by John Eberhard
By now it’s all over but the shouting, and the Republicans have taken a solid majority in the House of Representatives and made solid gains in the Senate.
In the lead-up to the election, pundit after pundit, even liberal commentators, have said that the polls showed that the public was unhappy with the Obama agenda, and that they would express their dissatisfaction by voting for Republicans and taking away the democratic majority in the House. Many said that this election was a referendum on the Obama agenda.
Exit polls showed the public was indeed unhappy with Obama and with the economy.
Also in the lead-up to the election, a number of commentators wondered how Obama would react to a clear election-day rebuke of his agenda. Most said that it would be one of two reactions: 1) He would show contrition, admit he was wrong, and move to the political center like Bill Clinton did after losing the Congressional majorities to Republicans in 1994, or 2) He would dig in his heels and stick to his far-left agenda, fighting Republicans all the way.
Obama held a press conference the day after the election and showed some humility and contrition – apparently. But then just hours later he made a phone call to far-left MoveOn.org. Check out what he said to them:
“We always knew bringing about change in Washington wouldn’t be easy, and it might get tougher in the days ahead. The message I took away from the elections is very simple: The American people are still frustrated. They still want change; we just have to work harder to deliver the change the American people want.”
Obama said he and activist organizations like MoveOn must work harder pushing the progressive agenda “until every American sees real change in their own lives . . . We didn’t sign up for doing what was easy, we signed up for doing what was right. We are going to continue to take all the time it takes –– and all the effort it takes –– to get our country back on track.”
“To those who began the journey with me almost four years ago, think about how far we’ve come. Think about the ups and downs we went through during the course of the campaign. There were times when folks counted us out and we always came back. The same thing is going to happen over the next two years, and the next six years.”
President Obama has just won my “Most Out of Touch President of the 21st Century” award, along with my “I’m in Denial and I’ll See What I Want to See” peace prize.
How about the line: “The message I took away from the elections is very simple: The American people are still frustrated. They still want change; we just have to work harder to deliver the change the American people want.”
Apparently Obama cannot indulge in any self criticism of any kind whatsoever. He apparently is incapable of seeing that his change is NOT what the American people want. The people have expressed this again and again and again. How about all those Tea Party rallies, with signs saying “No more taxes,” “No more bailouts,” “We are not all socialists,” etc., etc.? How about the polls, every one of which showed that a majority of the public did not want Obamacare?
And he continues to think that they really DO want the socialist transformation that he wants to make.
When Scott Brown was elected as Senator from Massachusetts, having run specifically as being against Obamacare, Obama said it was because people were mad – at George W. Bush!
Obama said recently (before the election) that if the Republicans gained the majority in the House in this election, that would mean that the people wanted the Republicans to work with him on his agenda.
So no matter what happens, no matter how strong a repudiation the people give him and his agenda, he continues to think they still, really, deep down inside, want everything he has to offer – his far-left, socialist, Marxist agenda.
I think he is really starting to lose all his credibility. He is not someone you can “work with.” Some commentators are saying today and yesterday that his fake “olive branch” to Republicans is so he can lay some of the blame for his failed policies on them.
I think the way the new House needs to work with Obama is just to ignore him, squeeze him out, defund Obamacare and other parts of his destructive agenda. Just keep him wrapped up to minimize his destructive power, until we can get rid of him for good.