SOUTH FLORIDA, November 6, 2013 — Publicly, Democrats are celebrating victories in the 2013 elections. Privately, Democrats are in a state of panic.
Democrats captured the governorship of Virginia and the mayoralty of New York City, while Chris Christie cruised to a landslide reelection in the New Jersey governor’s race.
The liberal media narrative is that Democrats won, liberalism has been vindicated, and the only way Republicans can win anything is to run moderate candidates. “Extremist” conservative candidates lost.
The truth is far different outside of New Jersey. For Republicans to win in places like New Jersey, New York and California, the theory about electing moderates is valid. Yet in Virginia, Democrats won a very hollow victory that should have them terrified going into 2014.
Terry McCauliffe is the greatest fundraiser in the history of the Democratic Party. He outspent Republican Ken Cuccinelli by about ten to one in the final days. Cuccinelli was a very conservative candidate, one that liberals would describe as “extreme.” McCauliffe was coasting to a double-digit lead, and even had a chance to win in a landslide as Christie did. Then President Obama offered to “help” McCauliffe, and for some strange reason McCauliffe accepted that help.
Once Obama started campaigning publicly for McCauliffe, his lead began collapsing. Public disgust over the Affordable Care Act remains high, and Cuccinelli linked Obama and Obamacare to McCauliffe. The strategy almost worked. Cuccinelli ran out of time, and was swamped in the money race. Yet when the votes came in, McCauliffe survived with a two-point win. Additionally, a Libertarian candidate took nearly 7 percent of the vote. McCauliffe won with only 47 percent of the total vote. Another week of Obamacare horror stories could have taken McCauliffe down.
Democrats will publicly insist that in 2014 Americans will care about the government shutdown and blame Republicans. They can protest all they like, but unless the individual mandate is delayed, 2014 will be a referendum on Obamacare. If the policy works, Democrats will be vindicated at the polls. If the policy fails, 2014 will be an electoral bloodbath for Democrats.
2014 has 1994 written all over it, and the Democrats again have a president who loves campaigning even when doing so is detrimental to his own party. In 1994, Dick Morris advised Bill Clinton to stop campaigning and take more trips to the Middle East. Clinton refused to listen and lost Congress.
Barack Obama cannot stop campaigning. He genuinely loves it. His own myopia is compounded by having sycophants around him. Even now they may be believing the narrative that McCauliffe’s win bodes well for them.
Obama came very close to dragging McCauliffe down as Obamacare failures remain new but growing. An entire additional year of Obamacare failures will have Democrats in pure self-destruction mode.
Obama and Obamacare are albatrosses around Democrats’ necks. Everyone but Obama understands this. Outside of the Washington Beltway media, it is liberal policies that are extreme. Canceling the health insurance of millions of people is extreme. Trying to rid the country of Obamacare is as mainstream as mainstream can be.
The day after the 2014 elections, Democrats will finally understand. In 2010 Obama took a “shellacking.” Four additional years of failed policies highlighted by his signature achievement have a second mid-term electoral shellacking right on schedule.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.” Eric is 100% alcohol, tobacco, drug, and liberalism free. Follow Eric on Twitter @TYGRRRREXPRESS. Follow us: @wtcommunities on Twitter.
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