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User Poll: Who should Democrats blame for their losses?

It happened. For the third election in a row, Americans kicked a political party out of power. Now that the 2010 midterms are over and Democrats have lost control of the House of Representatives and a handful of Senate seats, we have to ask:

How did this campaign season influence the way you voted in the election? And who should the Democrats blame for their losses? Answer in the comments, by using the poll below or by tweeting us your answer using #electionrecap.


Update: Your Twitter responses are after the poll below.

MORE: Your guide to the Democratic blame game

@washingtonpost voted based on performance! Enough said.. #electionrecapless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

#electionrecap No swing.Since bailouts, I have been appalled at complete disregard for Constitution & the democratic process of Dems.less than a minute ago via yoono

@washingtonpost I voted for Dems exclusively as I would like to see greater investment in education. #electionrecapless than a minute ago via TweetDeck

#electionrecap this campaign season made it clear 'drama queen' nation exists in America w/GOP Tea Party emergence; voted to counter that.less than a minute ago via web

@washingtonpost I also voted for Dems because people need a leg up right now & Dems are nicer to the down-trodden. #electionrecapless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

@washingtonpost I don't vote for extremes. Regardless of D or R, I vote for who will do the best job. Few of my guys won. #electionrecapless than a minute ago via web

@washingtonpost #electionrecap > I was more inclined to vote middle this year compared to left middle in 2010.less than a minute ago via web

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The Cheney Administration. They made this mess, from the phony WMD war, the Wall Street Bubble, tax subsidies for the rich. We'll never dig out of the permanent mediocrity they have created through destruction of the American economy. Imagine! When they came into power, the major economic concern was what to do about the growing surplus! They fixed that problem, for sure!

Posted by: frodot | November 3, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats do not have a real party leader. They let the Republicans and Tea Party people lead, and change, the public opinion in this election. The Republicans were able even to turn public opinion against the very health care program the people mandated of their President.

Of course, Obama should be the Party leader. But he did not come up through the political ranks. He did not develop political loyalties. And he is really not a politician anyway. He was elected because he was new, fresh, and an outsider to Washington.

And those who voted for him did it only in the moment of the heat of their collective, Facebook, passion for him. Which, of course, would dissipate almost as quickly as it came.

Really, next to the Democratic Party machine that isn't, the voters are the problem. And that's what you get when you have kids, and kindred spirits, voting for you.

Posted by: paultaylor1 | November 3, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Daniel Snyder.

Posted by: bal503 | November 3, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Remember the town hall meetings from summer before last? The Democrats in the House were warned in no uncertain terms that if they pushed ObamaCare through, they would be defeated in 2010. They pushed it through. They were defeated in 2010.

It's not rocket surgery.

Posted by: jdadson

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You have a funny definition of "defeat."

The Senate is still Democrat. High profile conservatives like Sharron Angle, Christine O'Donnell, Joe Miller, Ken Buck, Meg Whitman, and Carly Fiorina were defeated.

Not exactly a route.

Posted by: arancia12 | November 3, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

There wasn't an option to check "All of the above that are Democrats... Plus utter stupidity of said Democrats."

Posted by: Hawaiian_Gecko | November 3, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

I blame the blue dog democrats, so I guess that means I blame Rahm. The blue dogs somehow thought they should have a powerful voice, abused the party and the president and THEN didn't even get reelected. They were a much bigger heartache then they were worth. Good riddance blue dogs. God bless the yellow dogs...now if they would only "man up."

Posted by: Reader4 | November 3, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Remember the town hall meetings from summer before last? The Democrats in the House were warned in no uncertain terms that if they pushed ObamaCare through, they would be defeated in 2010. They pushed it through. They were defeated in 2010.

It's not rocket surgery.

Posted by: jdadson | November 3, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi and Obama are the obvious choices, (in that order), but the prize goes to the innumerable faceless bureaucrats, lobbyists, and union lawyers who wrote ObamaCare. But then, if the Dems had not pushed it through despite the multitudinous and vocal public opposition, the bill would just be 2400 pages of recyclable trash. On second thought, blame Pelosi after all. She was warned.

Posted by: jdadson | November 3, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

The entire congress of the United States. A group of pampered, celebrity-esque egomaniacs who care only about private planes, 5 star restaurants and the next election cycle.

Posted by: wolfnotsheep | November 3, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I blame Nancy, the lama lover. The sight of her holding Dalai Lama's hand two years ago was so sickening. She should just go to India to meet up with her lover old boy and continue their reincarnated love affair.

Posted by: Maersk | November 3, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

The poor state of the economy and the longevity of the recession is to blame along with the impatience and, in many instances, the desperate state of many Americans is the root cause of all this political turmoil.

Posted by: fram1 | November 3, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

A tie between Rupert Murdoch and John Roberts. I don't know how much money, and from where, Rove, Koch bros and others were able to pour into this, but it's clear that they felt that they needed it.

Posted by: bethechangeyouwant | November 3, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

A tie between Rupert Murdoch and John Roberts. I don't know how much money, and from where, Rove, Koch bros and others were able to pour into this, but it's clear that they felt that they needed it.

Posted by: bethechangeyouwant | November 3, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Dems lost because they are political cowards and the millions of dollars in GOP attack ads lying about everything from the deficit, to HC.

The Dems should have taken the fight to the GOP, whose record during 2001-2006 is pathetic and many of their policies led to the economic collapse

Posted by: dwdave67 | November 3, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

It takes longer than 18 months to undo what the Republicans did to this country for 8 years. This president should have the same number of years as the previous president to fix the Republican-generated problems.

Posted by: Hoss3 | November 3, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Democrats create the down trodden.
When the Fed over taxes, charity loses donations.

Posted by: dottydo | November 3, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

The Dems lost because they allowed the regressive party to bully them. If you can't fight for what you believe in; then what do you believe in that's worth fighting for?

Dems were sissy's. They had it and they lost it.

Posted by: topwriter | November 3, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

I blame the Supreme Court’s decision to allow corporations the power to buy votes, the $8 billion they pumped into the campaigns, the Koch brothers, the Chamber of Commerce, Rupert Murdock, and the media bias of Fox, CNN, Washington Post and the far-right pundits who have been lying for so long that they don’t even know what’s real anymore. The next two years will be chapter two in the Book of No, The Death of Democracy. And for those of you who will reply that the voters of America have spoken, I say to you that the powers that caused our current woes are really the ones who have spoken. While they get rich from the ignorance of a nation, we will witness the decline of what used to be a great country. So celebrate your meager wins today. For tomorrow, our decent begins.

Posted by: JD76 | November 3, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

I blame the Supreme Court’s decision to allow corporations the power to buy votes, the $8 billion they pumped into the campaigns, the Koch brothers, Rupert Murdock, and the media bias of Fox, CNN, Washington Post and the far-right pundits who have been lying for so long that they don’t even know what’s real anymore. The next two years will be chapter two in the Book of No, The Death of Democracy. And for those of you who will reply that the voters of America have spoken, I say to you that the powers that caused our current woes are really the ones who have spoken. While they get rich from the ignorance of a nation, we will witness the decline of what used to be a great country. So celebrate your meager wins today. For tomorrow, our decent begins.

Posted by: JD76 | November 3, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

The reason the Dems lost is because old people voted. They were afraid that the new health care law would affect their Medicare, and so the whole country suffers because they were thinking of only themselves and not future generations.

