There is a widely discussed interview between President Obama and David Axelrod being discussed today where Obama claims his legacy would have reelected him, if only… etc.
However, the single least discussed aspect to the interview content itself is the reemergence of a truism no-one ever pays attention to. Just like the Clinton Clan before them, the Obama Clan have no actual home.
President Reagan had his ranch in California; President George HW Bush had his home in Kennebunkport; President ‘Dubya’ Bush had Crawford, Texas; but just like President Clinton, President Obama has no central base; travelers never do.
Specifically because of a life determined by self-interest ideology, when the time comes to dismount the high horse there’s a common inability of Clinton and Obama to do so. There is a very specific dynamic, a symptomatic common connection.
This commonality represents the one litmus test which should apply to anyone seeking higher political office: If your home is contingent upon “the office“, the alarm bells which identify self-serving shallowness should sound loudly.
This reality also provides inherently predictable evidence of what will follow Obama’s time in office: his inability to go quietly into a post-presidency. Unlike his predecessor, Barack Obama will be a loud, visible and blame-casting antagonist toward President Donald Trump.
Literally everything President Obama advanced while in office can be wiped out within weeks of a Trump presidency beginning. The divisive and partisan legacy of Obamacare may take a little longer, but everything else can be dispatched to the dust covered archives of irrelevant history. Stunning irony.
Within the Axelrod interview –audio here– you can hear the inability of Obama to accept that it was his entrenched short-sighted ideology that ultimately ensured a legacy of failure. It was his rabid ideological disconnect, showcased at 1:38am on December 23rd 2009, to create Obamacare (against 70% of the total electorate) that cemented the shallow pen and phone construct of all efforts in all subsequent years. Now, upon exit, he will accept no responsibility.
Ted Kennedy did not create Senator Scott Brown, Obama-Reid-Pelosi did.
The Blue Dogs did not lose the House of Representatives, Obama-Reid-Pelosi did.
Mitch McConnell did not win the Senate, Obama-Reid-Pelosi lost it.
Chasing this failing legacy for President Obama, Democrats lost 900+ state legislature seats, 12 Governors, 69 House seats and 13 Senate seats:
As Deroy Murdoch writes in a New York Post article:
[…] All told, 1,043 federal and state-level Democrats lost or were denied power under Obama, largely because Americans grew disgusted by such outrages as a non-stimulating $831 billion “stimulus,” eight consecutive years of economic growth below 3 percent, an 88 percent increase in the national debt, the revocation of America’s triple-A bond rating and ObamaCare’s epic flop ($2.3 trillion to finance widespread insurance policy cancellations, 20 bankruptcies among 24 state co-ops, early retirements for experienced but exasperated doctors and more). Also nauseating: federal nano-management of everything from dishwashers to third-grade lunches to national school shower policy.
Abroad, Obamaism spawned the rise of ISIS, the fall of US personnel in Benghazi, and Iran’s relentless humiliation — before, during and after Obama’s delivery of some $100 billion in unfrozen assets, including at least $1.7 billion in laundered cash, literally flown in on private jets.
“My legacy’s on the ballot,” Obama said last September, just as he had said before the 2014 midterms. (more)