The Obama administration is dangerously close to causing a serious fracture within the Democratic Party. There is so much deceit, delusion and incompetence coming from this administration and Democratic Party leaders that rank-and-file Democratic candidates are becoming leery of being seen with President Obama and are exercising caution in signing on to administration initiatives, repeating its talking points or giving the White House the benefit of the doubt even on routine matters. Democratic candidates must be starting to feel as though it is every man or woman for himself or herself. Being a team player and a good soldier is not worth the risk.
In the past two weeks, we’ve seen vivid examples of how the administration and Democratic leaders are increasingly making it difficult for Democrats to continue sticking with the president.
In a now-routine Friday afternoon document dump, it was revealed that the Internal Revenue Service had, in fact, destroyed Lois Lerner’s hard drive and that the White House was aware of the impending increase in the number of illegal immigrants streaming across our borders – not just unaccompanied minors, but also “family units” – well before the crisis at the border had reached a boiling point. All of this came on the heels of the party faithful being left to mutter incoherently as they tried to explain the president’s absence from the border in favor of a photo op where he played pool and drank beer as the border situation worsened.
There is so much going wrong in Washington and around the world that it is easy for yesterday’s scandal to get lost in today’s crisis, while tomorrow’s incompetence will make everyone just tune out. Who says the White House doesn’t have a media strategy? The mainstream media couldn’t keep all this straight even if they wanted to hold this president accountable.
Recent comments from administration officials also highlight just how delusional the White House has become. Much has been written about this, but it deserves an exclamation point. A week ago, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that the president’s actions internationally have “substantially improved the tranquility of the global community.” And on “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry said, “The United States of America has never been more engaged in helping to lead in more places than we are now,” and then went asserted that we “ought to be proud of what this president has done in terms of peaceful, diplomatic engagement.” Sheesh, really?
Not to mention, the president and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) have recently made comments that are just plain indefensible. In a moment of crisis, as we learned that Flight 17 had definitely been shot down, the president bounded onstage at a political rally, made a weak, passing acknowledgement of the tragedy and never really broke from his canned campaign style. Reid said outright that “the border is secure” despite the opposite being the truth. These comments must have made Democrats cringe, and no doubt they will see them over and over in future GOP political ads.
Democrats on the ballot everywhere must be worried about the established pattern of deceit, delusion and tone-deafness – and rightly so. No candidate in a competitive race can repeat with a straight face what we have been hearing from the president and some of his allies.
Democrats can’t risk being seen with him, they can’t repeat what Obama says and they have no confidence that the administration is conducting business in a way that they can risk being associated with. At this rate, the president is going to have a lonely campaign season.
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