Are rats liberal minded? Do they have political leanings? We will assume they do because a great herd of them is about to scurry away from the White House before Barack Obama goes down for the count. We don’t have congressional term limits and when it comes to winning elections cowardice is alive and well in Washington. Nothing stymies a reelection quest like being connected to someone unpopular. If that someone is president and term limits mean he has no chance of staying in office and could cost votes, how soon should he be dumped as a liability?
Presidential term limits and failure make Obama an early lame duck.
We saw it happen to George W. Bush. Republican candidates worried about their reelection campaigns shied away from public appearances with their president. As the months go by we are going to see the same thing with Barack Obama. His time will come sooner. Much sooner. He is only one year into his second term but he is at risking of becoming an early lame duck on the way to becoming a politically dead duck well before the polls open next November and long before the 2016 campaigns get underway.
Much as he has tried to be a one-man legislature, Obama is just a figurehead. His Democratic Congress did the dirty work, helped along by a few executive orders when passing a real law proved cumbersome. The newest Affordable Care Act fix is an Oval Office temporary patch likely to frustrate and irritate Democrats as much as it will anger Republicans. When even liberal voters finally understand how badly they were duped by this administration, who do you think will suffer next year?
The road to political extinction began with one bad bill.
Could one of the biggest Democratic political victories in years turn bad so quickly that it will not only destroy Obama’s legacy, but end his political influence with three years still to go? If you think it couldn’t happen remember that Obamacare is still in startup mode. The individual mandate has not kicked in. Business regulations and penalties are waiting to swoop down on employers. The website glitches are only the technical problems we can see. What will the PR fallout be when medical records get lost, personal information is exposed, and the waste and fraud starts to snowball?
The health care act is only part of what makes Barack Obama a growing liability for Democratic candidates. Promises of immigration reform will be shelved until at least 2015. If the midterms go badly for Democrats a bill will never go any farther than the Senate vote. If you think for a moment that this is a bipartisan movement, wait and see what happens to that bipartisanship when John Boehner decides he doesn’t have time for amnesty after we spend the first quarter of next year refusing to deal with debt and spending and the next seven months are dedicated to members of Congress winning reelection.
Unions have not been very happy with their man in the White House. The middle class? All it got was a payroll tax increase. Hispanics? They are good for scoring political points, but what did Obama do for them after DACA? African Americans? Taken for granted and forsaken.
If you were running for office would you want to tap into our president’s legacy as his approval rating sinks into the ooze, or promise a new beginning? When things go bad in politics all that matters is surviving to run another day. Term limits mean Obama will bring new meaning to “lame duck” because not only can he not run again, associating with him may prove hazardous to Democratic candidates who have no such restrictions. Will Democrats risk losing their political futures to a presidency even they will soon be forced to admit is failing too rapidly to salvage?