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This Is Why The Midterms Will Be A Debacle For Democrats

New York Times columnist Charles Blow illustrates (not intentionally, of course) why the 2010 midterms may be a blow out of historic proportions for the Democrats. Giving a nod to the dismal poll numbers that continue to afflict President Obama, Blow then zeroes in on what he believes is the real problem: Republicans and Rush Limbaugh.

According to a CBS News poll released on Friday, President Obama's approval rating on health care sank to a personal low: 34 percent. (His overall approval rating in the poll was also a new low for him: 44 percent.)

This is in large part because of Republican recalcitrance. The left loves him. The right not so much. Actually, not at all. According to a Quinnipiac University poll released last week, Obama's job approval rating among Republicans was a measly 9 percent. On health care, his approval rating was an even-more-measly 7 percent.

Why? The Apostles of Anger in their echo chamber of fallacies have branded him the enemy. This has now become an article of faith. Obama isn't just the enemy of small government and national solvency. He's the enemy of liberty.

This underscores the current fight for the soul of this country. It's not just a tug of war between left and right. It's a struggle between the mind and the heart, between evidence and emotions, between reason and anger, between what we know and what we believe.

This conflict was captured in a tit-for-tat between Obama and Rush Limbaugh. In an interview with CBS this week, Obama complained about the "vitriol" coming from the likes of Limbaugh: "I think the vast majority of Americans know that we're trying hard, that I want what's best for the country."

Limbaugh shot back on Friday, "I and most Americans do not believe President Obama is trying to do what's best for the country."

And there it was. Obama's language focused on what people "know," or should know. He seems to find comfort in the empirical nature of knowledge. It's logical. Limbaugh's language focused on what he thinks people "believe." Beliefs are a more complicated blend of facts, or lies, and faith. And, they can exist beyond the realm of the rational.

This focus on faith has allowed people like Limbaugh to mislead and manipulate large swaths of the right.

Blow would have us believe that "Republican incalcitrance" is at the heart of the President's unpopularity. What about the majorities Democrats have in both houses of Congress and the Executive, Mr. Blow? How is Republican incalcitrance hindering Democratic policy when Democrats undeniably are in control? And what of this "empirical nature of knowledge" versus what people "believe". I think what Mr. Blow is saying here is that the inarticulate, poorly informed, illogical and faith driven Republicans are getting in the way of the intellectual elites that know better. In other words, Republicans and the grass roots movements that have arisen to object to President Obama should just shut up.

When a columnist for a major U S newspaper must label a political minority "The Apostles of Anger in their echo chamber of fallacies" one would think that the author is talking about a formidable political opposition. But the only power Republicans have is public opinion (and they are winning in that venue). If Mr. Blow truly believed President Obama and the Congressional Democrats that wield the power were doing the right thing he wouldn't get so worked up about Rush Limbaugh and the puny Republican minority. His rant shows all the symptoms of a doomed policy and an inherent fear of the Tea Party movement.


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Come this November we all a... (Below threshold)
Michael:

Come this November we all are going to be witness to monumental history in the making.

Obama is . . . the... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:
Obama is . . . the enemy of liberty.

This part I agree with. Otherwise, Blow's entire article is the sort of stupid sophomoric diatribe heard in a lot of college dormitories that we learn to ignore when we grow up.

The New York Times i... (Below threshold)
Caesar Augustus:

The New York Times is still being published??

In any event, as for Mr. Blow (a pseudonym, I have to presume), it's quite obvious that that article is a belated April Fool's Day joke. Nobody could be that vacant and fatuous. Then again, maybe it is a serious article, in which case the author's surname clearly stands for the proposition that he's blown his brains out of his own arse.

As for the Nov. elections, let's not get all that excited. Although the Democrats will lose the House and perhaps the Senate too, the cold reality is that Obama still will be President and 2012 still will be a political eternity away. And if Obama gets reelected then 2010 will become the very definition of a pyrrhic victory.

"Obama's job approval ra... (Below threshold)

"Obama's job approval rating among Republicans was a measly 9 percent. On health care, his approval rating was an even-more-measly 7 percent."

These numbers are indeed disturbing. They are way too high.

Obama's language focused... (Below threshold)
Occam's Beard:

Obama's language focused on what people "know," or should know. He seems to find comfort in the empirical nature of knowledge.

Blow must be of below normal intelligence. Consider Obama's statement:

"I think the vast majority of Americans know that we're trying hard, that I want what's best for the country."

