Former chief Washington correpondent for Politico, Edward Isaac Dovere’s forthcoming book, “Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats’ Campaign to Defeat Trump,” gets brutally honest even going so far as to call the entire Democratic Party a “parasite.”
In the chapter “Benign Neglect,” Dovere explains that section’s title is the secret term used by Obama aides to describe the then-president’s abandonment of the Democratic Party in the White House.
“Negligence might be more accurate,” wrote Dovere, “The numbers are hard to ignore: during his eight years in office, Obama oversaw a net loss of 947 state legislative seats, 63 House seats, 11 senators, and 13 governors.”
Democrats dominated the majority in 2008 in both the House and Senate handing Obama the legislature during his first two years in office. Then, with the Tea Party wave in 2010, Republicans won over the majority in the House meanwhile Democrats’ majority in the Senate was shrinking. By 2014 Republicans had control of the House and Senate.
Dovere writes that President Obama carried himself with a “self-assured self-regard,” but that he “never built a Democratic bench and never cared to, aside from a few scattered candidates who interested him.”
The author calls out Obama’s “defenders” for arguing he didn’t want to risk tainting his president by “mucking about in fundraising or maybe he didn’t want to ruin his perfect image for voters, or if given the choice to govern or campaign he would always chose the former.