Now that the newsies have had a day to digest the Republican party winning back the House, several governors' seats, and countless other local and state elections, it's time for the Dems to start putting their own spin on it. In fact, it's the Democrat in Chief who we can point to for calling it just a rock on a dirt path. Countless liberals are saying that this election was not a rejection of liberal ideals, but the voters were simply rejecting the message. Yes, to paraphrase Bill Clinton, "it's the message, stupid."
At yesterday's national concession speech, er, uh, press conference, Barack Obama, felt that people were only upset about the economy, and would continue to push forward with his agenda, because, that was not the problem. His measured response was "What they were expressing great frustration about is the fact that we haven't made enough progress on the economy." Sure, it's only the economy. It's not the nationalization of health care, the possibility of letting tax cuts expire, the souring of businesses due to energy legislation. Nope, it's none of that. When pressed by NBC's (who knew they knew how to ask tough questions) Savanah Guthrie about the voters rejection of his policies, Dear Leader replied "Voters are not satisfied with the outcomes." Yes, we would have been more pleased had he just made private health care illegal and ordered every business to put up solar panels.
Granted, Republicans will only be able to do so much by controlling the House. But they must make right decisions. Democrats that currently occupy seats on the Hill seem oblivious to voter will, and will continue to push their agenda, voters and citizens be damned. I bet Harry Reid has a different view of the outcome, after his battle with Sharon Angle. Pelosi did not have a race to be involved with this year, unless she was late for a botox appointment. Besides, she represents San Francisco. She would only get voted out if she accidentally ran over a squirrel.
The writing is on the wall for Obama, if he chooses to read it. His old Senate seat, the one that Blago tried to sell, no, wait, the one he gave to Roland Burris, went to a Republican in a straight-up election since Burris was not running for re-election. It's doubtful he would have won anyway. By going full steam ahead with his agenda, Obama is only designating more lambs to the slaughter in the 2012 election, including his own job. As much was made about Gingrich's Republican wave in 1994, more House seats flipped to the GOP this time, 60 to 54. Sorry, Mr. President, but that is not a "problem with the message" outcome. That is a thorough rejection of policies and your agenda.