If You Want Democrats to Vote, You Need to Give Them a Reason to Vote
I realize the headline is a bit obvious, but I think this is the reason the Democrats lost Anthony Weiner’s seat last night.
On a high-level campaign conference call Tuesday afternoon, Democratic donors and strategists commiserated over their disappointment in Obama. A source on the call described the mood as “awful.”
“People feel betrayed, disappointed, furious, disgusted, hopeless,” said the source.
Some of us felt that way after the Affordable Care Act — and the response from Democratic leadership wasn’t exactly conciliatory.
But what did they expect when a Democratic President and the largest Democratic majorities in both houses in many years passes Mitt Romney’s health care bill — and then brags about it?
It’s gotten worse since the 2010 Midterms. In the face of a truly radical opposition that wants to:
…repeal the 20th century, the New Deal, the Fair Deal, to turn us back to the robber barons running the country, and to eviscerate the environmental and other regulations to protect public health and safety…And to cut spending in ways that would be very harmful to people who rely on government.
How has the President responded? By slashing spending and offering to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — the heart of the New Deal and Great Society.
What Democrat wouldn’t be disappointed and furious?
“I am a registered Democrat, I have always been a registered Democrat, I come from a family of Democrats — and I hate to say this, I voted Republican,” said Linda Goldberg, 61, after casting her ballot in Queens. “I need to send a message to the president that he’s not doing a very good job. Our economy is horrible. People are scared.”
The jobs bill is a good start, to be sure. But if the pattern holds, it will get whittled down to a bunch of miscellaneous tax cuts, and we will be told — again — to be happy with what we got.
And this is telling: there is still no “Issues” tab on the Obama 2012 campaign site. What does the President want to do with a second term? What is he willing to fight for? What are the Democratic priorities?
I don’t think Democratic voters know the answer to these questions, and that’s kind of a problem.