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Obama won 2014 non-vote in landslide

Obama won 2014 non-vote in landslide

Not sure how many more of these victories Democrats can take.

Byron York remarks on one of the more remarkable aspects of Obama’s post-election press conference, the notion that those who did not vote have given him a mandate:

President Obama did something extraordinary, perhaps unprecedented, in his post-election news conference Wednesday: He claimed a mandate on behalf of voters who didn’t vote.

“To everyone who voted, I want you to know that I hear you,” the president said. “To the two-thirds of voters who chose not to participate in the process yesterday, I hear you, too.”

What did that mean? What did those non-voters say?

It would probably be more useful to ask what the president heard. And apparently Obama heard expressions of support from non-voters across the land.

The president explained that many more voters turned out when he was elected, and then re-elected, than in Tuesday’s midterms that left Republicans firmly in control of House and Senate. “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,” Obama said. “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.”

York continues:

Of course, more than one-third of the people who were eligible to vote in Obama’s two presidential elections didn’t vote then, either. But Obama’s message to Republicans was unmistakable: My mandate is bigger than your mandate.

Certainly presidential-year turnout is larger than midterm turnout; that’s the way the system works. But Obama’s reaction was born out of failure.

Everyone knew, going into Tuesday’s voting, that Democrats were desperate to re-assemble the vaunted Obama coalition of 2008 and 2012. If that combination of minorities, women and young people came to the midterm polls in the same numbers they did in presidential years, Obama’s party would do very well.

But that didn’t happen — a result the president does not seem prepared to fully acknowledge. Facing the reality of a huge Republican victory,

I think this video is somewhat more reflective of Obama’s true reaction:

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“To the two-thirds of voters who chose not to participate in the process yesterday, I hear you, too.”

When I heard that, I was more than a little worried about Barracula’s sanity.

When I read about his deportment when he met with the leadership of the House and Senate, I was MORE than worried.

It would not take a lot more for him to break, since he’s been delusional for so long.

This is what I hear:

Barack Obama is a POS narcissistic dictator wannabe that will wipe his ass with the people’s opinion and then laugh in their faces.
He will not recognize defeat even if it bites a chunk out of his butt.

He should have never been elected in the first place.
Not in 2008.
Not in 2012.
American voters have a lot of reasons to feel ashamed of themselves. Hopefully 2016 will help ease the shame.

JohnOfEnfield | November 8, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Time for a little bit of “Hope & Change” methinks.

Will the movers find him hiding in a closet come January 2017?

    mrtomsr in reply to LIDavidD. | November 9, 2014 at 9:26 am

    The movers might find him there laughing as he just completed a “Friday document dump” of pardons for his administrative crooks.

There are 300 million Americans. Only about 50 million voted for Obama either time. And here he is issuing executive orders like he’s Emperor. NOT EVEN 1 in 5 Americans voted for the guy! He should be embarrassed and resign.

Let me make this perfectly clear. I was not on the ballot and no one voted for me…. thus I have a larger mandate than the President.

Michael Settle | November 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Setting the Gold Standard for incompetence

There’s no mystery there, Obama. Low info voters typically only vote for the presidency and check off every Dem name below your

They don’t know how government works. They are indeed YOUR supporters.

Another of his arguments is that legislators are elected in little parts of the country whereas he’s “the guy elected by everybody,” which apparently means in his mind that he can do whatever he thinks is good for “everybody.”

He simply does not acknowledge the designated powers of the legislature vs. the executive. He thinks the legislature’s proper function is to formalize whatever the executive wants to do, or to give it the patina of “democracy.” And if the legislature is disinclined to do that, then it’s being recalcitrant and should be disregarded.

    platypus in reply to Radegunda. | November 8, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    You got it.

    To me it seems like Little Kim Un got himself deposed and they’re holding the position open for the most qualified person – President Jugears.

    clintack in reply to Radegunda. | November 8, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Nah. He only seems to think that while the GOP holds the legislature and the Dems hold the White House.

    Just wait until 2018 or 2022, when the Dems take back one house of Congress in the midterms under a Republican President.

    Suddenly, all legitimate power will be vested in the Congress, and anything the President tries to do unilaterally will be completely illegitimate.

    Anyone remember the stink over GWB’s “signing statements”?

And this explains perfectly why the democratic party will nominate Hillary in ’16.

And it’s not like she’ll be facing another Obama.. and I’ll say it right now, the Republican party doesn’t have anybody that can’t beat her. If you disagree… then name names. I really want to know.

Hillary’s mother lived into her 90’s so don’t expect her to keel over in her first term.

    Abu Nudnik in reply to Vince. | November 10, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    “doesn’t have anybody that can’t beat her” ? Huh? If the GOP “doesn’t have anybody that can’t beat her,” anyone can beat her. So for what purpose is a list of names?

The ‘Obama coalition’ is quite limited. First of all it is loyal to him, not the Democratic Party. Secondly, the young and other marginal voters who turned out twice for him have been very disillusioned by the failures and the effect on their lives.

They may have bought the whole hopey-changey-yes-we-can line from him, but it’s hard to imagine a similar hope being invested in old Hillary.

Not to mention: Barry is hardly finished alienating American voters. Watch and see. He is the GOP’s best advocate.

Mandate? Yeaaaaah, I’m pretty sure Obama is indifferent to mandates, his words to the contrary.

But this is what we know – Obama’s words are always contrary to what he actually believes or intends. Everything you see and hear from Obama is political theater, an endless string of three minute skits demonstrating what he would have us believe.

The problem with the younger voters who turned out for Obammy in 2008 and 2012 is that they were in line for job applications at Burger King and unavailable for the voter lines.

I figured it out. His ideology is a product of his madness and not the other way around. The 2012 and 2008 elections were victories because it was about him; 2010 and 2014 were inconsequential results about the inconsequential branch of government, the legislative. So they didn’t get out the vote so it’s a push and everything goes on as before. “That’s democracy,” he said, in one of the most ludicrous and obscene perversion of truth I’ve ever heard. He’s just plain insane.

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