Posted by: anniejoyce | November 3, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Who's to blame? For what? Pelosi assured us yesterday that the Dems would hold the House.

LOL!

Posted by: illogicbuster | November 3, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Difficult question...Pelosi represents the values of about 20% of the country and ran with it like Antoinette...On the other hand, Obama let her get a way with it instead of smacking her in her surgically marred puss.

Posted by: twann9852 | November 3, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

The reality check that is still ignored by both parties is that there is a GROWING world of independents, libertarians, tea party supporters, and folks who really do closely watch the progress or lack of progress in America who ARE TIRED OF BEING IGNORED.
We watch the corruption, the "earmarks", the greed of congress and local politicians and realize that there is no choice but to vote as needed not by party.

Living in a state where nearly 2 billion was spent on educating illegals and close to a billion for their health care, we are shocked that the legal American taxpayer has less rights than the illegals, less support than the chronically unemployed, and no voice in our future.
We will keep voting people out.
Maybe someone will eventually listen before the American dream is totally destroyed.
Well over 15 million known Independents (many states do not record party allegiance)supposedly voted Republican yesterday. Many were voting the corrupt out and sending a meesage that they want a voice in their future.
The Republicans now need to understand that there is a growing number of swing votes that arent blinded by party loyalty. We expect change regardless of party.

Posted by: barbiek1 | November 3, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Our instant-gratification society is to blame. They want it and they want now. They don't know what it is exactly but it's not what they have and it will always be something different.

As Billy Connolly said, "We want this, and that! We demand a share in that, and most of that! Some of this, and f... all of that! Less of that, and more of this, and f... plenty of this. And another thing, we want it now, I want it yesterday, I want f... more tomorrow, and the demands will all be changed then, so f... stay awake!"

Posted by: arancia12 | November 3, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

who's to blame?...the culture of instant gratification...and the stupidity and lack of initiative of the american voter...now we're leaning more conservative...and next week..it will be?...your guess is as good as mine..oh wait...it's football season..we'll have to wait until that's over for the next mood swing...oh wait..housewives might swing a voter or two towards?.. ..Oh..It's American Idol...!!!!!

Posted by: kiler616 | November 3, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

They should blame themselves: their silly, fatuous, child-like fantasy that manna falls from Heaven, rather than coming in a paycheck after a week's hard and thoughtful work. Democrat=Socialist: the welfare queen looking for an even fatter handout or a good government job that is a sinecure with no work to do, the Panderer to the slothful, the mind-numbed Druggie who believes everything the socialist instructor taught her at the university, the Peter Pan who will not grow up.

Posted by: IIntgrty | November 3, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

The American people placed signs on President Obama's road last night. They read no more left turns.

Posted by: bobbo2 | November 3, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

I blame the FCC, the Supreme Court, and big money. The abolishment of the Fairness Doctrine and the Citizens United decision offered up the election to the highest bidder. Big money in all its forms have a lot at stake in protecting the status quo and spent freely to preserve it.

Posted by: miscjunque | November 3, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

This country is right on track to repeat its economic history following the Great Depression. There are politcal similarities also between FDR and Obama. Both pushed stimulus jobs and then retreated to the center allowing the country to languish economically. Both were limited polically by a republican right despite that party's culpability in the economic downturns. Why then the big difference between FDR - perhaps the most loved POTUS ever - reelected 3 times and Obama - who (I predict) will not recieve his parties nomination in 2012? Obama will not, perhaps cannot, really communicate despite his campaign abilities. He does not stoop to chat on Friday night. He cannot convey that he really feels his nations pain. Depsite all the promise, in reality, underneath there is just a tough, shrewed calculating Chicago politican.

Will it make a difference to the country - probably not. FDR's America went through very rough times until the WWII deficits finally pulled it out. The republicans economic policies and deficit hawking will kill this recovery again just as surely. Will it make a difference to the nations people? Ask your parents or thier parents what your grandparents told them... I think you'll find it did make a difference then and Obama ... is no FDR.

Posted by: mini1071 | November 3, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Agree with mbus comments at 10:06 AM!

Posted by: margaretpierson | November 3, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

They should blame themselves for not listening to the growing sentiment of the electorate.

Posted by: moebius22 | November 3, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

A combination of the american public and the democratic party.

The American Public: For two terms our previous President and the republican party put this country in a hole. Our new president comes an offers us hope, but with the warning that we're going to have to weather some storms and new challenges together, and that we also will have to continue to sacrifice but only this time will be doing so because we agree that the first course that has to happen is to stop the bleeding. The republicans instead of confessing their faults or confessing to the part they played in our economys downfall, does everything they can to make every decision the president make LOOK like it's not people oriented. Playing on the people's intelligence, by using their job, home, health, monetary situations to their advantage, knowing that the problem this nation is facing at hand will not be resolved in one term by anyone who would of won the presidential election, due to the deepness of our economic depession, espcially a first Black President.
We as a people paniced, we are so fustrated and hurting financially as well as every other way, that we were willing to put back in control,the same people who put us there, beleiving that our president doesn't have our best interest by what he's done so far. We gave the republican party eight years, now we feel while under duress, that maybe democrats by what they have shown thus far, just don't feel us. Republicans lose control of the House and knew the only way to get it back is to vote against anything that might work or stimulate growth, hold to this strategy while feeding on our (the people's) fears, sufferings, uninformness, and fed-up-ness.
They capitalized on a negative situation they created.
The Democrats: Left the President, holding the bag. They should have learned from the mistakes of the republicans and listened to the people, yet, my biggest concern about them was their complancey. You just won the house, you see what the republicans did and how the people voted them out and all you do is bask in the victory.
We as a nation are great. No matter what has happened, we're capable of overcoming it, that's what makes us a United States of America, but, I'm concerned about this election results because what we are telling other nations may be mixed messages about our decision making abilities. Yes, they have greater problems than we do, but still, I've always been proud about how we don't panic when all seemed lost, and how we banned together and overcame whatever we had to face. We did not do that at this year's election.
Still, our character will rise up, and we will overcome this. Hopefully, the President won't take this personally, and look for the positive in all that's happened and learn from his mistakes.
It's going to take a whole lot of patience from us all to overcome our present situation, together, We Shall Overcome.

Posted by: iloveujesus4ever60611 | November 3, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

A combination of the american public and the democratic party.

