We Just Witnessed One of the Saddest Days for Democracy We’ve Seen in Decades

barack-obama-sadSince election night Republicans have been on cloud nine. They’re walking around like a proud peacock strutting its feathers for all the world to see. And all I’ve seen or heard from many conservatives is how this election was a “clear message from the American people” and that “it showed just how powerful democracy can be.”

That’s all bullshit.


This election was one of the saddest days for democracy in quite some time. Not because Republicans won so many elections, but because voter turnout was abysmal.

Take this chart, for example, that shows we just had the lowest voter turnout this election than during any other midterm election year since 1982 (that’s as far back as the chart goes). Not just that, but turnout was down in 40 states.

Even a survey done by Gallup showed that voter interest this year, especially with those classifying themselves as independents, was drastically down from previous years. In fact, when it came to independent voters, only 41 percent said they were definitely going to vote. That’s down from 60 percent in 2010.

Now some people might say to themselves, “Well, those could be flawed results. You’re just mad that Democrats lost and now you’re trying to make it seem better for your side!” You’re right, any poll or survey has the potential to be extremely flawed. But then I’d simply encourage those folks to do a quick Google search for “low voter turnout 2014” and see the plethora of articles from South Carolina, New Jersey, Hawaii, California, Texas, Vermont, Indiana and a whole host of other states reporting embarrassingly low voter turnout.

This election wasn’t some kind of “celebration of democracy,” it was the mourning of it. Millions of Americans have become so frustrated with our government that they didn’t even try to vote. To them, what was the point?

While I absolutely disagree with that sentiment, it’s true nonetheless.


Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in 2010 and since then our government has accomplished practically nothing. That’s been the goal of the Republican party, to obstruct and sabotage everything so that President Obama can’t accomplish anything. And that’s exactly what they’ve done.

It’s been a masterful 1-2 punch. First, they convinced tens of millions of Americans to irrationally fear the president so much that no matter what kind of crap they pulled, it was “justified to stop the Obama agenda.” Then they proceeded to do just that.

Just think about the reality we face right at this very moment. There are literally millions of conservatives who hate Obama, and detest the thought of “Obamacare,” who are benefitting from the law. People whose lives are better because of a law that they want repealed. You know how good you have to be at propaganda to get people to behave so irrationally?

Then we can’t forget about the millions of everyday conservatives who rely on Social Security and Medicare to survive…who claim to be ardent opponents of any and all socialism. That level of hypocrisy and irony speaks for itself.

But there’s a reality Republicans love to ignore that still exists regardless: Their widespread victories this election year weren’t a result of a massive and passionate showing of democracy by Americans – but the absence of it.

Democrats acted like cowards, liberals were apathetic and independents were disillusioned with both parties.

And when that trifecta happens, the party that benefits most is the Republican party. Like good sheep being led to the slaughter, conservative voters will blindly follow their Republicans shepherds no matter what ridiculous propaganda they try to sell them.

So one of the greatest victories the Republican party has experienced in quite some time – came on one of the saddest days for democracy that we’ve seen in this country in decades.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • sherry06053

    Lets not forget the amount of money put into buying this election. Special thanks should go out to the SCOTUS…

    • Unless you’ve been seeing commercials telling people to stay home on election day, I don’t think you can blame the low turnout on that. Gutting the voting rights act contributed, in this respect, much more. I wonder if it served to discourage people from even trying.

      • sherry06053

        I was referring to the outcome of the election and all of the horrible ads that were aired. Only the media benefited from those, but you can thank the SCOTUS for gutting the voting acts rights, too.

      • Paul Julian Gould

        The constant drumbeat of mudslinging that was paid for by the beneficiaries of CU, I believe, contributed to the “pox on both their houses” effect… If advertising wasn’t effective, why advertise? The Republicans are well aware that their voters always vote and only for them… Everyone else has to think about it, and obviously they thought it better to stay away altogether.

      • Good point..

      • Paul Julian Gould

        Hey, I can freely admit that, after the constant barrage of crap, as well as the non-stop “It’s all lost!” emails from Democratic interests over months, it took a serious act of will to get off my ass and do the deed.

        But I did… obviously the majority of my fellow citizens decided to crack another brew and just stay home.

      • Paul Julian Gould

        I can’t tell you how many times a day I had to empty the deleted item folder in my client… for at least 2 months leading up to the election, the vast majority of political emails were all to the effect of the nation was about to drop into a black hole unless my 3 bucks showed up to stop it.

        Way to encourage us, folks in the DNC… Dammit, you had my vote, I had no money to give you, so just shut the hell up!

    • Stephen Barlow

      $290 million from 2 guys? $4 billion in ads, of which only 25% were TRUE?

      WAG THE DOG!!!!!

  • artisanr

    I am an independent. I WAS NOT DISILLUSIONED with both parties. I supported Democrats the entire time because I’m not idiotic and irrational enough to vote against myself.

    but let me telly ou good folks this…I work with the public. I work alongside a lot of irrational conservatives.

    That are irrational because they absolutely CANNOT tie in any government benefits to themselves. They cannot fathom that Social Security and Medicare are the government. They are uneducated…they believe that AIDS is strictly a “gay disease” and that there are absolutely no homeless people in our county. They have no scientific curiosity. The only issue they care about is abortion. They have no self motivation to find out how government works. They don’t understand that government has not worked because of 230+ filibusters in the Senate and 50+ useless health care reform repeal votes in the GOP controlled House.

    Conservatives own the newspapers, they own the largest percentage of TV stations, and their conservative listeners are abjectly TERRIFIED..and I don’t exaggerate, they are TERRIFIED of anything that’s not that.

    They don’t understand how ANYTHING works besides what’s right in front of their nose…and they don’t care.

    And Democrats don’t vote.

    And there you have it….that’s how Tuesday happened.

    • artisanr

      Oh, and i forgot folks…YES they are racists and misogynists. They are unabashed, total, white-supremacist racists, who think that women should not have jobs at all except to wipe plates with an apron.

      They are racists. They are misogynists.

      I live in a heavily conservative area, and THIS is what you have now given power to. Thanks, everyone who did not vote.

      • Adam S Walburger

        How many states voted to raise minimum wage and on the same ballot elected officials believe minimum wage should be abolished……zzzzzzzzzzzz

      • Stephen Barlow

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      • Stephen Barlow

        not ALL of them.

      • Shawn Stipe

        By not voting I voted for revolution! I want the two party system to come to an end. I want to see an end to all parties. I want people to think for them selves, and work together to change things for the better. Sadly if people are content and have their basic needs met they will not protest the mediocre, they will not fight for excellence, they will not work for positive change, and so by not voting I lit a fire under America’s apathetic ass. I want to see the American people stand up for them selves. Say no to the asinine conservative agendas, and say no to the mediocre liberals and their agendas, and the truth is both sides have common agendas that are repugnant. I see hope in this election because it shows me America is no longer willing to accept the lesser of two evils. I want to see power restored to the American people, and then we will work together to bring propaganda to an end. Improve our education systems, so that future generations of Americans learn to be more logical and independent, and to respect new and different ideas. On the issue of health care we need to shift focus from treating medical conditions to preventing medical conditions from occurring in the first place.and thus lowering the cost of health care. We will work together to solve America’s problems independently of all political organizations. Women will get paid equal wages to men, and we will find a way to lower the cost of living thus rendering increasing the minimum wage unnecessary. We can do these things without Republicans or Democrats, but we will never achieve them as long as the two party system exists because their nothing more than corporate whores.

