Obama and the ’09 Elections

By Robert Wallace
America’s Right

Evan Maloney has a great write-up on Brain Terminal about the connection between Obama and the failed Democratic campaigns for governor in New Jersey and Virginia. His main point is that Obama was much more closely linked to the losing campaigns than anyone in the White House will now admit:

Even before the election, White House spinners were claiming that Democratic defeats would not reflect poorly on Obama…

In fact, in both states, the losing Democrats aligned themselves so closely with Obama that a quick glance at their campaign materials might lead you to think that they were running to become Obama’s vice president.

Campaign photos and ads from both the gubernatorial contests in both New Jersey and Virginia really go a long way towards making Maloney’s point. Take a look:

He and all the other observers who have called the Obama PR machine on their self-defensive spin cycle are absolutely right. But there’s also something they are missing.

The fact is that, in this case, the spin is actually worse than the truth. Just ask yourself this question: What does it say about Team Obama that the best message they can come up with is that their brilliant, transformative leader is completely, totally, and unquestionably irrelevant?

Robert Wallace is classical liberal studying economics in graduate school. He and his wife work as business analysis consultants, and they live as undercover conservatives with their two small children in a socialist bastion of a college town. He has been writing for America’s Right since December 2008.



  1. Gail B says:

    But if the Democrats HAD WON, Obama/Soetoro would have been gloating over the victories! The spin would have been entirely different.

    Same old pattern: If it doesn't look good for Obama/Soetoro, he distances himself from it. If it does look good, he takes all the credit.

    Obama/Soetoro's vehicle is running with a flat tire!

    Thank you, Robert–this piece makes how the O-machine runs very clear. It also makes it clear that We the People want change we can BELIEVE in!

  2. T.I.M. says:

    I don't think Obama was completely irrelevant, with comments like Corzine's "I'm with Obama, that's all you need to know". But he definitely asserted his position as Narcissist-in-Chief, attending rallies for a governor, baring campaign signs putting himself on top of the ticket.

    As an aside, with Barack clearly the "Speaker in da House" — while Nancy is regularly absent from her chair in Congress, will Mz. Pelosi now demand respect as "Madame President"?

  3. Rix says:

    I think nothing can be said today of the Team Obama that the people don't know: they are a rabid bunch of liberal radicals, tax evaders and criminals with a strong God complex and not a iota of patriotism or common sense. America's true anguish, however, is that about 40% of its citizes don't see a problem with it as long as their troughs are filled and their egos massaged.

    Oh, and the first of the pictures should have a different slogan:


  4. Anonymous says:

    Irrelevant, in a record 12 months,

  5. sharon says:

    yeah, I like how he uses the flag now. I guess he is paying attention to the tea party movement.

  6. Ryan says:

    The elections sent a strong message for change. As for the Obama link, in some part they were a rejection of his endorsement. On the flip side the NYC election was much closer than anticipated, and they might as well have put Obama's head on the Dem's body in those ads. NJ and Va were not having it though, it didn't matter who showed up.

  7. Illinois Knows says:

    But according to Pelosi, they won on Tues. Oh yeah, another irrelevant government official.

  8. StephanieAnn says:

    Some are hoping the GOP sweeps will send a message to Obama to move faster on his promises: http://www.newsy.com/videos/gubernatorial_victories_could_be_big_for_republican_party

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