Too Soon? Obama Comes Out Swinging After Midterm Elections

SwingingHow “not mopey” is Pres. Obama? Not mopey enough to send an email blast less than a week after the 2014 midterm elections that leads respondents to the screen shot shown.

Hertzberg: ‘Elections are decided by low-information voters, people who cannot be troubled to figure out whether they are Democrats or Republicans’

Republicans were already complaining that Obama wasn’t contrite enough about the recent Democratic election losses. They, of course, took the results as a mandate for their issues, like repealing the Affordable Care Act, building more fences along the border with Mexico, and keeping women from carrying out their reproductive lives in private.

Obama heard a different signal.

“The message that I took from this election, and we’ve seen this in a number of elections, successive elections, is people want to see this city work,” Obama said. “They see Washington gridlocked and they’re frustrated. And they know one person in Washington and that’s the President of the United States.”

With the “liberal” media careful to always point out that both sides are equally to blame (usually in the context of the Republicans being solely to blame), it’s no wonder that average Joes and Joannes end up believing it’s all Obama’s fault. The New Yorker’s Hendrik Hertzberg thinks they’re also not paying the proper attention.

Elections are decided by essentially low-information voters, people who cannot be troubled to figure out whether they are Democrats or Republicans, and most of those “centrist” voters, those swing voters, are not Washington think tank, third-way types. They’re people who are, who don’t even know who controls Congress, who don’t know anything, essentially, and who basically vote on the basis of how things are going. If things are going well, “Oh the president’s doing a good job.” If things are going badly, “The president’s doing a bad job so I’m going to vote that way.”

That might be the best argument yet for why stupid people shouldn’t vote.

*Yes, that was sarcasm. When are Republicans NOT outraged by Obama?

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