      • Sue Reimer Hutchinson

        OMG … you are so very wrong. By not voting, you did nothing – nothing at all. The best thing you could have done is gone to a voting both and refused the ballot. This indicates a “none of the above” vote. By doing nothing, you did NOTHING.

      • Paul Julian Gould

        It’s rather like because I’m sitting on my butt on the internet, I’ve accomplished world peace.

        Few of us tired schmucks out here in the hinterlands view ourselves as Don Quixote. One dances with the partner one’s got, however ugly she is, if one wishes to dance. Realism recognizes that although I see myself as quite the idealist, I’m this moderately disabled old fart that won’t see my ideals become reality. So I vote. Most of my votes were against, which I hate doing, but I’ve seen over the past years what Republicans have to offer… and I rejected it. There were a few actually for a candidate, but I expected no saints, nor saviors of society…

      • Shawn Stipe

        It’s nothing like that it all. It’s more like power to the people, and viva America!

      • Shawn Stipe

        Have you ever seen the movie Godspell? This is not a theological argument I’m about to make, so don’t worry. One of the coolest seens in that movie is when John the Baptist is calling the apostles away from the materialistic society they were born into. Away from the corruption, away from all the lies society taught them. You see each apostle stop what their doing and run off to central park and discover their true selves. At this point, if you are stilling reading this then you are probably wondering what Godspell has to do with your reply. Let me explain, if even 1/3 of this country dropped everything in the middle of the day, and walked away from our political and economic system then we would put a serious cramp in political corruption. This scenario is the very last thing Republicans or Democrats would expect in the 21st century. If we shut down our economy and broke our end of the social contract then our government would listen to the people. We can walk away from everything and be more free than ever. We don’t have to have any government at all. We don’t have to live in a loud, mentally, spiritually, and psychically toxic society. We can be self sufficient if we want to be.

    • Jay Hale

      Well said. Republicans gained by default, they certainly didn’t have anything to offer besides “We hate Obama”.

      • William Smith

        Sometimes it’s enough to just repudiate a currently horrible situation.

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        The “currently horrible situation”? Since the Republican “wave” in 2010:
        * Number of jobs up
        * Unemployment rate down
        * Number of people without healthcare insurance way down
        * Gasoline prices down
        * Corporate profits way up
        * Stock markets way up
        * Annual deficit cut in half

        What “horrible situation” are you talking about?

      • Bah

        Talking points.

        As others have pointed out, you should have been valuing the DOW hitting records under Bush if you are now, unless you have a reasonable explanation.

        * U6 unemployment is at 11.8% and the recession has been over for almost 6 years. Debt is now also at 100 percent of GDP, not favorable. 8 trillion, if I’m correct, has been added to the debt. The president also isn’t a dictator, so therefore the economy isn’t a direct correlation and can be positive or negative depending on what you are looking at.

        *Gasoline prices down. Really? Just ignore all other factors, and forget what prices were when he took office.

        *Wages for the middle class have remained stagnant.

        * “Number of people without healthcare insurance way down” Ignoring surveys done by the federal reserve, and other impacts the ACA has caused.
        *Annual deficit cut in half. You mean tell me that the deficit is now just getting close to the previous administration levels? come on dude. “Deficit cut in half,” makes it seem as if you didn’t analyze anything.

        ISIS did not help the Dems, and the amnesty and possible executive order has probably upset millions of Americans.

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        Obama inherited an economy in free fall, and 6 years later most of the problems he inherited have been reversed, sometimes dramatically.

        If the things I had listed had occurred during a Republican administration, conservatives would be singing the praises of the president.

      • Bah

        “If the things I had listed had occurred during a Republican administration, conservatives would be singing the praises of the president.”

        If the price of gas had changed from 1.80 to three dollars under the bush administration, liberals would be screaming Bush and his oil buddies did it!

        -Lets not play that game.

        “Obama inherited an economy in free fall, and 6 years later most of the problems he inherited have been reversed, sometimes dramatically.”
        You’re telling me the president’s administration saved the economy in just 4 months? He took office jan 20, 2009 and the recession ended in june 2009.

      • Stephen Barlow

        YEP!!!! AND SINGLE HANDEDLY (WITH A DEMOCRATIC HOUSE AND SENATE)

      • Bah

        So can you tell me specifically how the president saved us from rolling off the cliff??? How did he do it? For all of you up voting him feel free to join in.

      • Stephen Barlow

        By MARCH 2009, his stimulus had HALTED the fall of the stock market AND began 55 months of JOB GROWTH without ANY RED help and NOTHING BUT INTERFERENCE AND IGNORANCE FROM “YOUR KIND OF PEOPLE”

      • Paul Julian Gould

        Keep on thumping that chest, buddy, and you’re going to wear a hole in it. Your side, with 60% of 2/5ths of our citizenry, is anything but a mandate, however you do your math.

      • Stephen Barlow

        That’s 35% in educated people’s terms. But since the math is far beyond you schooling, we will try not to laugh at the Special olympics, Short bus kid.

        I also NEVER said it was a mandate. besides Obama WOME by 5 million votes against Romney and even more against McCain and The Spokesmodel.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        notice how he didn’t reply 2 U?

      • Stephen Barlow

        I did 400 times. Even in your dreams.

      • jp grace

        if the things you had listed had occurred during the tenure of a WHITE president, he’d certainly be getting more praise and a LOT more cooperation.

      • Bah

        You bigot, calling conservatives racist.

      • jp grace

        wow, you REALLY haven’t been paying attention, have you. get a peek at the real world sometime… rather than what fox spews at you. conservatives ARE racist and misogynistic as well! they don’t even bother to disguise it anymore and you haven’t seen it? just… double wow.

      • Bah

        Did you just go full retard? Can you tell me what paint chips taste like? Are they still stuck in the back of your throat depriving your brain the oxygen it needs?

      • jp grace

        y’know, really… only the woefully uneducated and trolls go personal when they are out of their depth. your insults have zero effect, since your opinion means less than garbage to me. oh, and as soon as i hit enter, i’m reporting you. now *that* will feel great! bah-bye!

      • William Smith

        “conservatives ARE racist and misogynistic as well! they don’t even bother to disguise it anymore and you haven’t seen it? just… double wow.”

        And…
        “only the woefully uneducated and trolls go personal when they are out of their depth.”

        All your words…how sad…’nuff said

      • Bah

        Go ahead jp, great stuff. I will be waiting at the door for the moderators to come arrest me. I’ll remember to wear a coat since it’s a wee bit cold. Let me walk you through this since you’re having trouble.

        “if the things you had listed had occurred during the tenure of a WHITE president, he’d certainly be getting more praise and a LOT more cooperation.”

        You ignore my response to fuzzy and then insinuate that anyone who disagrees is racist. I then make a sarcastic comment, doing the same bull crap you pull.

        “You bigot, calling conservatives racist.”

        Here is your response.

