On Aug. 1, Obama offered up a list of 81 Democratic candidates he’s sup-
porting in races across the country in November.
Those who received Obama’s support include gubernatorial candidates Gavin Newsom of California, Stacey Abrams of Georgia and Richard Cordray of Ohio; U.S. House hopefuls Susan Wild of Pennsylvania and Sean Casten of Illinois; and Nevada Senate candidate Jacky Rosen.
“I’m confident that, together, they’ll strengthen this country we love by restoring opportunity that’s broadly shared, repairing our alliances and standing in the world, and upholding our fundamental commitment to justice, fairness, responsibility, and the rule of law,” Obama said in a statement, according to USA Today.
“But first, they need our votes — and I’m eager to make the case for why these Democratic candidates deserve our votes this fall,” he said.
Many Democrats, however, are irate about the timing and the size of his endorsement list.
They say it “came too late in the midterm season and failed to put Obama’s stamp on Democratic primaries,” The Hill reported Friday.
The report said those upset with him include party strategists as well as former Obama aides and fundraisers.
“I think a lot of us have wondered why he didn’t feel the need to get involved earlier,” The Hill quoted one former senior Obama administration official as saying. “There are a lot of folks who could have used his help much earlier. And there are a lot of people who think he should put a stamp on the party.”
NORM ‘n’ AL Note: Obama has already “put his stamp on the party.” That is exactly the problem Democrats now face, apparently without realizing the scope of that problem.
The report said a top Obama fundraiser blamed him for the fact that some of his former aides — including congressional candidates Ed Meier in Texas, Alison Kiehl Friedman in Virginia and Sam Jammal in California — lost their primary races.
“His endorsement during the primary would have changed the outcome of a number of races,” the fundraiser said. “Obama was playing it safe and doing what was best for him, not for them and not for the country.
The Hill quoted a Democratic strategist as saying Obama’s decision to sit on the sidelines has hurt the party.
“I was on a call this morning where it was coming up a lot,” the strategist said. “I think a lot of people saw it as lazy and a little too methodical and not well thought-out. There are ramifications for this and I hope we don’t suffer the consequences. We can’t just go red to blue. We need to make states blue for the long term.
“Now’s not the time to sit out and be too cute by half. Where’s the audacity of hope?”
[From an article by Todd Windsor, writing for WESTERN JOURNAL]
NORM ‘n’ AL Note: The “audacity of hope” for most people these days seems to be that they are fervently hoping Obama will go away and stay silent. Being continually and openly lied to by the Commander in Chief was an experience most people are not eager to repeat…and quite anxious to forget. Most people are very grateful to now have a president who wants to live up to that title rather than to repeatedly tell Americans why he disdains the title and the office. Mr. Trump is doing exactly what he told Americans he would do if they elected him. He is living up to and keeping his promises…something his predecessor showed us he had no intention of doing, ever. Unfortunately for the predecessor, that makes Obama’s time in office look all the more poor and shabby and a failure by comparison. If Obama were as smart as he thinks he is, he might have thought of that before he decided to become such a miserable failure as president. Democrats are now calling him lazy and self-serving. Not much of a legacy, is it, Mr. O?
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