(by Garth Kant, WND) -- WASHINGTON – The criticisms are stinging rebukes, the sort of partisan jabs and vitriol typically heard before a crucial election.
The following quotes sound like what one would expect from Republicans, especially with control of the Senate hanging in the balance Nov. 4.
Except, these broadsides launched against President Barack Obama don’t come from Republicans. They all come from Democrats.
- “It may be that President Obama’s disastrous leadership will be the wake-up call we needed.”
- “Let me tell you, the White House, when they look down the front lawn the last person they want to see coming is me.”
- “Our president is so disengaged. I mean, it’s all pizza and, you know, pool and political cash. He has checked out as being president, as a leader.”
- “Particularly for women, I don’t think he makes them feel safe.”
- (“The Obama administration) protected Wall Street. Not families who were losing their homes. Not people who lost their jobs. And it happened over and over and over.”
- “I voted against every budget that President Obama has offered.”
- “That mission (taking out ISIS) has been lost.”
- “We’re not supposed to start a war without Congress.”
- “The administration’s policies are simply wrong, when it comes to oil and gas production in this nation.”
- “No,” when asked if Obama had shown strong leadership.
- “(Obama) has no sense of gratitude, no sense of loyalty, no sense of even courtesy, (no) sense of decency.”
Representing a broad range of Democrats, the quotes come from six senators, a congresswoman, a columnist, a magazine editor, a pollster and an academic.
They are far from alone.
In fact, the ever-expanding list of those criticizing Obama includes his own former Cabinet members, his former senior adviser, talk-show hosts, anti-war activists and even two former Democrat presidents.
Obama’s spectacular fall from grace is evidenced by the about-face of so many of his supporters.
In 2009, Newsweek’s then-Editor at Large Evan Thomas anointed Obama as “sort of God.”
This month, Newsweek said: “[T]he president remains a drag for his party. He’s barely been invited to campaign with members. His role in the race is as a punching bag for Republicans and as an off-camera fund-raiser for Democrats.”
The president’s approval rating began to nosedive at the start of last year and now has been abysmal for months. Obama has fallen from a 69 percent approval rating when he took office in January 2009 to 38 percent in September. He is now mired at 41.7 percent.
Even before the sharp drop in the polls, troubled waters began roiling the Democratic Party.
Released in June, the book “Blood Feud” chronicled the deteriorating relationship between the Democrats’ two royal families, the Obamas and the Clintons.
With words that could hardly be more damning of the president, Bill Clinton reportedly said, “I hate that man Obama more than any man I’ve ever met, more than any man who ever lived.”
Not stopping there, Clinton allegedly added, “I have no relationship with the president – none whatsoever,” and, “I really can’t stand the way Obama always seems to be hectoring when he talks to me.” A spokesman for the former president denied the accuracy of the quotes, but Clinton himself apparently has never disputed them in public.
And now, with former Obama administration officials protecting their legacy and with so many Democratic careers on the line in the election, the floodgates appear to have opened.
By WND’s count, more than 35 Democrats have openly broken ranks with the president, one way or another. Some of the criticisms are expressed with a detached reserve while others blast the president with a stunningly passionate fervor.