How would the truth content of this statement change if He had said "believe" rather than "think," which in this context is effectively a synonym?

Put another way, suppose that Obama had said "I believe the vast majority of Americans know that we're trying hard, that I want what's best for the country."

and Limbaugh had said

"I and most Americans do not think President Obama is trying to do what's best for the country."

Would that emendation have materially changed either statement?

Of course not.

Blow is well-named.

"The New York Times is stil... (Below threshold)
jim m:

"The New York Times is still being published??"

Not for long. I looked at heir financials last Dec. They're bleeding red ink. Divide their loss by heir circulation and you get something like $0.54 loss for every paper sold.

The dems are headed for an electoral buzz saw. It's not that anyone thinks the GOP is that great (they're not). But the dems are so far gone on their drive for socialism there is no hope for any of them to turn back.

When you see that the MSM is even starting to cotton to the fact that the Tea Party is going mainstream and that the tea party is less conservative and more reflective of the nation than anyone suspected.

The lefties can continue to hide their heads in the sand but they are in for a rude awakening in Nov.

The Democrats are their own... (Below threshold)
Stan:

The Democrats are their own worse enemy. Why would I make such a statement? Well, for one thing, they have the House, the Senate and the Presidency. Someone would think that they would have passed the Healthcare boondoggle with sizable majorities in both houses, but they just barely squeaked by with the House vote. It all boils down to one thing and that is the highly inflated egos of Princess Pelosi, Dingy Harry and "Walks on Water". These egos could not stand to be in the same room, and thus a major source of confict.

the NY Times is NOT a comme... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

the NY Times is NOT a commercial enterprise...and thus profits are NOT a concern to them!

Limbaugh shot back on Frida... (Below threshold)
Liberal Nitemare:

Limbaugh shot back on Friday, "I and most Americans do not believe President Obama is trying to do what's best for the country."

Remember the good ol' days when statements like Limbaugh's were considered to be talking truth to power?

I remember in the pre-elect... (Below threshold)
Jumpinjoe:

I remember in the pre-election days of 2008, the argument amongst us was whether to vote McCain and stop a far left lefty with Democrat majorities from converting the country into something unrecognizable.

The other side of the argument was to let Obama and Democrats win and give the country a real taste of what it's like to have things run the way the moonbat left saw the world.

I went to the polls, held my nose and voted McCain.

But now I have zero regrets that McCain lost because those that made the argument to get this country back on the right track was to give everyone a chance to see what happens when socialists masquerading as moderates ran things.

So to those of you that said "let Obama win", for it's the only way to bring people back to their senses, I say "congrats", you called it correctly.

And to Obama I say "congrats" too for opening the eyes of the sleeping giant. That being freedom loving "normal" Americans not of the moonbat variety or those A-political types that bought in to the "hope and change" platitudes.

The NYT is still a commerci... (Below threshold)
jim m:

The NYT is still a commercial enterprise. However, you are correct in that they are positioning themselves to be taken over and subsidized by the federal government.

At least one advisor for th... (Below threshold)

At least one advisor for the FCC is advocating a new government-run news media to, uh, I dunno really what she's claiming - OK, let's be honest, it boils down to having a "press" to simply spout the President's socialist message unfiltered by any free media (yes, my mind screamed "Goebbels" at this). This sounds a lot like "the Slaughter Solution" to me. Put out this crazy idea, then when you drop that and nationalize - sorry - partner with the New York Times to do the same thing it looks SO much better.

As for this article...if Republicans are to blame for Obama's lack of progress...would Republicans be credited by the leftist media if he was doing well?

Yeah, you can laugh now.

CA: "As for the Nov. electi... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

CA: "As for the Nov. elections, let's not get all that excited."

Amen. I'm getting a little tired of hearing gleeful exclamations of "We're gonna crush the Dems in November!". So what?

First off, November is a long time away and half the voters can't think beyond the next episode of American Idol.

Second, what exactly are we going to win; the House plus some more seats in the Senate? BFD. So now we'll still have ObamaKare, only with the Repubs in charge. whoopee. Meanwhile we'll still have half the citizens standing there with their hands out, waiting for Uncle Sugar.

If the GOP takes over again, this time they are going to have to really step up and live up to the ideals of the Founding Fathers. They are going to have to fight like Warrior Statesmen. That hasn't happened in any of our lifetimes.

Frankly, I don't think the current GOP, especially it's leadership, has what it takes.

