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President Obama and Republicans have finally found common ground. They agree that the midterm elections should be about him.
The president has been staying away from the campaign trail – at the request of his fellow Democrats. They fear his low poll numbers are bringing down the rest of the party. But that hasn’t kept him quiet. During a speech at Northwestern University he announced “I may not be on the ballot, but my policies are – every last one of them”. “That”, said former advisor David Axelrod, “was a mistake”. Republicans agreed and immediately produced ads to spread the president’s message.
Just in case his base missed the message, Obama went on Al Sharpton‘s radio show to say that Democrats may be running from him but they are really with him and they support his agenda.
Still About Obama
There may be a method to Obama’s Messiah Madness. While his approval numbers among women and latinos have fallen, over 85% of blacks still support him. The NYT reports that a huge black turnout is the only way Democrats can hold the Senate. Obama has said many of those voters may not even be aware there’s an election going on. So this could be about drumming up turnout, and transferring a little love to Democratic Senate candidates to keep that agenda alive.
Alison Lundergan Grimes, a perfectly good candidate for Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky Senate seat, won’t even admit she voted for the guy. Maybe she didn’t. She clings to her shotgun while insisting she’s no Barack Obama.
The Wall Street Journal goes on to list other Democrats who are shunning the pres. Mark Pryor has voted with Obama 93% of the time. Mark Begich rings in at 97%.
Kathleen Parker says the D next to Democrats’ names stands for Denial.
Democrats have learned the true source of the ebola virus – Republicans. Or more specifically sequestration, the scheme to hold federal spending in place. Sequestration was actually proposed by President Obama and later implemented by Congress as a way to climb down from the fiscal cliff.
The head of NIH says if not for sequestration we’d have an ebola vaccine by now. He didn’t say if it would cause autism.
IBD says CDC and NIH are doing just fine..
The CDC’s budget today is 25% bigger than it was in 2008 and 188% bigger than in 2000. The NIH budget has been flat for the past few years, but at a level that’s more than double what it was 14 years ago.
Plus, spending at both of these agencies has actually been higher than President Obama himself proposed (see chart). The 2014 NIH budget, in fact, is almost $1 billion bigger than Obama sought in his budget plan, released in early 2010.
AAAAAAAAAAiiiieeeee This just in: Ebola comes to Akron. I live in Akron! The victim traveled through Cleveland Hopkins airport this past weekend. I traveled through Cleveland Hopkins airport this past weekend! Damn Republicans.
National Review Online published a speech Sessions gave on Wednesday. He complained that no Democrat would support legislation to block President Obama from issuing executive orders on immigration.
The Senate Democratic conference has supported and enabled the president’s unlawful actions and blocked every effort to stop them…
Just yesterday Majority Leader Reid wrote in a tweet something that was shocking. He said: “Since House Republicans have failed to act on immigration, I know the President will. When he does, I hope he goes Real Big.”
Let this sink in for a moment. The majority leader of the Senate is bragging that he knows the president will circumvent Congress to issue executive amnesty to millions…
In June the president said that since Congress refused to act on immigration he’d do it himself, just like the little red hen. He promised to go it alone before the end of summer.
On Saturday he announced that he would delay his go it alone strategy until after the November elections. Ezra Klein, usually more sympathetic than not toward Obama, says this is dumb.
Senator Mitch McConnell has a point when he says, “What’s so cynical about today’s immigration announcement is that the president isn’t saying he’ll follow the law, he’s just saying he’ll go around the law once it’s too late for Americans to hold his party accountable in the November elections.”
Klein wonders why Obama is delaying his end run around a Congress he accuses of delaying immigration reform.
This is the problem with the White House’s decision — and, to some degree, the way they’ve managed this whole issue. If these deportations are a crisis that merits deeply controversial, extra-congressional action, then it’s hard to countenance a politically motivated delay. If they’re not such a crisis that immediate action is needed, then why go around Congress in the first place?