During a recent podcast interview with former senior adviser David Axelrod, President Obama said he was confident he could've won a third term if he were eligible to run:

“I am confident in this vision because I'm confident that if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could've mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it.”

We'll never know.

But what we do know is that during Obama's eight years in office, Democrats lost more than 1,030 seats in state legislatures, governorships, and the U.S. Congress — not to mention the 2016 presidential election.

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As reported by Daily Mail, comments by South Carolina state Senator Vincent Sheheen (D) — who lost two gubernatorial races to Nikki Haley — suggest that while Obama has won the presidency twice, his policies have crushed Democrats at state and local levels.

“What's happened on the ground is that voters have been punishing Democrats for eight solid years — it's been exhausting. If I was talking about a local or state issue, voters would always lapse back into a national topic: Barack Obama.”

In other words, Democrats have been a whole lot more supportive of Obama himself than of his agenda — and his results.

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Simon Rosenberg, president of Democratic think tank New Democratic Network, told Daily Mail: 'The backlash to the Obama presidency was perhaps bigger than any of us really realized."

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Three maps from a post-election Washington Post article illustrate the dominance Republicans now have over Democrats in state legislatures:

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As Democrats continue to lick their wounds following last month's election—while still arguing over who's to blame for Hillary Clinton's loss — the critical question is, where do they go from here?

Part of the answer is already clear — at least for now. According to a USA Today/Suffolk University poll conducted last week, Democrats want “someone entirely new” in 2020.

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Although President Obama will ride off into presidential history in little more than three weeks, his legacy is likely to be fiercely debated for decades to come.

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Prester James(6 likes)I don't think the, "It was him, not me" defense will fly. The Democrats, at every level, supported this  man's hideous agenda, from open borders to Islamic dominance to outright Hitlerian eugenics as "medical treatment."  They were agents of influence for the Soviet Union since the Communist infiltration of the labor movement in the 1930's, and have continued in that vein as corupters of our culture ever since. They have destroyed our public school systems, annihilated high-level epistemology on our college campuses and corrupted us personally with everything from a lying media to an entertainment industry based on pornography and sleaze, to laws legalizing mind-altering (and debilitating) drugs and a "politicaly-correct" environment that holds personal depravity and degradation up as an ultmate good. If they ever hope to bail themselves out of this, they will need to return to who they were at the turn of the century: genuine advocates for the little guy, instead of just riding on his back to power. They will also need to return to being pro-American, which will be a difficult matter since they are financed by post-American globalists who only view the United States as a place to raid until the lights go out.My hope is that, in two years, the Democrats, their Republican allies and their globalist masters will lose what influence they have left so we can return the country to stability and sanity.  It will take more than eight years: remember that George H.W. Bush managed to dismantle President Reagan's advances in just the first two years of his absurd globalist presidency.It took us fifty years to finally sink unto the cesspool we now inhabit. This election was more than just a second-wind: it was a rescue from imminent drowning. It will take a while for us to get actually clean, again. 
MohamadJ(5 likes)Not too difficult debating the shortcomings of the worst president in my lifetime.  Sheessh and   I have seen a few. I'm 74. This moron makes Jimmy Carter look like Ronald Reagan