1. President Obama: “We don’t have a strategy yet.” In late August, President Obama was finally ready to stop downplaying the threat of the Islamic State, labeling them a “cancer” that must be dealt with “so that it does not spread.” Unfortunately, while Islamic State fighters were barreling through Syria and Iraq for much of the year, the president and his team were sitting on their hands, leading to the embarrassing admission that he had no strategy to stop them. It was a careless remark that emboldened our enemies, made the U.S. appear weak, and made the White House appear amateurish.
2. Michelle Obama: “[I]ts not about the person on the ballot – it’s about you. And for most of the people we are talking to, a Democratic ticket is the clear ticket that we should be voting on, regardless of who said what or did this – that shouldn’t even come into the equation.” – The First Lady, speaking on TV One, a network aimed at black audiences, clearly implied that black voters shouldn’t worry about what candidates have done or said, they just need to vote Democrat. Mrs. Obama’s comments not only perpetuated the type of identity politics that have no place in modern democracy, they promoted a completely backward way of thinking about the importance of voting.
3. Hillary Clinton: “Don’t let anybody tell you it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs!” Apparently this is Ms. Clinton’s attempt to extend the “If you’ve got a business…you didn’t build that” line of thinking that President Obama tried out last year. And it went over about as well. As much as Democrats would like to sell Americans on the idea that government is the source of job creation, the fact remains that entrepreneurs, small businesses and corporations will forever be America’s job engines.
4. Rep. Keith Ellison: “This is a good thing….We might want to look at our work/life balance.” This dumbfounding statement follows on the heels of a report from the Congressional Budget Office showing that Obamacare will result in two million fewer workers by 2017. That happens because the law was written in a way that provides heavily subsidized insurance to people with low income and then removes those subsidies as incomes rise, which creates a disincentive for people to work more. There is no way to spin that as a positive. Discouraging able-bodied people from working not only perpetuates a cycle of dependence, it dramatically slows economic growth.
5. Don Cravins, Mayor of Opelousas, Louisiana: “If you early voted, go vote again tomorrow. One more time’s not going to hurt. Tomorrow we’re going to elect [Democrat] Earl Tayor as [District Attorney], so he won’t prosecute you if you vote twice.” – Ironically enough this endorsement of voter fraud happened in the same year that MSNBC host Joy Reid said that “[t]here are a lot of studies that show, literally you’re more likely to be beamed up into a UFO or struck by lightning than find in-person voter fraud.” Perhaps these two should talk. Better yet, maybe they should both stop talking altogether.
6. Rep. Nancy Pelosi: “Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if Republicans win the Senate.” As if that weren’t enough of a whopper, in the ame interview she goes on to claim that [f]ear is a motivator, and we are not fear-mongers. The Democrats are messengers of hope…” It takes an incredible master of spin to use one breath to say that voting for a Republican is hastening Armageddon while using the next to claim that she isn’t a fear-monger. Democrats’ attempt to dumb down the political debate by making Republicans look evil may have once been an effective political tactic, but now it just makes Democrats look utterly foolish.
7. Sen. Mark Pryor: “There’s a lot of people in the Senate that didn’t serve in the military. Obviously in the Senate we have all types of different people, all kinds of different folks that have come from all types of different backgrounds—and I think that’s part of that sense of entitlement that he gives off is that, almost like, I served my country, let me into the Senate.” First, belittling an opponent’s military service is almost never a good idea. Second, where does Pryor, whose only name recognition comes from the fact that his father was the governor of Arkansas and later was elected to the U.S. Senate, get off saying anything about entitlement? And third, what is it about an Arkansas farm boy who made his way to Harvard, graduated with a law degree, joined the army as an infantryman, volunteered for a tour in Afghanistan, and ended up working at McKinsey and Co. that says “entitled” to you?