As the country finds itself the most divided it’s been in years, the man who promised to unite us is trying to patch the same coalition that propelled him into office back together as the 2010 midterm elections approach.
Obama released a video to supporters, specifically singling out "young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women who powered our victory in 2008.”
These are demographics that Obama, ever the serial campaigner, has largely ignored since taking office. As I wrote in the New York Daily News in February, “Obama…made a mistake by not interacting with the folks who propelled him into power after Nov. 3. By the time he engaged them (in February 2009), he was asking for money, not their support in pushing his agenda.”
They are also groups that did not make a showing in the elections in Virginia, Massachusetts and New Jersey, forcing many of us in the punditry world to question whether or not Obama be an effective tool for anyone in his party, other than himself. But it wasn’t that he just didn’t interact with these groups – one could argue he did. Between the dozens of speeches on health care and campaign-like push for his policies, his approval ratings among all Americans – including these groups – took a hit to an all-time low.
In short: it wasn’t that he didn’t converse with these groups, it was that he did and the message didn’t resonate.
The disappointment isn’t just that the president constantly has politics on the brain (most politicians do). It’s that he’s mocked other key voting blocs (tea partiers) and sidelined others (seniors, with the slashing of Medicare reimbursements in the health care reform bill) when he’s supposed to be representing everyone, not running for office yet again with a polarizing message push.
Now with the release of this video, if there ever was a doubt that the post-partisan age of Obama was a farce, this cements it. The man who was supposed to preside over – as he stated – not the red states or blue states but the United States, is aiming to divide us even more for political gain, sadly but unsurprisingly, one critical voting block at a time.
Andrea Tantaros is a FoxNews.com contributor and conservative columnist. Follow her on Twitter @andreatantaros.
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