George Bush continues to be a more successful politician than Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. In addition to winning the Texas Governor’s Mansion twice, George Bush did something Barack Obama and Bill Clinton could not do — win the Presidency twice without seeing his party completely wipe out.
Certainly, in 2006, the GOP lost the Congress, but in 2002 and 2004, at both the state and federal level, the GOP held its own. Clinton oversaw the South shifting wholesale to the right. Now Barack Obama has overseen the Republican Party reasserting itself in New England where the media says the GOP cannot win and now in the rust belt and border state regions. Note to the press: border states is a reference to Civil War border states, not states along the Mexican or Canadian border.
Matt Bevin is the latest winner. Kentucky was a shining example for the Democrats of a place where moderate Democrats could hold their own and work to implement Barack Obama’s agenda. That came crashing down last night. Bevin has pledged to end Obamacare in the state. He also championed religious liberty against his liberal Democrat opponent. He has fought hard in coal territories and the GOP carpet bombed coal areas of Kentucky with attacks on the Obama Administration’s environmental policies.
What’s more, Bevin was able to consolidate the support of the GOP in Kentucky and win when so many counted him out. Most national pundits wrote him off, instead choosing to believe Democratic spin. National Republicans, initially inclined to walk away from the man who challenged Mitch McConnell, were impressed with Bevin’s willingness to build bridges.
Matt Bevin won in Kentucky. He won bigger than anyone expected. He owns this win. But it is again worth noting that nationally Democrats keep losing with Barack Obama as President. The public keeps rejecting the President’s party. They did it last night in Kentucky.
It’s only a matter of time before Democrats blame their losses on climate change in Syria.