In the New York Times article, “Was Barack Obama Bad for Democrats” political strategist Stanley Greenberg brings proof that the old adage—it’s the economy stupid—really does trump all. Greenberg suggests that in spite of rescuing a failing economy, downsizing the country’s military presence abroad, passing the Affordable Care Act and committing the nation to a global effort to address climate change, President Obama’s legacy hurt the Democratic Party. In fact, Greenberg writes, more than 1,000 Democrats lost their seats during Obama’s two terms and the party failed to mobilize its core constituency for the 2016 elections. In his article, Greenberg discusses what happened and why.
Stanley Greenberg is a political strategist and consultant. He is Chairman and CEO of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner.
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