Democratic losses in the age of Obama, by Jay Cost.
What makes Obama unique is the magnitude of his party’s defeat. When he entered office, he and his party had broad control of the government. When he leaves office in two months, the opposition will have broad control of the government. That is quite extraordinary. In fact, during the postwar era, no two-term president has lost more U.S. House seats and state legislative seats than Obama. …
Obama seems to have given big government a bad name. When he was elected in 2008, the exit poll found that 51 percent of Americans thought the government should do more, compared with 43 percent who thought it should do less. But in 2016, after eight years of Obama, the exit poll found that 45 percent thought the government should do more, compared with 50 percent who thought it should do less.
While people still like Obama, they haven’t much cared for his policies — and time and again they have taken their frustrations out on his fellow partisans. Those hardy Democrats who have managed to survive the party’s annihilation during the Obama years may think twice before asking him to jump into the political fray after he retires.
Yet Obama himself remains popular. Must be all that racism.