        “wow, you REALLY haven’t been paying attention, have you. get a peek at the real world sometime… rather than what fox spews at you. conservatives ARE racist and misogynistic as well! they don’t even bother to disguise it anymore and you haven’t seen it? just… double wow.”
        -It’s hilarious that you just HAVE to bring up fox news, because you have nothing of substance to say. A lot of false assumptions here you mental midget, please inform me the last time I watched Fox. Please, go ahead and tell me. I want dates, times, and locations. Go ahead, do it. You are a flat out coward to claim conservatives are racist and misogynistic, because 99 times out of 100 little dingle berries like you don’t have the balls to say that unless you’re behind a computer screen. Go ahead keep feeling tough.
        “y’know, really… only the woefully uneducated and trolls go personal when they are out of their depth. your insults have zero effect, since your opinion means less than garbage to me. oh, and as soon as i hit enter, i’m reporting you. now *that* will feel great! bah-bye!”

        “only the woefully uneducated and trolls go personal when they are out of their depth.”

        -oh okay(sarcasm since you have trouble understanding when its being applied), I was having a discussion with fuzzy that you could have freely joined in and actually contributed, but you decided to insinuate anyone who disagrees is racist. You had the opportunity to have a discussion, but you decided not to do that as I stated earlier. You got that? I hope I didn’t overstimulate you.

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        Bah, using “retard” as a synonym for “stupid” is offensive and retards civil discourse.

      • Guest

        I will continue to crush those egg shells of jp grace after they have been cracked open over jp’s head. You really don’t care that jp insinuated that anyone who disagrees is racist, do you?

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        I responded to jp before I responded to bah. See if you can find that response.

      • Bah

        If I offended you or anyone else, I apologize.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        you really are kinda’ special…..”aint-cha”?

      • Stephen Barlow

        Amen to THAT truth!!! The GALL of him calling white Racists CONSERVATIVE.

      • jp grace

        him is her… and i have to admit i appreciate the irony! this part feels good, though: about to report bah 🙂 fun stuff!

      • Stephen Barlow

        he has always been a flaming bomb thrower. I think he’s been tossed before.

      • Bah

        Where’s your post in Germany, and what unit do you belong to? That way next time I’m there I can see if anyone knows you, and I can throat punch you with an ebola fist.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Karlsruhe. D79th Engr BN, 18th Brigade. Com A.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        I would LOVE to have U attempt a ” throat punch” at me,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, I really would- especially with no one around as witness

      • regressive teaparty trash

        hey tough guy,,,,,,,no reply to my posts calling you out??

      • regressive teaparty trash

        what EXACTLY are regressives ( conservatives) conserving??? please be specific

      • Stephen Barlow

        He’d have eclipsed Reagan and IKE.

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        JP, try to avoid using the race card. It is unproductive in discussions.

        Yes, certain bigots do not like the current President, but so what? Certain bigots do not like any caucasian Presidents. So what? Certain bigots didn’t like the Catholic President, JFK. So what? Certain bigots will not like future female, Hispanic, Jewish and Muslim presidents. So what? Certain bigots will never like any Democrats. So what? Certain bigots will never like any Republicans. So what?

        Call out the bigots when they appear, but avoid using the unattributed bigotry of the nebulous “others” as some kind of discussion “point”.

        Ideas are the only important items in discussions, not the bigotry that some other people harbor.

      • Where’sUS!

        I haven’t heard them praising President Obama for gas prices going down below $3???????? I remember how quick they were scaring people that gas prices will reach $5 a gallon under President Obama. One other thing that confuses me is how most of so called conservatives are being ill educated about the president. None of them will tell you their own ideas about the President and the Democrats without telling you “I have seen on Fox News or from the internet website propaganda.” The Republicans are so well equipped to brainwash it’s base with false ideologies about the President and the Democrats. Are the Democrats doing anything to counterpunch those tricks? To me it seems like they are doing nothing that’s why Republicans are on the win.

      • Stephen Barlow

        They are VERY YELLOW in their (choke, cough, gasp, puke) journalism.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Roosevelt had a 3 year buffer in which Hoover used REPUBLICAN PRINCIPLES to dig us into a hole that ONLY a war could dig us out of.

        I am not saying that STAYING in AfPak was a smart move if it only helped the economy, but I am saying that solving 90% of the Domestic Economic issues in 6 years AFTER what Bush, McConnell and Boehner did to it for a decade was a PHENOMENAL FEAT considering A) he got that freefall economy 11 weeks AFTER the crash, not 175 weeks later and B) a concerted Obstructionist effort by a radically (almost Islamic in it’s zeal) RED Sovietization Party.

      • Stephen Barlow

        And thank your RED friends, who even REJECTED THEIR OWN PLATFORM AGENDA for jobs in 2011. Remember, the TRAITORS who shutdown the Government and LIED ABOUT IT!

      • Rob Bailey

        Sure thing, Dude! We like it when the DOW goes up. It should. It’s just when clowns like the GOP eff it up and it crashes that we get mad.
        ALL levels of unemployment are coming down, U6, U5, U3… You just impressed the shit out of some of your moronic compadres that seem to forget that U6 was at 17-plus percent in 2009.
        Like low gas prices? Let’s have another GIANT recession.
        Wages stagnant? Got me there. GOP win, GOP policy. Most all wealth generated now goes to the top tier and they’re still not satisfied…
        Poll “obamacare”. BAAAADDDDD! Poll the individual components of the ACA. GOOOODDDDD! Not enough space to completely decimate any point you might have on that topic, but trust me, it would be friggin’ EASY.
        Yep. Deficits down. Looks as though you didn’t analyze anything. Let’s do the GOP thing and gut investment in infrastructure and education then come back in 20 years and tell me how that worked vis a vis the deficit.
        Cons fell for the “ISIS is going to cut your head off while Ebola gives you bloody eyballs and poop” argument. And I’d bet that BO’s strategy on forcing the GOP hands on Immigration will work.

      • Rob Bailey

        Crap. I missed a point. You had so many lame ones. I just wanted a bit of clarification on the con talking point about Obama being a Dictator. Which one is it?

      • Esco

        Fuzzy – a lot of that could be considered fair enough. However, “Corporate Profits Way Up” is only a good thing if they spend that money on workers – they do not, however; instead, the bulk of that money goes directly into the wallets of the higher echelons of management. As such, “Corporate Profits Way Up” is a BAD thing.

        Also, remember, since 2010, equal rights for good things, such as marriage equality and access to birth control has started to work backwards. Creationism is starting to move back into our Science classes, and some Republican legislatures are trying to ban access to condoms and the pill, literally trying to make non-reproductive sex ILLEGAL!! Things like this really, really need to be stopped.

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        If corporate profits are down, there is no chance for those corporations to hire new workers. In fact, they will most likely reduce the number of their employees.

        I understand that corporate profits are not a good thing in and of themselves. Corporations need to share those profits with their employees through higher wages. Then those employees can help drive the economy to even higher levels.

        However, corporate profits are necessary in order for the improvements in the employees incomes to even be possible.

        And, besides that, right-wingers tend to react positively to corporate profits and the stock markets being up, even if they don’t have a good paying job or 1 share of stock.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Corp profits LEVEL or down would be a problem, or a bad situation. You are disasterizing on this one. Just like Lepage did in Maine about an Ebola safe nurse.

      • Jazzenjohn

        That “Republican wave” gave a majority to the House, but the Senate, as well as the President was Democrat, therefore shouldn’t it be a victory for Democrats not Republicans?

