After the Roman civil wars that followed Caesar’s crossing of the Rubicon, Romans proclaimed Gaius Julius Caesar “dictator in perpetuity.” Caesar’s great prowess as a leader of men had earned him the admiration of the people of Rome.
The Roman Senate, probably out of fear of the people of Rome more than anything else, plotted the assassination of Caesar. As Caesar was a populist and held the will of the people of Rome in his hands. Caesar was killed at the hands of no fewer than 60 senators on the Senate floor in Rome.
The mood of the democratic Senate of the United States in 2014 has become sullen. The Democrats have begun to question Obama’s motives for reasons quite opposite those mentioned in the above paragraph. The eerie silence from the Senate in recent months speaks volumes. Can a Democratic senator be re-elected if he does not distance himself from Obama? Will Republicans take the Senate by ballot in November because of Obama’s failure to lead?