By Carmen Glover
On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., American citizens go to the polls to determine the balance of power in the midterm elections. At stake is the makeup of the US Senate, where the Democrats have a tenuous lead, entering the election, with six seats up for grabs. If political pundits and polls are to be believed, the Democrats are in for a bloodbath of loses in the Senate, House of Representatives and in local races across the land. This is expected generate more gridlock in Congress as the Republicans continue to stymie the President’s efforts to continue steering the country on the path of economic recovery.
In the months leading up to Election Day there has been a very curious phenomenon: With very few exceptions, Democrats have shunned President Barack Obama, refusing to be seen with him as they run briskly from him, his record and his oft-described “low approval rating.'” In fact, Kentucky Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes took almost two minutes to deliver a convoluted non-answer in a recent debate, when she was asked by the moderator if she had voted for President Obama. Citing her role as the Secretary of State, she described her job to ‘protect privacy’ at the ballot.
She then spoke about her right to privacy before providing more details in her painful, meandering response. At no point did it appear to occur to her to keep it simple with a firm: “Yes, no, no comment, or I choose not to disclose.” For her efforts, rightly or wrongly, she is trailing Mitch McConnell, who famously announced in 2008 that his number one priority in the Senate is to “make Barack Obama a one-term president,” a goal that he failed to achieve. In her advertisement she fires a shotgun then faces the screen and declares dramatically: “I am not Barack Obama.”
Emboldened by Lundergan Grimes’ abysmal performances and rigid determination to run from President Obama and his record of achievements, McConnell is expected to win his seat handily, with numbers-crunching guru Nate Silver predicting on November 2, that McConnell’s path to victory is 97 percent assured.
Lundergan Grimes’ antics makes it necessary to illustrate exactly which record she and other Democrats are trying hard to ignore. Among the incredibly successful record that President Obama has racked up in the face of Republican obstructionism and downright hatred due to his ethnicity are the following: Taking the country from recession and alarmingly high unemployment rates to presiding over continuous job growth and an unemployment rate of 5.9 percent versus the 7.3 percent rate he inherited from George W. Bush; passing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), often called ‘Obamacare’ which ensures medical coverage at affordable rates to citizens, signing an executive order in the early days of his presidency championing equal pay for women and rescuing the automobile industry in Detroit, Michigan, when pundits urged him to walk away.
Other victories achieved by the President include improving the Gross Domestic Product (GDP); presiding over declining gasoline prices which are now below $3 nationally; boldly speaking up in support of gun control in the midst of weekly murders of innocent children across the country; ridding the world of master terrorist Osama Bin Laden; fighting back against ISIS with airstrikes while holding firm in refusing to commit boots on the ground; keeping his word by pulling troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.
Also, President Obama has been specific in addressing the plight of Black and Latino males with his ‘My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative; restoring global respect for the country by embracing cooperation with foreign policy leaders and last but not least, conducting himself like a respectful, cooperative leader who tried more often than he should to reach across the aisle and foster cooperation with the Republicans who have been blinded by their racism and hatred to the point that they shut down the government a year ago rather than do their jobs because they feared handing the President a victory.
At least Senator Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana), has been honest in stating what many of her peers are thinking: because of his ethnicity, the President might not be treated as warmly in southern states such as her home state. Ironically, as the Democrats flee the President and his record of achievements, they are desperately trying to woo Black and Latino voters, who support the President in large numbers. If the Democrats lose as colossally as predicted, do they have anyone to blame but themselves for running from a record and a President that common sense indicates they should be proud to embrace?-OnPointPress.net.