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        I chose the Republican wave, because the first two years of Obama’s first term were marked by an economy in free-fall with the subsequent finger pointing about who deserved blame for most of the problems.

        Even with an obstructionist House, there have been so many improvements; just think what could have been accomplished with a House that was interested in governing.

      • Where’sUS!

        Folks don’t forget also that every victory for Republicans during midterm elections is a victory for Democrats during general election for the reason that the Republicans do not get anything done especially under the Obama administration. I won’t be surprised seeing another landslide win for the Dems in 2016.

      • Stephen Barlow

        A massive landslide.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Well it happened ON the RED teams watch after following RED Team failed policy for 8 years. The WORST part is that Bush eas NEVER legally elected President.

        his brother and SCOTUS threw the first race and Diebold cheated Kerry out of a Recount in the second.

      • William Smith

        Oh Sweet Jesus, here we go with that one again.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Historically accurate, everywhere EXCEPT the Bush Mausolem and Propaganda Center.

      • William Smith

        The American people apparently thought – and “perished the thought”

      • Stephen Barlow

        AMEN and throw that Holy Water Preacher!!!

      • Jim Bean

        * Number of jobs far below what is needed to keep pace with number of new people (not counting illegals) entering the workforce.

        * Workforce participation at 40 year low thus real unemployment at record highs.

        * Number of people with access to medical care unchanged. More have insurance but can’t afford the deductibles and copays.

        * Gas prices down because Obama failed to stop fracking.

        * Stocks up because QE is funneling tax dollars to the wealthy.

        * Deficit down because of sequestration and unanimous rejection of Obama spending plans by both Dems and Pubs.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Considering that GEorge Bush SINGLE HANDLEDLY LOST 23 MILLION JOBS and MADE 11 MILLION FAMILIES homeless….

        If people DON’T want a job, they are nOT unemployed..

        10 million FAMILIES now have insurance they didn’t have in the YEAR of the GOVERNMENT CLOSURE by the REDS.

        NO, the middle East is stabilized. Let ISIL form their own Nation. If you believe the Republican (Bush definition) myths of Liberty and Democracy, then STOPPING them goes AGAIST your ‘principles.

        YOu need to learn what UNANIMOUS means kid.

      • Jim Bean

        Bush didn’t single handedly do that. He had absolutely essential help from Barney Frank (Democrat) and the Democratic Party who marched the sad little kiddies out on the stage and pointing to them while they accused the Republicans of wanting to see them sleeping in cardboard boxes every time the Pubs said, “Hey, we need to clamp down on this.”

      • Stephen Barlow

        Obama didn’t single handedly do ANYTHING you accuse him of. In fact he actually didn’t do MUCH of what you accused him of.
        PRESIDENTS DO NOT LEGISLATE.

      • Stephen Barlow

        He SIGNED EVERYTHING and DIRECTED his party COMPLETELY.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        jimbo doesn’t like those facts

      • Burnavenger

        Are you really a queer?

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      • Stephen Barlow

        The troops n Afghanistan coming home in 7 weeks!!!

      • Stephen Barlow

        But SIX YEAR SOLUTIONS for a 2 year “problem”? Talk about Elephant gun used squirrel hunting!!!

        The REDS went out of their way to screw the country yet again. but in 2016, there will be a white Democrat on the ballot and let’s see how she does against a Hermann Cain or Michael Steele!!!!

      • angellgirl

        Michael Steele’s got more of a brain in his head, but Herman Cain is a flat out dolt!

      • Stephen Barlow

        Michael Steele makes a better commentator than a spokesmonkey. But he’s NOT the brightest bulb in the drawer. Nor the sharpest knife on the Christmas tree.

      • Stephen Barlow

        That was the Deal, the WHOLE DEAL and nothing but the Deal.

    • MadameAlto .

      I too see those crazy folks – teachers who vote Republican and then lose their jobs for lack of funding, minimum wage workers who have to order dentures off the internet because they can’t afford them otherwise but who still vote red, and of course those who get government benefits who are so fearful of socialism who wouldn’t vote for a “nazi-socialist Democrat” in a million years. Abortion is a big key as to why they are so passionate about voting for right wing crazies, but also they absorb the lies that Faux News spews out. Yes, they are afraid, very afraid and until independents and Democrats get that same fear going, Republicans will continue to win.

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        NO! Fear is not the way for this country to progress. Fear makes people look for some “other” that they can attack and vilify.

        We really do need the hope that Obama talked about in 2008. We need to come together. We’re not red states, or blue states. We are the UNITED States of America.

      • jp grace

        correction: we WERE the united states of america. i don’t even recognize what we are now.

      • Stephen Barlow

        We pretty mush have SOVIETIZED America by installing a RED Politburo Government.

        Let’s see how far they take the Hastert Rule in the Senate.

        But NO ONE has mentioned that the PRESIDENT has to SIGN any legislation both groups of nincompoops pass.

      • Stephen Barlow

        This whole thing was a severe case of MAXIMUM OBAMAHATE! That was THE issue sold by Karl Rove (see his golfing ad about “A tough lie”?), the NRA and B-pac, whom I think is a Koch funded con job group.

    • Bah

      politico. com/story/2013/10/tea-party-science-98488.html
      ahhh yes, STEM majors also tend to be more conservative. Come again?

      • Stephen Barlow

        As opposed to those who smoke buds or leaves?

    • Crybaby Patrol

      The good news is that the ineptitude of the Democratic party has been put on display for everyone to see. Americans are finally realizing that while Dems might have their heart in the right place, they are completely unable to put forth legislation on anything besides gay marriage, welfare handouts, and absurd foreign policy plans.
      The country is changing right before your eyes and its headed to a better place now. The ACA, domestic economy, environmental pollution, and ISIS will now be dealt with by adults who understand how the world works.
      Maybe you should take notes from the sidelines for the next few years and learn something.

      • Stephen Barlow

        yeah, SLAVE LABOR, perpetual war and Oligarchy. That is how the REST of the world works.

    • Bah

      I’m still waiting for you to dispute the study.

      • Stephen Barlow

        What crap study are you try to pawn off now?

      • Bah

        Having trouble?

    • Maitreya Laridon

      Plus too stupid and/or lazy to look up what socialism and communism actually are, but mentioning the words sure scares them. On the bright side this will hopefully motivate liberals and progressives to become more proactive. The current crop of Democrats in the capital, including Obama, have been pretty unimpressive and hardly inspire people to vote, with a few exceptions, would be nice to get some new blood in, or maybe even some more independents or 3rd party people. Things obviously won’t improve with a Republican majority so people will vote Democrats back in, in another term or 2.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Obstructionism goes a long way. Let’s see what 100% DEMOCRATIC filibuster looks like. Although I can see McTurtle ENDING IT for the next session.

    • Stephen Barlow

      VERY true. The narrow mindedness of THE reds is so astonishingly simple that they didn’t even get a personhood amendment though ANYWHERE. And it is their only hope in overturning the Constitution against women’s rights.

    • Jimmy Jaz

      Self important Jizbag

  • artisanr

    Hear, hear.

    THIS is why I never declared myself a democrat to begin with.

    Democrats were the ones who made a HERO out of Justice Roberts after the Affordable Care Act Supreme Court case, then turned on folks when they were reminded that this was entirely in corporate self-interest and this is the SAME GUY that said “Corporations are People”.

    • Stephen Barlow

      Romney?

