Oftentimes it’s interesting to draw parallels between fictional characters and actual individuals. Sometimes such comparisons are quite flattering. Other times, not so much.
Before I go further, let me state that I don’t believe there is much comparison between the evil Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series and Barack Obama. Some might disagree, but that’s not my position, except in one key way.
In the Harry Potter books, Lord Voldemort is so frightening to all the wizards out there that they refuse to even say his name. In fact, throughout the various books, he’s referred to as “[h]e who must not be named.”
As the midterm elections move forward to their conclusion in one week, President Obama must be feeling a bit like Lord Voldemort because among Democrats he’s the one individual they refuse to name.
It started with Alison Lundergan Grimes’ tortured response to anyone questioning if she actually voted for Obama in either of the past two elections, but it’s continued with a host of other Democrats.
While none have been quite so silly sounding as Grimes and tried to suggest that possibly they didn’t vote for Obama, they’ve appeared equally uncomfortable when asked to profess any prior affiliation with the man or his policies.
Senator Mark Begich, for example, bit the bullet and admitted that he voted for Obama saying, “I did, but that’s irrelevant. The president’s not relevant. He’s gone in two years.”
Later, the White House Press Secretary and a host of other Democrats took exception to that idea which is probably a good thing. Once they actually admit he’s irrelevant, it’s pretty much game over.
What is relevant is the fact that Senator Begich has voted with Obama over ninety percent of the time. Still, he wants Alaskans to believe that this time he’ll be a huge thorn in the president’s side if voters give him another term.
Then there’s Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. During a debate last week, in response to a question about whether or not President Obama should visit New Hampshire to campaign on her behalf she replied that “he’s busy in Washington,” and “I think he’s exactly where he needs to be.”
Despite Democrats’ clear best efforts to keep Obama out of the midterm conversation, he seems determined to insert himself whenever he can. That’s why you can only imagine how much each of these candidates cringe when he notes that his “policies are on the ballot” and that these same Democrat candidates have been his “strong allies and supporters.”
With just a week left until Election Day, it will be interesting to see the further lengths these candidates will go to avoid being tied to Obama and as the big day approaches if any will dare utter his name.