The American Public: For two terms our previous President and the republican party put this country in a hole. Our new president comes an offers us hope, but with the warning that we're going to have to weather some storms and new challenges together, and that we also will have to continue to sacrifice but only this time will be doing so because we agree that the first course that has to happen is to stop the bleeding. The republicans instead of confessing their faults or confessing to the part they played in our economys downfall, does everything they can to make every decision the president make LOOK like it's not people oriented. Playing on the people's intelligence, by using their job, home, health, monetary situations to their advantage, knowing that the problem this nation is facing at hand will not be resolved in one term by anyone who would of won the presidential election, due to the deepness of our economic depession, espcially a first Black President.
We as a people paniced, we are so fustrated and hurting financially as well as every other way, that we were willing to put back in control,the same people who put us there, beleiving that our president doesn't have our best interest by what he's done so far. We gave the republican party eight years, now we feel while under duress, that maybe democrats by what they have shown thus far, just don't feel us. Republicans lose control of the House and knew the only way to get it back is to vote against anything that might work or stimulate growth, hold to this strategy while feeding on our (the people's) fears, sufferings, uninformness, and fed-up-ness.
They capitalized on a negative situation they created.
The Democrats: Left the President, holding the bag. They should have learned from the mistakes of the republicans and listened to the people, yet, my biggest concern about them was their complancey. You just won the house, you see what the republicans did and how the people voted them out and all you do is bask in the victory.
We as a nation are great. No matter what has happened, we're capable of overcoming it, that's what makes us a United States of America, but, I'm concerned about this election results because what we are telling other nations may be mixed messages about our decision making abilities. Yes, they have greater problems than we do, but still, I've always been proud about how we don't panic when all seemed lost, and how we banned together and overcame whatever we had to face. We did not do that at this year's election.
Still, our character will rise up, and we will overcome this. Hopefully, the President won't take this personally, and look for the positive in all that's happened and learn from his mistakes.
It's going to take a whole lot of patience from us all to overcome our present situation, together, We Shall Overcome.

Posted by: iloveujesus4ever60611 | November 3, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

A combination of the american public and the democratic party.

The American Public: For two terms our previous President and the republican party put this country in a hole. Our new president comes an offers us hope, but with the warning that we're going to have to weather some storms and new challenges together, and that we also will have to continue to sacrifice but only this time will be doing so because we agree that the first course that has to happen is to stop the bleeding. The republicans instead of confessing their faults or confessing to the part they played in our economys downfall, does everything they can to make every decision the president make LOOK like it's not people oriented. Playing on the people's intelligence, by using their job, home, health, monetary situations to their advantage, knowing that the problem this nation is facing at hand will not be resolved in one term by anyone who would of won the presidential election, due to the deepness of our economic depession, espcially a first Black President.
We as a people paniced, we are so fustrated and hurting financially as well as every other way, that we were willing to put back in control,the same people who put us there, beleiving that our president doesn't have our best interest by what he's done so far. We gave the republican party eight years, now we feel while under duress, that maybe democrats by what they have shown thus far, just don't feel us. Republicans lose control of the House and knew the only way to get it back is to vote against anything that might work or stimulate growth, hold to this strategy while feeding on our (the people's) fears, sufferings, uninformness, and fed-up-ness.
They capitalized on a negative situation they created.
The Democrats: Left the President, holding the bag. They should have learned from the mistakes of the republicans and listened to the people, yet, my biggest concern about them was their complancey. You just won the house, you see what the republicans did and how the people voted them out and all you do is bask in the victory.
We as a nation are great. No matter what has happened, we're capable of overcoming it, that's what makes us a United States of America, but, I'm concerned about this election results because what we are telling other nations may be mixed messages about our decision making abilities. Yes, they have greater problems than we do, but still, I've always been proud about how we don't panic when all seemed lost, and how we banned together and overcame whatever we had to face. We did not do that at this year's election.
Still, our character will rise up, and we will overcome this. Hopefully, the President won't take this personally, and look for the positive in all that's happened and learn from his mistakes.
It's going to take a whole lot of patience from us all to overcome our present situation, together, We Shall Overcome.

Posted by: iloveujesus4ever60611 | November 3, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

"We Distort you Decide"

The "blame" for this lopsided election is shared by a conservative media that has descended to the depths of distortion. And their distortions are central to an illinformed and unintelligent electorate. When the mantra of FOX and the Rupert regressives is, "government is the problem", then ANY government is a problem to this electorate! And, a representative government represents a bigger problem once the electorate pursues this anarchistic approach.

Introduced by News Corp as FOX NEWS in 1996, FOX has followed the most simplistic and and simple-minded approach to reporting as any Third World "news" agency. Fear and Repression are central to FOX success - they are distorted, but simplistic. And they are perfect vehicles for a provincial elecorate who have never travelled outside their country or state. They are common concepts that the non-curious find compelling. They are believable as precepts for a viewing public who refuses to read - anything! And they become ingrained in an electorate's subconcious who believe that a reactionary voter is an informed voter!

But, worse than all, News Corp & FOX promotes the idea that the common good extends only as far as an individual's needs & wants... fears and prejudices! The "general Welfare" referred to in our Costitution is replaced by "what has government done for ME lately"

So, although blame is in itself a reactionary approach to reality, it is the responsibility of an educated, well informed and well read public to monitor ALL organizations who claim to be the bearers of truth and "news"... to ensure that we are all entitled to our own opinions, but NOT our own facts! And that we know ALL the facts before we elect to walk into a voting booth!

Posted by: willw05 | November 3, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

D-Of-G wrote: "We can blame an ignorant electorate!" Isn't that just too cute. The lunatic left gets ripped because of their power-grabbing socialistic programs and the blame rests -- wait for it! -- with the "ignorant electorate." Sometimes I am convinced that liberals never matured past the playground name-calling stage. This is one of those times.

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Actually, oracle3, D-0f-G made reference to self-government in her/his post. That isn't liberalism, that's libertarianism. And D-0f-G is right, self-government requires a certain level of personal responsibility most Americans don't have or are too lazy to exercise.

Posted by: bucinka8 | November 3, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

The American people are to blame because they are too ignorant to understand how superior President Obama is to them. They should not be allowed to vote.

Posted by: 1968-1968
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The idiotic comment posted above shows a sore loser and someone whose inflated notion of President Obama is a problem both for themself and for President Obama.

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Hey, keepthefaith, this was sarcasm. And you wandered right in.

Posted by: bucinka8 | November 3, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse


Mcdonalds? I don't know. Just don't f it up.

Posted by: larsonlk | November 3, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Senate Democrats.

No organization, no message, no balls.
Harry Reid couldn't keep his caucus in line and on message.
How come the president was the only messenger for the policies that came out of congress. I never really saw Senate Democrats fighting back against the distortions and lies that the opposition espoused. I saw plenty of House and Senate Republicans hammering away at the President's agenda but only saw the President defending his party, even though the House and Senate Democrats were the ones writing the legislation.

Posted by: priceisright | November 3, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

The American people are to blame because they are too ignorant to understand how superior President Obama is to them. They should not be allowed to vote.

Posted by: 1968-1968
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The idiotic comment posted above shows a sore loser and someone whose inflated notion of President Obama is a problem both for themself and for President Obama.

Obama's narcissism and his continual campaigning are disgusting and do not show the marks of a true leader.

The American people have spoken and show that he together with the arrogance of Pelosi and Reid have been taking the country in the wrong direction.

Obama is still the President. Thankfully, Pelosi will not be House Majority Leader despite being reelected to the House. A segment of Nevada chose to reelect Reid. That doesn't mean that he will be any more popular or respected by the country as a whole.

Yes, the 2010 election proved to be a referedum on Obama and the congressional leadership. Will they listen or simply plow ahead? If it is the latter, we will see further major changes in 2012!

Posted by: keepthefaith | November 3, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

We're an impatient bunch and having so much of Congress visible in the process of legislating is a repulsive process to most Americans.

The analogy to a meat grinder is most applicable, but I have no idea how that's going to change by bringing in a bunch of rag tag Tea Party candidates. They ran on a platform of not co-operating!

