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October 18, 2010

Obama: Dems Are Losing Because Voters Are Irrational, Cowardly

Over the weekend, while fundraising in Sean Bielat's area...

President Barack Obama said Americans' "fear and frustration" is to blame for an intense midterm election cycle that threatens to derail the Democratic agenda.

"Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we're hardwired not to always think clearly when we're scared,” Obama said Saturday evening in remarks at a small Democratic fundraiser Saturday evening. “And the country's scared.”

Obama told the several dozen donors that he was offering them his “view from the Oval Office.” He faulted the economic downturn for Americans’ inability to “think clearly” and said the burden is on Democrats “to break through the fear and the frustration people are feeling.”

“You can respond in a couple of ways to a trauma like this,” Obama said, referring to the economy. “One is to pull back, retrench and respond to your fears by pushing away challenges, looking backwards. Another is to say we can meet these challenges and we are going to move forward. And that’s what this election is about.”

Most Democrats believe this, or some variation of it; but 90% of office-holders do not say it. They do not give in to their angry id and impugn voters' judgments over the sin of deeming their failures to be actual failures.

Bill Clinton tended to avoid this almost always.

But Obama is different. He believes this deeply, and furthermore, he has such an ego that he feels he'd be demeaning himself to suppress his true beliefs.

He won't lower himself to your level -- it's that simple. Clinton would, Obama won't.


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