As Tuesday's midterm elections approach, it's gotten so deep for the Democrats that President Barack Obama just had to make a stunning announcement.
He was headlining a $7,500-per-head fundraising dinner in liberal Providence, R.I., last week, trying to drum up some last-minute support for the sagging campaign of one David Cicilline, a Democrat running for a Kennedy family seat in the U.S. House that could very well go Republican.
As true representatives of the struggling middle class, the wealthy liberal guests prepared for a sumptuous feast: Delicate lobster risotto, handsomely marbled and tender beef, and various cheeses and wines. The dessert was undisclosed, but surely there was fluffy chocolate souffle, or was it tiramisu?
Just then, Obama gave notice that he couldn't stay for dinner, and had to cut out early. But before he split for Washington, he offered up a verbal appetizer.
"I've got to get home because Michelle is on the road," the president explained. "So I've got to be home to tuck in the girls and walk the dog. And scoop the poop."
Yes, scoop the poop.
Is that what many Democrats in Congress are calling it, with Tuesday on their minds?
The president obviously has other important tasks. For example, he's trying to get to the bottom of that Yemeni-based terrorist plot aimed at Jews in Chicago. And there's the economy, with unemployment levels still hovering just under 10 percent.
But the White House insisted the president wouldn't change his busy political travel schedule: that Chicago rally over the weekend, and more political rallies in Cleveland, Philadelphia and Bridgeport.
No, not the real Bridgeport, ancestral home of the Daleys. That other one, in Connecticut.
The reason for all these stops? Political scooping.
The Obama administration has deposited dangerous leavings across the land, and his loyal Democratic Congress has stepped in it.
They're the ones who will pay at the polls for his excessive feeding of the federal government.
Obama lost the independent voters. He had them in his pocket just 24 months ago. But he drove them off by doing something politicians should never do:
Jamming what the people didn't want down their throats and telling them to like it.
It started with a near-trillion-dollar federal stimulus — including cash for a famous study on coked-up monkeys — and it got worse.
Americans didn't want coked-up monkeys. And they didn't want the White House to own General Motors.
They didn't want massive government programs like his revamping of health care. They told him they didn't like it at all those angry town hall meetings. But he didn't listen.
And he didn't listen when moderate Democrats warned him. He didn't listen as many independents became radicalized as tea party protesters.
So the White House tried to demonize the tea party. At first the Axelrodian response was to insist the tea party folks were crazy, because only lunatics would oppose an unprecedented and costly expansion of the federal leviathan, right?
When that didn't work, the tea party folks were labeled as racists. Then as fearmongers. It all failed.
So on Tuesday, the bill will be paid. But the president isn't the one picking up the check. The Democrats in Congress get stuck with this one, and it's their fault too, because they smoked the Hopium and closed their eyes and voted for his agenda. (Continues here)