Posted by: theobserver4 | November 3, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

We're an impatient bunch and having so much of Congress visible in the process of legislating is a repulsive process to most Americans.

The analogy to a meat grinder is most applicable, but I have no idea how that's going to change by bringing in a bunch of rag tag Tea Party candidates. They ran on a platform of not co-operating!

Posted by: theobserver4 | November 3, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

The blame lies with Fox News. Thru their alliance with the GOP which they outright supported with millions of dollars they basically highjacked the election process.
Death Panels, Islamaphobia, Rationing Healthcare, Racism were just some of the daily lies and distortions that were sent over the airways. And now it is time to declare war on Fox News. They need to be investigated by the FCC and Federal Trade Commission. Rupert Murdock needs to be indicted for lying to a House panel back in September when he said his News Organization does not take sides in any political event. The Democrats also should investigate them in these last couple months. To allow Fox News to continue their biased reporting and lies is a crime.
They need to sign on to the "Fairness Doctrine" and if they refuse their license to operate should be taken away.
And to all Americans who feel the way I do, write, call, protest and boycott Fox News.

Posted by: sumo1 | November 3, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

In fact, it was the ignorant and uninformed electorate who is to blame for the losses... This is the same "new" electorate who believe for instatnce, that being 41st in the world in Health Care coverage constitutes the "Best Health Care system in the world", not the Best Emergency Care system in the world! Or that our Department of Education is the raeson we have slipped to 10th in the world in College graduation and not the frugal States who refuse to pay better teachers & new progressive ideas for year-round education systems. They forgot what it is to be American...
that it was Progressive and Enlightened movements that DEFINED the History of our country! Progressives made up the 1st Continental Congress. The Declaration of Independence set the stage for a NEW Progressive movement through Life, Liberty & the pursuit of Happiness. We formed a Union...
"e pluribus unum" - "out of many one" became not just the motto on our Seal but referred to the many States united and the different values, religions and needs of all our united citizens. The Preamble of our Constitution was as Progressive an introduction to a governing document as any in history; to form a more perfect Union and to secure The Blessings of Liberty - these bold Progressives said that promoting the "general Welfare" was as important as establishing a "common defence"! Our Progressive Founders gave us a Constitution that ended the divine power of kings - Article I established a representative government- easily forgotten by our current electorate who blame "government" for it's problems!The 1st Ten Amendments formed a Progressive Bill of Rights for our citizens - a never before heard of concept of governing! This nation has Progressives to thank for everything from the end of slavery in the 19th century to the "trust busters" ending Corporate dominance of wealth distribution in the early 20th century. But it was not until after the 2nd World War that Progressives formed a working Middle Class and later raised the working poor to that Middle Class with new representative "unions" to ensure that the Blessings of Liberty belonged to all. Our "new" electorate likes to use Marxist or Socialist labels without even realizing that our History is one of a shared wealth and prosperity. Equality is a historic concept that describes the rights of all Americans not just the rich & powerful. Progressives continue to ensure that "e pluribus unnum" is more than a motto. And we must ensure that education of our electorate is more than just a blame game!

Posted by: willw05 | November 3, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

In fact, it was the ignorant and uninformed electorate who is to blame for the losses... This is the same "new" electorate who believe for instatnce, that being 41st in the world in Health Care coverage constitutes the "Best Health Care system in the world", not the Best Emergency Care system in the world! Or that our Department of Education is the raeson we have slipped to 10th in the world in College graduation and not the frugal States who refuse to pay better teachers & new progressive ideas for year-round education systems. They forgot what it is to be American...
that it was Progressive and Enlightened movements that DEFINED the History of our country! Progressives made up the 1st Continental Congress. The Declaration of Independence set the stage for a NEW Progressive movement through Life, Liberty & the pursuit of Happiness. We formed a Union...
"e pluribus unum" - "out of many one" became not just the motto on our Seal but referred to the many States united and the different values, religions and needs of all our united citizens. The Preamble of our Constitution was as Progressive an introduction to a governing document as any in history; to form a more perfect Union and to secure The Blessings of Liberty - these bold Progressives said that promoting the "general Welfare" was as important as establishing a "common defence"! Our Progressive Founders gave us a Constitution that ended the divine power of kings - Article I established a representative government- easily forgotten by our current electorate who blame "government" for it's problems!The 1st Ten Amendments formed a Progressive Bill of Rights for our citizens - a never before heard of concept of governing! This nation has Progressives to thank for everything from the end of slavery in the 19th century to the "trust busters" ending Corporate dominance of wealth distribution in the early 20th century. But it was not until after the 2nd World War that Progressives formed a working Middle Class and later raised the working poor to that Middle Class with new representative "unions" to ensure that the Blessings of Liberty belonged to all. Our "new" electorate likes to use Marxist or Socialist labels without even realizing that our History is one of a shared wealth and prosperity. Equality is a historic concept that describes the rights of all Americans not just the rich & powerful. Progressives continue to ensure that "e pluribus unnum" is more than a motto. And we must ensure that education of our electorate is more than just a blame game!

Posted by: willw05 | November 3, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I blame the corporate democrats who refused to help their own party. It is a blessing in disguise that these blue dogs have been tossed out! We cannot have different agendas as it muddles the overall message we are trying to send to the public. They were not disciplined. Better to be a minority than as disorganized bunch resulting in incompetence.

Posted by: sandnsmith | November 3, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Maybe James Carville had it right: "It's the economy, stupid!" Seems those Ragin' Cajun chickens have come home to roost.

Posted by: Clinton_Andrews | November 3, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

This election was about changing the direction of our government.

Two years ago, Obama campaigned on "Hope and Change". Well, hope goes down as unemployment goes up. As for change, he has continually ignored the will of the American people.

Rather than focus on jobs and the economy, President Obama wasted his first 20 months on "legacy building" and a healthcare bill that the majority of Americans don't want.

He campaigned (along with all the Democrats) against the "Bush deficit", yet he quadrupled it within a year and a half.

The results? Unemployment has gone up 3% since he took office, the deficit has quadrupled in the same time frame. This is not change we can believe in.

Obama and Pelosi continue to say that they did a bad job of getting their message and "accomplishments" out there. I disagree, the American people are very aware of what they've done and they don't like or want it.

It is now up to the new congress to put the brakes on spending and create jobs. If they don't, they too will be voted out of office.

Posted by: jimbo561 | November 3, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I see two groups to blame, this administration for letting the Republicans control the agenda. This Administration failed to bring their case to the American people and failed to keep in touch with their base. Secondly, the blind and stupid
people that think the people that caused this mess are the ones that are capable of fixings it. I hate to sound callous but we as a nation get what we deserve! I see a very bleak future ahead!

Posted by: noneckmd | November 3, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

This election was a referendum on both parties.

Two years ago, we were promised "hope and change". What we received was a Presdient bent on changing 240 years of history. He campaigned and promised to "halve" the defict in his first term. He quadrupled it in less than two years. Rather than focus on the economy, he wasted a year and a lot of political capital on a healthcare bill that almost 60% of the voters disapproved of.

Rather than support the constitution and the state of Arizona, he took them to court because they passed a law that would ONLY enforce the federal law. All while ignoring "Sanctuary States" and "cities" who openly violate federal law.

He has been on the wrong side of public opinion all too often.

The Republicans must now do what they were elected to do: cut spending and create jobs.

