We knew this was going to happen. Doncha wish you could go back in time and bitchslap these silly critters into not voting for the marketed candidate with no credentials and no experience? I mean, how much more black and white could it have been? 143 days in the Senate when he started his presidential campaign. Absolutely no executive experience, and absolutely no private sector experience. NONE! NADA! ZILCH! And then add all his famous America-hating and domestic terrorist cronies. I personally am still in shock that so many indies would fall for such a fraud.
One can only hope they have woken up for good and won’t take another swig of the kool-aid after some swoon inducing speech written by 26 years olds.
Mounting evidence that independent voters have soured on the Democrats is prompting a debate among party officials about what rhetorical and substantive changes are needed to halt the damage.
Following serious setbacks with independents in off-year elections earlier this month, White House officials attributed the defeats to local factors and said President Barack Obama sees no need to reposition his own image or the Democratic message.
One can hope he keeps going full throttle!
Since then, however, a flurry of new polls makes clear that Democrats are facing deeper problems with independents—the swing voters who swung dramatically toward the party in 2006 and 2008 but who now are registering deep unease with the amount of spending and debt called for under Obama’s agenda in an era of one-party rule in Washington.
A Gallup Poll released last week offered a disturbing glimpse about the state of play: just 14 percent of independents approve of the job Congress is doing, the lowest figure all year. In just the past few days alone, surveys have shown Democratic incumbents trailing Republicans among independent voters by double-digit margins in competitive statewide contests in places as varied as Connecticut, Ohio and Iowa.
Obama’s own popularity among independents has fallen significantly, too. A CBS News poll Tuesday showed the president’s approval rating among unaligned voters falling to 45 percent — down from 63 percent in April.
“We withdrew from the accounts of voters and now we need to pay them back,” said Nathan Daschle, executive director of the Democratic Governors Association. “We are having these conversations right now about what independents need to see and hear.”
Pat Waak, the chairwoman of the Colorado Democratic Party, said the party had so far failed to convince independent voters of the steps it had taken to improve the economy.
“I think the economy is at the base of the tension,” she said. “Quite frankly, we’ve got to do a better job of messaging. There’s a lot of work to be done to get independents more comfortable with what we’re doing.”
I just love that line, “There’s a lot of work to be done to get independents more comfortable with what we’re doing.” I am thinking that Pat needs some sort of DingBat Award for even thinking that we would fall for such a used car dealer meets therapist comment.
Pat? The marketed message is not getting through the loss of jobs, homes, and having to be on food stamps (or in other words, REALITY). Ya Think Maybe?
Andrew Myers, who polled for Democrats in Virginia House of Delegates races this year, said his analysis of exit polls indicated that voters had come to see Democrats as a party of high spending — too willing to make a rush for the pocketbooks and unable to effectively articulate how their health care reform push benefited independents, many of whom already have insurance plans.
Could it be that we see both parties rushing for our wallets and we are Sick.To.Death.of it? Could it be the Dems are ACTUALLY THE PARTY OF HIGHER SPENDING, and we are the parents taking away the kids’ $12 Trillion credit card?
“This is what’s particularly heartbreaking: There is a real sense that no one in Congress is standing up for them,” said Myers. “It’s a real problem for messaging for us.”
STOP SPENDING MONEY! Great, simple, easy, forthright, and TRUTHFUL message! Unfortunately for us, we know you cannot do it, so we will be firing your no good behinds in the next election cycle. Congress, are you comfortable with the way that message is formulated, or do you need to do some more internal polling?
The erosion among independents, however, isn’t simply a regional problem. Democrats are anxious about the prospects of five-term Sen. Chris Dodd in Connecticut, who trails one of his GOP opponents by 28 percentage points among independents in a prospective head-to-head matchup, and Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter and Iowa Gov. Chet Culver, two Democratic incumbents with shrinking approval ratings among independent voters. A Des Moines Register poll released this weekend showed the first-term Culver trailing the GOP front-runner among independents by nearly 30 percentage points.