Via the AP:
For anyone expecting postelection contrition at the White House or vows to change course after a disastrous election for Democrats, President Barack Obama had one message Wednesday: Think again.
A day after Democrats lost control of the Senate and suffered big losses in House and governors' races across the country, Obama struck a defiant tone. He defended his policies, stood by his staff and showed few signs of changing an approach to dealing with congressional Republicans that has generated little more than gridlock in recent years.
Rather than accept the election results as a repudiation of his own administration, the president said voters were disenchanted with Washington as a whole. And rather than offering dour assessments of his party's electoral thrashing, as he did after the 2010 midterms, the president insisted repeatedly that he was optimistic about the country's future.
"It doesn't make me mopey," he said of the election during a news conference in the East Room of the White House. "It energizes me because it means that this democracy's working."
The president's sunny outlook stood in sharp contrast to the gloomy electorate. Most voters leaving polling places said they didn't have much trust in government and felt the nation was on the wrong track. Those feeling pessimistic were more likely to vote for Republican congressional candidates, according to exit polls.
To some Republicans, the gulf between the public's mood and the president's outlook suggested a White House that's out of touch and refusing to recalibrate after getting a clear message from voters. Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, wondered whether Obama was "detached or in denial."
"In word and tone, he refused to take responsibility or even express humility," Priebus said. "He seemed to suggest the only ideas he's willing to listen to are his own, old, failed ones."
Indeed, Obama spoke only broadly about the need to reassess as he heads into his final two years in office. He said it was "premature" to discuss overhauling his staff or shifting positions on policies. He reasserted his pledge to move forward with executive actions on immigration before the end of the year, despite strong opposition from Republicans. And he rejected the notion that his limited relationships with Republican lawmakers, including the likely Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., would hamper potential compromise with the Congress.
I don't believe I could have a more visceral dislike of the man or what it is he stands for.
It is seriously depressing to think there are people who still support someone so loathful.