Posted by: jimbo561 | November 3, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

"Politics without the masses are adventurist politics (with no stable base)." Any leftist should know this, but Democrats should be blaming themselves this morning, because they never explain to the masses what they're trying to do, or think about listening to what people want in terms of policies.

If Democrats would actually interact with people, instead of just focus-group them, they might discover some new liberal policies that would both help the country _and_ be vote-getters. Instead they start with well-intentioned, if disconnected ideas, but only seem to consult out-of-touch, overpaid political operatives, well-heeled lobbyists, and Republican legislative leaders for ways to improve their ideas. None of those groups are likely to suggest changes that will produce popular _or_ effective government!
Democrats should blame their entire political leadership team.

Posted by: danevt | November 3, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

This election was a referendum on both parties.

Two years ago, we were promised "hope and change". What we received was a Presdient bent on changing 240 years of history. He campaigned and promised to "halve" the defict in his first term. He quadrupled it in less than two years. Rather than focus on the economy, he wasted a year and a lot of political capital on a healthcare bill that almost 60% of the voters disapproved of.

Rather than support the constitution and the state of Arizona, he took them to court because they passed a law that would ONLY enforce the federal law. All while ignoring "Sanctuary States" and "cities" who openly violate federal law.

He has been on the wrong side of public opinion all too often.

The Republicans must now do what they were elected to do: cut spending and create jobs.

Posted by: jimbo561 | November 3, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

ECONOMY!

Posted by: samiismoni14 | November 3, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Dear WaPo, I believe the question is "Whom should the Dems blame for their loses?".

Posted by: SouthernerInDC | November 3, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

D-Of-G wrote: "We can blame an ignorant electorate!"

Isn't that just too cute. The lunatic left gets ripped because of their power-grabbing socialistic programs and the blame rests -- wait for it! -- with the "ignorant electorate."

Sometimes I am convinced that liberals never matured past the playground name-calling stage. This is one of those times.

Posted by: Oracle3 | November 3, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Well now all the lying and misinformation by the GOP and FOX got the GOP their WIN.

Time to Put up or Shut Up

NOW the Boehner and GOP will be the target.

ISA

Posted by: vettesport | November 3, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Who to blame? The American people as a whole. We never act rationally, especially during tough times. If we have the right to be angry, then why did we hand the White Houses and the two chambers of the congress to the same party?

Anything else? A falling country. It started a decade ago. And I'm not sure if we have the courage and intelligence to get it back.

Posted by: ExpressReader | November 3, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Media should have been a choice.

The media always has the bully pulpit but does the worse job of dispensing information. The media has become all hype and do a very very poor job of dispensing truth to the public.

If you don’t scream or say outlandish things (birther; death panels; ACORN; Sherrod; etc.) the media is not interested and they insist on having opposing viewpoints even if one is an outright lie.

Posted by: rlj1 | November 3, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Bush.

Posted by: couwnt | November 3, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Well - according to some of the geniuses on this board have commented, it was stupid old white people! If it wasn't stupid old white people, it was all the right leaning press, like CNN, WaPo, NYT etc...you know how they're in the pockets of the GOP....some comments here blamed GW Bush - which - really since he's been the one the Pres/Pelosi/Reid has blamed since day one, well - that just makes sense. I guess it's just easier to blame anything other than perhaps the complete and utter arrogance of the current administration, Speaker Pelosi, Sen. Reid etc telling us Americans exactly what we need because they know better than the rest of us. No let's not blame the socialist/marxist agenda that this possible illegitimate Pres brought into office with him. They call anyone against Obama a racist, the "birthers" are the devil in carnate (yet there is still no response to their questions) - gee - I'm not sure WHY the Dems lost so handily. But here's a warning to the GOP - if you don't pull YOUR heads out - and get things going and yes - that may mean working WITH the WH and the Senate - well - you'll be looking at your own downfall come 2012. Can't you people PLEASE do what is right for this country and put the partisan politics aside?

Posted by: RobinK59 | November 3, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

This is a misleading question, especially since "The Economy" did not figure as one of the answers.

I agree that the Obama administration could have trumpeted their successes better. Instead, they left the Republican Marketing Department fill the air with oft-repeated untruths.

I see it as terribly unfair that people should blame the Democrats for the rampant deficit. We as Americans seem to have a short memory. The Republicans left the country on the brink of the precipice and with a huge deficit.

Let the tea party start. I'll stick to my coffee.

Posted by: mihnea1 | November 3, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

D of G: Blah, blah, blah.

WEre you intellectualizing a stupid electorate when Obama got elected in a financial panic? Were the voters rational rather than of "herd" mentality then? What an idiot you are.

Read it and weep. You lost, and will keep on losing as long as you continue to pay $6 for a cup of Starbucks coffee.

Posted by: bbwk80a1 | November 3, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

The American people are to blame because they are too ignorant to understand how superior President Obama is to them. They should not be allowed to vote.

Posted by: 1968-1968 | November 3, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

The Washington Post and practically every other news outlet for distorting, trying to sensationalize, and in fact trivializing every bit of news they print? Witness this story, which attempts to hype the significance of an event that occurs with great regularity. The House changed hands because that's the way it works. Who was "to blame" in every other case? No one. Fickle voters. The fact that all politics is local. Close this newspaper. You're incompetent amateurs who are making fools of yourselves with your dim-witted "reporting."

OK. Keep Style and the comics. Dump the rest.

David Illig
Gambrills, MD

Posted by: Davoud | November 3, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Every bill that Obama championed since being elected should have had the word "Jobs" in the title. That was his biggest miscalculation.

Posted by: youba | November 3, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Well - according to some of the geniuses on this board have commented, it was stupid old white people! If it wasn't stupid old white people, it was all the right leaning press, like CNN, WaPo, NYT etc...you know how they're in the pockets of the GOP....some comments here blamed GW Bush - which - really since he's been the one the Pres/Pelosi/Reid has blamed since day one, well - that just makes sense. I guess it's just easier to blame anything other than perhaps the complete and utter arrogance of the current administration, Speaker Pelosi, Sen. Reid etc telling us Americans exactly what we need because they know better than the rest of us. No let's not blame the socialist/marxist agenda that this possible illegitimate Pres brought into office with him. They call anyone against Obama a racist, the "birthers" are the devil in carnate (yet there is still no response to their questions) - gee - I'm not sure WHY the Dems lost so handily. But here's a warning to the GOP - if you don't pull YOUR heads out - and get things going and yes - that may mean working WITH the WH and the Senate - well - you'll be looking at your own downfall come 2012. Can't you people PLEASE do what is right for this country and put the partisan politics aside?

Posted by: RobinK59 | November 3, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

We can blame an ignorant electorate! Even comments on this site illustrates the depth and breadth of our ignorance. Let a person with a microphone say that Obama is a Maxist, and a million people will willingly regurgitate this stolen vomit over and over again.

Ultimately, the problem, as it has always been, is that most people, like most herds, are pack animals! They just want to be led. However, our system of government is actually based on SELF GOVERNANCE! That means having a body politic that evolves to self ideation and self control, without being dictated to by the ideology of others. In fact, it is the template for Man to discover his own divinity, which would bring the end of Man being teacher of Man!

I say to you "there are still peoples and too many herds".

