Last week, during a speech at Northwestern University, Barack Obama exclaimed, "I am not on the ballot this fall. Michelle's pretty happy about that. But make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them."
It took no time at all for Republicans to respond. GOP spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski said of Obama's statement: "Some not so great news for 2014 Democrats: president Obama just nationalized all of their races. As president Obama made clear by declaring that his agenda was on the ballot this fall, a vote for a Democrat is a vote for him and his failed policies."
Ms. Kukowski is, in fact, right. A Gallup poll found that nearly 60% of Republicans said their vote would be to oppose Obama. I suppose this is good news for establishment Republicans, although nationalizing the race may not be as great as the establishment thinks.
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Nationalizing an election can be a good thing when a national party has something to offer, as in 1994, the year of the "Contract with America." This time around, Republicans have nothing to offer other than we're not as bad as Obama.
Very rarely does one win with a platform of "We're not as bad as the other guy," but that's all the Republicans have. They have no original ideas – no positive message. Instead, they appear to be doing exactly what Mitt Romney did in 2012. "You're in the lead. Now just don't make any waves, don't say or do anything and the people's disdain for Obama will carry the day."
That always brings the conservative base out to vote. Speaking as the unelected, self-appointed voice of the "conservative base"—that's not going to cut it.
But for the establishment, it's going to have to. We conservatives have no, or very few, candidates to vote for. And that's the fault of you all on Capitol Hill.
Over the past several years, you folks in the House and Senate have simply abdicated your constitutional governing authority to the president.
You've allowed Obama to dictate immigration policy that he has no right to dictate. This past June, Democrat Dick Durbin said, "I don't know how much more time he thinks he needs, but I hope that Speaker Boehner will speak up today. And if he does not, the president will borrow the power that is needed to solve the problems of immigration…"
Democrat Sen. Robert Menendez said regarding immigration: "Their [Congress] first job is to govern, and in the absence of governing, then you see executive actions."
In February of 2013, Breitbart reported that, "With less than two days before the March 1 sequestration deadline, Senate Republicans are drafting a bill that would cancel the $85 billion in discretionary spending cuts and instead cede authority to president Obama to make the same level of slowing in the growth of spending."
Yes, just give away your constitutional authority to Obama. Mitch McConnell was all for it, saying, "Let's be clear about the goal here. The goal isn't to hand over congressional authority. It's to make sure these cuts actually happened." Yes, Mitch, that was the goal, you spineless fool!
To that, John McCain, of all people, responded by saying, "Congress has a constitutional responsibility to authorize and appropriate for the nation's security. And why give that responsibility over to the president of the United States – and that renders us not just ineffective but irrelevant." Good on you, John, for a change.
But that's the midterm election in a nutshell. Congress and the Senate are rapidly becoming irrelevant, by their own doing. Immigration, amnesty, Obamacare, war powers – the list of Obama's unilateral authority is becoming endless.
So, who do we vote for? We conservatives are looking for leaders, not a chamber full of irrelevant cowards, and so with a legislature willingly and it seems happily surrendering their power and responsibility, we are given no choice but to vote against Obama, or not to vote.
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