Democratic Candidates to Obama: Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You – Maybe

With the midterm elections coming up, politicians are starting to focus on the next election, more than they are focusing on what they should be doing for the country.

President Obama is one of those, and it seems he is the Party’s number one cheerleader right now. Unsurprisingly, after the mess of Obamacare, which carries his name, few candidates are interested in his endorsement and even fewer want him to come out to campaign with them.

What is blatantly obvious now, is that affairs of state are taking a backseat to his fundraising and glad-handing.

Obama appears to be distracted like no other time in his presidency. Remember when he held a press conference and skipped out to go out with his kids, leaving Bill Clinton to hold the floor? This is worse.

Making an expected forecast for a big loss to democrats at the next election, he said, “We’re good at Senate and House elections during presidential years, it’s something about midterms. I don’t know what it is about us.”

When it comes to midterms, people are generally distracted, and low turnouts are often seen, but Republicans come out in droves. That should be especially true this time, because of the mess that democrats have made. At a Boston fundraiser, Obama warned anyone who would listen, that poor turnout could lead do democrats getting “walloped.”

That may even be an understatement, and they didn’t need to be told, they already knew it.

Giving out more free advice, Obama told the Democratic Governors Association fundraiser, “You’ve got to pay attention to the states … Democrats don’t think state-level races in the 2014 midterms are sexy enough.”

Duh, what else would state governors pay attention to?

There is a very recent reminder of this possibility, back in 2010, there was a midterm election nightmare for Democrats, but this one could easily be worse. Making the governors feel uneasy, Obama said, “It’s happened before and it could happen again.”

Looking at their faces, it is easy to see they didn’t need to be told tat. What they could have told him, is that he is likely to be the number one reason for a crash – and he knows it.

Republicans are happy that there is an excellent chance Democrats will lose their Senate majority, and the House could increase its Republican majority. If both of those things come to pass, Obama’s final two years as president will be ineffective and “lame duck.” Unless he continues to govern by decree, with his incessant executive orders.

Democrats are defending 21 of the 36 Senate seats up this fall, and

Election watchers expect Democrats to lose seats in the midterms. There are 36 Senate seats up for election, currently held by 21 Democrats and 15 Republicans. As some have noted, this is a fragile six-seat majority.

Democrats in red states – South Dakota, West Virginia and Montana – have retired, and four Democratic Senators, Mark Pryor (Ark.), Mark Begich (Alaska), Mary Landrieu (La.) and Kay Hagan (N.C.) are all facing tough races.

So sad, too bad!

Older white voters will be the majority heading for the polls and they do not like Obama policies. None of this has anything to do with Obama’s skin color, as racist democrats want to say.

“The difference in electorates between midterm elections and presidential elections is stunning.” – Ken Goldstein, USF political scientist.

Even twitch-leg liberal commentator and number one fanatical supporter, Chris Matthews, thinks Democrats could lose up to 10 Senate seats.

On “Meet the Press,” Matthews said, “To the Democrats, this election, a rosy scenario is to lose five Senate seats, not six. They could lose 10.”

Obama’s most loyal advisor, Dan Pheiffer seems to be ignoring the possibility they will lose control of the Senate. At a Politico-hosted breakfast, he said, “We’re very confident the Democrats will retain the Senate. That’s where all of our energy and our focus is.”

They are obviously focusing on the Senate because it is the bulwark that protects Obama’s remaining ambitions. Pheiffer predicted two obvious thins – that Obama’s judicial nominees would be blocked, – and that Republicans would redouble their efforts to repeal Obamacare.

Word is that Obama plans 18 DNC fundraisers in the next three months alone, plus dozens for Democratic governors, senators, and House members. He will also attend events for House and Senate political action committees, in a bid to inspire high-dollar donations to combat spending by wealthy conservative donors.

Those may be his plans, but although democrats would be happy to get control of the money be could raise, it remains to be seen whether they want his name to be associated with their campaigns.

Some think it would be nice if he’d spend as much time on running the country as he does fundraising, but others think that the more time he spends on fundraising, the less damage he can do the the country.

Trying times indeed, for the president who “fundamentally changed America” and now must explain why he should be allowed to change it more.

Dwight L. Schwab Jr. is a moderate conservative who looks at all sides of a story, then speaks his mind. He has written more than 3500 national political and foreign affairs columns. His BS in journalism from the University of Oregon, with minors in political science and American history stands him in good stead for his writing.


Dwight has 30-years in the publishing industry, including ABC/Cap Cities and International Thomson. His first book, “Redistribution of Common Sense – Selective Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014,” was published in July, 2014. “The Game Changer – America’s Most Stunning Presidential Election in History,” was published in April 2017.


Dwight is a native of Portland, Oregon, and now a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area.