Posted by: D-0f-G | November 3, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Why blame anyone? If Obama learns to listen then the lose will prove redemptive and it will lead to a brighter future. If not then someone worse will take his place and that will eventually lead to the reign of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. (Because God won't let us destroy the world)

Once again heaven will prove that without Divine intervention everything would have crashed and burnt long ago.

Posted by: agapn9 | November 3, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

If you want to place blame, how about an uneducated gulible niave electorate that is stupid enough to think that the group of politicians responsible for bringing this country to the brink of extinction has the interest or ability to do anything for anybody except the already rich and powerful. You idiots get what you deserve. Think the last two years were rough, you aint seen nothing yet.

Posted by: dem4life1 | November 3, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

The "enemy" was responsible for the Democrats defeat, you know who you are.

Posted by: magellan1 | November 3, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

The Democrats have no one to blame but themselves. Their messaging was terrible, their handling of various issues was clumsy and party discipline was non-existent. They did a terrible sales job on any of their legislative accomplishments and that's all that matters.

Posted by: urdith | November 3, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

They should blame AMERICA! ... Americans are just STUPID!

Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha.

Democrats. I'm sure they still don't get it.

Posted by: couwnt | November 3, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

AT first I was going to say Nancy Pelosi (to bad no Reid-Pelosi choice), but then I thought Obama is to blame because he let Reid and Pelosi drive the agenda after he was elected. As in the clumsy way of passing health care and other debacles. He didn't drive that health care train. He passed the buck!

Posted by: rusty6 | November 3, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

The absolute responsibility for Democrats losing the House of Reps. rests solely with Tim Kaine and the DNC machine. Kaine used his access to the President to leverage the DNC job after a mediocre stint as Virginia governor. He just got lazy.

Posted by: gordonhamel@cox.net | November 3, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

The absolute responsibility for Democrats losing the House of Reps. rests solely with Tim Kaine and the DNC machine. Kaine used his access to the President to leverage the DNC job after a mediocre stint as Virginia governor. He just got lazy.

Posted by: gordonhamel@cox.net | November 3, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Probably no one individual should shoulder all the blame. Those who indulged their personal political fantasies at the expense of their constituents and the populace in general should accept responsibility like adults instead of pointing fingers. Yes, I'm looking RIGHT at you, Nancy. (I know you weren't the only one, but I'm still looking right atcha.)

Posted by: bucinka8 | November 3, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Obama is to blame...he made the choices to spend all his energy and personal capital to pass Obamacare and Cap-n-trade. These issues meant a lot to the 20% of Americans who think of themselves as Liberal. The other 80% didn't. He painted himself into a corner that even defendable programs like TARP or even the Stimulous Package became an albatross on his neck. The worst of all is that he comes across as an elitest, intellectual that really doesn't connect with most Americans...Maybe, like Clinton, he can recast himself and work with Congress to get meaningful legislation to help the economy and share credit and thus keep his 2012 hopes alive.

Posted by: rhino2 | November 3, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

The Democratic operatives can blame themselves for promising real change and delivering chump change. Also blame a corporate media that is not the fourth estate but a lucrative extension of big business and does a disservice to most average American interests. Everybody is for sale.

Posted by: SarahBB | November 3, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

The democrats lost because they proved to be utterly useless. They have no one to blame but themselves for that.

In 2006 the republicans lost because in the (comparatively) short time they were in charge they proved to be easily corrupted morons who couldn't move their lips without lying.

You democrats -- this time you lost to the morons. What does that make you?

Posted by: eezmamata | November 3, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Three factors: older white american;s fear of change, the general political ignorance of the older white americans, Republican negativity..

Posted by: manv | November 3, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Three factors: older white american;s fear of change, the general political ignorance of the older white americans, Republican negativity..

Posted by: manv | November 3, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

(1)Abomoniable propaganda against Democrats, unworthy of a (supposedly) civilized nation, (2) Deep paranoia on part of voters against anything labeled "socialist", confusing it with "solidarity", (3) Failure of Democrats to fight for accomplishments with more confidence, (4) Insufficient efforts to create jobs by Admin. Werner Thomasi

Posted by: wernerthomasi | November 3, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

(1)Abomoniable propaganda against Democrats, unworthy of a (supposedly) civilized nation, (2) Deep paranoia on part of voters against anything labeled "socialist", confusing it with "solidarity", (3) Failure of Democrats to fight for accomplishments with more confidence, (4) Insufficient efforts to create jobs by Admin. Werner Thomasi

Posted by: wernerthomasi | November 3, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Three factors: older white american;s fear of change, the general political ignorance of the older white americans, Republican negativity..

Posted by: manv | November 3, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Obama is to blame for his poor choice of advisors. Where is his judgment? For taking time out to appear on all sorts of television shows. A president ought not to be trying to appear being a rock star celebrity. . Being president ought to be enough. All his little sit downs with TV anchors was an act to lull our senses and make us think he was leveling with the people and the press. Those things were all carefully scripted. He should have held more press conferences where we could see him speak spontaneously. And he needs to butt out of everyday happenings in the country, ie. the police and the professor and similar things. He should have more important things on the agenda. He should also develop a program where college graduates who can not find jobs be given a moratorium on paying back theirs tudent loans. He has bailed out the banks and the car companies and some mortgage defaulters why not innocent students?

Posted by: ywhynot | November 3, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

This is probably the most unproductive question I've ever seen... But, I can't resist from responding to it. When major legislation like Healthcare, Wall Street reform etc were passed and public sentiment is the way that it is on Job creation it's obvious the Dems were going to take the hit hard. Even if the Unemployment rate had taken a 3 percent fall, Dems would have still been hard by all the Reform Legislation that passed.

I'm ok with what was accomplished because when it all comes out in the wash America will see that this last session was productive for everyone. This Congress has been more productive than any other in my lifetime.

You just can't bounce back the way that the public at large wanted to bounce back. There's an overwhelming urge for instant gratification and Americans are slowly realizing that they have rethink their position on this urge and be more pragmatic about how quickly a recession like this can be turned around. I love America, but, alot of my fellow citizens just aren't in tune with the reality about this entire situation.

Posted by: Debonair31 | November 3, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Obama is to blame for his poor choice of advisors. Where is his judgment? For taking time out to appear on all sorts of television shows. A president ought not to be trying to appear being a rock star celebrity. . Being president ought to be enough. All his little sit downs with TV anchors was an act to lull our senses and make us think he was leveling with the people and the press. Those things were all carefully scripted. He should have held more press conferences where we could see him speak spontaneously. And he needs to butt out of everyday happenings in the country, ie. the police and the professor and similar things. He should have more important things on the agenda. He should also develop a program where college graduates who can not find jobs be given a moratorium on paying back theirs tudent loans. He has bailed out the banks and the car companies and some mortgage defaulters why not innocent students?

Posted by: ywhynot | November 3, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Obama is to blame for his poor choice of advisors. Where is his judgment? For taking time out to appear on all sorts of television shows. A president ought not to be trying to appear being a rock star celebrity. . Being president ought to be enough. All his little sit downs with TV anchors was an act to lull our senses and make us think he was leveling with the people and the press. Those things were all carefully scripted. He should have held more press conferences where we could see him speak spontaneously. And he needs to butt out of everyday happenings in the country, ie. the police and the professor and similar things. He should have more important things on the agenda. He should also develop a program where college graduates who can not find jobs be given a moratorium on paying back theirs tudent loans. He has bailed out the banks and the car companies and some mortgage defaulters why not innocent students?

