HuffPo political editor: Obama presided over 'destruction' of Dems

The Huffington Post's senior politics editor, Sam Stein, says President Obama oversaw "the destruction of the Democratic Party," leaving it "in a much worse position" than before his presidency started.

"You look at the destruction of the Democratic Party under Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama marks MLK Day by honoring King for his 'poetic brilliance' and 'moral clarity' Biden breaks away from 2020 pack in South Carolina National Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo MORE’s leadership and you have to wonder, what was the political — what were the electoral benefits that he gave to the party?” Stein asked on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” on Wednesday.

“He leaves them in a much worse position,” Stein continued. “The states are decimated, they lost control of the House and Senate, the governorships are decimated.”

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The GOP will also hold the governor’s office in 33 states starting in 2017, the most in 24 years. And Republicans control both chambers in 32 state legislatures, while Democrats have control of both chambers in only California, Delaware, Hawaii, Oregon and Rhode Island.

Democrats had control of Congress when Obama was elected, but lost the House in 2010 and the Senate in 2014. The party made slight gains in both chambers in this year’s elections, but not enough to overcome Republican majorities.

“Maybe [Obama] is a gifted candidate. He won election twice by substantial margins,” Stein said. 

“But his legacy as a politician is a bit muddied by all that.”