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Poll Hints at Darker Days for Dems

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Posted on Aug 12, 2010
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The tide of public good will toward the Democratic end of the American political spectrum, which helped propel Obama into the White House, may be going out, according to a new WSJ/NBC poll, but the GOP isn’t necessarily faring so well either.

Wall Street Journal:

The sour national mood appears all-encompassing and is dragging down ratings for the GOP too, suggesting voters above all are disenchanted with the political establishment in Washington. Just 24% express positive feelings about the Republican Party, a new low in the 21-year history of the Journal’s survey. Democrats are only slightly more popular, but also near an all-time low.

The results likely foreshadow a poor showing in November’s mid-term for Democrats, whose leaders had hoped the public would grow more optimistic about the economy and, as a result, more supportive of the party agenda. Now, despite the weak Republican numbers, the survey shows frustrated voters on the left are less interested than impassioned voters on the right to [win in] the election.

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By Hammond Eggs, August 12, 2010 at 11:37 pm Link to this comment

It appears that the only way for there even to be an opportunity to make the Democratic party progressive once again is for the current totally corrupt apparatchiks of the Obama/Clinton ilk to be defeated over and over.  That might not happen even then.  But there doesn’t appear to be any other way.

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By mdgr, August 12, 2010 at 6:23 pm Link to this comment

David Sirota was right. Most progressive websites are at best shills for the DNC/DLC, and here I absolutely include Buzzflash, the Huff and Truthdig.

This article points out the obvious. The left loathes Obama at this juncture, and with good reason; it feels the same about the Democrats.

Rather than encouraging a dialogue on the prospect of a progressive third party—which could be as big or bigger than the Tea Party—these so-called “progressive sites” studiously refrain from doing that, preferring instead to foment a sense of dread and impotence amongst progressive voters.

Rather than envisioning the possibility of progressive Democrats in Congress publicly resigning from the Democratic Party and soliciting support as Independents—not unlike the Bernie Sanders—these so-called progressive sites invite us to keep on trying to “save the soul” of the Democratic Party. From my point of view, it’s really quite contemptible.

A very serious problem arises in that Sarah Palin or someone like her may very well get the nuclear codes in 2012. Aside from their kvetching, the publishers of these websites—which have become glorified scandal sheets—have never even tried to do something different.

What could be done?

Well, people like Ms. Huffington, Mr. Scheer or Mark Karlin could dedicate space on their respective sites to discuss the fact that nature really does abhor a vacuum.

They could invite their readers to discuss the possibility of strategically pushing back visa vis a third party that is not just a token player but actually **electable** (think a coalition of disaffected Dems, progressives and Indies).

Without it, we should at least consider the long-term effects of giving the Tea Party (think Weimar) the nuclear football.

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By David Fox, August 12, 2010 at 5:19 pm Link to this comment
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It would probably help if you actually acted like a Democrat.  Plus, alienatiing the base is usually considered a bad idea as well.

So far I’ve always voted Democrat, feeling great about my vote in the last election.  Nothing could be further from that now, IF I vote it won’t be Democrat or Republican.  Since a vote for Obama was the best chance in years for change, but instead we get more status quo, I’m voting for anything but the big two from now on.

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By Shift, August 12, 2010 at 3:07 pm Link to this comment

The Democrats too are a disaster.  Their perceptions and propaganda are built upon hubris!  They imagine themselves both superior and separate from the people.  The stomping they have earned is self induced.  They are clueless creeps.  I will NOT vote for disrespectful and corrupt party candidates, dims or repugs.  Salt their tails.

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