As we take stock of 2014, I come to two conclusions:
1) It was the year of the Obama devaluation. His currency, prestige, and standing suffered a great deal. It's hard to see how he recovers and finishes strong, like President Reagan or President Clinton. His job approval may go up, but he is too divisive and toxic to turn things around.
2) Liberal ideas had a very bad time, specially in the 2nd term. Liberal ideas are not gaining traction anymore, as Kurt Schlichter wrote:
2014 was the year when the rest of America saw the truth. And the truth will force normal Americans to choose sides.Do they stand with a president who lies to them about his health scheme, or with conservatives who seek to dismantle it?
Will they stand with liberal feminist radicals who want to ruin their sons’ lives to score political points, or with conservatives who demand due process for all?
Will they stand with the cop-hating, anti-American degenerates, or with those of us who support the men and women who ran into the burning World Trade Center?It’s an easy call. We saw a preview last November, but the real precursors were 1968 and 1972. Will the Silent Majority stand with the flag-burners, the looters, and the bums, or again choose those who love this country and believe in self-sufficiency as well as self-determination?Yes, it will be a very easy call in 2016 because liberals can no longer hide the truth.
We are not saying that liberals will stop promoting their ideas or stop using all of those despicable "cards" such as race, gender, or class warfare. In fact, they may get more vicious as they see the handwriting on the wall.
The problem is that liberals have nothing to show for after six years of President Obama and a majority in the U.S. Senate. Yes, they passed Obamacare, but it is very unpopular. Yes, the 3rd-quarter GDP was good, but there are still concerns about wage growth or the number of people who've stopped looking for work. And President Obama's foreign policy problems won't get any better, from ISIS to Russia to China.
The results aren't there, which is the main reason why many of their voters stayed home in 2014. It's hard to see how Mrs. Clinton excites the Obama coalition to show up again.
Yes, 2014 was a terrible year for liberalism and liberals. It is now up to conservatives to put their ideas on the table and start taking votes in Congress.