The question was hotly debated Sunday on the morning news shows. It's been debated thousands of times since everyone realized the Democrats were going to take a beating at the polls today.
The question is this: Is the election a referendum on Barack Obama and his progressive policies?
On Meet the Press, Republican Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi said that the voters were ultimately casting their ballots against the Obama White House.
Not surprisingly, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine took the opposite position, saying that any discussion of a referendum on the president is overblown. I almost feel sorry for Kaine, being, as he is, in the unenviable position of supporting Barack Obama and his socialist agenda.
Despite Kaine's claim, the only thing overblown is the belief among Democrats that they have anything more than a hope and a prayer of having a good day at the polls. Governor Barbour said, "there's no question that this election is a referendum on Obama's policies." Barbour added that he’d be surprised if the Republicans didn’t take control of the House but hedged a bit on the Senate.
Democrat Kaine was ready to counter the widely-held view of a major GOP victory Tuesday night. "I think the Republicans are saying they're going to take both houses. We believe we're going to hold on to both houses and we're going to see. I'm not going to predict. I believe we will hold on to both houses, but the margins will get narrower, as the American public isn't a 51-49 nation the margins will get narrower. This is a choice, a clear choice, not a referendum."
It is a clear choice. A very clear choice, Mr. Kaine, and Americans are very clearly choosing. They don't want Obama's brand of socialism here. Make no mistake about it, regardless of how it is reported by the liberal media, the defeat Democrats are going to suffer today will be a beat down, and the only thing that's overblown are the Democrats hopes of maintaining a majority in the House.
Kaine acknowledged that while some Democrats are avoiding the issue, "the overwhelming majority of candidates that I am standing up with, they're proud of the party, proud of the president, proud of the accomplishments and they're thrilled that they have reformed the health care system to stop insurance company abuses, make sure that young people can stay on family policies ‘til age 26, help seniors and help small businesses. So sure, if somebody stands up as a Democrat and says they're against it, that's going to be newsworthy, but all the Democrats that are out there campaigning for it, that's not so newsworthy."
I had to rub my eyes to make sure it was Kaine, and not Pinocchio making the statement. His nose should have grown as he said it. Make no mistake about it. I want to be very clear on this, (my apologies for making fun of Obama's standard style of demagoguery) virtually every Democrat running for office is hiding from the health care issue. Most Democrats are even hiding from Obama. One candidate, a Democrat from Rhode Island, told Obama to "shove it."
Now there's a party proud of their president! Kaine was right about one thing, the choice is, indeed, very clear. As will be the message America sends to the Democrats; a clear, concise and resounding referendum on Barack Obama. And it's going to be a beat down.