At a fundraising dinner Thursday night benefiting the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee DCCC), President Obama did his best to make the audience uncomfortable.
He once again rang the alarm in ominous to his Democratic colleagues. Not only did he say his party tend to get “clobbered” in non-presidential years, but he practically predicted it.
Obama told his audience, "The problem is not that the American people disagree with us on the issues. Politics in Washington have become so toxic that people just lose faith and finally they just say, you know what, I’m not interested, I’m not going to bother, and I’m not going to vote.”
Apparently not voting to the president means you’re automatically a Democrat.
He continued, "And that’s especially true during the midterms. During presidential elections, young people vote, women are more likely to vote, blacks, Hispanics more likely to vote. And suddenly a more representative cross-section of America gets out there and we do pretty well in presidential elections. But in midterms we get clobbered, either because we don’t think it’s important or we’ve become so discouraged about what’s happening in Washington that we think it’s not worth our while."
It sure sounded like he was preparing his constituents for rough times ahead.
The Democrats are worried sick about midterm election turnout from their base. There is a strong likelihood they will lose the Senate and face the possibility of both a Republican-controlled House and Senate.
Recent polls have shown Democrats trailing in key Senate races. The surprise loss in Florida by Democratic candidate Alex Sink in a recent special congressional election sent many Democrats into panic mode since the biggest issue of the campaign was Obamacare.
Obama has repeatedly warned of another bad midterm cycle for Democrats. Naturally the president would take a large share of the blame, but then again, he isn’t running this year or ever again.
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