Will the Democratic Party be an effective political force on the national scale a year from now? Consider this.
Obama’s personal PAC, Organizing for America, is sucking the oxygen out of progressive fundraising.
The Democratic National Committee is undergoing a recalibration as it learns to live with President Barack Obama’s permanent political presence – the independent issues group Organizing for Action that spun-off from the president’s re-election. Once vertically aligned in party flow chart, the two organizations are now co-equals with Obama at the head – independent organizations that some worry will fight for resources and attention from the president and supporters.
Which wasn’t a problem right up until last Friday, when Obama lost the one key demographic he had remaining, the press.
Obama’s aloof mien and holier-than-thou rhetoric have left him with little reservoir of good will, even among Democrats. And the press, after years of being accused of being soft on Obama while being berated by West Wing aides on matters big and small, now has every incentive to be as ruthless as can be.
This White House’s instinctive petulance, arrogance and defensiveness have all worked to isolate Obama at a time when he most needs a support system. “It feel like they don’t know what they’re here to do,” a former senior Obama administration official said. “When there’s no narrative, stuff like this consumes you.”
Not a problem, right? I mean there’s always Hilary waiting in the wings, waiting for her turn to take over.
“We’ve had several statements from Hillary Clinton saying she wasn’t involved. Well, now it turns out that her spokesman was involved. Miss Nuland was writing statements saying, ‘You know what? Politically this isn’t going to look good.’ So it sounds like Hillary Clinton’s fingerprints are all over these (Bengazi) talking points.”
Ok, what about Andrew Cuomo? I mean, he’s a rising star in the Democratic party with a solid pedigree and the governorship of a big state to back it up. He’s fresh off of a major gun-control victory in liberal New York state, he should be popular there, right? RIGHT!!!?!!
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s popularity has slipped, a poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University shows, likely due to Cuomo’s aggressive advocacy for a gun control bill that he signed into law earlier this month.
The poll found Cuomo’s job approval rating dropped from 74 percent to 59 percent, and his approval standing among Republican voters dropped from 68-18 in January to 44-43.
Ok, what about OTHER Democratic governors? Buelller? Bueller? Bueller?
North Carolina elected its first Republican governor in more than two decades, securing 30 gubernatorial seats for the GOP.
It was a major milestone for the Republican party. Not only was it the first time North Carolina had elected a Republican governor since 1988, it also gave the GOP 30 statehouse seats, the highest number for either party in 12 years. The Democrats now have 19 governor seats. One state, Rhode Island, has an independent governor.
At this rate, I foresee a new Democratic PAC forming in 2016 to take back the White House: Democratic Dog Catchers for Change!