Love him or hate him, Barney Frank exits the stage next year. Yup. Blue state Barney Frank is not running for reelection in 2012. Frank is afraid he will lose in true blue Massachusetts or be diminished in Washington 2012. This is yet another example of poisonous death by Obama and the Obama coalition (which we have since 2007 called the Obama “situation comedy coalition”).
Obama worshiping apologists will scream that there is nothing to be learned from Frank’s flee from Washington. But really, does anyone think that if there was a chance for Obama Dimocrats to take back the House of Representatives that Barney Frank would be headed to the green pastures of Harvard University?
There is, and there will be, much talk of how Obama Dimocrats will keep the U.S. Senate and recapture the House of Representatives in 2012. Most of that talk will come from fools who are paid to spread manure or from bovine believers in buffoonery who eat the manure covered grass. Those in the know, like Barney Frank, know the gig is up while Obama is on top of the ticket:
“Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) is the 17th House Democrat to announce a retirement this cycle compared to seven Republicans.
And all of those Republicans are trying to win higher office.”
Less than half of those Dimocrats are running for other offices. But they all know that the House of Representatives in 2012 will be retained by the Republicans. As to the Senate, the only question is how very big a majority the Republicans will grab.
At his press conference today, the usually not retiring Barney Frank explained why 2012 – presumably when Mess-iah runs for reelection – does not get him all fired up and ready to go back:
“To my disappointment, the leverage you have within the government has substantially diminished.”
Frank also told reporters that his newly drawn district would have been an uphill battle for him.
“It would have been a tough campaign,” Frank said. “I would have a hard time justifying to myself to do it.” [snip]
Frank’s decision comes as a shock to the Massachusetts political world and to Washington – few thought Frank was a likely retiree.
In early February, Frank released a statement from his congressional office announcing he would seek reelection.”
By ” substantially diminished” “leverage” Frank means he is in the powerless minority on Capitol Hill. That he had previously announced he was running for office in 2012 means that Frank now has “No Hope” left of Obama Dimocrats coming back to power in the House or anywhere else. Whatever HOPE Frank had in February has been Obama-ized in NOvember.
All the talk about redistricting as the main reason for calling it quits? That’s rubbish. Frank remembers that in 2010 he had a tough fight for reelection against Sean Bielat and Frank further remembers that Scott Brown, Republican, is a Senator from Massachusetts. Frank’s calculus was why bother fighting a tough fight only to either lose the election or return in exhaustion to minority status in a Washington run by Republicans.
Barney Frank also understood that in a Washington run by Republicans – even if a political miracle happened and Barack Obama hooked and crooked himself to reelection – it would not matter at all. Barney Frank must know that Barack Obama is an incompetent corrupt boob comfortable in treachery. An Obama second term would only mean – at best – Republican legislation signed into law by a grinning jackass Obama.
The Barney Frank retirement has two other implications for the Obamination Dimocratic Party (via the Professor at Legal Insurrection):
“As more and more senior Democrats retire, the realization is sinking in that there is no next generation of Democrats.
The younger generation of Democrats in Congress was wiped out in 2010 (along with some senior Democrats as well). On the eve of the 2010 elections I wrote:
The Democrats face a political decapitation tomorrow.
Dozens of senior Democratic Party leaders in the House and Senate, and in Statehouses around the country, are likely to lose. Unlike Republicans in 2008, there is no next generation of Democratic leaders.
Who are the Democratic Party equivalents of Marco Rubio, Mitch Daniels, John Thune, Bobby Jindal, Paul Ryan or Eric Cantor?
The Republican Party has numerous rising stars. I cannot think of a single Democratic Party rising star.
The Democratic congressional problem remains the same. Democrats in Congress have lost both their past and their future.”
None of this is news to regular readers of Big Pink. Barney Frank is but the latest example of the death spiral. Obama killed the once great Democratic Party and now Obama is finishing off the abomination of his own creation – the Obama Dimocratic Party. Thanks Barack!
Remember when Obama “Asked how he was going to prevent a midterm disaster on the scale of 1994, Obama replied, “Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.” It wasn’t a promise, it was a death threat now fulfilled.
The other, most important lesson, from the Barney Frank retirement is one we have discussed so many, many times before. Yup. We’re talking about the great “Mistake In ’08” versus the powerful Hillary Clinton coalition.
