The Republican Party's dramatic successes during the 2010 election continue to haunt the Democratic Party as President Barak Obama struggles to gain traction during the first six months of his second term.
Strategists say that had the Democrats spent just $20 to $30 million more on fighting for state houses and governorship, they might have had a chance to offset some of those wins, which have ultimately cemented a ten-year grip on the U.S. House and 20 legislatures, pushing the Democratic party out of some states entirely, according to Politico
"The Obama team has done some amazing things, those guys are really something, but the Democrats plan got skunked on the state houses," said former New York Republican Rep. Tom Reynolds, chairman of REDMAP, a group that worked to influence state races in advance of the once-a-decade redistricting process.
"They weren't in the same league as us, and that's having lasting consequences," he told Politico.
Those victories have become a significant impediment to Obama as he struggles to define his second-term agenda in the face of GOP-dominated redistricting and a wave of state actions that challenge his core priorities, ranging from the implementation of Obamacare to an comprehensive overhaul of immigration policy.
"Huge pain in the ass, yeah, every day," one senior Obama aide told Politico about the GOP's success at the state level, which has enabled them to undermine not only Obamacare but abortion rights, gun control, voting rights, and municipal unions.
"Everyone is focusing on the House as hampering us, but no one has really focused on losing all those governorships and state legislatures," the aide added, according to Politico.
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