President Obama didn’t mince words after Democrats went down to a historic defeat in the midterm elections. In a Nov. 3 press conference, he said, “I’m not recommending for every future President that they take a shellacking like they – like I did last night. I’m sure there are easier ways to learn these lessons.”
Democrats lost control of the House but retained control of the Senate, albeit with a smaller majority. “One can argue that by describing his party’s defeat as a ‘shellacking,’ Obama described the situation as worse than it is to make the reality seem less awful by comparison,” wrote Ruth Walker of the Monitor.