Last November Obama campaigned for Democrats in governors races in Virginia and New Jersey. Both candidates lost. Instantly, the spin machine tried to excuse it all way. Deeds in Virginia was a bad candidate and Corzine was a weak incumbent. Dem spinners seemed desperate to ignore the big switch Independent voters made in those contests and the low turnout of voters Obama depended on to win those states in 2008.
This week Obama campaigned for Coakley in Massachusetts two days before the election in which the winner Scott Brown ran against the current Dem health care debacle and Obama's coddling of terrorists. Again, Independents voted for Brown along with 20% of Obama's 2008 voters.
Trying to explain it all away again, Democrats left the spin machine on a little too long. It's becoming laughable.
Obama: It's Bush's Fault!
In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Obama claimed that "the same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office..."People are angry and they are frustrated. Not just because of what's happened in the last year or two years, but what's happened over the last eight years."
Is he on crack? Obama went on to admit that he's been working soooo hard that perhaps he's lost touch with the American people:
"If there's one thing that I regret this year is that we were so busy just getting stuff done and dealing with the immediate crises that were in front of us that I think we lost some of that sense of speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are and why we have to make sure those institutions are matching up with those values."Really? It's not like he hasn't been in front of a microphone several times a day for the past year. CBS reports that Obama's first year in office he gave 411 Speeches or remarks, 42 news conferences, 158 interviews and held 23 Town Hall meetings. Maybe if he'd spend less time in front of a teleprompter and more time listening he'd know what people were thinking.
In a superb Brit Hume commentary Wednesday evening on Fox News Special Report, Brit dismisses Obama's fantasy:
Politico: No Way to Spin This!
Dazed Dems rethink entire strategyIndependents who were promised by Obama that he would put an end to the old Washington games and secret backroom deals have deserted him. And these Independent voters won't be fooled into believing that Republicans share the blame. They know Republicans have stood united against the secret deals, out of control spending and a federal takeover of health care. They also know that Democrats shut out Republicans and their ideas during pivotal moments in the negotiations of the health care bills.
By: Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen
January 20, 2010
Scott Brown has turned this town upside down.
There is no way for Democrats to spin an upside to losing their 60th vote in the Senate.
The Obama magic has vanished
Think back a year ago and imagine someone saying Obama would throw his support behind Democrats in New Jersey, Virginia and Ted Kennedy's Massachusetts — and lose all of them.
Think back a year ago and imagine someone saying he would celebrate his first anniversary without having gotten health care, financial regulation or energy legislation signed into law. And that less than 50 percent of the public would hold a favorable view of his presidency.
Obama clearly remains popular at the personal level, a big asset that Republicans privately concede could easily help turn things around for this White House in the months ahead. But it is similarly clear that the Obama magic of 2008 has vanished. His personal popularity is plainly not transferable to other Democrats. His power with Democrats is somewhat diminished.
So much now rides on health care for Obama. His top advisers have told reporters for months that he will be judged on one issue and one issue alone: getting health care signed into law. They now realize the bill — and, with it, Obama’s reputation and leverage on Capitol Hill — could go down. As they look ahead to the rest of the year, White House advisers talk publicly of bold action, but most of the talk in private is smaller, less controversial action. Deficits. Incremental changes to energy policy. Debt commissions.
This is not the way Obama — or many of the people watching him at his inaugural address a year ago — expected that he would mark his first anniversary.
Republicans hold an astounding 8 point lead in the Rasmusssen generic congressional ballot poll which is a key metric used by political scientists to gauge the way voters may behave in future elections. If the November elections were held today, Republicans would sweep the field!