Let's be honest. The left ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Let's be honest. The left has gone completely into Orwellian newspeak mode. When they talk about freedom of speech they are talking about being able to support the administration. When they talk about terrorism and encouraging violence they are talking about dissent. When they talk about change that will help Americans they are talking about federal control over our lives.

For the dems freedom means submission to the government. Diversity means agreeing with everything the government says. Fairness means a system of spoils for the politically connected. Justice means taking from those who earn what they have and giving it to those who refuse to work. Equality means giving politically connected victim groups favoritism. Our allies are our historical enemies. A free press is one that has its content controlled by the government.

I could go on.

Unfortunately, Obama makes Orwell look like a slacker.

"...the cold reality is tha... (Below threshold)
Fderfler:

"...the cold reality is that Obama still will be President and 2012 still will be a political eternity away."

AND... if they get all of those new Democratic voters in under "Amnesty" and registered in time, he might be president AFTER 2012 too. Bring in the 20 million. Give 'em all free healthcare, register them on the day you give them their papers, and the Progressives win.

I know liberals and they ar... (Below threshold)
recovered liberal democrat:

I know liberals and they are scared to death of the reaction to their deafness by the public as seen in the polls. I only hope they keep it up right up to November. The only thing that might blunt the blow to their hold on congress is if the Republicans get stuck on stupid.

People just don't trust Bar... (Below threshold)

People just don't trust Barry and no wonder. Two days ago he said "America would go bankrupt without health care reform". If I just reword this a little, it might sound like "without massively expanding the world's biggest entitlement program, and claiming to pay for it with reductions in physician reimbursements that will never occur, and higher taxes that will inhibit growth, we'll go bankrupt". People are smarter than this, or at least have better instincts than this. People are getting tired of being told whatever the President feels they need to hear to get them to support his foolish and idealistic policies.

Steve Francis
www.freedoomed.com

Amen, Brother Les. The curr... (Below threshold)
Clay:

Amen, Brother Les. The current GOP seems ill-prepared to tackle the mess that has been created, of which they must accept partial responsibility. Unfortunately, my fear is that not much will change. They're seems to be little thought or strategy being applied to post-2010. I think that even the GOP is missing the essence of the tea party. They think it's about the Democrats only and they are the default beneficiaries. I guess we'll see. But, there is at least a couple of Republicans in my neck of the woods that will not receive my vote.

"the cold reality is that O... (Below threshold)
Michael:

"the cold reality is that Obama still will be President and 2012 still will be a political eternity away." Utter baloney.The odds are he won'y even run if his polls are still down(his ego won't allow it) or a Republican will beat him if things ate as they are now or worse. The guy is not that popular anymore and without the independent vote he is gone...so save us your pessimistic BS.

"Obama's job approval ratin... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

"Obama's job approval rating among Republicans was a measly 9 percent. On health care, his approval rating was an even-more-measly 7 percent."

Blow's argument suggests that 91% of America is simply insane. Is that it? Make a statement like that in the wrong setting and you could get yourself committed to a mental health facility.

Everybody except you and me is crazy, Doc. We gotta put a stop to it. For the good of the country. We gotta stop it. They get us when we sleep!

Watching the democrats gove... (Below threshold)
JD:

Watching the democrats govern, one can only imagine them (along with the media) to be like the last dinosaurs ... looking up at the sky with a befuddled look on their faces as the fireball streaks ever closer to their world.

Obama isn't just t... (Below threshold)
progressoverpeace:
Obama isn't just the enemy of small government and national solvency. He's the enemy of liberty.
Well, this is true. He's the enemy of the West, more directly. The Precedent sees himself as an avenging angel of the third world, brought to rain destruction and chaos on the US and the West. Europe is slowly coming to realize this, though the self-hate over there is pretty thick, still.
This underscores the current fight for the soul of this country. It's not just a tug of war between left and right. It's a struggle between the mind and the heart,
LOL. It certainly is a struggle between the mind and the heart (a warped heart, at that) but Blow has left and right transposed. It was The Precedent who said that empathy is the most important quality for a judge to have (heart over mind) and all the left agreed - along with Lindsey Graham, whose vote allowed the empathy-machine, Sotomayor, to get out of committee and onto the SCOTUS.

Projection from the left gets truly tiresome after the 2,387,312th time it's used.

I believe it's called psych... (Below threshold)
Geoffrey Britain:

I believe it's called psychological projection.

