In 2009, Barack Obama was sworn into office. His Democratic victory was shared with many as the composition of the US Senate changed from 49 Democrats to 57. In the US House of Representatives, the composition changed from 233 Democrats to 256. The Democratic Party not only took control of the White House, but also gained control of the Senate and House, all riding on the coattails and promises of Barack Obama and his promises of hope and change.
In 2011, the composition of the Senate and House both changed. Democrats retained control of the Senate, but lost 6 seats to Republicans, giving the Democrats a 51-47 advantage. In the House, Democrats lost 59 seats and control to Republicans. The GOP controlled by a wide margin of 242-193 over the Democrats.
In 2015, the American people were fed up with Obama and his Democratic minions. Republicans won 9 seats in the Senate to take a 54-44 lead over the Democrats. In the House, Republicans won 12 more seats to increase their lead to 246-188.
This coming year, not only will a Republican be sworn in as President of the United States, but Republicans will continue their control in both the Senate and House. The composition of the Senate will be 52-46-2 in the Republicans favor (2 Independents) and in the House, the makeup will be 241-194 in favor of the Republicans.
Barack Obama refuses to see the obvious reason for the Democratic losses since he took over. In a recent interview, Obama blamed the reason for the Democratic losses on the Democrats failing to show up and to properly make their arguments to the American people.
Obama told the interviewer:
“There are some things that we know are a challenge for Democrats — structural problems.”
“So as a consequence, you’ve got a situation where there’re not only entire states but also big chunks of states where, if we’re not showing up, if we’re not in there making an argument, then we’re going to lose.”
“And we can lose badly, and that’s what happened in this election.”
“There are clearly, though, failures on our part to give people in rural areas or in exurban areas a sense day-to-day that we’re fighting for them or connected to them.”
“So part of the reason it’s important to show up, and when I say show up, I don’t just mean during election time, but to be in there engaging and listening and being with people, is because it then builds trust and it gives you a better sense of how should you talk about issues in a way that feel salient and feel meaningful to people.”
What is Obama’s solution to fix his perceived problem with the Democratic Party? He plans on coaching younger Democratic politicians on how to show up and win elections. Obama stated:
“There are such incredible young people who not only worked on my campaign, but I’ve seen in advocacy groups.”
“That’s part of what makes me optimistic about our future because I know those young people are out there ready to lead, and when they start moving into more and more positions of authority, then I think the issues that I care most deeply about are going to be well served.”
“Somebody who can build on the incredible work that has already been done by young people, and that to a large degree was responsible for getting me elected.”
The man who led the Democratic Party to ruination and loss of control of the White House, Senate and House plans on coaching young Democrats to be just like him. That could be taken as good news and bad news.
It’s good news if you just look at the surface with a loser coaching others to be a loser also, but it’s also bad news since the hidden forces that put Obama in the White House could come into play and help those Obama is coaching. Only time will tell which scenario becomes reality.