Barack Obama has been a great party builder.
When Obama took office, Republicans held 41 seats in the Senate.
When he leaves office in one month, Republicans will hold 52.
When Obama took office, Republicans held 178 seats in the House.
When he leaves office in one month, Republicans will hold 241. (OK, technically 238 as there will be three vacancies with the appointments of three House members to the Cabinet, which rises from one Republican in 2009 to 15 Republicans next month.)
State legislatures have flipped Republican, as have governorships. Democrats had 28 Democratic governors when he took office. That will fall to 17 next month.
Obama did not do this alone. The political sclerosis of the Democratic Party and the failure of its policies to make life better for the middle class and expand their ranks brought the party down.
But let that be a warning to Republicans. They must deliver on President Trump's promises, or face obliteration in two years.
From the Hill:
"That's part of what makes me optimistic about our future because I know those young people are out there ready to lead," he said, "and when they start moving into more and more positions of authority, then I think the issues that I care most deeply about are going to be well served."
When asked if he wanted to be a "talent scout," Obama said he also hopes to be "a coach" and "a friend."
"Somebody who can build on the incredible work that has already been done by young people," he said, "and that to a large degree was responsible for getting me elected."@@@
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