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Sunday: It’s not Republicans I’m worried about

Premature empoppulation?

Paul Krugman writes a post about the Republican party, which seems to be churning out more and more unorthodox candidates as it searches desperately for the magic bullet.  He mocks Pawlenty’s opposition to fiat currencies.  In general, the post sounds like a lot of left blogosphere types who are counting on Republicans to be so messed up that they turn off the electorate.

But that’s because lefties tend to ignore human nature, including their own.

There is a lot of economic pressure on Americans right now and I’m betting that many of them will swap something they hold dear for immediate relief of stress.  By the time the 2012 election rolls around, the Great Recession will be four years old and many families will be ruined by joblessness, no health benefits and foreclosure.  I have no doubt that Republicans WANT it that way.  They are going to keep Obama’s minimal accomplishments to even more of a minimum.  Obama, in turn, is cooperating because as the master strategist he was reported to be, he isn’t.  And he doesn’t use the bully pulpit well either.  Oh, and he hasn’t ended the wars, created a jobs program, truly reformed health care, equalized pay between the sexes, enforced the suspension of DADT or any of the other things he said he did that he really didn’t but thinks we aren’t paying attention to call him on it.

We’re paying attention.

Nevertheless, Republicans have a weird way of rallying the troops.  I wouldn’t count them out. My gut feeling is that voters who tend to go Republican are itching for an alternative to Obama.  What I see happening is that the coalition that Obama cobbled together in 2008 isn’t going to hold together.  I’ve read many posts on  the web that suggest that AFL-CIO leader Richard Trumka was just bluffing on Friday when he promised to create an independent labor movement.  It was more of the “where else are you going to go?” crap.  If I were Democrats, I’d take Trumka’s threat more seriously because there are a lot of working people who are disgusted with both parties right now.  And Democrats only have to look to Canada to see how the next election may play out if Democrats continue to leave so many voters on the table.

Democrats have learned nothing from Jon Corzine’s defeat to Chris Christie, Martha Coakley’s defeat by Scott Brown  and Blanche Lincoln’s primary struggle.  It wasn’t a sudden last minute increase in the number of Republicans to the polls that did these lukewarm Democrats in.  It was adherence to a party line that didn’t accommodate the base.  Republicans didn’t turn out so much as Democrats stayed home.  Those elections were warnings to Democrats that they are not heeding.

If I were the Democrats, I wouldn’t be nuking the popcorn yet.

15 Responses

  1. the big O is not worried it will be 08 all over again.:(

  2. I’ve read many posts on the web that suggest that AFL-CIO leader Richard Trumka was just bluffing on Friday when he promised to create an independent labor movement. It was more of the “where else are you going to go?” crap. If I were Democrats, I’d take Trumka’s threat more seriously because there are a lot of working people who are disgusted with both parties right now. And Democrats only have to look to Canada to see how the next election may play out if Democrats continue to leave so many voters on the table.

    While it’s true that we don’t have a lot of specific options, I think that necessity breeds options.

    Too many of us are at risk if the policies of these last years continue to an inevitable conclusion:

    So why did I call this story “Danny and the Ryan Plan”? Well, it is very simple. Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin wrote up a Budget Plan that is called the Road to Prosperity Budget Plan. We all call it the Ryan Republican Plan and with all but 3 Republicans, it passed in the House with a majority on April 12th. Luckily, it failed in the Senate. The plan, while praised by the Right Wing Pundits for being courageous and brave, is heartless and hard and by the way, hated by most of the people that cared for Danny during his 3 weeks in the hospital, including me. You see, Danny is covered by Medicare A, B and C and Medicaid and Social Security. Without these four components, Danny could not survive. The Ryan Republican Plan wants to drastically change Medicare into a Policy Support Voucher System, cut Medicaid by nearly a third and privatize Social Security.

    This plan, if successful will hurt every disabled person in America, not to mention the elderly. Danny’s caregivers were evenly split politically; 50% Democrat, 40% Republican and 10% Independent. All have dedicated their lives to caring for others as Doctors, Nurses, Nurse’s Techs, Radiologists, Physical and Speech Specialists and Therapists of every area you could imagine. In all the 3 weeks that I was there, there was only 1 person in the mix that had no opinion. In general, my respect and love for the medical profession has grown. Danny’s nurses and techs were more than nurses and techs, they were Angels, so much so that I cry at the memory of their kindness, dedication and patience.

