Yesterday, in the aftermath of the trouncing the Democrats received at the polls Tuesday, Obama gave a press conference that was equal parts delusional and insulting. What it exhibited was a man so enamored with himself and so imbued with hubris that he is utterly incapable of conceiving of himself as anything other than a monarch.
These are the key messages in his press conference and the battlefield for the next two years.
The election doesn’t count.
Twice he refers to how important it is to listen to the “two-thirds” of the electorate that couldn’t be bothered to turn out to vote. He clearly thinks these voters support him as he links them together:
Part of what I also think we’ve got to look at is that two-thirds of people who were eligible to vote just didn’t vote. One of the things that I’m very proud of in 2008 and 2012 when I ran for office was we got people involved who hadn’t been involved before. We got folks to vote who hadn’t voted before, particularly young people.
The message is clear and unambiguous. He regards neither the new Senate majority nor the increased House majority as legitimate. We can expect to hear over and over that two-thirds of the population did not vote as if it were dispositive of something important.
In Obama’s world things are great, in the real world not so much
On the few times Obama he has spoken to the press he has launched into a recitation of his accomplishments. He obviously believes that everything is going just swimmingly and his biggest failure is not letting people know just how good they have it. A person more grounded in reality would realize that if someone has it good only very rarely do they need to be convinced that they have it good.
Overall strategy: Divide the GOP Caucus
I posted last weekend on the White House strategy for dealing with a GOP Senate.
As bad as the electoral map for Democrats is this year, the map for Republicans in 2016 is even worse. GOP incumbents are up in seven states President Barack Obama won twice and two he won once, including Sen. Kelly Ayotte in New Hampshire, Sen. Rob Portman in Ohio, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) in Wisconsin, Sen. Mark Kirk in Illinois and Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania.
Those senators, goes one thought circulating in the West Wing, would be under pressure to move …read more