At the Atlantic, Peter Beinart consoles fellow liberals that the GOP only won the Senate because the party finally embraced moderates. And, in what seems a common theme from other liberal rags, states: "The GOP brand remains terrible, and the party still faces huge challenges in winning the younger, Hispanic and female voters it needs to reclaim the White House."
The New York Times cites several Democrat sources as variously saying that the results weren't Obama's fault because he had been sidelined from campaigning, that Obama is going to be aggressive, and closing with:
Anita Dunn, a former White House adviser to Mr. Obama, noted that voters in polls on Tuesday were just as negative about Republican leaders as they were about Mr. Obama. In the end, she said, voters were eager not for more failure but for progress by both parties.William H. Frey crows at Salon: "Enjoy it while it lasts! GOP base is still white and aging." "Kos" at the Daily Kos takes a similar stance, while blaming low turnout among Democrats.
Jim Newell, also writing at Salon, thinks that Obama should not try to work with Republicans, stating:
If the administration sees the outstretched arms of Mitch McConnell as something more than the mirage that it is, then it’s going to delay, or go small, on executive action for immigration. And it won’t try to push through too many confirmations before the end of the year. It will be all about not hurting Republicans’ fee-fees ahead of the next Congress’ brief legislative window.
But if the administration has its head screwed on right, the rest of the year will be active. President Obama and his aides will push Harry Reid to confirm whoever they need confirmed for the next two years: an attorney general replacement, a surgeon general (if anyone still cares about that), judges, ambassadors, undersecretaries of everything for every policy. They will try to get it all done before the holidays. And President Obama will keep his promise to immigration activists and take the extraordinary executive action on deportations that’s expected.
President Obama has to get done whatever else he can get done with his authority and the last days of a Democratic Senate, and he’s going to have to give up on the hope of adding anything else to his legislative legacy as president. Leave it to Hillary Clinton and the seven dwarves running against her to determine the future of the Democratic legislative agenda. Because the next two years are going to be a continuation of the Dark Ages in lawmaking, and there’s not much use in pretending otherwise.Jed Lewison at the Daily Kos seems to agree, urging Obama to not cooperate with the Republicans, but to exercise his veto, do what he can do with executive orders, and force the Republicans to shut down the government. Ditto for Katrina vanden Heuvel at The Nation.
Stephen Stromberg, at the Washington Post, gripes that Republicans did not deserve to win because the Republican congressional members did not buy in to every hair-brained liberal on major issues from amnesty to "global warming." (I'm paraphrasing).
Here is my thoughts on the demographic issue. The population as a whole is aging, not only because of fewer children, but also because of longer life expectancy. So, all those old voters that the Liberals hate will be around a long time, and be joined by more voters that will become more conservative as they age.
I think we may be seeing the beginning of the end of a solid Democrat voting bloc from minorities. Not just because the Republican party seems to be attracting more minority politicians, but because there was the beginning of a backlash from Blacks. I think that Blacks may be starting to figure out that the Democrats are simply using them to win elections, but have no concern for their well being, and will be less motivated to vote in the future. This may just be a passing matter, but it should be concerning to Democrats.
The Democrats hope to replace their Black base with a Hispanic base. But I suspect that the Hispanic base will not be the monolithic voting bloc that the Democrats believe it to be.