himself. When he gained power he wanted to expand government power and he did so so quickly that the American people turned on him.

    • November 8, 2010 8:59 pm

      I guess we should be thankful for their arrogance. Unfortunately we got saddled with obamacare, which is not going away, I don’t care what the GOP says.

  2. JustFacts permalink
    November 9, 2010 3:12 pm

    Just a side note:

    I wonder what is going to happen to Air Farce 3 (or what ever the hell it was called) that Ms Pelosi commandeered, so the poor darling wouldn’t have to put up with the masses as she flew back and forth to her home in Kalifornia. I guess she’ll have to resort to her broom now. I doubt that Speaker-to-be Boehner will have any use for the Boeing 757. Maybe we can assign it back to the military to fly troops from Iraq or Afghanistan home for a weekend on a rotating basis. It would sure be alot more appreciated by them than it was by the future ex-Speaker. What goes around, comes around.

  3. JustFacts permalink
    November 11, 2010 12:06 am

    Well, I guess this answers my question about Future Speaker Boehner’s travel arangements after January.

    From Politico, 11/10/2010

    John Boehner to fly commercial as speaker, by Simmi Aujla.

    Still no word as to Ms. Pelosi’s future mode of travel. My guess is they’ll have to boot her, kicking and screaming, from the Air Force jet. Hopefully it will be from about 39,000 ft.

    • November 11, 2010 1:25 am

      Works for me. =)

      I am guessing Boehner won’t have parties to celebrate his accomplishments either.

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