Posted by: ywhynot | November 3, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Obama is to blame for his poor choice of advisors. Where is his judgment? For taking time out to appear on all sorts of television shows. A president ought not to be trying to appear being a rock star celebrity. . Being president ought to be enough. All his little sit downs with TV anchors was an act to lull our senses and make us think he was leveling with the people and the press. Those things were all carefully scripted. He should have held more press conferences where we could see him speak spontaneously. And he needs to butt out of everyday happenings in the country, ie. the police and the professor and similar things. He should have more important things on the agenda. He should also develop a program where college graduates who can not find jobs be given a moratorium on paying back theirs tudent loans. He has bailed out the banks and the car companies and some mortgage defaulters why not innocent students?

Posted by: ywhynot | November 3, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

The democrats have only themselves to blame. Lie down with dogs and you get fleas. They let the socialists lead them down the hopey changy primrose path. Oops!

Posted by: carlbatey | November 3, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

When the ignorant call Obama a Marxist (he is not); Socialist (he is not); Muslim (he is not), his health care plan a government takeover (it is not), and he does not fiercely defend himself, he is to blame.

In politics silence is not golden.

Obama should have learned from John Kerry's silence toward the shameless swiftboaters. He enlists during war time, serves in combat, and the party that squeals, 'support the troops' successfully portrays him as something other than a hero.

When attacked, you fight back.

Barack, you should have fought. Instead you took 'the high road' to defeat.

------------------------------------

Well said!!!

Posted by: question-guy | November 3, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Hee, hee, looking forward to more of this same type of "progress" in 2012. Throw out the remaining bums from TOP to bottom.

Posted by: ReneesOpinion | November 3, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

"America aren't into socialism like the dems and BO"

If you think our government is socialist, you clearly don't know what that word means.

Posted by: sammalone1 | November 3, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I love the stupidity of the question it is plain and simple. They were arrogant didn't focus on jobs and they enacted an agenda that the American public despises. America aren't into socialism like the dems and BO and judging from the dems response this morning they think we want more of what they are serving up. I hope that they continue to pursue their socialist agenda becasue they will be defeated again in 2012 and not regain power for at least a generation.

Posted by: DCalle10411111 | November 3, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

The voters are to blame! They vote like sheep, driven by short minded thinking. 1. They blame the govt. for the economy; no govt can control the economy. 2. They don't understand investment in the future. Most of the so called "bail-outs" were loans to keep big engines in the economy stable, and most of the $ will be returned. 3. Those who vote democrat are less invested in the election process and more jaded than those who vote republican.

If the economy is better by 2012 they'll lean the other way.

Posted by: jeremyp | November 3, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

GW Bush

Posted by: mikeduchek | November 3, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

How about Tim Kaine and the DNC which didn't publicize the success of TARP and the Stimulus. They allowed the Republican machine to hijack their successes.

Posted by: JGPA | November 3, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

They will blame Bush of course.

Posted by: nubeldorf1 | November 3, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

"I blame the members of the Democrap party. The hate filled liberal wing of it."

Pot, meet kettle. Kettle, meet pot.

If we want to go anywhere as a country, we need to find some type of middle ground. This empty rhetoric - from both sides - will get us nowhere

Posted by: stevie7 | November 3, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

None or all are to be blamed. There is a lot of talk about the job creation, however the government efforts have definitely aided job RETENTION. The American on the ground is quite cut off from the rest of the world especially its western counterparts, who are truly in the soup on the economy. The American people and its representatives, the democrats and the republicans, especially that Tea Party get real and quit playing games and finger pointing and complaining, and get to work. The President must LEAD and with the people get the House and the Senate to WORK. No one side has a silver bullet! Tax cuts per se, especially for the wealthy and the multi-nationals, ain't boosting the good economy; tax cuts for small business - YES! Fiscal Responsibility - more emphasis on primary and secondary education and local, vocational training in lieu of high end military equipment and expenditures.

Posted by: VandanaSareen | November 3, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

blame fox news and a.m. radio for spreading lies/disinformation (i.e., the stimulus didn't work, "obama's bailout", "take over" of GM, obama raised your taxes, etc etc etc

the more the lies were repeated the more they were believed by the ignorant, simple-minded followers who get their "news" from Rush, hannity, beck.
just shameful.

Posted by: sgoewey | November 3, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

I blame the members of the Democrap party. The hate filled liberal wing of it. And I hate to use one of the favorite name calls of the libs.. but I do blame their stupidity. Their might be decent people in the Dem party, but I really have to wonder.

Posted by: susangate1 | November 3, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

When the ignorant call Obama a Marxist (he is not); Socialist (he is not); Muslim (he is not), his health care plan a government takeover (it is not), and he does not fiercely defend himself, he is to blame.

In politics silence is not golden.

Obama should have learned from John Kerry's silence toward the shameless swiftboaters. He enlists during war time, serves in combat, and the party that squeals, 'support the troops' successfully portrays him as something other than a hero.

When attacked, you fight back.

Barack, you should have fought. Instead you took 'the high road' to defeat.

Posted by: mbus | November 3, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I blame the members of the Democrap party. The hate filled liberals wing of it. And I hate to use one of the favorite name calls of the libs.. but I do blame their stupidity.

Posted by: susangate1 | November 3, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

The Democratic National Committee. The DNC did not even bother to run a candidate in Virginia's 6th Congressional District. Nor did the DNC treat Tom Perriello in VA's 5th District with the same loyality he showed the Democratic agenda. A muddled message; disloyality; incompetence. Fire the DNC.

Posted by: jclarke3 | November 3, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

The Democratic National Committee. The DNC did not even bother to run a candidate in Virginia's 6th Congressional District. Nor did the DNC treat Tom Perriello in VA's 5th District with the same loyality he showed the Democratic agenda. A muddled message; disloyality; incompetence. Fire the DNC.

Posted by: jclarke3 | November 3, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

1. Failure to impose a malfeasance tax on the Wall Street banks and the recipients of "bonuses" for their role in creating reckless over-leaverage and passing risk to bond holders through securitization.
2. Failure to insist on a government run health insurance scheme used in all other industrialized countries.
3. Failure to confront the crimes of the previous administration, including torture and lying about war;
4. Failure to hold the previous administration accountable for political crimes such as firing AG's and putting Don Seligman in jail.
5. Failure to stand up for principle in funding the military.

Posted by: danigo | November 3, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

The Democratic National Committee. The DNC did not even bother to run a candidate in Virginia's 6th Congressional District. Nor did the DNC treat Tom Perriello in VA's 5th District with the same loyality he showed the Democratic agenda. A muddled message; disloyality; incompetence. Fire the DNC.

Posted by: jclarke3 | November 3, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

When Obama appointed Geithner and Summers, I knew it was all over then (Dec 2008). Wall St. insiders and Clinton leftovers. No change.

As far as Marxism is concerned, Marx was for smaller government, too. He wrote that eventually the State could whither away...Obama is anything but a Marxist/socialist. All the new legislation enforces the big corporations and makes them stronger.

Obama failed to materially deliver on what was important to people: more jobs or at least develop a TRUST that more jobs would be coming. He did not institute a "fireside" chat format to keep people informed as to what he was doing that would have helped offset the right-wing propaganda machine of 3000 a.m. radio stations and FAKE News.

