Columnist Charles Krauthammer argued that the 2014 election “is a referendum on Obama’s hyperliberalism” and “liberalism on trial” on Monday’s “Kelly File” on the Fox News Channel.
“This is a referendum on Obama’s hyperliberalism. In 2010 it was sort of aspirational. It was on legislation but it hadn’t been enacted yet. Well, now we are six years in and we see the results of Obamacare. We see the results of the stimulus, the worst recovery since the Second World War. We see the results of this kind of overreaching government, which at the same time is incompetent…and this isn’t only the party in government. This is the party of government. This is liberalism on trial” he declared.
Krauthammer also argued that attempts to downplay the meaning of the popularity of President Obama are evidence that Democrats will not do well, stating “I can assure you that if the Democrats pull off a miracle and do well tomorrow night, Josh Earnest is going to be up there on the podium on Wednesday saying ‘of course this was a national referendum on Obama and Obamaism.’ You say it isn’t if you know you’re going to lose.”
He also remarked “the Republicans have run a fairly gaffe-free campaign. the gaffes have been on the other side, particularly this sort of overreach in the war on women which has become almost a joke in a place like Colorado [and Louisiana]…it’s becoming sort of a joke, and remember in the past it was Republicans who made the gaffes on the women’s issue[s].”
Krauthammer concluded that one reason Republicans aren’t running away with more races is the fact that “they’re running against particularly good and pedigreed democrats. There are names, Begich in Alaska, Landrieu in Louisiana, Pryor in Arkansas. Udall is running in Colorado. And of course, in Georgia you’ve got Sam Nunn’s daughter and Jimmy Carter’s grandson. These are fairly good candidates, and the name carries a lot of weight.”
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