  • William Smith

    Just goes to show what an Imperial, rule-by-fiat, “President” can do to squelch any feeling of effective political power in the minds of the citizenry, left or right, of a country.

    • FuzzyBunnyFeet

      And, how would he be described if he had simply acquiesced to a “NO, Nothing” congress? Then he would be described as a weak willed follower; not the LEADER that this country needs.

      So, he’s damned if he does what he can in the face of Republican obstructionism, and he’s damned if he does nothing.

      Yep, it seems like he made the wrong choices all right.

      • William Smith

        Cf. Rolling Stones “You Can;t Always Get What You Want”
        I don’t recall the line …”But if you try sometime…you TAKE what you need”. Obama should execute the laws – not make, break, or ignore the laws of the land. Usurpation of power is not an acceptable remedy for salvaging ones legacy

      • regressive teaparty trash

        if he has done so much anti constitutional stuff,,,,,,,why is he not being sued? not impeached????( OHWAIT— he was a constitutional lawyer who TAUGHT constitutional law at high ranking institution)…………my bad; sorry–

  • William Smith

    Apparently you don’t accept contrary views on this site because my earlier post was visible for a “brief shining moment” but soon flickered out…but I’ll try re-posting my earlier comment just …for the hell of it. lol

    Just goes to show what an Imperial, rule-by-fiat, “President” can do to squelch any feeling of effective political power in the minds of the citizenry, left or right, of a country.

    • William Smith

      Oops, I apologize…just found my original comment at the bottom of the page…..never mind…

    • Di Kelley

      I happen to disagree with you vigorously. Obama has been acting by executive order because it’s been the only way he *can* act with the obstructionist Congress we have in place. If they’d actually cooperate with him instead of obstructing all the good he’s trying to do (and there is a list somewhere of all the good things he’s done for this country, I’d have to try to find the link again.) he wouldn’t be using them all. And it isn’t as if he’s done anything *Bush* wouldn’t do to forward his own agendas. Bush actually issued *more* executive orders during his time as Pres than Obama has.

      • William Smith

        Your defense of Obama’s abuse of the executive order prerogative is eerily reminiscent of what “Mad King George” used when referring to those American upstarts.
        As to the comparison of Obama and Bush in their issuance of executive orders, one should keep in mind the distinction between quantity and quality, Obama was elected to faithfully execute the duly enacted laws of the nation; NOT to amend, re-write, and ignore potions of those laws he deems ‘inadequate”

      • regressive teaparty trash

        bushs “orders” worked out quite well for all americans…eh?

    • Esco

      Well, Obama hasn’t used the Bible once – the Republicans do constantly. For this reason alone, Obama at least has the moral high ground, if anything.

      • William Smith

        ????

    • Rob Bailey

      Want a site that explicitly doesn’t allow any dissent? Red State.
      Rule by fiat, huh. Obama has used about half the Exec Order that did his brilliant predecessor and pretty much cleaned up the mess that said predecessor created. Not that complicated.
      Cons are sheep than can be easily charged up by single issues: Abortion, Guns, Gawd, Gays. They cry ‘SOCIALISM!’ and hold up signs proclaiming the socialists need to keep their hands off “my social security”.
      It would be funny if you folks weren’t actually such a threat to the future of the country.

  • sherry06053

    Speaking as a voting democrat, from a state where the Koch money did not work and common sense prevailed (CT), I find your post offensive and it shows that you are no better than “they” are. Although I agree with your points at a very basic level, your foul language is unnecessary. I would like to think we are better than having to resort to lies and name calling. Not all of us who did vote did not have an impact on the states with individual fanatical candidates. Your post just proves there are assholes on both side of the fence.

    • Stephen Barlow

      Just remember, only the 53% of the population had a Senate race in their State. 9 Democrats were @ risk and the fact that the House only changed by a minimum # puts us in good shape for 2016 and 2018. But 2020, the RED REIGN OF TERROR will be over. That was really just McCathyism for religious reasons, dragged out over 2 decades.

      ISIL is NOT a DIRECT THREAT!!! They might send a few idiots across the ocean, but nothing that isn’t being watched, handled , undermined and detained. but just as with “The Chinese Hordes or Russian Masses (the Olde RED menace) crossing an ocean for the entire duration of the cold war… they were NEVER a direct threat after Khruschev failed in Cuba. The ENTIRETY of the US Occupation of Europe was only necessary as far as it being a deterent.

      You wanna STOP the real threat in the world, Kill Putin and take back the Ukraine.

  • Macdoodle

    Still a lot of whining by the sore losers in the Democratic party.Waaaaa….waaaaa..waaaaaa.

    • Ed Roso

      The wailing and gnashing of teeth here is a pleasure to behold. They’re in complete denial of reality.

      Just pop some more popcorn and enjoy the show, Macdoodle. That’s what I’m doing.

      If you were watching MSNBC Tuesday night, you witnessed the Maddowenfreude.

      • Hi, Dennis Schlachter, how are those two moron daughters of yours?

      • Burnavenger

        Hey DA- how’s that life you have LOSER?

      • Just finished a successful Murder Mystery theater for the Porterville Museum. How is Frank Black these days?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        hey sh*tbag troll,,,,,,,,u didn’t answer my question on the other thread–
        tough time with facts again, eh?

  • Jazzenjohn

    Democrats have failed to get their successes and their message across. They have allowed the Republicans to make Liberal a dirty word. They have adopted causes that alienate voters without good reason. Until that changes or until the real need for progressive reform is needed, Dems will lose elections. It is roughly similar to the trajectory of Unions here in America.

  • Mark Fielding- Pritchard

    Maybe people are just sick of reading that Obama gave $500m to terrorists in Syria, spent billions in Ukraine etc while US citizens can’t afford to go to the doctor. And that is justified by shitty online newspapers who justify it with, ‘well less people are dying of toothache now than they were under Bush so Obama is great’. Message isn’t hard to read

    • Jazzenjohn

      Is that better or worse than Reagan training, funding, and giving weapons to Osama Bin Laden? Or george bush starting a war based on lies that started the whole mess in the middle east to begin with? Why are the Trillions in costs of that war on Obama and not placed squarely on bush since he manufactured the lies used to promote it?

      • William Smith

        Walk with me down Memory Lane:

        “Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.” – Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Hypocrite) (D, CA), Dec 16, 1998

      • Jazzenjohn

        Classic straw man argument William. Neither of those people was president, neither of them started the war, so posting something they said that was stupid in no way refutes my assertion that george bush, with no small help from dick cheney, started the second war with Iraq. Nor does it refute that it was promoted by them based on lies, or that they used every sleazy trick to manipulate others to endorse it like “your either with America or with the terrorists” or hiding where the false evidence came from (remember curveball?) etc etc. If you want to post quotes by political idiots, there is no shortage on either side of the aisle.

      • Jazzenjohn

        BTW William, that quote from Pelosi was in 1998 and was in support of an airstrike that had already happened, not in support of george starting a war, and the quote by Kerry misses quite a bit suggesting caution, and stipulating that America shouldn’t go to war because it wants to, rather because it has to. bush failed that and your quote conveniently left it out.

      • jp grace

        maybe william is rehearsing for a fox news audition? 😉

      • Guest

        Can you debate anything without mentioning Bush or Fox?

