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November 6, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Midterm elections: Repudiation of Obama’s leadership

Super Tuesday’s midterm elections might just have well been Blue Monday for President Obama, as Republicans gained control of the U.S. Senate after election results were finally tabulated [“Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell weigh move to new committees,” Local News, Nov. 5].

Candidate Barack Obama campaigned in 2008 as an agent of “change,” and the irony is he accomplished that very thing — but not quite the way he expected. In President Obama’s first term, Democrats lost the majority leadership in the House of Representatives, which had been that way since the Clinton administration. This is a resounding defeat and repudiation of President Obama’s leadership and policies.

This power shift in the nation’s capital will have implications for the state of Washington in particular, because U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell will have to relinquish their positions as chairwomen in their respective committees.

For President Obama, will he erect a political wall around himself of executive orders and veto power or instead give in a little bit and make concessions by working with Republicans to get some meaningful legislation passed into law before he leaves office?

President Obama likes to say, “The buck stops with me.” Well, indeed it does.

Robert Randle, Tacoma

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