President Obama has come in for damning criticism, but not by members of the Republican party, this time the harsh words are coming from members of the Democrats in the Senate.
Obama has seen Democrats hit out and criticise the Obama healthcare law which has been highly controversial across the country and have cited this and other mistakes made by the White House as reason for the Democrats fairing so poorly in the recent mid term elections that saw Republicans win a majority.
Not only have healthcare reforms been attacked in the Senate, so too have tax, energy and immigration laws.
According to Reuters, a high-profile speech dissecting Democrats’ losses in this month’s midterm elections, Charles Schumer, the No. 3 Senate Democrat, listed “a cascade of issues” botched by the White House, starting with Obama’s push for healthcare reforms soon after he took office in 2009.
According to Schumer, the party lost because the White House made mistakes relating to “a cascade of issues,” with the healthcare reform being one of them as he believed that the American people were more concerned about the impact of the recession at the time than on reforms such as these that are costly to the state.
Following the speech the White House made the unusual move of publicly pledging to veto a deal on tax breaks that Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid was trying to come to an agreement with the Republicans in the House of Representatives.
“There is clearly a lot of unhappiness and a lot of mistrust that exists between the president and his congressional party,” said Ross Baker, political scientist at Rutgers University to Reuters.
The Democrats will lose their control of the Senate to the Republican party in January and this is expected to cause even more problems for the already troubled Obama within his party and the government as a whole.
It is expected that Obama will see support from his own party diminish over issues such as the Keystone XL pipeline project.
The other sticky issue facing Obama is his attempts to push through new immigration laws with the Republicans keen to put a stop to these.
According to Reuters, several Democratic senators have been critical of Obama for taking executive action rather than letting Congress take the lead on the issue. If six or seven joined Republicans, they could block Obama’s action, forcing a veto.