President 'I Won' Pre-Misreads Defeat
Pretty much everywhere you look, things this year are ... different. Returning to President Obama's view of November and how he got here:
Obama said he also realized too late that "there is no such thing as shovel-ready projects," a familiar refrain made by the president when he was trying to sell the stimulus package.
"There are almost 100 shovel-ready transportation projects already approved," he said in August 2009. As recently as July of this year, he said, "Shovels will soon be moving earth and trucks will soon be pouring concrete."
There's no way to sugar-coat this admission. As recently as July of this year, President Obama was either completely disconnected from the reality of his own trillion-dollar policy, or he was intentionally lying in the sale of that policy. Likewise, when he said over and over again in selling his health care program that "if you like your coverage, you get to keep it" only to have the policy passed and see corporation after corporation begin dropping coverage in the face of ObamaCare-created uncertainty.
From border security to energy policy to failure to handle disaster to irresponsibility on taxes to granting terrorists civilian trials in the very city they attacked, this president and his party's policies have been given a run. They've failed, and so dozens of Democrats all over the country are about to be fired. Their failure isn't in that they didn't try hard enough or do enough. Their failure is in the fact that they pushed their policies over the objections of the voters, those policies have been disastrous, and now November is just around the corner.
In January 2009, President Obama set the tone for what we've seen over the past two years in his first meeting with the Republicans over his economic plans:
The top congressional leaders from both parties gathered at the White House for a working discussion over the shape and size of President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus plan. The meeting was designed to promote bipartisanship.
But Obama showed that in an ideological debate, he’s not averse to using a jab.
Challenged by one Republican senator over the contents of the package, the new president, according to participants, replied: “I won.”
After November 2, "I won" is no longer operational, at least not to the voters. But it's all that Obama has left to hang onto.
The Republicans will be returned to power nationally not to work with this president. They're being put back in power to provide a check on him, and where it's warranted, to work directly against him. Among the serious proposals the Republicans have already put on the table is repealing ObamaCare. And the majority of the voters are in their corner, not Obama's.
To most people reading this post, this is all pretty obvious. Obama and his policies are failures and they're unpopular, so the Democrats who have supported him will lose big. That it's apparently not obvious to the president of the United States is a little bit scary. The next two years are setting up to be ... different.