Monday, January 04, 2010

Poll: 45% of Democrats Thinking of Not Voting in 2010

A new poll finds that 45 percent of Democrats say "they are either unlikely to vote, or certain not to vote." In other words, the base is pissed. Read the comments of some disillusioned lefties here.

President Obama is famous for saying that the Left has nowhere to go. I guess he'll be surprised to discover that we can just stay home.

What's costing the president and courting danger for Democrats in 2010 isn't a question of left or right, because the president has accomplished the remarkable feat of both demoralizing the base and completely turning off voters in the center. If this were an ideological issue, that would not be the case. He would be holding either the middle or the left, not losing both. . .

What's costing the president are three things: a laissez faire style of leadership that appears weak and removed to everyday Americans, a failure to articulate and defend any coherent ideological position on virtually anything, and a widespread perception that he cares more about special interests like bank, credit card, oil and coal, and health and pharmaceutical companies than he does about the people they are shafting.
-- Drew Westen in: Leadership, Obama Style, and the Looming Losses in 2010: Pretty Speeches, Compromised Values, and the Quest for the Lowest Common Denominator via MyDD