Was Barack Obama Bad for Democrats?

President Obama will be remembered as a thoughtful and dignified president who led a scrupulously honest administration that achieved major changes. …

To be truly transformative in the way he wanted, however, his success had to translate into electoral gains for those who shared his vision and wanted to reform government. On that count, Mr. Obama failed.

His legacy regrettably includes the more than 1,000 Democrats who lost their elections during his two terms. Republicans now have total control in half of America’s states.

Why such political carnage? CONT.

Stanley B. Greenberg & Anna Greenberg (Greenberg Quinlan Rosner), New York Times