'Blow' is claiming that Democrats base their agenda upon logic and reason, while labeling conservatives as ruled by their emotions. Right. That dog don't hunt but they'll just keep shoveling that manure because it's all they've got.

Yeah, the Dems are labeling the Tea Party movement as racist and in fact, anyone who opposes Obamacare as a RACIST!!!

Say it again, RACIST! Get used to it, we're going to hear the refrain constantly. It's all they've got.

Next, when they push Amnesty for Illegals, benignly renamed "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" they will trot out the race card to try to seize 'the narrative' and sway public opinion into apathy.

When they push Cap & Trade they'll label opposition to it as motivated by "Corporate GREED' and any opposed, as at best, 'capitalist dupes'.

No emotion there, just reason and logic. Sure.

All of this is going to result in the most massive rejection of a political party in history.

Then what do we do?

Obama will still be President and a lot of RINO's will still be in office.

Hold their feet to the fire.

Any Republican who wavers in voting to defund Obama's agenda and greatly reduce the budget of the EPA, Dept's of Energy, Education, etc. And who doesn't sign legislation like the 'Resolution of Disapproval' to geld the EPA should be targeted for removal. By both the Republican leadership and the Tea Party movement.

When Obama screams that a Republican Congress is hamstringing his programs, Republicans should respond with its all to reduce the deficit and that they're quite open to input from the WH on ways to balance the budget, reduce spending and lower the deficit. But that the President should at all times remember one thing; "WE WON!"

Amen Les,I can see... (Below threshold)
Deke:

Amen Les,

I can see the first Newsweek or NY Times article declaring the Repub's Racist, Homophobe, Rednecks, then I'll see Bwaney Fwank leaning back in his chair going on about how mean they are, some poll will show them that 49.7 of the country agrees with the Banking Queen and Repub's will pass Medicaid Part Z, giving every individ. w/o a job and under the age of 35 $10,000 dollars, to be paid for by the middle class workers, to show they aren't "mean"

I can't watch a Sunday Morning news program w/o seeing that scene from Blazing Saddles with the Governer demanding action to save their phoney baloney jobs.

"1984" - To us, a grim warn... (Below threshold)
Murgatroyd:

"1984" - To us, a grim warning. To "Progressives," an instruction manual.

Blow conveniently ignores i... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Blow conveniently ignores independents in his screed. Obama could never have won without them, and neither could the Democrats except those in very, very safe seats like Pelosi (remember what happened to Teddy's safe seat, and Corzine in NJ). It is their movement away from Obama and the Democrats which make their popularity so low overall - and their prospects in November so doubtful.


The NYT is still a commercial enterprise.

It is, although without the cash from the Mexican telecom billionaire, it would hardly be a viable one. The unions are angry because after cutting $10 million in annual salaries at the Boston Globe, ostensibly to keep it open, the company awarded executive bonuses totaling the same amount to just two executives - Pinch Sulzberger being the main beneficiary.

Over 200 members of the Sulzberger and Ochs families depend on dividend income from their NYT preferred stock. Most have no other income, and never have had to work. Times are getting tough: how long will this fat cat throw his money at a bunch of parasites for the declining prestige of being a major owner of the NYT?

I hope he turns out to be r... (Below threshold)
klrtz1:

I hope he turns out to be right but I think Jumpinjoe is premature to declare victory.

If the New York Times needs money there are quite a few governments and individuals that hate America enough to pay the NYT to keep publishing. Starting with the current American regime.

"I think the vast majori... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"I think the vast majority of Americans know that we're trying hard, that I want what's best for the country."

Let's pretend that statement actually means anything. History is full of tyrants and dictators that "tried hard" and thought they were doing "what was best".

But, in the sense that he means it, how can he say it with a straight face knowing what the numbers are? Forget Dem vs Rep. Look at the whole. The vast majority are against Obamacare and more think he's doing a poor job than a good job - that includes Democrats and his most hard fought group, Independents.

Republican recalcitrance? ... (Below threshold)
Jim:

Republican recalcitrance? This guy is not only a liberal tool, but he is a STUPID liberal tool. Words have meanings and recalcitrance means disobedient or hard to deal with. This idiot is actually claiming that the left's sellout of the electorate is only garnering mamoth disapproval because the Republicans are disobedient or hard to deal with? The level of group-think stupidity by the media would be humorous if it were not so sad.

Remember that conservatives... (Below threshold)
TexBob:

Remember that conservatives stayed home in droves last election (why vote for a RINO?) which gave Obama the white house.

That won't happen next time.

