National Democrats are in a near panic — if the media’s highly-attuned panic detectors are any indicator — with a “poisonous” president unable to use his popularity to sway voters, a “screaming siren” warning about mid-term turnout, and Republicans on the offensive on Obamacare. There are a long eight months until November, but Democrats seem unlikely to get much sleep over the interim.
There are (at least!) six reasons why.
The second reason should really be the first:
2. President Obama is near all-time lows on his approval ratings.
This Administration is poison for Democrats seeking re-election this year. Marked by incompetence, scandal and Chicago-style cronyism, the Obama Administration has done the impossible – made the country nostalgic for the relatively capable James Earl Carter.
But a mid-term election with a disgruntled electorate won’t make the difference in 2016. Dissatisfaction with the Obama White House will help the GOP this year, and may have some coattails into 2016. But gaining House seats – almost certain – and retaking the Senate – somewhat less likely but looking more possible by the day – will only render the President the lamest of lame ducks. To win the White House, hold Congress and earn a mandate in 2016 will take something else – a message. A positive message.
It’s not enough to tell the country what the Obama Administration and the Reid Senate has done wrong. They have to tell America what they intend to do right. A pro-liberty, limited government message would go a long way.
But then, the GOP has a pretty good history of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.