The Obama administration continues to prove that the world of politics is full of lies and deception. The latest example is Obama’s use of one of his many extreme—and highly unpopular—agendas to garner support for Democrats during the 2014 mid-term elections.
How would a Democrat president build support for a Democrat candidate for Congress via a highly unpopular agenda? Simple—by pushing the agenda frequently and publically. When potential voters have been angered sufficiently, vulnerable Democrats in swing states—or even traditionally conservative states—may then “take a stand” against the president’s highly unpopular agenda thereby creating a degree of separation from themselves and their party’s leader—all the while scoring political “bravery” points.
Such is the case with Obama’s unpopular environmental agenda—which includes power plant restrictions—and vulnerable Democrats from Republican-leaning states. Democrats representing coal and oil-rich states like West Virginia, Louisiana and Alaska haven taken to the twisted strategy. According to Reuters, candidates are “piling on the president and the Environmental Protection Agency for proposing restrictions that could cost jobs locally.” In turn, the Obama administration is “turning a blind eye to attacks from within the party, despite the importance of the regulations to Obama’s agenda and post-presidential legacy.”
Oh, the twisted world that is Obama’s politics.