Despite the Democratic Party’s 2010 election “shellacking,” President Obama recently asserted that the election had nothing to do with ideology. He said, “It would be unwise to assume [that American voters] prefer one way of thinking over another.” This attitude is consistent with the president’s previous actions and statements. He still doesn’t understand that the public is outraged at what Victor Davis Hanson, in National Review, called his “EU-socialist agenda,” that their anger stems from his so-called solutions, radical political appointees, and his health care reform program that threatens to bankrupt the nation, not — as he famously contends — from him not delivering “change” as fast as he promised. In fact, he views the election primarily as a message to Republicans to be more bipartisan and cooperative; to date, he has never acknowledged that voters repudiated his policies and the direction in which he wants to take the country.
John Podhoretz in his Commentary article, “The Liberal Crisis,” however, points out, “More than 750 elected Democrats (or positions held by elected Democrats) from the House to the Senate to governors’ mansions to state legislatures were ousted from office in the largest and deepest partisan rout in American history.” He added, “You have to go back 37 national elections to find a larger number of Republicans in the House. You have to go back 82 years to find as many Republicans in state legislatures.”