Trump versus Obama — How the Democrats can lose the Mid-terms

When I saw Barack Obama on TV today, threatening to be active on the Democratic campaign trail for the Mid-term elections in November, I was seized with horror.

Just when things are going very well for the Democrats, and very poorly for Donald Trump and his Republican Party, a glimpse of how the Democrats can lose the Mid-terms flits across the TV screen in the form of Barack Obama, in campaign mode. Arrogant. Talking down to everyone. Talking in the oratorical style which he came to believe was great in the last year of his term. Arrogant. Condescending. The voters hated it.

Yes! Democrats are fully capable of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in the House and Senate elections on November 6. All they have to do is to let Obama hector the electorate at rallies and on TV for the next two months.

He had his chance. Now I have only a few words to say to him:

Go home! Get off the stage!

Rein in your massive ego! A new generation is ready to take the message to the electorate. You are no longer indispensable to Democrats, or to the country.

However, you may still be Trump’s dream and best bet for holding on to both houses of Congress—and immunity from Congressional oversight.


Let historians debate Obama’s place in history. A debate on that question in the next two months will deliver the House and the Senate to the Republicans.

Obama was a decent human being in the White House. Often, his heart was in the right place. But we should not forget how he caved in to the Republicans, restoring the Bush tax cuts, raising the exemption from $250,000 to $450,000 per couple; how he failed to act effectively in Syria, contributing to the deaths of over a half a million people; how he withdrew precipitously from Iraq, opening the way for ISIS; how his policies failed in Afghanistan; and how his timid and inadequate responses only emboldened Vladimir Putin and Russian aggression in the Ukraine.

As for those who supported him, eagerly the first time and perhaps reluctantly the second, they can only hope Democratic leaders will stand up and tell Obama loudly and clearly:

Go home! Get off the stage!
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James Rowles
"The Trenchant Observer" is edited and published by James Rowles (aka "The Observer"), an author and international lawyer who has taught International Law, Human Rights, and Comparative Law at major U.S. universities, including Harvard, Brandeis, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Kansas. Dr. Rowles is a former staff attorney at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States OAS), in Wasington, D.C., , where he was in charge of Brazil, Haiti, Mexico and the United States, and also worked on complaints from and reports on other countries including Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. As an international development expert, he has worked on Rule of Law, Human Rights, and Judicial Reform in a number of countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and the Russian Federation. In the private sector, Dr. Rowles has worked as an international attorney for a leading national law firm and major global companies, on joint ventures and other matters in a number of countries in Europe (including Russia and the Ukraine), throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and in Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, China and Japan. The Trenchant Observer blog provides an unfiltered international perspective for news and opinion on current events, in their historical context, drawing on a daily review of leading German, French, Spanish and English newspapers as well as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and other American newspapers, and on sources in other countries relevant to issues being analyzed. Dr. Rowles speaks fluent English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish, and also knows other languages. He holds an S.J.D. or Doctor of Juridical Science in International Law from Harvard University, and a Doctor of Law (J.D.) and a Master of the Science of Law (J.S.M.=LL.M.), from Stanford University. As an undergraduate, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree, also from Stanford, where he graduated “With Great Distinction” (summa cum laude) and received the James Birdsall Weter Prize for the best Senior Honors Thesis in History. In addition to having taught as a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, Dr. Rowles has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University's Center for International Affairs (CFIA). His fellowships include a Stanford Postdoctoral Fellowship in Law and Development, the Rómulo Gallegos Fellowship in International Human Rights awarded by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and a Harvard MacArthur Fellowship in International Peace and Security. Beyond his articles in The Trenchant Observer, he is the author of two books and numerous scholarly articles on subjects of international and comparative law. Currently he is working on a manuscript drawing on some the best articles that have appeared in the blog.