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Rich Lowry: Obama 'Resolute' but Clearly 'Played Out'

By    |   Thursday, 06 November 2014 09:01 AM EST

President Barack Obama is astoundingly unapologetic about his party’s walloping in the midterm elections, National Review Editor Rich Lowry writes in an article posted on Politico Magazine’s website. Instead, the president is "resolute in not showing a hint of self-deprecation or humility."

"He only gave a strong sense of disappointment — not at himself or his party, but at all those awful people in Washington who care about politics and image so much more than he does," Lowry writes.

"Notably, he made clear that the executive amnesty he put off until after the election is still imminent, despite the fact that Republicans vigorously campaigned against it and won. This ought to get the new era of bipartisan comity and productivity off with a real bang."

Faced with what most pundits characterize as a repudiation of Obama’s policies and decisions, the president has opted not to hear or accept that narrative, and instead projects an attitude of obstinate preeminence, as though he knows better than the electorate.

"Electoral rebukes of this magnitude usually cause some reaction in their recipients," according to Lowry. "An invigorating policy departure. A new tone. A surprising staff shake-up. The president made clear in his post-election news conference, it will be more of the same, only more so.

"Given multiple opportunities, he refused any memorable characterization of Tuesday night’s results, like thumpin' (George W. Bush after 2006) or shellacking (Obama after 2010). He wasn’t getting drawn into that game, although wallopin', spankin', thrashin' and whoopin' were all still available."

This despite the GOP having a large majority in both houses of Congress, more so than at any time since the 1920s, according to Lowry. Add to that 30 Republican governors, including the top job in the historically blue states of Maine, Massachusetts, Illinois and Maryland.

The GOP’s commanding victory has invigorated the party, which, according to Lowry, is "brimming with young, relatively new faces in national politics," including five "reformist governors … Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, Mike Pence, Scott Walker and three freshman senators, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio."

Meanwhile, the Dems are likely to nominate "by universal acclamation a 67-year old grandmother who has been a major fixture in national politics for more than 30 years," he said, referring to Hillary Clinton.

By doing so, according to Lowry, "they are betting that a restive public is really yearning for an old, familiar fixture who prominently served in the Obama administration."

Republicans, he said, must seize the next few years to "push a big, bold policy agenda that addresses the country’s economic discontents and sets the table for 2016," to show the American people they are energized and up to the task of reforming the country.

"The lesson of 2014 is that Obama Democrats are played out, and the mantle of the party of change and new ideas is there for the GOP’s taking," Lowry said.

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President Barack Obama is astoundingly unapologetic about his party's walloping in the midterm elections, and "resolute in not showing a hint of self-deprecation or humility," writes National Review Editor Rich Lowry.
Democrats, Obama, midterm lessons
Thursday, 06 November 2014 09:01 AM
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