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What You Need To Know For Friday, December 19, 2014

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Jun 5, 2014

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Top Story: The Ascendant Lame Duck - Obama Seeks To Extend His Relevance

My Thoughts:  Normally, and especially after taking such a midterm shellacking, presidents become lame ducks who carry out their terms rather quietly.  This president, however, has never bothered himself with the welfare of his party or the notion of national consensus - let alone separation of powers. Obama obviously plans to continue to act unilaterally to drive his agenda and avoid losing relevance.

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My Election Predictions Report Card:

What Happened On Election Day: Obama was right.  He was not on the ballot but his policies were.

  1. Obama Was Not On The Ballot.  Obama wasn’t and, as a result, the Media, and his constituent voters did not come to his rescue.  In 2012, they could cover for a single candidate. In 2014, they couldn’t cover for the varied and weak Democrat candidates.
  2. Obama’s Policies Were On The Ballot. The Democrat Senators who lost their seats voted for - and therefore lost because - of Obama’s policies.  They couldn’t hide from the results of those bad polices and had to answer for their votes.
  3. And His Approval Ratings Were Too. There simply is no precedent for Senate candidates to run 8+ percentage points better than their sitting president. Obama’s bad ratings, which are a function of his bad policies, hurt the Democrat candidates.
  4. Democrats Bad Strategy.
    • They wasted big money - $50 million – trying to defeat Mitch McConnell.  There was no way in the 6th year of a bad presidency they were going to defeat an incumbent in conservative state hurt by presidential policies.  That was money they should have used elsewhere.
    • Wendy Davis? Really? 
  5. Democrats Bad Campaigning.
    • War on Women?  When the economy is bad social justice is not on the ballot 
    • Obama drowned them out.  The Democrats couldn’t get out from underneath Obama’s shadow.  His bad news drowned out their voices.
    • The Democrats made the gaffes this year.  When the Democrat candidates did get the national spotlight, too often it was because of a gaffe – like Mary Landrieu.  The Republicans, meanwhile, kept their nose clean for a change. 

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My TV Appearance on NewsMax:  What Obama Should Do About ISIS
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My Latest @ The Washington Times: The Obama Way: Litigation Not Leadership

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The Morning After: CA Post Primary Election Analysis for State Races

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Jun 4, 2014

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CA Post Primary Election Analysis:

  • Overall - The CA Top 2 Open Primary (pushed by Arnold and Abel Maldonado) wreaked its havoc June 3rd.  I fought against the measure because (1) it disenfrachises 3rd parties (they will have no one on the ballot this fall - meaning hundreds of thousands of 3rd party voters were disenfranchised by Prop 14 - Fla was decided by 35,000 chads), (2) Incumbents tend to do better because large primaries place a premium on $ and name ID, (3) It results in many Fall races with no choice between the parties (see below), and (4) lack of overall choice leads to less voter particpation.  The June 3rd results demonstrate just that.
  • 26 of the 80 CA Assembly seats have already been won by one party or the other (32.5% of the seats) 17 for Democrats/8 for Republicans - 2 more are possible for Democrats as the vote count continues. 14 of those 25 were uncontested races.

What You Need To Know For Tuesday, June 3, 2014

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Feb 3, 2014

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My Latest @ Forbes.com  Democrats Suffering From Issue Inequality  

"The real inequality this year, however, will be the lack of winning issues for the Democrats and their leaders’ blatant hypocrisy.  By contrast, there are several issues that strongly favor the Republicans - if they remain principled."

Top Story:  Furor & Anger Grows Over Obama Taliban Exchange

Bergdahl Messages Troubling - Pentagon Knew of Whereabouts - Didn't Want to Risk Anymore for Deserter

My Thoughts:  The Obama Taliban Trade will go down in infamy.  The 5 he gave back to them are among the most murderous of them all.  They will go back to that.  We will know of their carnage.  It is staggering to think anyone thought this was a "deal."

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Two Wrongs Don't Make a Good Foreign Policy

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Sep 3, 2013

Two Wrongs Don't Make A Good Foreign Policy

 A Way for the President To Make a Difference in Syria & Restore American Prestige  

by Thomas Del Beccaro

By all accounts, the President has mishandled Syria.  By extension, the United States has as well. The Syrian question highlights the difficulty of the post-Cold War era.  The world of foreign affairs is no longer a binary question of who to follow.  Indeed, the ability of the United States and the Soviet Union to control international events continues to diminish in the age of non-state terrorism.  [read more]