Friday, December 31, 2010

2010: A Disastrous Year for Barack Obama

From the U.K. Telegraph, we learn why 2010 was a terrible year for Barack Obama and why 2011 won't be any better:
The political landscape still looks strikingly bleak for the “transformational president” as he goes into 2011. 2010 was a stunningly bad year for Barack Obama, no matter how much the likes of The New York Times or The Washington Post might try to sugar coat it. Here are four key reasons why it was a year Obama will want to forget:

1. The midterm elections were a defeat of epic proportions for the Obama Presidency

When Barack Obama spoke of a “shellacking” at the midterms, it was a huge understatement. The Republicans scored a significantly bigger win than they did in 1994, with their biggest gain in the House of Representatives in 62 years – since 1948. Fortunately for the Democrats, just 37 Senate seats were up for election, preventing what would have been an almost certain handover of power in the upper house too. Republicans also made huge gains at the gubernatorial level, with the GOP now holding 29 governorships to the Democrats’ 20. Republicans also picked up 680 seats in state legislatures, the highest figure in the modern era.
Read the rest here.


JMK said...

You know what's really encouraging in that article?

That the (Gallup Poll) number of Americans self-identifying as Conservative has jumped from an all time low of 37% in 2008, to 42% in 2009 to 48% in 2010!

That is an incredible rise!

It can only be explained that as times have gotten harder, more people have gotten more engaged in what's going on politically and economically and the more engaged you are, the more Conservative you tend to get......that and the fact that Liberalism hasn't failed this collossaly since the Carter era!

Happy New Year Stogie!

I'm hoping that 2011 and 2012 see those Gallup numbers increase just as steadily! Perhaps Conservatives will outnumber liberals in this country 3 to 1 by 2012!

Stogie said...

JMK, I too hope that conservatism continues its rise. If the economy improves, many will forget the misery of 2009 & 2010 and give Obama a pass. However, I think the man is too radical to pull off a Clinton comeback.

Liberalism always brings misery -- poverty, high taxes, lack of opportunity. Too bad each new generation has to find this out the hard way.

Happy New Year, JMK!