The results of the recent midterm elections are more a reflection of low voter turnout and white backlash than anything else. Certainly it has nothing to do with President Obama’s job performance, for he has been a very effective president in terms of getting positive results in his six years in office. But that didn’t matter to the Koch Brothers and other right-wing extremists who poured millions into a mass propaganda effort to demonize Obama. It worked, but only because it appealed to ignorant, misinformed and racist white voters…the kind who turn out in droves to vote in any election. Too bad the liberals didn’t show up to offset the angry white voters. Voter turnout was the lowest for a midterm election in 78 years. Barely 34% of the electorate came to the polls. That’s a disgrace for a country which calls itself a democracy. I suppose we deserve the quasi-fascist government we are going to get.
Democratic candidates must share the blame for their losses. Instead of embracing the good that has been done under a Democratic administration, they inexplicably ran away from Obama’s accomplishments the last six years. The strategy was as stupid as it was frustrating. Democrats should have put Republicans on the defensive by reminding Americans of what it was like when Obama took office and how things are much better now. For instance: in January 2009, unemployment was at 7.9%; it now stands at 5.8%. GDP growth stood at -5.4%; today it is at +3.5%. The Dow Jones index was at 7,949 when Obama took office; today it is at 17,573. Consumer confidence coming out of the banking/lending crisis was 37.7%; today it’s 94.5%. Bin Laden is dead; General Motors is alive. Seven million more people have affordable health care. All this while Republican obstructionists stubbornly stood in the way of all progress.
That’s some great record. And when history is written a hundred years from now, Obama will be considered one the great presidents of the 21st century …unless, of course that history is written by an angry white racist.