– If the polls are right, President Barack Obama’s second midterm election losses will be a record in modern history.
Recent two term presidents and net losses in the House of Representatives during midterm elections
Dwight Eisenhower 66
Ronald Reagan 31
Bill Clinton 49
George W. Bush 22
Barack Obama is expected to lose between 68-75
Recent two term presidents and net losses in the Senate during midterm elections
Dwight Eisenhower 13
Ronald Reagan 7
Bill Clinton 8
George W. Bush 5
Barack Obama is expected to lose between 11-16
– The first midterm election setback for Obama was predictable. It happened to Eisenhower, Reagan, Bush, Clinton.
– The difference is that most presidents respond to the setback and do better while this second rebuke for Obama is likely to result in unprecedented midterm rejection for a president.
– In recent history every President who got spanked at midterm was stunned and chastised by the loss and immediately responded to the desires of the people and steered the government back to center. This was true of conservative leaders like Reagan and liberal leaders like Clinton. In both cases they sacrificed their own personal and partisan agenda to unite and lead the nation. All the people.
– What makes this moment in history different is that President Obama is ignoring these election setbacks. He is essentially ignoring the wishes of the American people and using his remaining time in office to cater even more to his shrinking base.
– Everyone is talking about this lack of leadership. On Ebola, for example, on corruption in the IRS, on incompetence in Veterans Affairs. America is like the headless horsemen. But nowhere is this lack of leadership more demoralizing than in its failure to be president of all the people. To unite the country. It is as if the president only cares about his own. No one else.
– There may be a very good explanation for this. This president may not have an emotional need to be loved by the whole country. Maybe it’s reciprocal. He may see no reason to unite them. And unlike other presidents, Barack Obama may see a role for himself in the world beyond America, a post presidential international role. So he may be appealing to specific power groups and constituents beyond this country.