    There was one 27 year old Republican Nurse that told me while helping me bathe Danny after a messy accident in his bed, that she was so ashamed of her party’s leadership in Washington over the issues of healthcare. She was not sure that she could continue to remain a Republican if they continued in their push to mend the deficit at the expense of the most vulnerable in our society. After finishing the arduous task of bathing and changing the bedding, Danny grasped one of Jean’s hands and one of mine and kissed each one and said in his halting speech, “Know what Jean? Know what Myaita? I love you!” While Jean and I hugged each other with tears in our eyes, Danny smiled broadly and kissed Jean’s hand again and said to me, “Don’t cry Myaita.”

    Do Democratic politicians really believe that things are better with Obama as president? It’s bizarre. I don’t remember ever being this afraid.

    • Experience with UPMC Pgh ICU taught me that it ain’t Medicare, Medicaid or Insurance Companies who make the call that keeps Danny alive, it’s the Doctors, Nurses and service providers who practice Professional Ethics and their Oath of Care without regard to ability to pay. I learned that Charities and Social services, Patient Advocates and Families whose own loved ones were saved to live another day, contribute selflessly to those who respect the care they receive and concern themselves specifically with the well being of the patient and just don’t think about the politics of payment.

  3. Both Corzine and Coakley were inept and Coakley was intimidated by Obama (don’t criticize RomneyCare, the national version).

    Of course, Obama contributed to this. Leaving in Christie’s number 2 as the temporary US Attorney for NJ led to ther continued assault on Democratic politicians in the state except those affiliated with the Norcross (conservadem) machine that had supported Obama in Camden and Burlington Counties during the primary. Corzine never advertised on cable so the cable news stations treated him like the Devil Incarnate. The hundreds of millions went out of state to NYC and Philly stations. He refused to do interviews for the Star Ledger (Codey was readily available in contrast). They just loved Christie, a departure from their usual stands.

    Are you better off than you were four years ago? Only Wall Street and most of the bankers plus the defense contractors can answer in the affirmative. They are voting Republican anyway.

    I’ve never seen a “Democratic” President blast his own Party as much as Obama or laud the Republicans as much. Criticize him, at least as a Democrat? You must be racist. He’s the most racist President in more than a century. Not because he takes care of 99% of blacks (he spits in their paychecks) but because everything is race, race, race. Heck, he turned Martin Luther King into a Stokely Carmichael racist.

    Obama is proof, unfortunately, that character (broadly defined) does matter.

    • No. Corzi flipped on HRC endorsing Obama as a great listener (which flap ears proved was utter b.s.) He was the “victim” of his own disloyalty to the Primary Voters who didn’t appreciate having their votes tossed overboard to “select” the Rump Nominee.

    • Don’t lo

    • Don’t blame me for Christie. I voted for the best candidate on the ballot, Chris Daggett, the independent. There was no way in hell I was going to reward Corzine for the crap he pulled at the convention when he gave all of the delegates in a state that Hillary won to the guy who came in a distant second. And let’s not forget that Corzine once worked for Goldman Sachs.
      The message of the whole campaign was delivered right there at the convention by Jon Corzine. It was the bankers who bullied the delegates and humiliated Clinton.
      And the left still flatters itself as being smarter and less gullible than Republicans. {{snort!}}
      There are a lot of Democrats and former Democrats in NJ who will neeeeever forget. You want to know who is responsible for Christie’s win? Look no further than the DNC.

  4. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Teach-me-how-to-drive-so-I-can-protect-myself/132205866854879

    Here is her facebook page if you want to friend her.

    Obots too, I know you creeps are reading this.

  5. The Democratic establishment is going along with the GOP establishment to extent the PATRIOT ACT without any modifications. Notice the activist base which opposed Bush right, left, up, down and otherwise, is now silent on this atrocity.

    Obama is quite the charlatan. The GOP is going to make too many voters angry by November 2012, the problem is, Obama has angered his own base. As of now the 2012 election is going to be a toss up on level with 2004.

    Good luck Dems, you are going to need it.

  6. My gut feeling is that voters who tend to go Republican are itching for an alternative to Obama.

    I don’t fall in that category and I am itching for an alternative to Obama. I will vote independent even if Sarah is running against him. I loathe him more than either of the Bushes for his lying and betrayal. The director of my dog rescue group never voted anything but dem in her life but she voted for McCain and tells me I told you so all the time. She caught him in a lie about campaign funding way back when he said he would only take public funds and then welshed. That was it for her.

  7. So if not Hillary, find someone to run. You need an independent billionaire. Someone who actually has good politics and will run as an Indy. Someone who has a record of supporting civil rights, feminism, environment. Find that person.

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