Skip to comments.Obama’s states of despair: 2010 losses still haunt
Posted on 07/26/2013 8:15:01 AM PDT by cotton1706
Barack Obama has spent well over $1 billion on his political campaigns, but its the $20 to $30 million Democrats didnt shell out three years ago that is costing the White House as he slogs through the first six months of his second term.
The GOPs wildly successful, low-key, and stunningly cheap campaign to seize state capitals in 2010 has come back to haunt Obama and his fellow Democrats. Its now clear that the partys loss of 20 state legislative chambers and critical Midwestern governors seats represents an ongoing threat every bit as dangerous as the more-publicized Republican take-back of the House that same year.
There was no stopping the GOP wave that year but strategists in both parties say Obamas team might have blunted it if they had somehow managed to cut into the GOPs $30-to-$10 million cash advantage in state house races by making campaigns at the very bottom of the ballot a priority.
For that seed money, Republicans secured an historic return, cementing a ten-year grip on the House of Representatives and a score of state houses, and erasing the remaining smudges of blue in red states.
It might be the greatest opportunity cost of the Obama Era in terms of sheer damage to Democrats, a gift that keeps giving to the Republicans in the form of GOP-dominated redistricting and a barrage of state actions that challenge Obamas core agenda on health care, civil rights and abortion.
Huge pain in the ass, yeah, every day, is how one senior Obama aide described the GOPs creation of safe House seats and the subsequent assaults on Obamacare, abortion rights, gun control, voting rights and municipal unions emanating from suddenly GOP-dominated states like North Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio.
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Pssst! Obama thinks everything revolves around Washington, and everything in Washington revolves around him?
The Governor of Ohio? Who?
Why do you think they’re using HUD to forcibly relocate minorities into “red” suburban districts?
No worries; as we speak John Boehner and the boys are planning a strategy to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. The GOPe will screw this up like everything else.
Come to think of it; the GOPe haven’t even challenged Obama on Benghazi...WTF!
They'd call it the "Choom Strategy".
That HUD thing is very troublesome.
Anecdotal evidence is that, when you get too many Section 8 residents in an area, that the neighborhood starts to go ghetto.
Unless we want to celebrate ghetto chic and all that, this is not a positive development.
In fact, if they go ahead with this, it will set up situations similar to the “white flight” of many years ago. Those who can move away from these newly ghettofied areas will do so. And those left behind will be increasingly the Section 8 or poorer people who have no alternative but to be left behind as decent people move out.
That’s why an Agenda 21 growth boundary and new development ban will be added to the forced relocations.
Getting “any” section 8 residents in your area is a loss for the community.
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