Monday, November 10, 2014

FOD 2014.11.10

Schadenfreude, midterm election version.

Perspective #1:
... when Obama took office, Democrats had 59 senators and 256 House members; after Tuesday night, they will likely have 45-47 senators and some 190 House members. That is one of the biggest slides in congressional seats of any modern president.

Perspective #2:
President Barack Obama walked into the White House nearly six years ago with a robust Senate majority and a promise to change politics.

Now, he's heading into his final years of office estranged from Democrats in the minority on Capitol Hill, facing Republicans uninterested in making big compromises and a public that has largely moved on from the heady early days of the administration.

Under-reported Perspective:
In addition to the GOP gains in the U.S., Senate, House and governorships it was an historic night for the party in state legislatures.
The Republican wave that swept over the states left Democrats at their weakest point in state legislatures since the 1920s.
Final Word:
Republican lawmakers have done so well in the Nov. 4 midterm elections that it’s safe to say at this point that the era of President Obama is over — or so says the Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman.

Fineman’s comments were prompted by a question from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.

“Which party has the spark right now?” Matthews asked.

“Oh, the Republican Party for sure,” Fineman responded. “The Dems have to reinvent themselves all over again. The Obama era is over.” (emphasis added)
We can only hope so.

How's that Hope and Change working out for you, barry?

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