The 2012 presidential election is in the history books and it didn’t turn out as many of us had hoped. As a result, we are just beginning the second term, another four years, of Barack Obama as President. I know I am not the only conservative who has groaned with impatience at the thought of four more years with Obama in the White House. I have seen that feeling expressed at more than a few conservative blogs and websites. I have heard it expressed by my friends and coworkers. All in all, we are not looking forward to the next four years and are anticipating 2016, when we can hopefully defeat the Democrats and return a conservative to the house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Therein lies a danger that we may not fully realize. There will be an election before we make it to 2016; the mid-term elections in 2014. It is becoming very clear that the Democrats are not focusing on 2016, but rather are turning their attention to winning the House in 2014. However unlikely it may seem, they are marshaling their forces are beginning the fight to hand the Republicans yet another defeat in 2014.Erika Johnsen calls it the “six-year itch”.
(Hot Air) For President Obama to have any hope of enacting any of his grandiose ambitions via legislation, getting rid of that pesky House Republican majority is going to be clutch — hence his sudden willingness to partner up with and fundraise for the Democratic campaign committees and finally act like a team player. It’s a long row to hoe, but the Democrats are at least sending out optimistic signals with the promise of the president’s popular support.
The fundraising for Obama’s nonprofit advocacy group is already well underway, with Team O courting his major campaign bundlers to keep the cash flow going strong — and part of the effort to get Democrats elected in the midterms will include keeping ground support mobilized and maintaining popular enthusiasm for Obama’s agenda in just the way that his erstwhile campaign machinery knows how.
It is a well-known fact that the Democrat Party and the Obama team hasn’t played well together. Some Democrats have accused President Obama of being disconnected from the process. While that may have given conservatives some small measure of respite, that seems about to change. Egads, they are planning to work together to win the House back in 2014.
(Politico) The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee expects that President Barack Obama will wield his national political machine on behalf of House Democrats in the 2014 campaign… DCCC Chairman Steve Israel wrote in a memo to his fellow lawmakers Friday. …
Israel stops short of pledging that the party will win the House, instead predicting his committee is on track to “continue defeating Republicans and to send the tea party to the dustbin of political history.” …
“In 2012, President Obama was completely focused on his own re-election, as he should have been. But for 2014, he will be able to focus on Congressional races, and he has already made early commitments that are unprecedented and transformational. President Barack Obama has agreed to eight events just in 2013 for House Democrats, with additional support from Vice President Biden and other surrogates,” Israel writes. “In addition, OFA’s ground game, which was a vital part of the Obama campaign’s success in 2012, will now be focused on Congress — energizing the critical ‘New American Electorate’ that we need to keep engaged through the 2014 elections.”
Make no mistake, the last thing we need is for Nancy Pelosi to assume the role of Speaker of the House in 2015. Simply put, that’s a nightmare waiting to happen. Remember what happened in the first two years of the Obama presidency? One word, Obamacare. We are now seeing the Democratic labors of those first two years coming to fruition and it does not bode well for America. If the unthinkable happens and the Democrats win the House in 2014, we are in for a world of hurt. If Obama managed to push his agenda for healthcare so effectively in his first two years in office, helped by his liberal majority in Congress, stop and think. Without the worry of another reelection campaign, topped off with the Democrats in control of Congress once again, his last two years in office would be a complete disaster for America.
I’m not saying all of us are asleep, but to anyone who may be resting on their laurels, waiting for 2016, do the math. 2014 comes before 2016 and it could be ultimately more important to the future of America. We would all do well to take heed to the danger that lurks in 2014.