The president has suffered a serious rebuke once in his life –when he lost to Bobby Rush in a race for the U.S. House in 2000. “He spanked me,” Obama said of that race, but many observers put the loss down to the sympathy the community felt for Rush after his son was murdered a few months before the voting. The president could easily have chalked up that defeat to a very unusual circumstance unrelated to himself.
Consultant Chris Sautter who worked on the Obama 2000 campaign, told NPR that the shooting, “washed away most of the negative feelings people might have had about Bobby Rush.”
“At that point it became clear that this was a pretty tall mountain to climb,” Sautter added.
In other words, it wasn’t really a rejection of Obama, just an embrace of Rush. The president may well believe he is invincible, and his judgment beyond question.
Right now though, the voters are rejecting Obama, and in decisive fashion. His judgment is not only questioned, but ridiculed. The rallies look large, but are they anything like 2008? His advisors are scurrying for the rope line off the sinking ship, and Velma Hart spoke for millions.
Joe Biden is just a man without a filter on an overworked brain, so he repeats whatever he just heard or said in private. Together their anger at the electorate tells you that there will be no changing course from this White House even if they get hammered on 11/2. They aren’t the “maybe they have a point” types.
If the GOP gains the majority, they will have to be prepared for an intransigent president, not the chastened Bill Clinton who reacted quickly to the blow out of 1994.