Obama hands Republicans a campaign gift

Via Aaron Blake at the Washington Post. Red state Democrats have spent the past year pretending they’re actually conservatives, a thorn in Obama’s side. This, of course, has been a perfectly logical campaign tactic to localize their respective races by distancing themselves from Obama’s woefully unpopular administration and his equally unpopular policies. It’s unclear how successful they’ve been in this endeavor, but one thing that’s crystal clear is that Obama just made it that much tougher for them to sell this subterfuge. In a speech yesterday Obama said something that warmed the hearts of Republican candidates nationwide while leaving Democrat candidates scratching their heads:

The key bit, in case you missed it:

“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.”

Yep. I couldn’t have said it better myself. And, amazingly, Republican candidates were nimble enough to pounce on the gift Obama gave them.

Pat Roberts in Kansas:

Mitch McConnell in Kentucky:

Scott Brown in New Hampshire:

Blake suggests that this is only the beginning and I can’t see any reason to disagree with him. Hopefully similar ads will run soon in Iowa, North Carolina, Michigan, Colorado, Minnesota, Georgia, and every other state and Congressional District where Republicans have a chance.  President Narcissus can’t resist making everything about himself, and this time it’s going to cost him. On second thought, though, I doubt he cares. But those Democrat candidates frantically trying to distance themselves from the policies he insists are on the ballot sure do.  Every single one of them.



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