      • jp grace

        absolutely not, although i haven’t yet mentioned bush tonight… but you just did. how could one debate anything about this country without mentioning, focusing, even, its major players? bush put us in this mess, and left it for obama to clean up. and fox, omg, that people not only believe the right wing wackadoodle propaganda that they spew, but eschew any other form of information… you know, pesky *facts*… well that’s just disturbing and frightening to me. so asking me to debate without those factors would be like asking you to debate without mentioning obama or liberals. good night!

      • regressive teaparty trash

        I can!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        let us debate the repub VS democrat policies and RESULTS of those policies over the past 25 yrs——and he effects on ALL americans ; shall we??

      • regressive teaparty trash

        oh where oh where are the “memory lane” snippets of regressive s and their thoughts???

      • William Smith

        The whole premise of Jazzenjohn was that “george bush starting a war based on lies that started the whole mess in the middle east to begin with? ”
        Why be redundant? I merely wanted to point out that other, more ‘progressive’ voices sounded similar warnings to the American people that seemed to have gotten buried in this whole drama.

      • William Smith

        Memory Lane

        “We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction. Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime … He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation. And now he has continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction … So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real … ” – Sen. John F. Kerry (Hypocrite) (D, WV), Jan 23, 2003

      • William Smith

        “In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.” – Sen. Hillary Clinton (Hypocrite) (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

      • William Smith

        Memory Lane (cont.)

        “He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do.” – Rep. Harry Waxman (Hypocrite) (D, CA), Oct 10, 2002

      • William Smith

        Memory Lane (cont.)

        “There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years. We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction.” – Sen. Jay Rockefeller (Hypocrite) (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002

      • regressive teaparty trash

        do I need to break out my cheney quotes in that same time frame?

      • William Smith

        That’s why

      • Jazzenjohn

        Wow, you are the king of cutting and pasting quotes from partisan emails! Do you have the capability of answering anything I wrote or have any thoughts of your own?

      • William Smith

        Wow, just when I was thinking how reasonable and civil you were in your responses to me, you go and spoil it by resorting to ad hominem attacks. lol! Did you feel you hadn’t effectively made your point. I often prefer to quote sources rather than say something so inane as, e.g. ‘Bush manufactured lies’ with nothing to back it up. My point in citing the quotes verbatim was to point out that there are plenty of people out there to share the blame for the Iraq war. To place the entire blame on one or two people is too simplistic an explanation, to put it gently.

        PS: Unless you have some personal relevant information or secret intelligence on a subject, unavailable to the rest of us, you might occasionally,try citing some sources for your info, too. It lends to credibility. Peace

    • jp grace

      obama didn’t give all that money to syria, and the rest of what you put out there… that was a GOP led house. and it’s been the GOP led house that won’t allow funds for americans who need help, and have blocked every bill the president has tried to pass to assist americans: jobs bills (blocked what? 9 times); veteran’s assistance bills (blocked by the GOP every time); SNAP, which largely focuses on military families, children, the elderly and disabled (gutted by a GOP house). there are so many more, similar stories, and all the same ending. the GOP says NO. the GOP even said no to obama’s request for funds to research an ebola cure. yep, they said NO. so don’t blame obama for all the crap that’s happened. stop watching fox and reading ‘the blaze’ and start paying attention to the votes in congress, the fillibusters, and boehner’s flat refusal to even bring things to the floor for debate. people blame obama because the GOP blames obama and they’re the sheep, because they just buy into the anti-obama crap and never even look at the realities of our “esteemed (ahem) lawmakers” and how they’ve not just screwed with obama but have screwed US for 6 years. but the good news is, they won’t be able to hide now. everyone will see that they don’t work, don’t compromise, don’t ever tell the truth and they won’t be able to project the blame onto anyone.

  • Darrell Johnson

    Republicans better be careful and work with the President or they can expect Hillary 2016.

    • dmarie

      I like Hillary but love Bill even more. I would vote for her anyway, but knowing Bill Clinton will be behind the scenes giving advice is a big bonus.

      • Laurissa Graves

        I wonder who else..I mean what else Bill will be doing behind the scenes?

    • regressive teaparty trash

      im also OK with Bernie sanders and/or eliz warren,,,,,,but she may not be ready yet

  • Alejandro Medin

    Well put!

  • Matthew Reece

    In the long run, what is bad for democracy is good for liberty. After all, democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on who gets eaten.

  • ChuckN007

    What a bunch of sore losers who are trying to spin what was obviously a repudiation of Obama policies and a repudiation of what the Democrats have been doing while in control. This was a shellacking of Obama and the Democrats in general.

    As Obama said a few days before the election, although he was not on the ballot, his policies were on the ballot, and the election would be a referendum on his policies. On that, he was correct. And the referendum was two thumbs down for Obama and the Democrats.

    Now, the talking point from the left is apparently to focus on those who didn’t vote. What? How desperate can you get? Obama assumes that the 2/3 who didn’t vote would have voted for him and his policies. Hardly. We don’t make assumptions how the non-voters would have voted if they had voted.

    And the author of this article says it’s all due to voter apathy and low voter turnout, but there is always low voter turnout in midterm elections, and the party that has been in power has lower turnout than the party that has been out of power.

    Just man up and recognize that the electorate has spoken, and that the Republicans have been given a mandate — to go in the opposite direction that Obama and the Democrats were going.

    • Anthony CallmeTony Capuano Jr.

      55-60% of 34% of registered voters (not eligible voters) is NOT a mandate. Remember, the 2010 “tidal wave” receded.

      • ChuckN007

        Having the Republicans defeat Democrats in 99% of the contested races is a mandate.

      • ChuckN007

        Getting 55-60% of the vote is significant. Obama got around 52 or 53% as I recall. He considered that a mandate.

        Midterm elections always have a lower voter turnout. But the outcome in any election is based on those who turn out.

        Right? It’s not based on how the non-voters might have voted if they had cared enough to vote.

        The tidal wave from 2010 did not recede. That was a midterm election, and the GOP shellacked the Dems that year too.

        The GOP also gained seats in 2012. Now the GOP gained more seats again in 2014, with the numbers being enough to take control of the Senate. The GOP majority in the House also grew and became even larger than it was after 2012.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        getting 55% of the LOWEST voter turnout ( 36.125%) since ww2 -1942– isn’t much
        =====================================
        Obama got 51.1 pct of 58.25% in 2012; 53% of 61.65%————
        shall we extrapolate some math here?

      • ChuckN007

        There is no need to extrapolate anything.
        First, the raw data shows that Obama got a lower percent of the vote in 2012 than the percentage that Republicans got in 2014.
        Second, the winner of an election is not based on adjustments for voter turnout, in case you didn’t know that yet. You are just doing that here because the Democrats lost big time, and you are looking for a way to spin things to not feel so bad.
        Third, you would obviously never agree that the GOP got a mandate from the 2014 midterm results, because you are in denial of everything that differs from your little viewpoint.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        would that be the same criteria for issuance of a ‘mandate’ which the regressive republicans so eagerly attempted to repudiate after the 2012 evisceration U endured?
        that one? really???
        =====================================
        also– Obama got more VOTES than the repubs did ; and REPUBS ran a myriad of candidates in a myriad of offices; thus your statement is irrelevant.
        =====================================
        all of this segues into the stark reality of this inquiry:
        with the repubs now ” in control” of both chambers and the scotus; what will the do? will the try2 pas laws which help ALL americans ?(NO) or will the try to make the economy stagnant as2 show America how we need a regressive in the white house in 2016? will the GOP waste taxpayer dollars on ” Benghazi” ( again) or impeachment? that frivolous nowhere lawsuit which already ate up million s of our dollars? will they try( and fail again) to repeal ACA ( see: veto)? will they waste more time on a pipeline which does NOT help the us( Canadian oil sent to china)?
        How about CREATING MILLIONS OF JOBS– instead of trying to cut taxes ( see: starve the beast- republican conservative ploy spanning decades) for billionaires–?
        Hmmmmm,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, only time will tell; eh?
        stay tuned!!!

