I live in northern Kentucky and the senate race between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes has been heated and very tight. Republican ads have been pushing her strong ties to Obama and his devastating policies, especially on immigration and his war against the coal industry. The main economy of eastern Kentucky is all coal oriented.
Grimes has been running ads trying to distance herself from Obama and claiming that the election is not about Obama and his policies. Incidentally, Grimes is a flaming liberal Democrat who has repeatedly endorsed Obama’s polices as Kentucky’s Secretary of State.
Along with Grimes, two Democratic incumbent senators, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Kay Hagan of North Carolina have been trying to distance themselves from Obama and his policies. Both of them have been saying the election has nothing to do with Obama or his policies.
However, that’s not the case according to Barack Obama. On Thursday, he was speaking on the economy at Northwestern University when he made a statement that could help derail the campaign aspirations of Grimes, Pryor, Hagan and other Democrats. About two thirds of the way into his speech, Obama told the audience:
“I am not on the ballot this fall. Michelle’s pretty happy about that. But make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.”
Why have so many Democrats been trying to distance themselves from Obama and his policies? According to The Washington Post:
“The reason for this distancing strategy is obvious: President Obama is deeply unpopular in many of the states that will decide which party controls the majority in 2015. Of the seven seats rated ‘toss ups’ by the non-partisan Cook Political Report, Obama lost four of them (Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina) in 2012. He also lost in three Democratic-held open seats — Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia — now viewed as sure-thing pickups for Republicans. If Republicans only won Democratic-held seats where Obama lost in 2012, they would pick up 7 seats — one more than they need to recapture the majority.”
“In many of these states, Obama’s numbers are in a (much) worse place today than in November 2012. Just four in ten Louisiana voters approve of how President Obama is doing his job in a recent CNN/Opinion Research poll. In Arkansas, Obama’s approval rating is at 31 percent, according to an NBC/Marist poll. Even in Colorado, a state Obama won in 2008 and 2012, his approval rating sat at just 39 percent in another NBC/Marist survey.”
By saying that every single one of his policies are on the ballot, Obama just may have given Republicans a last minute boost which could very well help them win control of the Senate and maintain control of the House. If that happens, they will have the legal power to hogtie and hobble Obama and his illegal, anti-American and anti-Christian agenda. I would refer to him as a true lame-duck president, but since he appears to be Muslim in every way, I would rather refer to him as a lame hog president for obvious reasons.
Hopefully, Republicans like McConnell and others will jump on Obama’s statement and use it against their opponents. With one month to go before Election Day, they need to hit it hard and make sure everyone knows what Obama said. Guess we’ll know in 32 days from now.