Barack Obama was a failed President.
But there was one political failure that stood out above all others.
And a surprising group is now forcing him to answer for it.
One of Obama’s enduring legacies of failure was the fact that during his eight years in office, Democrats lost over 1,000 seats at every level of government.
When Obama entered the White House in 2009, Democrats held a majority in the House of Representatives, the majority of Governorships, and a 59-seat Senate majority – which soon swelled to a 60 seat, filibuster-proof majority when Arlen Specter switched parties.
By the time Obama left office, the Democrats were at their lowest ebb in nearly 100 years.
Republicans controlled both Houses of Congress.
The GOP held the overwhelming majority of Governorships and State legislatures.
The Democrats were confined to the coasts with no real power to enact their agenda.
Now Democrats are asking hard questions about Obama’s time in office and how it destroyed their party – especially since he and his political organization have decided to throw their weight behind efforts to rebuild from the rubble he left behind.
“For years, the former president’s popularity among Democrats stifled any public critiques of his stewardship of the party — a period in which the party suffered tremendous losses at the state and local levels.
But now that Obama and the political operation that succeeded his campaign, Organizing For Action, have expressed interest in playing a role in the task of rebuilding, it’s sparking pitched debates over how much blame he deserves for the gradual hollowing out of a party that now has less control of state elected positions than at any other time in nearly a century.
That degree of mistrust — rooted in the idea that OFA was always primarily interested in advancing the president’s political interests, often at the expense of the party — is already showing signs of hampering Obama’s former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as he pursues the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee. And the wariness — expressed by nearly three dozen Democrats in interviews — also threatens to create a divide between Obama’s loyalists and the rest of the party.”
Some Democrats blame Organizing For Action because it left party committees without the resources necessary to compete, since its donors were more likely to support an organization backed by the President.
Others claim OFA was only interested in promoting the President’s agenda at the expense of Congressional and State level Democrats.
Still, others think the Democrats suffered because they just had the wrong people in charge of the party apparatus.
But these complaints all miss the key point – the American people judged Obama’s policies to be complete failures.
When the GOP presented a clear contrast to the Democrats in 2010, 2014 and 2016, Republicans wiped out Democrats up and down the ballot.
In 2014 and 2016, Obama claimed his policies and legacies were on the ballot.
The end result was one of the largest midterm victories in American history and the election of Donald Trump.
The Democrats will continue to lose elections until they come to grips with the fact that the American people have rejected Obama’s big government agenda, period