      • ChuckN007

        1. Obama claimed a mandate with a smaller percent of the vote than the GOP just got.
        2. In 2012, Obama re-took the White House, but the GOP gained more seats in Congress, so that’s not an “evisceration”, unless you would call 2014 for the Dems an “evisceration.”
        3. Obama got a smaller percentage of the vote in 2012 than the GOP got in 2014, and both elections involved nationwide voting and seeing the views of the electorate.
        4. In January, the GOP will control the Senate and the House, but not the Supreme Court as you foolishly argue. Plus, Obama still controls the Executive Branch, and has said that he will veto virtually anything the Senate and House jointly send to him. So there will still be a stalemate, which will be imposed by Obama, and the Democrats being “the party of No” as they have in the past accused the GOP of being.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        wrong answer–O ill informed chuckles: in 2010 the repubs had 242 seats; dems 193
        ======================================
        in 2012 repubs had 233; dems 199
        wanna do some math with me here chuckie baybeee??
        ok; what is greater- 242 or 233?
        ok- what is greater- 193 or 199?
        ***************************************************
        shall we look at how the midterms always seem 2 do this ? Hmmmmm,,,,,,,, 2016? will be INTERESTING– especially the way cretins such as U do ” math”
        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

        and yes– he will veto all those tax breaks ( see: starve the beast) for the job ” creators”———- OHWAIT: lets look at JOB CREATION for repubs VS dems in the past 25 ysr; shall we? NO?? how about deficits and ( surplus: Clinton?) NO??? can we look at MAYBE dead soldiers?

      • ChuckN007

        Do you have an actual job and a life outside of your trolling? What do you do?

        My name isn’t actually Chuck, so it’s humorous that you try so hard to make diminutive versions of a fake name. That’s 4th grade playground bully mentality. Nice job. Thanks for revealing your mental maturity.

        And you search so carefully to find numbers, and then format them so nicely with the dashed lines, and then the asterisk lines, and then the ~ symbol for a line. Very clever. Is there some significance to when you use the ===== or the ****** or the ~~~~~~ symbols? Or is it just to create variety.

        And you are also so condescending, as if you had an intelligence even close to mine. Haha. Very funny. Have you ever had your IQ tested?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        chuckles,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, you are ( again) spinning away from easy2find- and corroborate – facts
        =====================================
        try 2 stay on topic charley baybeeee,,,,
        OH; my IQ? Hmmmm,,,,,,,,,,,,, lets see– using the Stanford-binet and the Wechsler ( both) tests I have a number!!
        ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,but (a) you wouldn’t like it and (b) u would not accept it
        =======================================
        now,,,,, back to those silly FACTS with evaporated your otiose statement—
        *********************************************************
        NOTE– the fact that my autodidactic (Q.V.) writing style here annoys you pleases me to no end—————-

      • ChuckN007

        You responded to Item #2 of my 4 points, but you didn’t respond to Items #1, 3, and 4. I assume that you agree with those. They said as follows:

        1. Obama claimed a mandate with a smaller percent of the vote than the GOP just got.
        3. Obama got a smaller percentage of the vote in 2012 than the GOP got in 2014, and both elections involved nationwide voting and seeing the views of the electorate.
        4. In January, the GOP will control the Senate and the House, but not the Supreme Court as you foolishly argue. Plus, Obama still controls the Executive Branch, and has said that he will veto virtually anything the Senate and House jointly send to him. So there will still be a stalemate, which will be imposed by Obama, and the Democrats being “the party of No” as they have in the past accused the GOP of being.

    • Memo Manzo

      The repudiation was based upon inaccurate descriptions put forth by the GOP and FOX. When given a choice in plain language, conservatives actually opt for the policies of Obama. Example: On the ACA, when asked how they felt about the 20 or so main tenets of the President’s Healthcare plan, there was overwhelming positive support from conservatives on things like – children being able to stay on parent’s plans, no cap on benefits, no being able to exclude someone because of a pre-existing condition or being able to drop someone for filing a claim. It’s as simple as calling it the ACA – which 60-70% of conservatives said positive things about. But as soon as you call it Obamacare, some 75% of conservatives are against it.

      • ChuckN007

        None of what you said is true. But if it makes you feel better, keep repeating it and keep believing it.

      • Memo Manzo

        Chuck, I refuse to resort to GOP tactics/philosophy. I can prove what I said is true. You, on the other hand cannot.Like so many on the right, even when presented with factual evidence, you will deny its validity.

      • ChuckN007

        In this post, you say that you refuse to resort to GOP tactics/philosophy, but in your post a few minutes later you say that you are a registered Republican. You are a troll, with very significant mental health issues.

      • ChuckN007

        So you are saying that the GOP and Fox News now have the power to control election results so as to cause a shellacking?

        The voters dislike Obamacare more than your made up statistics. There are a few things that the voters like, and the Republicans agree with those and would include those in replacement legislation.

        But overall people are in favor of a full repeal of Obamacare, and that includes Democrats and Independents.

        Your anti GOP and anti Fox bias is preventing you from thinking logically and rationally.

      • Memo Manzo

        Oh, you’re funny Chuck. I tend to rely on multiple, independent studies for research, certainly not single source. But since you asked, study after study has shown that the majority of information delivered or expressed on Fox is inaccurate. Other studies show that Fox News viewers are also the least educated, most misinformed/least informed with regard to both historical events (and their significance) and current events. You do realize that Fox is an entertainment company and not a news organization, don’t you? They, themselves, and many of their commentators openly acknowledge it. Also, with Master level degrees in International Business, Education & Political Science, I am quite capable of sorting through the BS and thinking for myself. FYI, I am a registered Republican, and vote issue by issue – some Conservative, some Liberal, and the majority very pragmatically centrist, and I am far more logical and rational than you imply. Your attempt to twist my comment into an issue of “controlling election outcomes” might demonstrate that you are neither. It doesn’t bother me that people are against Obama, it only bothers me that they are against him for made-up reasons – which is what the GOP & Fox do.

      • ChuckN007

        I have never seen any of those “studies”. You made them up.

        Fox News is the most watched cable news provider. Were you aware of that?

        I suspect that you don’t watch Fox news and that your comments are based on what you hear on MSNBC and similar outlets.

        Every organization that delivers news also has an entertainment component.

        People who disagree with Obama do so for good reason. He’s the farthest left president we have ever had, by a long shot.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        FOX “news” is the most watched cable network
        ==========================================
        mcdonalds sells the most ” food” in America
        ***********************************************************
        wow— im getting full

      • ChuckN007

        I see that it bothers you that so many people make choices that disagree with your choices.

