"I am not on the ballot this fall. Michelle’s pretty happy about that. But make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them." President Barack Obama
Yes, President Obama, you and your policies are on the 2014 ballot.
Yet candidates and incumbents of your party are running away from you faster than a nurse from an ebola quarantine.
Voters will get to judge their reaction to the following disasters, failures, and scandals under your presidency.
Gun rights: President Obama has run around the Constitution to restrict gun rights, or has relied on big liberal donors to coerce lawmakers and executives to curb access to firearms as concealed-carry permits.
Obamacare: men and women who took responsibility for their health care and purchased health insurance are getting punished for doing the right thing because of the Orwellian Affordable Care Act, which has turned out to be neither affordable nor caring.
Immigration: an illegal immigrant youth crisis has crowded the Southern border of the United States. Normally strongholds for Democratic control in New England are pushing aside or at least questioning liberal Democratic control.
Ebola: Americans do not feel safe because of the outbreak of communicable (and fatal) Ebola virus. Reports from Congressmen and federal health officials suggest that President Obama wants to bring infected immigrants to the United States to grant them treatment, too.
Jobs: This jobless recovery has given birth to a stagnating recovery. Wall Street may have crested 17,000 on the Dow Jones Industrial Average, but that means nothing to the homeless and unemployed covering themselves with the business section of the New York and LA Times. When Democratic lawmakers like Rhode Island Congressman David Cicciline take pictures of his district's unemployed, there is no way that they can run from this President or his deep responsibility for terrible policies bankrupting businesses, pushing profits into tax shelters, or forcing corporations to invert and move overseas.
President Obama and his policies are on the ballot, and Democrats across the country are scared.
If the Democratic Party was a brand of dog food, they should have been taken off the shelf by now.