Enthusiasm Gap "Paints Ugly 2010 Picture"
This picture of an audience listening to the Teleprompter-in-Chief captures the mood of Democrats these days. "Yawn! Grumble!" That's the sound of Democrat voters across the land, as we head toward the 2010 midterm elections. Apathy and discontent have spread like herpes at a coed dorm. And dormant Dems spell trouble for the party in power.
A new poll casts a pall on next fall for the Democrat pol. You can read about it at this KOmmie THREAD, "Weekly Tracking Poll: New Feature Paints Ugly 2010 Picture." It seems Head KOmmie KOs has KOmmissioned a survey, so you would think it would skew toward the skrewy left. Even so, this new tracking poll reveals a HUGH "Enthusiasm Gap" between the Pubs and the Dems, with "Dem" standing for "Demoralized."
But you would think the Democrats would be as giddy as a schoolgirl! They control EVERYTHING--the White House, the Senate, the House. Well, remember 1992-1994? The Dems ran the table in '92, gaining control of everything. Then in '93 they went for the classic overreach--Health Care Reform, anyone? So then what happened in the midterms of '94? The Republicans won control of the Congress! Can history repeat itself? We'll see. But for now the tea leaves are not looking too good for the Democrats.
So let us now step into the gap, with the KOmmie KOmments in Harry Reid Red, while the commentary of your humble guest correspondent, Charles Henrickson, hoping the Republicans don't squander the opportunity, is in the [brackets]:
Weekly Tracking Poll: New Feature Paints Ugly 2010 Picture
[TTIUWP: This Thread Is Ugly WITH Pictures!]
The President's numbers continue to soften. . . .
[Barry needs Voter Viagra for his poll.]
this is a weak tracking poll for Democrats and a strong one for Republicans.
[Weakly Tracking Pols.]
With each passing day, the mood of the nation is going to be reflected on the current political leadership in Washington DC, rather than the transgressions and incompetencies of the past leadership. And the mood of the nation appears to be darkening. . . .
But a bigger indicator of peril comes from a new survey question added to the DK tracking poll for the first time this week. The poll now includes a rather simple indicator of baseline voter enthusiasm for the year 2010. . . . QUESTION: In the 2010 Congressional elections will you definitely vote, probably vote, not likely vote, or definitely will not vote? The results were, to put it mildly, shocking:
Voter Intensity: Definitely + Probably Voting/Not Likely + Not Voting
Republican Voters: 81/14
Independent Voters: 65/23
DEMOCRATIC VOTERS: 56/40
[Better round up some more dead voters!]
This enormous enthusiasm gap. . . .
[Mr. President, we must not allow . . . an enthusiasm gap!]
We MUST pass a good HCR bill and we MUST pass a good jobs bill.
[Yes, go for the socialist overreach! That worked so well for you in '93-'94.]
So the finding that maybe 3-5 million people will take advantage of the public option is a good thing? How about the fact that the vast majority of us, i.e., those who currently have insurance through our employer, won't be eligible to participate? . . . there's absolutely nothing in the bill that prevents them from simply raising rates sky high on EVERYONE to offset their potential profit losses.
This doesn't introduce the necessary competition into the system to lower costs for everyone.
[LOUSY FREEPER TROLL!!!]
The Rethugs still effectively control everything.
[Sorry, this mess is all on the Dems! You guys control EVERYTHING!]
Why did we bother to elect Democrats if we didn't believe in the ability of a government program to be reasonably well run?
[THAT is the 64 trillion dollar question! Who wants to be insured by Mutual of Obama?]
Explain to me how you expect insurers to lower rates while simultaneously increasing their risk exposure while meeting shareholders needs. . . . Noble idea. . . . But electoral poison for Democrats.
People like to believe in magic pixie dust, but those darned magic pixies aren't cooperating.
[I DO believe! I DO believe! I do I do I do!!!]
If President Obama and the Congressional Democrats continue to toss key constituencies like gays and women under the bus, they can expect this kind of enthusiasm gap to continue.
[All we are is pixie dust in the wind. . . .]
They need to get their heads out of their asses. . . .
[Who? The Democrats or the fairies?]
it's about base turnout.
[That's what I'm talking about!]
They've done nothing to date to excite the base. . . .
Frankly, I think that hyperbole is a huge part of the problem.
[Hyperbole is absolutely HUGE! It's the biggest problem by FAR!]
did you miss the whole Stupak Amendment controversy?
[Still stuck on Stupak.]
the enthusiasm gap is real. . . . The Prez needs to show some testosterone. . . .
[Loss of essence. He needs to replenish his precious bodily fluids.]
he's about to get a can of ass whuppin' opened on him with the climate change bill. . . .
The base stays home because they're not pleased. Republicans take control of congress, completely putting a halt to everything any Democrat could ever THINK of passing. Yep, that'll show 'em.
[From your lips to Gaia's ears!]
Obama is managing to energize the Rethugs while having the opposite effect on Democrats. Very impressive.
[It's a gift!]
The 2010 Picture may well include Ralph Nader. . . .
[Yes! Unsafe at any age! Ned Lament rides again!]
If Party Leadership . . . proclaims that voters are stupid not to vote Democratic, I predict losses will be even worse. "Vote for us or you're stupid" is not a winner.
[Better: "Vote for us BECAUSE you're stupid!"]
I am absolutely stunned and dismayed that after doing a fantastic job in the White House on every level, President Obama's ratings have gone DOWN. WTF????
[It's UNBELIEVABLE! This man won THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE, fer cryin' out loud!!!]
People have such sky-high expectations that short of turning water into wine, the President will be a disappointing failure. . . .
[Yes we Cana!]
Far left makes up about 1-2% of the total electorate, catering to which may result in bigger losses among moderates and more reliable voters.
[Let's hope President Cater keeps catering!]
No health care law passed yet -- while the proposals get crummier every day? Sending more troops and treasure to Afghani-quagmire..... getting suckered by the warmongering Republicants and generals like Johnson did? Letting the architects of torture be held unaccountable? Gays still being kicked out of the military? Giving megabanks a gazillion dollars while letting small ones that provide loans to small people and business wither? Passing an economic stimulus bill rather than a jobs bill?
[IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!]
We can't let this country be taken over by the tea party people.
[Invasion of the Tea Party People! Run away! Run away!]
We need an Orange party.
[THE ORANGE REVOLUTION BEGINS TODAY!]
We voted for change and got Dubya with a tan.
I thought I was getting a new JFK and all I got was Obush.
[Stay outta de Obushes!]
Congress and Obama had this year to do anything big. They blew it.
[Call 'em the Blew Dogs!]