We have written about that Obama coalition mess as the preferred demographics for a situation comedy on TV but not for a political party. Now, years later, the New York Times has decided to discuss The Future Of The Obama Coalition:
“For decades, Democrats have suffered continuous and increasingly severe losses among white voters. But preparations by Democratic operatives for the 2012 election make it clear for the first time that the party will explicitly abandon the white working class.
All pretense of trying to win a majority of the white working class has been effectively jettisoned in favor of cementing a center-left coalition made up, on the one hand, of voters who have gotten ahead on the basis of educational attainment — professors, artists, designers, editors, human resources managers, lawyers, librarians, social workers, teachers and therapists — and a second, substantial constituency of lower-income voters who are disproportionately African-American and Hispanic.”
We have noted so many times that the Republican victories of 2010 are directly attributable to the Obama situation comedy coalition. Senior citizens are not part of Obama’s clown posse situation comedy but seniors vote in great numbers in off year elections. The result in 2010 for Obama Dimocrats was destruction – or as the Professor states, a younger generation of Dimocrats decimated – Death By Obama Coalition.
These destructive acts were not an accident. This was deliberate policy. Donna Brazile (who was furious at us and Blackberried Hillary Clinton to shut us down) and David Axelrod let the sludge out of the bag. It was a deliberate policy of getting rid of the FDR/Bill Clinton/Hillary Clinton coalition in favor of the “creative class” occupying the situation comedy.
The Obama Coalition is designed only to help Barack Obama but it means death for any party associated with him.
Ruy Teixeira and “creative class” creeps like Chris Bowers demanded years ago that the FDR/ Clinton coalition be dumped in favor of the Obama abomination. We argued that the reason why the White Working Class has to be the foundation of the Democratic Party, or any party of the left or center was because the White Working Class keeps the party focused on economic issues that when addressed help the other members of the coalition as well. The New York Times catches up with us:
“The 2012 approach treats white voters without college degrees as an unattainable cohort. The Democratic goal with these voters is to keep Republican winning margins to manageable levels, in the 12 to 15 percent range, as opposed to the 30-point margin of 2010 — a level at which even solid wins among minorities and other constituencies are not enough to produce Democratic victories. [snip]
In the United States, Teixeira noted, “the Republican Party has become the party of the white working class,” while in Europe, many working-class voters who had been the core of Social Democratic parties have moved over to far right parties, especially those with anti-immigration platforms.
Teixeira, writing with John Halpin, argues in “The Path to 270: Demographics versus Economics in the 2012 Presidential Election,” that in order to be re-elected, President Obama must keep his losses among white college graduates to the 4-point margin of 2008 (47-51). Why? Otherwise he will not be able to survive a repetition of 2010, when white working-class voters supported Republican House candidates by a record-setting margin of 63-33. [snip]
Will the president hold sufficient support among communities of color, educated whites, Millennials, single women, and seculars and avoid a catastrophic meltdown among white working-class voters?“
As long as the White Working Class sees its future with the Republican Party the winning Democratic Party can never be resurrected (unless a plucky blond lady makes a move). Snub the White Working Class and the White Working Class will snub you. For that matter, snub senior citizens and senior citizens will snub you too. Snubbing the White Working Class also harvests economic incoherence. The Obama abomination machine is snubbing majority swaths of the country:
“As a practical matter, the Obama campaign and, for the present, the Democratic Party, have laid to rest all consideration of reviving the coalition nurtured and cultivated by Franklin D. Roosevelt. The New Deal Coalition — which included unions, city machines, blue-collar workers, farmers, blacks, people on relief, and generally non-affluent progressive intellectuals — had the advantage of economic coherence. It received support across the board from voters of all races and religions in the bottom half of the income distribution, the very coherence the current Democratic coalition lacks.“
What these “creative class” dummies who presume themselves to be “intellectuals” miss is that even if such a slapdash coalition can win the occasional election IT CANNOT GOVERN.
But governing is not the game these corrupt creeps are playing. What they want is power to benefit themselves in tawdry ways. Yes, they get bigger offices, there will be more lobbying job slots open to them, Big Media will invite them to gabfests. But by cobbling together these crazy quilt coalitions they cannot govern.
But they don’t care about governing, they only care about themselves. That is the real Obama coalition – selfish narcissists who imagine they are smart and snub their betters.