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Obama Hits Campaign Trail to Mixed Reviews … From Democrats

Obama Hits Campaign Trail to Mixed Reviews … From Democrats
September 10
17:53 2018

Since he left the Oval Office, former President Obama had held to the tradition that past presidents avoid becoming a political counterpoint to their successors. One can recall former President Bush’s silence even as Obama blamed him for everything short of actually causing Hurricane Katrina. Obama laying the blame on his predecessor was such a constant that when an unexpected earthquake shook the nation’s capital, it was jested that Obama would name the unlabeled fault line “Bush’s Fault.”

As the 2018 midterm election nears, Obama has ended his self-imposed vow of silence. He has hit the campaign trail for congressional House and Senate candidates in the hope of flipping one or both chambers to the Democrats. He is specifically defending his record in the face of President Trump’s systematic dismantling of whatever legacy Obama might have claimed.

Obama is calling upon the voting public to remember his accomplishments as a comparison to Trump’s policies. But wait! Wasn’t that what the 2016 election was all about? Perhaps remembering Obama is not the best strategy for the Democrats.

Does it help the Democrats for the people to remember all the disingenuous promises made regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – more commonly known as Obamacare? Attaching his name to that piece of controversial legislation proved to be an increasingly bad idea as the ugly realities came to fruition.

Does it help all those Democrat candidates to be reminded of Obama’s tragically failed Libyan policy? Then there was his red line in Syria that emboldened the rebels to fight Bashar al Assad believing American had their back. When Obama walked away from Syria, he not only allowed Assad to prevail with the help of Iran and Russia but caused the greatest and most tragic humanitarian crisis since World War II with the deaths of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of freedom fighters, innocent civilians and refugees escaping the carnage – not to mention the crisis in Europe as refugees flooded the coastal nations.

We can also remember all those regulations being imposed with increasing rapidity, effectively immobilizing the American economy like the fetters of the Lilliputians that restrained Gulliver during his travels. Regulations and high taxes resulted in the flatlining of the recover from the 2008 recession – the slowest recovery in American history.

We might also remember those scandals that the overly friendly and fawning media tended to dismiss out of hand. There was the abuse of the IRS in cracking down on conservative organizations. Then there was that Fast and Furious nonsense that gave thousands of weapons to Mexican drug cartellians, and which resulted in the murder of at least one American border agent. Or … the decision of the Obama Justice Department to refuse to go after the illegal election activities of ACORN.

Strangely, the wisdom of Obama’s re-emergence on the hustings is being questioned and criticized more from the Democratic Party’s newly empowered radical left than the Republican leaders. It seems that many Republicans are welcoming Obama in an inverse proportionality to the concerns rising on the far left.

Fans of Obama are happy to see him defending his record. They believe he will have a major impact on the election. “He can turn out the vote,” they claim.

Those in the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party – which currently has captured effective control – argue that Obama’s wasn’t-I-great message is off the mark. They see their future success in selling the increasingly socialistic platform as opposed to the self-proclaimed personal accomplishments of a past president.

The lackluster response to Obama’s campaigning is best appreciated by the many critical opinions expressed by all those folks on MSNBC and CNN. The former president is not getting rave reviews.

The most anti-Republican pundits and panelists question Obama’s impact on voter turnout – noting that while he won two elections he could not prevent the GOP from taking more than 1000 additional seats in state legislatures – including control of many of them – and a Republican takeover of the Congress. Obama had no coattails as President – even when campaigning for Hillary Clinton. So why should he be relied upon to bring out the Democrat base in November? It is a fair question.

For many of the new left, Obama, like Hillary Clinton, is just a fond memory of a Democrat establishment that was not a lot better policy-wise than the Republicans. They think he should do what all modern past presidents do – raise money to make their presidential libraries the most impressive edifices since the Taj Mahal. They’re probably right.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  2. Deann
    Deann September 11, 17:01

    Thank you.

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  3. Tom
    Tom September 11, 21:36

    What are you talking about? Obama was picked in an ABC poll as the best president in their lives by the greatest number of Americans. Democrats and many independents rate him very highly, especially now that we have such a pathetic and corrupt arrogant narcissist in the presidency.

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    • thorlo6
      thorlo6 September 12, 11:49

      Tom You are as blind to the truth as any blind man. Obama admitted on video that he was born in Kenya! He admitted that he was not an American citizen. That makes every last Democrat a traitor to the country for pushing a known noncitizen for President. That as well as the act of treason for what happened at Benghazi. As for your using an ABC poll, that is laughable! ABC has lied more times and been caught lying that, like CNN, This cannot be trusted to say what Americans are saying, any more than you can trust a skorpion! Say what you will about Trump, at least he is an American citizen. You ignorant lefties can’t find your own backside. Obama has been and always will be a Communist. He has admitted that he hates the USA and, during his tenure in office, did his dead level best to destroy it. There was never anything to applaude during his 8 years.

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  4. Punkin
    Punkin September 12, 11:58

    I do not understand why he is thought to be the best president. He sold our country out and forgot about the seniors of this country. The American people have lost total control of their minds. I wish there was something that could be said that President Trump has done an excellent job as President. He is for our country and is an American citizen. Mr. O was not born in our country and sold us out to his Muslim friends across the world. I would like to know what it would take for the American people to realize this. Mr. O made a statement that the seniors of this country get too much money, we barely live on what we get so he did not give us a raise, if he did it was awful and did the seniors no good. I am a Trump person and I appreciate the job he has done and I thank him for the raise he gave the seniors his first term in office. All I can say is the American people need to get their heads out of O ass and get real with our country. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP AND I WILL VOTE FOR HIM TO RUN ANOTHER TERM AND SO WILL A LOT OF OTHER AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO KNOW WHICH HAND FEEDS OUR COUNTRY.

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  5. Disallusioned
    Disallusioned September 13, 06:23

    Whatever one thinks about Obama’s term in office doesn’t detract from the puerile performance of Trump thus far. But let’s face it, the US president is a mere puppet for those behind the scenes who pull the strings. That’s the real problem.

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