Saturday, January 09, 2016
Obama Herbert Hoovered the Democratic Party
Barack Obama came into the presidency as FDR. A Time magazine cover on November 24, 2008, made that clear.
He likely will leave the White House next year as Herbert Hoover. His party is shattered.
Republicans gained control of 85 of the 98 state legislative bodies, according to the Washington Post. Nebraska's legislature is nonpartisan.
"How many Democrats are we talking about? According to the NCSL data, there were 4,082 Democrats in state senates and state houses in 2009. In 2015, there were 3,163 -- a decrease of 22.5 percent," the Washington Post reported.
Liberals argue that usually a president loses support over his presidency. The big gains the president brings upon his election dwindle over time so that there is a net loss. Well, that is true to the extent that there is an ebb and a flow to politics. However, this goes beyond the ordinary and natural erosion of political power. The damage done is outside the range of normal political change.
In 2014, Obama turned the West Virginia Legislature over to the Republican Party for the first time in 82 years. Democrats had controlled the Senate for 82 years, and the lower house for 84.
Democrats received that four-generation control thanks to Herbert Hoover, whose political incompetence fundamentally transformed the state from staunch Republicanism into Wobbly World (Wobbly refers to the Industrial Workers of the World).
West Virginia was the most extreme case of Hooverism, but only because Reconstruction had already done in the 11 Confederate States, who would not begin turning Republican Red in the state legislatures until the onset of the second Bush presidency!
Despite left-wing propaganda, the fact remains that those states remained solidly Democratic for 30 years after passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (a restoration of the Civil Rights Act of 1875, which the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional in 1883). All but one of the 22 Democratic senators from those states who voted against the law remained Democrats. And of course klansman Bob Byrd from West Virginia (which had seceded from the Confederacy) became the leader of Senate Democrats.
It was not until 1994 that Republicans took control of the House after a 40-year hiatus. Indeed, from the 1930 election (under Hoover) until the 1994 election (under Clinton) Democrats controlled the House for 60 of those 64 years.
Since then, Republicans have controlled the House for 16 of the 20 years. And that is due to Hillary Clinton. Her takeover of the health system under Hillarycare was so repugnant that voters actually found out who their congressman is and voted him out.
Because the fact is, most Americans are satisfied and do not care about politics. Re-election rates in the lower house of Congress top 90 percent, and in the statehouses, people also usually serve until they tire of it. Such low turnover does not bode well for Democrats. The same forces that created a Southern bloc for Democrats has now created a Republican one that extends beyond the 11 Confederate states and secessionist West Virginia.
Obama fundamentally transformed American politics.
So did Hoover.