Democratic Senate candidates Mark Pryor, Kay Hagan and Alison Grimes have been doing their absolute best to try to separate themselves from President Obama. Here is Mrs Grimes, the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate, in Kentucky:
And now, from The Pirate’s Cove:
Obama: Say, All These Red State Democrats Support My Agenda
October 21, 2014 – 9:50 am
Remember back to the beginning of October, when Obama’s pronouncement that his “policies are on the ballot — every single one of them” inspired panic amongst vulnerable Democrats and glee from Republicans. Well, this next one is surely inspiring more panic from all the Red State Democrats who have been doing all they can to run away from Obama (via Hot Air)
(Weekly Standard) “Well, look, here’s the bottom line,” said Obama, “We’ve got a tough map. A lot of the states that are contested this time are states that I didn’t win. And so some of the candidates there, you know, it is difficult for them to have me in the state because the Republicans will use that to try to fan Republican turn-out. The bottom line is, though, these are all folks who vote with me. They have supported my agenda in Congress. They are on the right side of minimum wage. They are on the right side of fair pay. They are on the right side of rebuilding our infrastructure. They’re on the right side of early childhood education.
“So, this isn’t about my feelings being hurt. These are folks who are strong allies and supporters of me. And I tell them, I said, you know what, you do what you need to win. I will be responsible for making sure that our voters turn up.”
This reminds me of that Bob and Tom song, You’re Not Helping The Show. Just substitute “Barack Obama” for “Chick McGee”.
Congratulations to President Obama, for telling everyone that the various Republican candidates’ campaign advertisements are true! When James O’Keefe caught Mrs Grimes’ campaign supporters and aides saying that she was basically just saying what she needed to say to get elected, but that she’d be completely different once in the Senate, it got some attention, but not as much as it might have. Now, President Obama has just put himself squarely into Mr O’Keefe’s video, saying just what Mr O’Keefe claimed that Democratic candidates’ supporters believe.
The Democrats running for the Senate in the red states all want the voters to think that yeah, they’re independent thinkers, don’t you know, and not sycophants who will blindly vote for whatever the President — or Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) — wants, and then their party’s leader comes out and tells everyone, don’t you worry, they’ll all fall in line behind me once they’ve been elected (or re-elected).
Perhaps (the President) was understandably unconcerned that many people would catch the Sharpton show live, but a veteran politico should know someone’s always listening (and that Sharpton would totally play it on TV later). Really, though, what is this about? Perhaps on the same day as his lackluster reception in Maryland (Maryland!), he just couldn’t let stand another suggestion that he didn’t hang the moon? There are plenty of ways for the Smartest President Evah to finesse this answer without giving Republicans the exact soundbite they need in a manner so explicit, they could have written it themselves. He can’t be bothered. Remember, this is the stuff he’s supposed to be good at.
I suppose that it could have been the President just rambling, like a sophomore shooting the bull in the Student Center coffee shop, but it seems more as though Mr Obama is simply unable to get past the me, me, me, me, me! stage. This was the kind of thing he might say on November 5th, rather than two weeks before the election. Then again, it could also be that internal Democratic polls have already concluded that the Democrats’ position is hopeless anyway.
But, there’s another possibility. While man Democratic candidates are avoiding association with President Obama, a lot of them — Mr Pryor and Mrs Grimes among them — are bringing in the Clintons, both Bill and Hillary. Jason Scott of the Delaware Liberal thinks that President Clinton is responsible for what he sees as the terrible state of the Democratic Party nationally, but the Democratic candidates, the people who have to try to do something really radical like get people to vote for them, apparently think that association with the Clintons is a lot better for them than being tied to President Obama. And you can bet your last euro that Barack Obama doesn’t like that, doesn’t like that at all.