The real winners in this are China and the Koch Brothers and their fake Tea Party. But the Tea Party will not deliver, either. So in the end, China wins.

Posted by: sunnsea | November 3, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Didn't Obama run for the "public option" and against an "individual mandate"?

Its so long ago it's hard to remember.

Posted by: cautious | November 3, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

How about Tim Kaine and the DNC for not publicizing the success of TARP and the Stimulus. They allowed the Republican machine to hijack the success.

Posted by: JGPA | November 3, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

The DEMOCRATS have NOBODY to blame BUT THEMSELVES THEY GAVE THIS AWAY WHEN THEY STARTED INFIGHTING IN 2008. DEMOCRATS NEED TO FIND LOYALTY AMONGST THEMSELVES OR THIS WILL CONTINUE TO HAPPEN. STOP BEING SELFSERVING AND WORK TOGETHER FOR THE PEOPLE. OBAMA IS NOT TO BLAME HE SPEND VALUABLE TIME CAMPAIGNING FOR THEM WHEN HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN HELPING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THROUGH THESE HARD TIMES... DEMOCRATS STOP BEING SELFISH...I STILL THINK TERM LIMITS WILL HELP.....WITH THE REPUBLICANS TAKING THE HOUSE WELL THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD!!!!!!

Posted by: mcseacna | November 3, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Blame Fox News and the failure of the rest of the media to be able to break through the Fox clutter or we wouldn't have people such as valcol1 believing things to be true which simply are not. If government is so terrible at running economies, why are 4 of the top 5 and 8 of the top 10 economies socialist? If governments are terrible at running economies, why are they afraid of China?

Posted by: laughternforgetting | November 3, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

We Progressive Democrats did not send a clear, consistent and concise message about who we are and what we stand for. America has always been a beacon of hope for the world, not because we support the rich and powerful, but because we stand for the very least powerful among us! We are a country that cheers for the underdog AND we Dems are a party that gives voice to the forgotten in our society. When WE forget that, WE can and must blame only ourselves!

Posted by: willw05 | November 3, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

The balls still in the Democrat's court... they still control two-thirds of the government. Fix it Obama.

Posted by: thorhero | November 3, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

The President has to take responsibility for the poor communication that did not counter nonsense like "death panels" when health care reform came up. In 2 years, people will have realized thru experience the improvements reform bought--but he needed to learn a lesson from Kerry and the 'Swift-boaters.' You need to respond quickly, concisely and 'sound-bitey' over and over again so the electorate gets the message. He dropped the ball and let the issue play out managed by Republicans.

Posted by: commonsense101 | November 3, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

We Progressive Democrats did not send a clear, consistent and concise message about who we are and what we stand for. America has always been a beacon of hope for the world, not because we support the rich and powerful, but because we stand for the very least powerful among us! We are a country a that cheers for the underdog and we are a party that gives voice to the forgotten in our society. When WE forget that, WE can blame only ourselves!

Posted by: willw05 | November 3, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Though I voted in the poll above for Barack Obama there is equal blame for Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid. The Blame for the Democrat losses, where Americas rejection of liberal progressive socialist extremism. Though this was a current loss for Democrats it could be a big win. The extremists power has been taken away. Now is the time for Moderate Democrats, Blue Dog Democrats, and all fiscally responsible Democrats to take back control of the Democrat Party from the liberal progressive extremists. They still have some lifers in power after the election, but they need sidelined by the Moderate and fiscally responsible faction of the Democrat Party.

Good ridance to Nancy Pelosi the liberal progressive extremist. At least for now as Speaker of the House. Its too bad Reid didn't get the axe. Looks like corrupt unions and big business money from the gaming industry has kept him alive for another term. Another example of why term limits need to be imposed as soon as possible.

Posted by: ignoranceisbliss | November 3, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

You can blame the divide on the progressive/marxist eonomic policies being followed by Obama and his advisers. If those policies actually worked, it would not have taken until the death of Roosevelt for the great depression to end. No matter how much of the nation's money a government spends, it cannot create jobs - only businesses can do that. Without new jobs being created and with an ever increasing unemployment rate, voters looking for jobs turned to the other party.

Posted by: valcol1 | November 3, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Themselves? The failure to have a program and/or push the alleged Presidential/Party program?

Posted by: pcgeorge | November 3, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

The Democratic Party. They caused this because they did not insist that Obama fight a Republican Guerilla war with guerilla warfare tactics instead of the Queen of Marbury rules. They did not insist that the Blue Dogs stop obstructing the legislation that would have helped hte economy. So Ok Republicans...you broke it...now YOU get to fix it. Good luck with that. I can't wait to say "How's that "Hell No-sey" thing working for ya?

Posted by: jacquie1 | November 3, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Why are we going to the 'blame' game?
Th 'reason' for the change is that the president and the congress failed to listen to the people of America. we came out in force during the summer of 2009 and we we ignored, made fun of and dismissed.

Who has the last laugh now?

we will continue to do this until Washington starts to listen. the moving companies in teh DC area are going to make alot of money over the next couple of election cycles.

Posted by: common_sense2 | November 3, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Why are we going to the 'blame' game?
Th 'reason' for the change is that the president and the congress failed to listen to the people of America. we came out in force during the summer of 2009 and we we ignored, made fun of and dismissed.

Who has the last laugh now?

we will continue to do this until Washington starts to listen. the moving companies in teh DC area are going to make alot of money over the next couple of election cycles.

Posted by: common_sense2 | November 3, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

The Democratic Party caused this. They did not insist on staying together, pressing the blue dogs to stop obstructing the legislation that would have brought about a faster recovery and they should have insisted on Obama fighting a guerilla war with guerilla tactics rather than the Queen of Marbury rules. So, after the Republicans crow some, reality will set in. Ok, balls in your court. Come up with jobs and stop the economic losses or suffer the same fat the Dems did last night. This isn't just the Dems and Obama's economy anymore...Republicans...you broke it...now YOU get to fix it. I can't wait to say "How's that "Hell No-sey" thing working for ya?"

Posted by: jacquie1 | November 3, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Why are we going to the 'blame' game?
Th 'reason' for the change is that the president and the congress failed to listen to the people of America. we came out in force during the summer of 2009 and we we ignored, made fun of and dismissed.

Who has the last laugh now?

we will continue to do this until Washington starts to listen. the moving companies in teh DC area are going to make alot of money over the next couple of election cycles.

Posted by: common_sense2 | November 3, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

The Democrats ought to blame themselves. They were the ones they were waiting for.

Posted by: bryanread | November 3, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

The pundits are making this much too complicated. Here is the short bottom line:
Obama was NOT elected to give us a third Bush administration. But, Obama did just that......and now he will suffer the consequences.

Posted by: usnr02 | November 3, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Duh, could a Marxist President, unvetted by the media, be a problem?

Posted by: hammeresq | November 3, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Duh, could a Marxist President, unvetted by the media, be a problem?

Posted by: hammeresq | November 3, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

The democratic party for not sticking together, trumpeting their accomplishments, or developing clear talking points. They let Republicans define the conversation, and were wimps about fighting back. They should have blasted the Republicans months ago.

Posted by: kblackall | November 3, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

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