These days, even the Huffington Post has to face observable reality … at least once in a while.
The liberal website’s senior politics editor, Sam Stein, appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday to talk about the recent riff between President Obama and Donald Trump, but much of his criticism was leveled at the current president for leaving his party in “a much worse position” than before he took office in 2009.
Considering President Obama’s insistence that he would have won against Trump “as much a dig at Clinton as it was Trump,” Stein said, “You look at the destruction of the Democratic Party under Barack Obama’s leadership and you have to wonder, what was the political — what were the electoral benefits that he gave to the party?”
“He leaves them in a much worse position,” Stein said. “The states are decimated, they lost control of the House and Senate, the governorships are decimated.”
Thanks to this, Donald Trump’s party will control both houses of Congress when he assumes office January 20. Democrats, who had control of Congress in 2009, lost the House in 2010 and the Senate in 2014, all under Obama’s leadership. Dems also control both state houses in only five states, Delaware, Oregon, Rhode Island, California, and Hawaii, according to The Hill, while the GOP holds governorships in 33 states and both legislative chambers in 32.
Even Kellyanne Conway seemed surprised at the frank admission from the HuffPo exec:
Whoa again. https://t.co/yTTNeJSuVb
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) December 29, 2016
“[Obama] is obviously a gifted candidate. He won election twice by substantial margins,” Stein concluded. “But his legacy as a politician is a bit muddied by all that.”
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