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You can lead a donkey to water...

by: Jay Stevens

Fri Aug 13, 2010 at 08:15:22 AM MST

Man...I don't know what to say. Is anybody surprised about this?

Gallup, a pollster, reckons that a mere 28% of Democrats are "very enthusiastic" about voting, compared to 44% of Republicans. By the same token the Pew Research Centre found in June that only 37% of liberal Democrats were "more enthusiastic than usual" about going to the polls, compared with 59% of conservative Republicans. And according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll the same month, the categories of voters whose interest in elections has dimmed the most since the last one are liberals and those who voted for Mr Obama (see chart). "You can't deny the level of disappointment," says Raul Grijalva, a Democratic representative from Arizona and head of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Not me. I'm not surprised by Republicans' low approval ratings, either. I guess that's what happens when your party starts a couple of wars it couldn't finish, tanks the economy, and brings torture to the United States.

Still, it looks like it's the Democratic party that will suffer losses this November, largely because of the "enthusiasm gap" - the Democratic base just isn't fired up to vote.

And it's not like we couldn't see it coming. My prediction last year when the unenthusiastic Democrats started surfacing:

{Blogger Steve} Benen says the solution to Democratic woes is for party leaders to pursue an aggressive reform policy in health-care, climate change, union legislation, etc & co, that will reawaken the base. Don't expect that, however. Expect the news that Democratic voters are dropping out to spur politicians to again tack to the right to woo the voters that are planning to go to the polls. That is, of course, more in line with the actual record of many politicos.

Nailed it. The odd thing is that it appears Democrats ascribe their failures to being too liberal. No, it's because voters see them as ineffective:

Americans are growing more pessimistic about the economy and the war in Afghanistan, and are losing faith that Democrats have better solutions than Republicans, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

Underpinning the gloom: Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the economy has yet to hit bottom, a sharply higher percentage than the 53% who felt that way in January.

IMHO, Democrats needed to pursue an aggressively progressive agenda, all the while stumping on the principles of progressivism. Americans like principled politicians. Instead, Democrats are leaping for cover and hoping this resurgent anti-incumbency doesn't push them out of office, and the media has again internalized rightwing spin and ascribe Democratic failures to a conservative electorate...which is simply not true.

Don't believe me? Check out the rapidly moving poll numbers on Americans' view towards gay marriage. It's an issue that's been in the public eye for two decades, and the public debate surrounding it has allowed gay rights' activists and marriage proponents to continually hammer on their core principles of equality and civil rights, and - pretty quickly! - views of Americans have shifted towards favoring gay marriage, especially those of young people. That is, if you fight for what you believe in and provide good, compelling arguments that embody American principles, you will move the nation.

The irony here is that, on the other core issues surrounding this Congressional session, progressive positions started out popular. A majority of Americans favored the public option. A majority of Americans want climate change legislation. Talk about a missed opportunity...

In short, Democrats deserve to lose seats this election. Only I suspect they won't learn the lesson that those results will serve up. Instead, expect a further rightward shift and shying away from the principles that got them there in the first place...

Jay Stevens :: You can lead a donkey to water...
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Democrats need to hit the Repubs hard on their stated positions (0.00 / 0)
First of all, let me state that I am a 71-year old widow who was married to the same man for nearly 49 years.  Both he and I agreed that gay marriage should be legalized because a marriage between two gays would in no way threaten marriages between heterosexuals.  So, it's not just the youth of this country that support equality and civil rights being extended to gay and lesbian couples.

Gay people are born gay, they do not choose to be gay.  Hence, if the God-praising anti-gays would just put on their thinking caps, they should then ponder why God would make homosexuals--just so that they could suffer at the hand of homosexual-hating heterosexuals? I don't think so.

That said, I think Democrats can slam the Republicans on every front for their positions against everything that counts for meaningful legislation for the majority of Americans.  1) They claim that people receiving unemployment compensation are just lazy and unwilling to take the many jobs that are available.  Huh?  What jobs?  2) The Repubs believe that only tax cuts granted to the rich will aid our hurting economy--but they can't explains why the tax cuts they have enjoyed now for 8 or more years failed to keep us out of this recession.  3) The Repubs claim that they can solve our problems by electing Repubs to the House, the Senate and the White House and pursue what policies?  Cut government and cut taxes for the wealthy.  4) They claim that well-educated people are "elitists," who are harmful to the development of our young childrens' minds--never seeming to recall that some of them are both well-educated and wealthy too.  There are even Republican litagators--imagine that, when they are deemed responsible for our health care debacle.  

I could go on and on, but you get the idea.  Have to keep hitting hard on all the awful things the Republicans do and say that negatively affect so many Americans.


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