Obama’s willing accomplices in the national media are saying the election tomorrow is about nothing. The Washington Post on July 25th said the 2014 midterms would be, “kind of—and apologies to Seinfeld here—an election about nothing.” The Daily Beast on August 25th: “America seems resigned to a Seinfeld election in 2014—a campaign about nothing.” New York magazine followed up the next day with what by then had become a cliché: The midterm election “has managed to earn a nickname from the political press: the ‘Seinfeld Election,’ an election about nothing.”
This is simply the media doing the usual in running interference for Obama. While it’s true the Republicans have until just the last couple of weeks been silent about their agenda either because they don’t have one, or because they think that being mum will get them less criticism, that still doesn’t make for an election about nothing. If the Republicans are too tongue-tied to explain why anyone should vote for them, people still have their own reasons for whether and how they vote. It’s never an election about nothing. This one especially can’t possibly be about nothing.
RNC chairman Reince Priebus has been all over the place in the last week promising that if Republicans take control of the Senate and keep the House they will use the power of the purse to stop Obama from illegally and unconstitutionally using his executive power to grant blanket amnesty to millions of illegals in the country. That’s certainly something. And there’s a lot more. Read on.
Obama himself has said that his policies are on the ballot tomorrow.
George will weighed in on the “election about nothing” meme on yesterday’s Fox news Sunday:
Now for the best I’ve found on what the election tomorrow is really about. Stephen Hayes writes in the Weekly Standard today that not only is tomorrow NOT going to be an “election about nothing;” it is going to be an election about everything:
Not only is this election not about nothing, it is being fought over exactly the kinds of things that ought to determine our elections.
It’s about the size and scope of government. It’s about the rule of law. It’s about the security of the citizenry. It’s about competence. It’s about integrity. It’s about honor.
It’s about a government that makes promises to those who have defended the country and then fails those veterans, again and again and again. It’s about a president who offers soothing reassurances on his sweeping health care reforms and shrugs his shoulders when consumers learn those assurances were fraudulent. It’s about government websites that cost billions but don’t function and about “smart power” that isn’t very smart. It’s about an administration that cares more about ending wars than winning them, and that claims to have decimated an enemy one day only to find that that enemy is still prosecuting its war against us the next. It’s about shifting red lines and failed resets. It’s about a president who ignores restrictions on his power when they don’t suit him and who unilaterally rewrites laws that inconvenience him. It’s about a powerful federal agency that targets citizens because of their political beliefs and a White House that claims ignorance of what its agents are up to because government is too “vast.” In sum, this is an election about a president who promised to restore faith in government and by every measure has done the opposite.
As even Barack Obama acknowledges, the upcoming election is about his policies and those elected officials who have supported them. It’s about an electorate determined to hold someone responsible for the policy failures that have defined this administration and the scandals that have consumed it—even if many in the fourth estate will not.
And it’s about time.
The pundits can try to cover for Obama all they want. We know better. Even Obama, it seems, knows better.