The New York Times today has this curious headline "Obama Factor Adds Fears to Democrats". How can that be, I thought the economy was doing fine and the health care law is a smashing success?
Democrats are becoming increasingly alarmed about their midterm election fortunes amid President Obama’s sinking approval ratings, a loss in a special House election in Florida last week, and millions of dollars spent by Republican-aligned groups attacking the new health law.
Ah, that explains it. The Republicans, whom no one listens to because they're out of touch, are tricking people into thinking that the Obama success story is actually a miserable failure. Just goes to show how stupid most of the people of this country really are.
The combination has led to uncharacteristic criticism of Mr. Obama and bitter complaints that his vaunted political organization has done little to help the party’s vulnerable congressional candidates.
Uncharacteristic criticism of Mr. Obama. Who ever heard of a president being criticized? Those congressional races? Why, if only Obama's "vaunted political organization" could only pitch in a couple of dollars then things would be so much better. After all, people are stupid, don't forget. So lets get some funds to get the message out that Democrats are really doing a fine job.
The latest in a cascade of bad news came Friday when Scott Brown, a former senator from Massachusetts, announced an exploratory committee to challenge the incumbent Democrat in New Hampshire, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, and when the Republican-aligned “super PAC” American Crossroads said it would spend $600,000 to help his effort.
Oh boy. Here comes the money train propping up another Republican. "Failed policies over the last 30 years" could be shrouded by a few TV ads and billboards. That's all it takes to turn stupid around.
When two senior White House officials — Jennifer Palmieri, the communications director, and Phil Schiliro, the health care adviser — went to the Capitol late last month to address Senate Democrats about the Affordable Care Act, they were met with angry questions about why Mr. Obama’s well-funded advocacy group, Organizing for Action, was not airing commercials offering them cover on the health law.
I have an answer: because Obamacare is working just fine and therefore a public relations campaign to proclaim its success would be redundant because the heath care law affects everyone and they are happy regardless of what anyone else could tell them. Right? But then again people are stupid. They could think otherwise because of Republicans.
In addition to problems with the health law, the White House is losing the support of Democrats on key appointments such as Mr. Obama’s nominee to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and his choice to be surgeon general. Also last week, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, broke with the administration with a scalding criticism of the Central Intelligence Agency.
CIA what? What's that all about? Oh, that's about the CIA tapping into Senate Intelligence Committee computers kind of the way the Justice Department tapped into the Associated Press phones much the way CBS reporter Sheryl Atkinnson's computer was tapped (she was investigation Fast and Furious as well as Benghazi, she has recently left CBS because CBS wants nothing to do with investigating Obama), much the way the NSA is tapping into everyone's phone lines, much the way the administration is tapping into the phones of our allies, much the way....the list goes on. Why does Obama get so much "uncharacteristic" criticism? From AP on Obama weighing in on the CIA tapping into Senate computers matter:
Obama said 'taking sides was not something that is an appropriate role for me and the White House to wade into at this point.'
Because he just runs the place and if his branch of government is spying on another, come on. What are you racist now?
Back to the Times:
Republicans also seem to be benefiting from the argument — reinforced by advertising and by their media surrogates — that Mr. Obama has presided over an activist government that has overreached and proved incompetent.
Lies! But then again, let's not forget the stupid factor.
Most Democrats up for re-election are trying to put some distance between themselves and the president, choosing surrogates such as Mr. Clinton to campaign for them, particularly in the South and parts of the West.
Clinton to the rescue. Why just last week the former president was at a gala event in Los Angeles posing in a photo with two Bunny Ranch prostitutes. He looked sooo happy. This is the guy that's going to save the day for Democrats. Okay.
Democrats also face a contradiction: As woeful as they are about their prospects in 2014, they are buoyant about their chances for winning the White House in 2016. Polls show that Hillary Rodham Clinton has clear leads over possible Republican challengers.
Democrats certainly have so much going for them don't they?
Even though special elections are rarely reliable predictors for future elections, Alex Sink’s loss to David Jolly in Florida’s 13th District last week added to the Democrats’ negative story line. Frightening Democrats further, none of the Republican third-party money in the race came from the Koch brothers, the wealthy industrialists whose political groups have funded the bulk of the TV ads hammering Democrats this election cycle.
No money from the rotten plutocrat Koch brothers and Alex Sink (what a name) still lost? How can that be?
To stem losses, the Democratic National Committee is focusing on technology and data to give their candidates, as well as the state parties, the latest tools they will need to turn out the vote more effectively and efficiently. And Senate Democrats will try to make races about local issues rather than a referendum on Mr. Obama.
But. But. Obama is the greatest president ever?
Democrats say that the party needs more donors with the means of the California billionaire Thomas F. Steyer, who is helping candidates who support addressing climate change, to protect candidates who backed the health law.
“I’m not in the super PAC business, but we need somebody like a Steyer to get in the fight on the Affordable Care Act,” said Representative John Yarmuth of Kentucky. Democrats, he said, are “getting beat to death.”
There's a lesson here. Polices affect people directly and none more so than Obamacare. But with a few dollars into a public relations push the Democrats can fool most of the people most of the time.