        I like Fox news as one of several news outlets. I also watch outlets that are obviously left wing.
        I also like McDonalds now and then, as part of a variety of places to eat.
        So your comment is intended to insult people who watch Fox and who eat at McDonalds?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        why would I insult “people” who eat and Mcdonalds AND watch FOX “news”??
        I occasionally watch the lies at FOX “news”– just for perspective:
        I– as a long time self employed CHEF( see: business owner) do not ‘eat’ at mcdonalds; thus do NOT consume garbage–
        (.except when watching the political shows on FOX “news”)

      • ChuckN007

        You insult people as your method of attempting to discuss because you are unable to create a cogent argument based on stating facts and then making a rational and logical argument.

        As the saying goes: “Name calling is the last resort of the person who can’t reason.”

      • regressive teaparty trash

        youre spinning VIA gravity towards the bottom,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
        I have placed nothing BUT facts up– including most ” food” at mcdonalds is garbage ( try2remember– im a CHEF)
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        and where O where did I ‘ name call’? eh??
        trust me,,,,,,,,,,,,, you will know when I cast well-earned aspersions your way

      • ChuckN007

        Sorry, but your posts don’t state any facts, and don’t contain any logic or reasoning. They are full of insults and name-calling. It’s so much ingrained in your modus operandi that you don’t even realize it. It is the core of what and how you write in your posts.

        So, for example, you don’t see that you’ve insulted everyone who eats at McDonalds and everyone that watches Fox News?

      • Rob Bailey

        Oh, Chuckie…
        1) Of course you haven’t seen those studies. Have a third-grader show you how to work the Google machine.
        2) Yes, Faux draws more viewers. Part of the problem and just shows just how dumb “Real Mericans” can be. See point 1 – they lie. Politifact says about 60% of the time.
        3) MSNBC also lies, but at least they cater to rational, educated folks that can discern for themselves what the true facts are (unlike under-informed Faux viewers).
        4) People who disagree with Obama. Hmmm. I think my 401K has recovered nicely since 2009, fewer kids are getting killed in a phony war to benefit Haliburton, the unemployment level is at 6%, and a few million more people have health insurance SAVING the country money. Oh, and budget deficits are down. Nasty shit, all. And Obama is about as far left as, say, Eisenhower. When tax rates were many times higher for the upper 10%.
        Bottom line, Chuckie… You should listen to a bit more NPR and a LOT less Faux.

      • ChuckN007

        Your post reveals a lot about you. Thanks for the revelations and the clarification.

    • Rob Bailey

      Yep. Damn right! Let’s go back to the Dow at 8000, 11% unemployment, lowing hundreds of thousands of jobs a month and killing thousands of ‘Merican kids in made up wars. 2007-2008 – them was the days!

      • ChuckN007

        No one is advocating “going back” to anything. The point is to move forward on a track that differs from the one Obama and the Dems have been on. The voters have spoken. Sorry that the election didn’t go your way. You should improve your writing and grammar. Or is your writing an attempt at an imitation of an accent? It just makes you sound stupid and an elitist.

  • BkDodge42

    The question is who stayed home? Was it Democrats that were being told by Democratic Party leaders such as Debbie Wassaman Schultz that the Democrats were leading in the polls, that they had a great ground game to get their vote out? Did the average Democratic voted listen to the leaders that said that the Democrats will hold their own? Therefore each individual voter decided that their vote was not necessary and that they could comfortably stay home since everyone else would be voting to keep the Democrats in office.

    • regressive teaparty trash

      36.1% of voters voted—–LOWEST turnout since 1942
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      who stayed home????

  • Jim Bean

    It was a sad day for Democrats, not Democracy. The election was the apex of this legislative dysfunction.

    Beginning in January, we will learn whether Obama regards himself as part of a give-and-take governing team or a lone wolf super hero emperor. And we will learn whether the Pubs are truly obstructionist in nature or whether they regard themselves as part of a give-and-take governing body.

    Immigration will be the biggest test. Per Rasmussen in September, only 26% of Americans support Obama’s amnesty plan without Congressional approval. Will he do the will of people as he was elected to do? Or will he do the will of Obama and put the final nail in the Democratic Party coffin?

  • Prescott

    Error number one, of course, is supposing that the US Constitution established “democracy.” The words were never mentioned by our forefathers. We are a republic.

  • Stephen Barlow

    Just a little REALITY CHECK!!!!! 14 states, that have 47% of America’s population, DID NOT HAVE A Senate race last week.

    53% of the country voted in 36 states that are A) predominantly RED states and B) The shoe is not only on the other foot in 2016… when the RED double majority spends it’s energy FUTILELY repealing the PPACA for the next 2 years AND continues reneging on promises of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Budget Reform, Tax Reform and JOBS BILLS…

    The BLue Deluge will take back both the House AND the Senate. The House will be tough, but If those BLUE states dump huge money into 2016 and Hillary takes the tide with her… The REDS are dead.

    • Prescott

      Actually, one major problem for the Dems is that Hillary is the best they have to offer. The Republicans had a similar problem in 2008 and 2012. If either party could actually come up with a good candidate for president, the win would be easy. But as long as we continue the long, boring, expensive “primary” system of choosing a candidate, only the scum will continue to rise to the top.

      • Stephen Barlow

        And CRIMINAL Governors are all the REDS have on the bench!!!

      • regressive teaparty trash

        wrong answer— the repubs fear Bernie sanders and eliz warren even more

  • Memo Manzo

    Now that the GOP has control in House & Senate, let’s see what they can do. It’s on them now. Also, let’s see if they can do it without taking credit for the gains Obama has achieved. If GOP policy does not work, who will GOP voters blame? What will they possibly say on FOX?

    • regressive teaparty trash

      im salivating at the repubs blundering upcoming,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ” Benghazi”,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,” Kenya”……………”isis/isil”,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,”,keystone pipeline”,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,” tax breaks for ‘job creators’ “……………..”impeach Obama”…………” privatize social security / medicare/ Medicaid”…….repeal ACA!!!!! PRAISE JEEEEEESUS!

  • rpm4565

    And who has been in charge for 6 years to contribute to this massive “distaste” for government, Mr. C.? Your party and your preferred President truly has a legacy to be proud of. And no amount of your selective and routinely false characterization of history can change this. Unless you’d like us to believe that it was only progressive and enlightened right-thinking Democrats who are so disgusted with government and politics that they refuse to participate. So you suggest that only “your” favored folks are the ones that are so disenchanted with “their own” that they chose to sit back and let those “evil ones” take charge? Says quite a lot about their “enlightenment”. Your agenda driven logic has holes large enough to drive an entire political party through. But keep working on that twisted logic. It’s very entertaining.

  • Herschel Sargent

    you people along with this article are all full of it.

  • Julia Thurlow

    The voter turnout for republican wasnt at all abysmal. You’re just mad the American people who vote Democrat don’t want anything to do with your president and his bad policies.

    • regressive teaparty trash

      lowest voter turnout (36.1%) since,,,,,,,,,,,,since,,,,,,,,,,1942–
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      care to replay your brilliance in another easy to destroy statement?

      • Julia Thurlow

        you are an idiot. That’s enough of a fact for me.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        shall we–as a country– go back to nov 2008? after all; THAT was a time to reflect upon some grrrrreat republican policies ( and great results) eh?