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Diane Feinstein issued a Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA terrorist interrogation tactics it called torture. Members of the committee approved those same tactics after the 9/11 attacks.
Bottom line – it’s almost 2015 and it’s still Bush’s fault.
Chuck Schumer, the third ranking Senate Democrat, gave a speech trashing ObamaCare. He said it was a mistake to ram through health care reform when the main concern of voters was the economy. The uninsured were a small percentage of the electorate and most of them didn’t vote. ObamaCare meant middle class working people had to pay more for their insurance to subsidize the non-voting beneficiaries of ObamaCare. Schemer said that was politically stupid. As a result Democrats are now getting shellacked at the polls.
The speech came as a shock to Progressives and the press but it’s something Schumer must have given a lot of thought to. As Dan Henninger said in the WSJ, “Let us count the times Sen. Chuck Schumer has blown himself up politically.
That was a short count, wasn’t it?”
A year ago President Obama said, “If you don’t like a particular policy, if you don’t like a particular president, go out there and argue your position, win an election.”
And so it came to pass.
Now that his party has lost the Senate, Obama says he’s willing to listen to Republican ideas – if they have any. Whether he is or they do remains to be seen. But they have had some ideas in the past. Those ideas were packaged into about 350 House Resolutions and passed on to the Senate where they sit in Harry Reid’s desk.
The way Mitch McConnell sees it Reid protected the president from legislation he didn’t like by not bringing bills to his desk.
The New York Times, in January, called Harry a brute.
Politifact, however, says some of those bills are simply caught up in committee. Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post says it’s not at all unusual for Harry Reid to have 300 bills to be stuffed in his drawers.
Six years ago first term senator Barack Obama accepted his party’s presidential nomination in front of fake Greek columns and 70,000 true believers in Denver. Two weeks ago he said that he’s not on the ballot in this election but his policies are. And so they were.
Even the president’s Illinois home state governor, Pat Quinn, went down in flames. (By the way that’s Valerie Jarrett in the picture, not Joni Ernst.)
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.