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Spin, Merrily Spin: Democrats Struggle to Explain What Happened In The 2014 Election

Don FederBarbWire guest contributor

Control of the Senate was still in doubt on election night when Democrats and their media minions went into whirling-dervish mode.

They had five talking points to try to explain away a massive defeat for the Party of Plunder (and an utter repudiation of the president from Imperial Rome) and a recommendation for future cooperation between parties whose worldviews are diametrically opposed.

It was an anti-incumbent vote.  If true, why were so many Republican incumbents reelected – like Senators Mitch McConnell and Pat Roberts (who have been D.C. fixtures for decades) and Governors Walker, Brownback, Scott and Kasich? Funny how the anti-incumbent rage seemed to focus exclusively on the party of big government.The election wasn’t anti-incumbent; it was anti-Obama – a rejection of his policies (Obamacare, allowing “unaccompanied minors” to stream across the border, refusal to acknowledge the reality of Islamic terrorism, the war on domestic energy production and stultifying regulation of the economy), his corruption (IRS harassment, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, etc.) and his arrogance. (Now where did I leave my toga?)A FOX News exit poll said the top three issues voters were worried about were the economy (45 %), health care (25%), illegal immigration (14%) – get it, not so-called immigration reform, but illegal aliens — and foreign policy (13%). All played into Republican hands. Can you say the lowest workforce participation rate since the 1970s, millions losing heath insurance, executive amnesty and ISIS?In the exit poll, 70% said the economy was not good or poor and 65% said the country’s moving in the wrong direction. When combined with Obama’s job performance rating (55% disapprove), it’s obvious whose scalp voters were after. If things weren’t already bad enough for Democrats, on the stump, Obama kept saying that all of his policies were on the ballot this year.An article in USA Today quoted a retired businessman from Atlanta saying “I’m so anti-Obama, I can’t even stand it.” That about sums it up.Republican gains weren’t that impressive for the party out of power in the second mid-term election of a two-term president. – Right, the Republicans only picked up 8 Senate seats – possibly 9 after the Louisiana runoff — ousting four or five incumbents in the process. If they end up with a net gain of at least 9 House seats, they’ll have the most members of that body since 1948. Add to that 31 governorships now controlled by the GOP and 65 state legislative chambers, to the Democrats’ 23.  But, hey, no big deal.

It showed Republicans have to veer left — or stay in the middle — to win.  In a number of Senate races, Karl Rove and his moneybag friends in the Republican establishment intervened to nominate the more moderate candidate. Too bad, because conservatives would have won these races just as handily. Besides, Joni Ernst and Tom Cotton aren’t exactly RINOs.

Liberal pundits are contrasting 2014 with 2012, when they say the GOP, under the malevolent influence of the Tea Parties, nominated candidates who couldn’t win. The real lesson of the 2012 for Republicans is don’t nominate candidates who discuss their past life as a witch and talk about legitimate rape.

This election was a vote against gridlock. Voters don’t care what the federal government does, as long as it works. If voters wanted to get rid of gridlock, why didn’t they give the Senate and the House to the Democrats? Then they would have controlled Congress and the White House, Voila, no more gridlock – except it didn’t work that way from 2009 to 2011.

Voters don’t want government to work when it works against them, as it has for the past six years. When the president is a lefty nutcase, gridlock is good. Gridlock is our friend.

The goal now should be bipartisanship. These were the first words out of the mouth of every Democratic incumbent who survived the 2014 tsunami.

Obama is the most partisan president in like forever. During the 2010 campaign, he said Republicans can “come along for the ride, but they gottta sit in back.” Now he’s saying he’ll work with the new Congress – if it rolls over and plays dead.

Unlike Bill Clinton, when has Obama (God or Allah’s anointed) ever compromised on anything? Obamacare passed with 100% partisan support. They didn’t event try to sell it to Republicans, because they didn’t have to.

Appeals to bipartisanship are a loser’s lament and a trap. The choice for the new Republican Congress is bi-partisanship or adherence to the conservative agenda that got them elected. Tough decision.

I’m surprised Democrats didn’t complain about their tennis elbows, or attribute the shellacking they took to sunspots or massive public consumption of Twinkies.

Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer and syndicated columnist.

First published at American Thinker.



 

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