Streetwise Professor

November 5, 2014

Election 2014: Emotionally Satisfying, But Practically Fraught

Filed under: Politics,Russia — The Professor @ 11:40 am

I of course take some satisfaction from last night’s election results, though I think their practical consequences will be limited, and perhaps fraught. This was an immense repudiation of Obama. The loss was a humiliation of the president, even compared to the 1994, 2006, and 2010 routs of the president’s party. Democrats were crushed at every level of government, from the Senate, to governorships, to the House, to state legislatures. Hell, the Republicans even won governor’s races in Maryland and Massachusetts. Races that had been rated as close (Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky) turned into absolute routs. (Pollsters rank a close second to Obama in The Biggest Loser results from last night.)

It will be amusing to watch Obamabots attempt to ‘splain things in the next few days. After he claimed that his policies were on the ballot-all of his policies-the Dems will no doubt turn themselves into Dervishes in spinning the results to show that they had nothing to do with The One. I was particularly amused that Jay Carney said that Democratic senate candidates would have done better if they had not run away from Obama. Oh, Jay. You still have the ability to say the most outlandish things with a straight face! In truth, if Gardiner or Braley had run as proud supporters of the Obama agenda and leadership, their margins of loss would have doubled.

Practically, however, I think the results will be fairly barren, and may in fact set the stage for a Constitutional crisis, or crises. Obama is still president, and can block any substantive legislation emerging from the solidly Republican Congress. More ominously, given Obama’s personality, ideological rigidity, and hatred of Republicans (and I do think he viscerally hates them), confrontations are inevitable. Obama will not take his whipping and emerge more conciliatory and willing to compromise. To the contrary, to someone of his narcissistic temperament, yesterday’s repudiation is an existential affront that he must confront. He will channel his inner Alinsky, and attempt to use every executive power to achieve results that he cannot implement through legislation. He will double down on the divisive rhetoric and policies that he has employed in the past couple of years. A Constitutional confrontation over immigration, or some other issue (climate?), could well result when Obama attempts to exert executive power unilaterally.

Perhaps most importantly, his obsession with completing a deal with Iran, which has warped virtually every aspect of American foreign policy (Syria most notably) lays the groundwork for confrontation as he will likely attempt to implement it without Congressional approval. The substantive ramifications of such a deal are also very frightening, because they could lead to an even greater crisis in the Middle East and an intensification of the Shia-Sunni/Arab-Persian conflict that is already the source of chaos and misery. It is beyond bizarre that a man who claims to strive for nuclear disarmament is pursuing, Ahab-like, a deal that would likely lead to the nuclearization of the most unstable and conflict-ridden part of the world.

Moreover, the major challenges that the nation faces are still primarily an executive responsibility, as they relate mainly to foreign policy. ISIS is still in Iraq and Syria. Ebola is still in Western Africa. The Mullahs are still in Tehran. Putin is still in Ukraine. And Obama is still in the White House. Given that reality, as emotionally satisfying as yesterday’s verdict is, and as much as it represents a verdict on Obama’s foreign policy failures specifically, it will not fundamentally affect the crises that beset us, and given Obama’s personality, any effect may be for the worse.

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  1. I think the thing that is most fraught with danger to the republic is an Obama induced constitutional crisis, possibly over an Executive action on Illegal Immigrant Amnesty. His self important, near megalomaniacal ego is one that is drawn to a dictatorial solution. As he just noted the 2/3 of the American people who didn’t vote (I guess he is telepathic). Who knows what he thinks they think.

    Looking at the sequestration fiasco, he may be drawn to any tactic that he believes will put the Republicans in a bad light – obstructionists, anti people of color, etc. what better theater for a political drama queen?

    Comment by sotos — November 5, 2014 @ 2:11 pm

  2. I think the thing that is most fraught with danger to the republic is an Obama induced constitutional crisis, possibly over an Executive action on Illegal Immigrant Amnesty. His self important, near megalomaniacal ego is one that is drawn to a dictatorial solution. As he just noted the 2/3 of the American people who didn’t vote (I guess he is telepathic). Who knows what he thinks they think.

    Looking at the sequestration fiasco, he may be drawn to any tactic that he believes will put the Republicans in a bad light – obstructionists, anti people of color, etc. what better theater for a political drama queen?

    Comment by sotos — November 5, 2014 @ 2:11 pm

  3. I think the thing that is most fraught with danger to the republic is an Obama induced constitutional crisis, possibly over an Executive action on Illegal Immigrant Amnesty. His self important, near megalomaniacal ego is one that is drawn to a dictatorial solution. As he just noted the 2/3 of the American people who didn’t vote (I guess he is telepathic). Who knows what he thinks they think.

    Looking at the sequestration fiasco, he may be drawn to any tactic that he believes will put the Republicans in a bad light – obstructionists, anti people of color, etc. what better theater for a political drama queen?

    Comment by sotos — November 5, 2014 @ 2:11 pm

  4. Have no idea why there were multiple posts, sorry.

    Comment by sotos — November 5, 2014 @ 2:13 pm

  5. No problem, @sotos. What you said deserves to be repeated 😉

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — November 5, 2014 @ 3:53 pm

  6. @sotos. Re sequestration fiasco. Remember, it is the Stupid Party that just won an overwhelming victory. To wager that they will throw away their victory through some blunder is to bet on form.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — November 5, 2014 @ 3:54 pm

  7. I can’t find yesterday’s voter number, but, midterm elections average about 40%.

    http://www.fairvote.org/research-and-analysis/voter-turnout/

    It’s typical Obama to deflect blame to anything or anyone but himself. Obviously his base of black, student, Hispanic and cemetery voters stayed home.

    Comment by penny — November 5, 2014 @ 7:47 pm

  8. Hi @penny. Long time, no hear. I hope all’s well.

    Oh yes, he cannot shoulder any blame. He never fails: others fail him.

    My fear is that he will choose the Sampson option.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — November 5, 2014 @ 8:19 pm

  9. Thanks, Craig, for the welcome back. I’m doing fine.

    Yes, our infantile and narcissistic Empty Suit has made it clear he’s going to double down. In his mental landscape he believes he has a mandate from the 2/3rd missing voters in the midterm. Comedy gold. That concept was probably his handlers attempt to mitigate his ego injury which he then processed as reality.

    I advise everyone to google the old DSM IV. Go to “Cluster B” personality disorders and check off the applicable. Obama’s behavior is so predictable. Ever notice how lately Charles Krauthhammer(a psychiatrist) is inserting more psychiatry into his commentary.

    The election results made me feel that our grand republic is salvageable if the Republicans don’t go stupid on us.

    Comment by penny — November 6, 2014 @ 11:12 am

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