Back in the 1960s, Woody Allen had National Review founder William F. Buckley on his show to talk about the modern political landscape. Allen, a liberal, sarcastically quipped that he wished the nation could have a completely conservative president in the White House, as it would forever turn the nation off from conservativism. Ironically, with Obama in the White House, the opposite appears to have now happened.
To summarize the facts from Jeff Greenfield at Politico:
Barack Obama took office in 2009 with 60 Democrats in the Senate—counting two independents who caucused with the party—and 257 House members. Today, there are 46 members of the Senate Democratic caucus, the worst showing since the first year after the Reagan landslide. Across the Capitol, there are 188 Democrats in the House, giving Republicans their best showing since Herbert Hoover took the White House in 1929.
Republicans hold 31 governorships, nine more than they held when Obama was inaugurated. In the last midterms, only one endangered Republican governor—Tom Corbett in Pennsylvania—was replaced by a Democrat. (Sean Parnell in Alaska lost to an independent.) Every other endangered Republican returned to office.
In 2009, Democrats were in full control of 27 state legislatures; Republicans held full power in 14. Now? The GOP is in full control of 30 state legislatures; Democrats hold full power in just 11. In 24 states, Republicans control the governorship and both houses of the legislature—giving them total control over the political process. That increased power at the state level has already led to serious consequences for Democrats, for their political future and for their goals.
So just how good is this for Republicans? As Greenfield puts it, Obama will have left the Democratic Party in “the worst shape since the Great Depression.”
For the first time we can finally utter the phrase “thanks Obama” without the slightest hint of sarcasm.
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