Let’s start with a few “givens”:
* Barack Obama — as many, including Charles Krauthammer, have noted — is a narcissist;
* Democrat Senate candidates — including Allison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky — are trying hard to keep their distance from an unpopular president;
* Obama keeps undermining those desperate distancing efforts.
A couple weeks ago, as Western Journalism reported, President Obama declared that, while he wasn’t on the ballot in the midterm elections, his policies were. And as predicted, GOP candidates soon launched ads using that comment to tie his or her Democratic opponent to a president whose approval ratings have been sinking fast.
And now, in an interview with MSNBC’s Al Sharpton, Obama appears to have done it again — handed Republican ad makers more powerful ammunition for political spots that shoot down the notion of Democrats’ distance from a toxic party leader.
Essentially, Obama tells Sharpton — and the Rev. Al tells the world — that Obama and his allies running for Senate seats in tough races are hiding the truth and fooling voters.
The president tells Sharpton what he supposedly told the candidates who he claims truly stand with him on all major issues: “you do what you need to do to win.”
For a president so many supporters argue is smart and savvy and politically astute, this kind of double-down move linking himself to Democrats clearly trying to uncouple their campaigns from Obama’s policies — this sort of apparent sabotage raises a reasonable question:
Does Barack Obama really want the Republicans to win control of the Senate?
At first blush, this question might seem ludicrous…but take a moment to ask yourself:
Would GOP control of Capitol Hill give Obama the excuse he wants to justify a two-year blitz of executive orders? A non-stop barrage of executive actions he could say are necessary to counter GOP resistance to continuing “hope and change?”
You can watch the jaw-dropping Obama interview with Al Sharpton by clicking on the video above.
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