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Just in Case You Were Thinking Obama Might Take Some Lessons Away From Today’s Election…

It’s always amusing to watch a losing political party attempt to put their best spin on poor election results in the final hours of a campaign. One can either employ the Debbie Wasserman Schultz strategy of declaring success, or one can behave as if defeat is a foregone conclusion. For the Obama White House, it’s the latter.

On the heels of Press Secretary Josh Earnest essentially throwing in the towel yesterday on 2014, he took his remarks one step further this afternoon, giving us a glimpse of what exactly President Obama will change about his leadership style moving forward from the midterms.

The simple answer? Nothing.

Shocker, I know.

This election is “not a referendum on Obama,” insisted the press secretary, implying that there’s no need to change any of the president’s policy prescriptions for America.

Sure, Josh. What is this, then? A referendum on the fecal smells emanating from the Potomac River?

He continued:

There is ample data to indicate that the vast majority of voters across the country are making decisions in this election based on the candidates themselves and not on President Obama,” asserted an increasingly desperate Mr. Earnest. “And we’ve seen in a number of ways that the president has sought to boost the prospects of those individual candidates.”

An interesting strategy right there. Make absolutely no concessions about the fallibility of Obama, while more or less admitting that your party’s nationwide candidates were crap. Way to build up support!

What Earnest and company continue to dismiss is the idea that President Obama’s problems with the next Congress will not lie solely in his poor relations with Republicans, but also with his inability to be sociable with his own Democratic allies in the House and Senate. Back in the 90’s, Bill Clinton loved that part of the political game, and he relished spending time with both parties if it meant he could get something productive done. Obama, on the other hand, would rather castigate Congress as a whole, and in doing so, has made himself virtually unapproachable by those lawmakers who should be his friends. If he can’t even work with his own base, how will he ever get along with his opposition once they’ve assumed control of both houses? The bottom line is that this White House isn’t off to a good start if it’s already busy blaming its own candidates in an effort to help the president save face.

Suck it up, Barry! This is going to be a LONG two years. It’s not like you have to become absolute “besties” with Congress, but you should at least give civility a shot. Maybe the next time you’re out there burning lame duck vacation days, you can invite a Republican or two to join you on the golf course. Unless, of course, Michael Jordan calling you a “sh*tty golfer” has rendered you too self conscious to be seen up close on the greens.


Matt Fox

Senior Editor

Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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