President Obama really isn’t making it easy for his party in the 2014 midterms. In a time when red state Democrats are trying to look independent from the Obama White House, the president keeps reminding the electorate that they all support his agenda; they are also ‘strong allies.’
Obama said this little sound bite on Al Sharpton’s radio show yesterday [emphasis mine]:
“Well, look, here’s the bottom line. “We’ve got a tough map. A lot of the states that are contested this time are states that I didn’t win. And so some of the candidates there, you know, it is difficult for them to have me in the state because the Republicans will use that to try to fan Republican turn-out. The bottom line is, though, these are all folks who vote with me. They have supported my agenda in Congress. They are on the right side of minimum wage. They are on the right side of fair pay. They are on the right side of rebuilding our infrastructure. They’re on the right side of early childhood education.
“So, this isn’t about my feelings being hurt. These are folks who are strong allies and supporters of me. And I tell them, I said, you know what, you do what you need to win. I will be responsible for making sure that our voters turn up.”
These are words that Sens. [mc_name name=’Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’H001049′ ], [mc_name name=’Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’B001265′ ], [mc_name name=’Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’L000550′ ], and [mc_name name=’Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000590′ ] probably don’t want to hear two weeks from Election Day.
This isn’t the first time President Obama has given Republicans ammunition to use against Democrats in close races. Earlier this month, at an economic speech at Northwestern University, the president said that he’s not on the ballot this year, but his policies are–every single one of them (via WaPo):
“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.” Boil those four sentences down even further and here’s what you are left with: “Make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.”
H/T Weekly Standard