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January 25, 2010

MORNING LINE: DEMOCRATS IN BIG TROUBLE

The Democratic Party is heading for a political disaster similar to that it suffered under Clinton. The dominantly pro-Clinton media declined to report it but after one term, the Democratic lead in state legislatures had dropped from 1,542 to 288.

Further, in 1992, the Democrats controlled 17 more state legislatures than the Republicans. After 1998, the Republicans controlled one more than the Democrats. Not only was this a loss of 9 legislatures under Clinton, it was the first time since 1954 that the GOP had controlled more state legislatures than the Democrats (they tied in 1968).

Meanwhile here's what happened under ClInton at the national level:

- GOP seats gained in House during Clinton presidency: 45
- GOP seats gained in Senate during Clinton presidency: 7
- GOP governorships gained during Clinton presidency: 11

Now here's the situation with Obama:

In the Senate, the Democrats could easily lose their majority. Based on latest polls, Democrats stand to definitely lose threes seat and there are 9 Democratic, but only one GOP, seat undecided.

At the governor's level, the Democrats are down seven with two undecided.
How can two presidents - regarded as political geniuses by the media - do so badly for their party? One reason is that the media obsesses over the presidency and only as an afterthought thinks about the rest of government. Another reason is that Clinton and Obama both ran extremely egocentric campaigns and administrations - with little attention to the needs of other Democratic office holders.

The public naturally follows the lead of the media and White House and so the party finds itself in big trouble while its leaders remain popular.


4 Comments:

Anonymous letter to my dem senator said...

Senator, as I've informed Representative Lacy Clay I'm not voting for anyone who votes for the current health care bill and failed to support single payer. The same is true for anyone who conspires to cut Social Security or Medicare in the name of budget restraint. It would be more feasible to withdraw our forces from the illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, eliminate the seven hundred overseas US bases and stop squandering the taxpayer's money on helicopters that fall from the sky and other fraudulent weapons programs. If we can afford small fortunes per day for gasoline for US forces in Afghanistan. we can afford to fund Medicare for all. As you hopefully know, Social Security is completely funded from taxpayer withholding with the excess forwarded to the general fund. The notion of cutting Social Security to fund military largesse is ludicrous, and, as Congress and President Obama will find out in the next election cycle, highly unpopular.
Peace,
Constituent

January 25, 2010 5:28 PM  
Anonymous letter to my dem senator said...

Senator, as I've informed Representative Lacy Clay I'm not voting for anyone who votes for the current health care bill and failed to support single payer. The same is true for anyone who conspires to cut Social Security or Medicare in the name of budget restraint. It would be more feasible to withdraw our forces from the illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, eliminate the seven hundred overseas US bases and stop squandering the taxpayer's money on helicopters that fall from the sky and other fraudulent weapons programs. If we can afford small fortunes per day for gasoline for US forces in Afghanistan. we can afford to fund Medicare for all. As you hopefully know, Social Security is completely funded from taxpayer withholding with the excess forwarded to the general fund. The notion of cutting Social Security to fund military largesse is ludicrous, and, as Congress and President Obama will find out in the next election cycle, highly unpopular.
Peace,
constituent

January 25, 2010 5:31 PM  
Blogger Samson said...

The Democrats deserve a kick in the nuts right now. They lied to everyone left of Reagan about how they were different from Bush. Now, they are getting caught in their lies.

Obama took $28 million in health corp dollars, while promising the rest of us 'hope and change'. When elected, and we asked to at least talk about single-payer as an option, we got told no, and anyone who tried was arrested and led from the hearing rooms. Meanwhile, the corporate execs who gave $28 million were getting private meetings with Obama in the White House.

The only way to understand this is to realize that everything Obama said in the elections, especially in the primaries, was a total lie. He was already banking the corporate money while he lied to us.

So, of course the Dems are losing.

What we need to do is to turn the story of 2010 into a leftist revolt. We need leftist, pro-single-payer, pro-peace candidates in every CLOSE district. We need to make it obvious that we are the one taking our votes back.

When the Democrats lose in 2010, as they so richly deserve to do, we need the story to be the one about the 'pissed off progressive' voters who voted for independents and cost the Democrats a bunch of close seats.

January 25, 2010 9:35 PM  
Anonymous Walter F. Wouk said...

I thought I voted for a progressive, pro-single-payer, pro-peace candidate.

But Congressman Paul Tonko did an "about face," and is now functioning as a bobblehead for the Obama regime.

I plan to devote the bulk of my spare time to making sure the spineless "SOB" doesn't get a second term.

January 26, 2010 10:39 AM  

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