November 5, 2014

‘My Policies Are on the Ballot’

“I am not on the ballot this fall,” Barack Obama said in October. “But make no mistake: [My] policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.” Boy, do Democrats wish he hadn’t said that, especially after Tuesday’s “shellacking” – the word Obama used to describe a similarly awful election in 2010. There wasn’t much good for Democrats Tuesday because the election was indeed all about Obama. Republicans took control of the Senate, expanded their majority in the House and picked up governorships and state legislatures. While Senate races in Alaska, Virginia and Louisiana (headed for a December runoff) are undecided, the GOP currently has a 52-seat majority in the chamber, and that could grow to 55. “This experiment in big government has lasted long enough,” said presumed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “It’s time to go in a new direction.” It remains to be seen if Republicans can actually do that. We’ll go out on a limb and say the narcissist in chief won’t learn much from this severe reprimand from voters (“He doesn’t feel repudiated,” said one aide Tuesday night), but he will instead double down on his own failed policies. You thought he avoided working with Congress before – just wait until it’s Republican-controlled in January. And by the way, that leaves plenty of time for Democrat mischief between now and then.

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