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  •  Obama's voters... (3+ / 0-)
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    were full of people who traditionally do not vote, especially in midterm elections, namely young people and African Americans. I would guess that except for the small number of very liberal voters who are protesting by not voting, the majority of people who typically vote during midterm are voting mostly democrat...although local politics probably is a huge factor. Sometimes, the Democrat candidate is no better than the Republican or Independent.

    Comparing a presidential election, especially one like 2008 where we had a candidate who directly appealed to people who rarely vote, to a midterm election is like comparing apples to oranges.

    I realize a lot of people would like to blame Obama this time, but not sure that is fair. If we were to separate out the people who voted in 2008 who ordinarily never vote in midterms, they you would have a valid comparison. I will admit, that until 2000, I rarely voted in midterms. I felt I didn't know enough about the local candidates so didn't bother. I did, however, vote in every presidential election since 1980. I think I was a pretty typical voter.

    Also...we don't have a Fox News. You should hear my mother..and she voted for Obama. While she still likes Obama, Fox News has really messed with her mind. She does like Alex Sink though...go figure. I imagine she won't vote at all when the time comes because she is just so confused and upset by it all.

    •  How about some Presedential signing statements (0+ / 0-)

      that fire up the base get tacked on to some bills?  

      They may be viewed inside the White House as small political potatoes but don't you think that during a famine of dissillusionment maybe that starch is enough to nourish our folks to keep the faith?  

      And it frames the discussion to things that democrats want and most importantly, things that democrats and progressives want to talk about.  

      Yes it will upset the nut-sackers and wing-nutty types and yes, it is threatening for administrationers who are crouched in defensive positions who will have to adopt a new attitude if not a new strategy.  

      Hope they haven't forgotten how to go on offense.  

      Rahm, Gibbs and the beltway boykins  seem to just dump it in from the blue line and start skating backwards.  Hell, even Caribou Barbie could beat that system.

      O, you powers that be, listen to  'ThatsNotFunny' and our other disillusioned brothers and sisters, you need their votes.  

      Give him a reason to go out and feel good that he's voting D, go on, I dare ya.

      "I'll press your flesh, you dimwitted sumbitch! " -Pappy O'Daniel

      by jakewaters on Tue Aug 17, 2010 at 10:24:07 AM PDT

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      •  Not one pithy add-on in a signing statement? (0+ / 0-)

        Why on earth not?  

        Sure, GWB's signing statements were excessive but, come on, not one noble gesture toward one extraneous thing that our side would applaud in almost 2 years?

        Could these be the missing messages, a huge cache of political capital that has not been tapped, the real stimulus we are in need of?

        Would our highly principled administration rather be remembered for 4 years of being holier- than-thou than for haveing spent 8 years  using every bit of leverage and avenue for good that they could?  


        "I'll press your flesh, you dimwitted sumbitch! " -Pappy O'Daniel

        by jakewaters on Tue Aug 17, 2010 at 10:55:45 AM PDT

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    •  That is really true. Obama turned out (1+ / 0-)
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      a lot of first-time and infrequent voters who are very unlikely to vote in the midterms. However, OFA is doing its best to get these voters to turnout. They have dedicated $50mm to the project.

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