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May 14, 2014 - 7:15 pm

President Obama quipped to a group of donors in New York tonight that he should export some East Coast voters to the Midwest to increase Democrats’ power in Washington.

Obama was helping the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraise at the Upper East Side home of investment banker Blair Effron, whom he credited with sticking by him “when people couldn’t pronounce my name.”

Tickets for the event, which followed a DNC roundtable in NYC with the same pricetag, were $32,400.

Obama reiterated a main theme of his midterm fundraising: that the American people are with Democrats on every core issue. “The country is, by most measures, doing much better than when I came into office,” he said. “And that’s demonstrable… if you look at the numbers you’d say not only are we moving in the right direction but we’ve actually got better cards than most other countries around the world.”

He said lingering “anxiety” among Americans can be “partly” attributed to the Bush administration: “because people still feel traumatized by what happened in 2007-2008.”

“It’s not as if we’ve got no good ideas on policy. We’ve got tons of them. I’ve got a drawer full of things that we know would create jobs, help our middle class, boost incomes, make us more competitive. But we have a party on the other side that has been captured by an ideology that says no to everything because they cling to a rigid theory that the only way to grow the economy is for government to be dismantled and let the market sort things out, and folks at the top doing very well will somehow automatically trickle down to everybody else.”

Obama added that “the only reason we’ve been able to make some progress and gain some traction is because we’ve had a Senate in Democratic hands that has shown extraordinary unity.”

“There are very few issues, if any, in which the Republican position enjoys the majority public support. But we’ve got one problem — we have a congenital disease which is, during midterms our voters don’t show up. That’s what it comes down to. That and population distribution and gerrymandering,” he said.

He explained that he was campaigning in Brooklyn once with Bill de Blasio. “And I go into buy some cheesecake — some woman comes up and hugs me and kisses me and says, oh, my sister just got on the Affordable Care Act and we love you. What can we do to support you? And I said, move to North Dakota,” he quipped. “If I could just get about a million excess votes in Brooklyn out to Nebraska, Wyoming, we’d be doing OK. I don’t need 80 percent of the vote here.”

“So we’ve got some structural disadvantages, but we do not vote during midterms. Our voters are younger; they’re more likely to be minority; unmarried women. They’re folks who can get galvanized and excited during presidential elections, but we have a tougher time communicating with them during midterms. And that’s what we have to break. We have to break that cycle.”

Turning to his 2008 campaign theme, Obama said his “main message is one of hope.”

“We’ve got all the ingredients to make this the American Century, just like the last one. To achieve it, though, we’ve got to make sure our political system works better. And, yes, there are all kinds of reforms that we need to do, from campaign finance to how a filibuster works, to going after Republicans hard when their main political agenda when it comes to — or main election strategy is preventing people from voting — we’ve got to push back on all that stuff,” he said. “But ultimately, there are enough voters out there to deliver if we can turn them out.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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"If a ‘Million Excess Votes’ in NYC Would Move to Midwest"

I know, let's make things so bad in blue states that liberals move to the red ones.
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It never occurs to them that people simply reject their policies. Until they're coerced by hook or by crook.
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Somehow this "innocent" quip reminds me of another one, about a meddlesome priest. Nothing to pin on him, but sure sounds like a matching order.
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Twenty million amnesty votes are going to pop up all over the place pretty soon. Looks like he'll get what he wants thanks to stupid Republicans.
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..."I've got a drawer full of things we know would create jobs,...". How is this any more intelligent sounding than, ..."...binders full of women...?"

Hubby & I are hanging on to Middle Class by our fingernails now...so you suppose "O" would "throw us a bone" & invite an "actual Middle Class couple" who is struggling under the weight of his job killing policies to one of his $32,400 a plate dinners & pick up the tab...he's RICH, he can afford it? I haven't had a chance to wear an evening gown since 2008, BEFORE he took office!!
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maybe he will move a million new yorkers to Wyoming and Utah, just like Stalin did to the Tatars
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Well to that Joe Stalin would say... "It doesn't matter who votes, just who counts the votes." Besides voter ID is frowned upon in the Justice Department.
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Well barkey if you were the President of all the people you wouldn't have to call for minions to move to get your agenda across. Think about it, real people don't like you or your socialist/communist/American hating policies.
Good God, continued financial downgrades, abuse of power scandals, diminished standing in the global sphere, racial tension, promotion of ghey agendas, weakened military, destruction of our health care system, lowest labor participation rate in decades, almost half of Americans on government dole, absent when the three am call comes in, incompetent appointees in positions of authority, ---sorry, rant off.
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So Obama is admitting he is impotent to persuade people.
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He's sub par at anything other than campaigning.
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Jihad Sux, I ESPECIALLY like your use of the word "impotent" to describe him!!
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The only problem with that theory Mr. Community Organizer is once those voters moved outside the Eastern liberal echo chamber, they would start acquiring what is commonly known to us western folks as "common sense" and that can only spell doom for a Dim.
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HopeChangeInAZ, IF ONLY that were the case. It hasn't worked that way here in NV...witness Harry Reid's CONTINUAL re-elections. My friends in CO also say that the Leftists who've moved there from CA have brought their political agendas with them to pollute CO.
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Agreed. That seems to be the case wherever the blue pestilence relocates to...they destroy where they lived, move, then promptly begin voting in such a way as to ensure the similar destruction of their new locale.

Best way to nip something like this is to have the states begin imposing a waiting period on new voters. If you just moved to a state then it has to be at least 2 years before you can vote in that new state.
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Barry Soetoro just blew the dog whistle for the voter fraud companies. They will immediately start to mobilize 1 million votes from NY to IA.
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Now people should move to support obama and his goals? Sound to me like a call for more voter fraud.
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Frankly, I'm all in favor of sending those million of excess rat vote to North Korea, along w/ the voters, natch!
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"Tickets for the event, which followed a DNC roundtable in NYC with the same pricetag, were $32,400."

How can any "average" American read this and not have her head explode? These people are buying our government.
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