"Republican recalcitrance?"... (Below threshold)
jim m:

"Republican recalcitrance?"

Why yes. Conservatives are being disobedient. They are refusing to be silent for their lords and masters. We should ignore their manifest incompetence and just assume that they are so supernaturally intelligent that no one else in the universe can understand the "World as it is, and the world as it should be" (Alinski).

Liberal arrogance projects exactly the above. THey really believe themselves above all others in terms of access to information and the ability to understand it. What they do not realize is like everyone else they run on partial information. What everyone else understands is that their arrogant beliefs mean hat they actually understand less than everyone else because they have limited themselves to the fragmented information hey have and stopped seeking more knowledge.

Libs think they know it all and have it all figured out. They are now demanding with louder and louder voices that the rest of us shut up.

Yeah, the Dems are label... (Below threshold)
Acorn W. Halliburton:

Yeah, the Dems are labeling the Tea Party movement as racist and in fact, anyone who opposes Obamacare as a RACIST!!!

They are. Everybody knows the tea partyers are just like the KKK and everybody knows the KKK are all racists except for good KKK people like Robert Byrd who quit the Republicans and became a Democrat.

I'll bet when he goes to KKK meetings these days he even wears black robes to make his point.

Since Lord Obama is the fir... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

Since Lord Obama is the first Post-Racial, Post-Partisan, Post-American, Post-Human, Post-Gender President anyone who opposes him for ANY reason on ANY subject must be some form of something ugly!

Whew! It's hard work channeling MSNBC. How DO they do it?

Everybody knows ... t... (Below threshold)
John S:

Everybody knows ... the KKK are all racists except for good KKK people like Robert Byrd who quit the Republicans and became a Democrat.

You do know that the KKK historically was a wing of the pro-slavery Democrat party? I'll assume this is sarcasm.

What everyone is missing here is we're living in a country where the Treasury issued $330 billion in new debt in March! (Remember all the whining when Bush was running $250 billion ANNUAL deficits.) And most of that $330 was bought by the government itself by printing new money.

There's zero chance the U.S. will make it to 2012 without a default. Wouldn't you rather have the Democrats in charge the day Social Security checks start bouncing? I know I would.

(And, by the way, I did hold my nose and voted a straight Republican ticket in 2008 and I will again in 2010. But I won't be happy about it.)

John S: "I did hold my n... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

John S: "I did hold my nose and voted a straight Republican ticket in 2008 and I will again in 2010. But I won't be happy about it"

I'll be happy about it this time!

The mask has slipped from each and every Democrat who claimed to be "Moderate" or a "Blue Dog"...no such thing exists!

If the Democrats retain both Houses of Congress after this election then 2012 will NOT matter...period.

2010...we must re-take at least the House of Representatives, and kick Piglosi's malevolent butt out of the Speaker role!

★ McCain '08! ★ !80'niaCcM ... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

★ McCain '08! ★ !80'niaCcM ★ McCain '08! ★ !80'niaCcM ★

Is there a Plan B after, "hoping the Dems will stumble?"

★ McCain '08! ★ !80'niaCcM ★ McCain '08! ★ !80'niaCcM ★

Adrian, does your Mom know ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Adrian, does your Mom know you're on the computer?

There are a lots of people ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

There are a lots of people who correctly believe that the GOP still does not get it. The GOP is still trying to tell the American people what they are supposed to want rather than listening to the people who are trying to tell them what they want.

The difference is that the GOP has gotten a little of it through their collective thick heads and they get that the public is pissed off at the dems and doesn't want to be the next socialist republic.

People will vote for the GOP because they will do less damage than the dems even if we are not convinced that the GOP is really interested in undoing the damage already done.

The left is so used to thei... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

The left is so used to their front line believers taking their word for what they say and acting on it, without any verification at all they think conservatives work the same way. When in fact we do not watch Glenn Beck or listen to Limbaugh to see what we should think, but we do get affirmation of what we concluded on our own. A big difference. The left is toast. They insulted the vast electorate in a way they cannnot recover. ww

You'll have to excuse my si... (Below threshold)

You'll have to excuse my sibling Acorn. He/she is a product of the public school system.

Adrian, does your ... (Below threshold)
Stan:
Adrian, does your Mom know you're on the computer?

That is his cat. It has more intelligence than he does.

"Remember the good ol' days... (Below threshold)

"Remember the good ol' days when statements like Limbaugh's were considered to be talking truth to power?"

Still works, for me!




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