Obama Warns Democrats to Avoid Repeat of 2010 Midterm Elections

At a fundraiser in California, President Obama lamented that Democrats tend to forget about the midterm elections, reminding supporters of the Republican sweep in 2010.

"During midterm elections, people don’t even know there’s an election -- don’t know who their congressman is, don’t know who their senators are," he complained. "And as a consequence, the other side tends to vote at higher rates."

Obama said that the Democratic electorate was "disproportionately" made up of the young, minorities, and single women. 

"So the midterms come around, and lo and behold we’re surprised when John Boehner is the Speaker of the House. Say, well, how did that happen? What happened to Nancy Pelosi?" he said. "What happened was you all didn’t work. That’s what happened. And then all kinds of -- stuff happened."

As the crowd laughed, Obama repeated himself. "That’s what it was -- stuff."

Obama also blasted Congressional Republicans for stopping his agenda.

"The truth of the matter is that the reason right now we don’t have a government that’s working for the American people is because the Republican Party has been taken over by people who just don’t believe in government," he insisted.

Obama accused Republicans of supporting an “anything goes” philosophy that believed in the idea of only a few people doing well, allowing polluters and companies to cheat consumers on their credit cards. 

“As a consequence, they have no interest in seeing anything work, the people they’re fighting for and working for, stuff is working for them just fine,” Obama said sourly. “And so they obstruct, and they obfuscate, and they bamboozle, and they sometimes don’t tell exactly what’s true.”


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