A Disastrous Midterm Awaits Congressional Democrats

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

According to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, a disastrous midterm election awaits Congressional Democrats, with little time left to reverse their fortunes.

· Republicans hold a slight edge on the economy for the first time, with 43 percent of registered voters trusting the GOP versus 39 percent who favor Democrats

· The enthusiasm gap remains: Among those most likely to vote this fall, 53 percent plan to vote Republican, versus only 40 percent for Democrats

· Democrats are hemorrhaging the all-important Independent vote. Independents say they’ll back GOP House candidates by a 13-point margin, while disapproval of Obama among Independents has reached an all time high of 57 percent

As I see it, President Obama ignored the polls in 2009 which showed an overwhelming majority of voters were desperately concerned about jobs and the economy — not national healthcare.

Democrats and by extension, the president, will reap the voters wrath in November.

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14 Responses to A Disastrous Midterm Awaits Congressional Democrats

  1. Rachel says:

    But Joan Walsh keeps saying Democrats aren’t paying attention to the election because it’s summer, people are on vacation, and the kids are home? I think Ms. Walsh is delusional and the voters are very engaged and paying attention. Especially the huge 18 million unemployed group of Americans who are angry at the current leadership for failing to do something about the worsening jobs picture in the USA.

  2. MichaelTAtheist says:

    It’s their own damn fault! As Bushit used to say, ”Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on you too!”

  3. Rinaldo says:

    I know this is a tired old analogy … but I will still use it … democratic party is like the titanic. The unsinkable ship was launched in january 2009 with huge filibuster-proof majorities. First there were iceberg warnings (tea parties), then an iceberg sited in november (christie in new jersey), then the iceberg was hit in massachusetts when Scott Brown was elected. For a while, the passengers were amused, but now it’s clear that the ship is going down … look for many dem candidates to dress up as republicans in order to get a seat in one of the lifeboats!

  4. Thai Noodles says:

    If Carly Fiorina can defeat Barbara Boxer then I fear for the next generation in this country.

    It’s one thing for rightwingers to get elected in Texas, Florida and Tennessee but in California? It may be time for me to catch a slowboat to Tahiti and read about the nightmare called the United States from the safety of 8,000 miles distance.

  5. DMason says:

    Good. Obama can spend the balance of his first term going on vacation, playing golf and whining to the base that he can’t get his agenda passed because of the GOP majority. Of course, he could veto everything the GOP passes but he won’t. This would require leadership and balls — two things Obama lacks.

  6. VicoDANIEL says:

    If Obama wants to reclaim his winnowing base, the way I see it is simple:

    1. redeploy the 50,000 remaining troops out of Iraq
    2. redeploy the 100,000 troops out of Afghanistan
    3. declare victory
    4. instruct Democrats to send him legislation repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to sign
    5. instruct Democrats to send him legislation repealing “DOMA” to sign
    6. instruct the Federal Reserve to release the $4 billion they’re holding to the banks and S&Ls to loan
    7. suspend student loan payments for 36 months
    8. bring back the WPA for the 21st century
    9. fire Rahm Emanuel — immediately
    10. replace Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton

    Trust me, his poll numbers will climb, and the country will suddenly respect him again. Of course, the Republicans will scream and carry on but who cares?

    Oh yeah, Mr. Obama cares. In fact, he’s far more worried about what Republicans think of him than his own base.


  7. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    Daniel — From your keyboard to God’s ears!

  8. Smooch says:

    Maybe losing the House and senate will be the shot of reality Obama needs to stop acting like a pussy and start acting like the president?

  9. Brigadoon says:

    Obama makes me cringe nowadays. Who signed off on him using the line in Milwaukee, “They (the Republicans) talk about like a dog.” Now Obama is a victim? Really? Is he such a weakling that he needs to play the victim card? Even the NAACP must be shaking their collective heads in disbelief. What happened to “Change we can believe in?” I don’t recognize him anymore.

  10. Jolly Roger says:

    Too quick to panic. The MSM is setting this narrative for a reason, and it isn’t entirely true (as we see from the Gallup survey done just today.)

    I’m still willing to bet cash (thus far) that neither House will change hands. Yes, the President has been a milquetoast enabler, but Boehner is still Boehner.

  11. R.J. says:

    When I think of Obama I think of Jimmy Carter and not in a good way.

  12. Joe in Colorado says:

    I would like to lay blame at the feet of the MSM but, I can read the polls as well as the next person and the numbers don’t lie. From Gallup, to Quinnipiac, to Harris, and Ipsos, I see trouble ahead for Democrats as the American public, rocked by unemployment and the inability to pay their bills and rent, view Obama and Democratic lawmakers are ineffective at creating new jobs. Time is running out and the president must get religion quickly or he will be kicked out of office.

  13. feminazi says:

    Vico Daniel — Great suggestions all!

  14. Mauigirl says:

    Joe is probably right, but it is an unfair perception. The big mistake Obama has made is not getting the message out that he has created jobs, and giving the perception that this is his key concern. The first thing he did was pass the stimulus, which no doubt prevented the economy from going into a full Depression. But it is not perceived as having helped the regular guy, and that was his mistake. Not enough emphasis on everyday people’s concerns. Even if he did want to do the healthcare reform, there might have been a way to do it so that it looked like a job creator, not just a way to change healthcare. As Bill Clinton’s signs used to say, “It’s the economy, Stupid!” I think Obama needed some of those signs on his walls.

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