New York Times: Democrats Growing Increasingly Frightened Over Failure-In-Chief Obama’s Re-Election Chances

Most New York Slimes articles are simply pure leftwing drivel, of course.  But it is nice to read an article in which these leftwing propagandists look at one another with wide-eyes and admit they are terrified:

September 10, 2011
Democrats Fret Aloud Over Obama’s Chances
By MICHAEL BARBARO, JEFF ZELENY and MONICA DAVEY

Democrats are expressing growing alarm about President Obama’s re-election prospects and, in interviews, are openly acknowledging anxiety about the White House’s ability to strengthen the president’s standing over the next 14 months.

Elected officials and party leaders at all levels said their worries have intensified as the economy has displayed new signs of weakness. They said the likelihood of a highly competitive 2012 race is increasing as the Republican field, once dismissed by many Democrats as too inexperienced and conservative to pose a serious threat, has started narrowing to two leading candidates, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, who have executive experience and messages built around job creation.

And in a campaign cycle in which Democrats had entertained hopes of reversing losses from last year’s midterm elections, some in the party fear that Mr. Obama’s troubles could reverberate down the ballot into Congressional, state and local races.

“In my district, the enthusiasm for him has mostly evaporated,” said Representative Peter A. DeFazio, Democrat of Oregon. “There is tremendous discontent with his direction.”

The president’s economic address last week offered a measure of solace to discouraged Democrats by employing an assertive and scrappy style that many supporters complain has been absent for the last year as he has struggled to rise above Washington gridlock. Several Democrats suggested that he watch a tape of the jobs speech over and over and use it as a guide until the election.

But a survey of two dozen Democratic officials found a palpable sense of concern that transcended a single week of ups and downs. The conversations signaled a change in mood from only a few months ago, when Democrats widely believed that Mr. Obama’s path to re-election, while challenging, was secure.

“The frustrations are real,” said Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, who was the state chairman of Mr. Obama’s campaign four years ago. “I think we know that there is a Barack Obama that’s deep in there, but he’s got to synchronize it with passion and principles.”

There is little cause for immediate optimism, with polls showing Mr. Obama at one of the lowest points of his presidency.

His own economic advisers concede that the unemployment rate, currently 9.1 percent, is unlikely to drop substantially over the next year, creating a daunting obstacle to re-election.

Liberals have grown frustrated by some of his actions, like the decision this month to drop tougher air-quality standards.

And polling suggests that the president’s yearlong effort to reclaim the political center has so far yielded little in the way of additional support from the moderates and independents who tend to decide presidential elections.

“The alarms have already gone off in the Democratic grass roots,” said Robert Zimmerman, a member of the Democratic National Committee from New York, who hopes the president’s jobs plan can be a turning point. “If the Obama administration hasn’t heard them, they should check the wiring of their alarm system.”

At a gathering of the Democratic National Committee in Chicago this weekend, some party leaders sounded upbeat after they toured the Obama campaign headquarters. But others expressed anxiety that Mr. Obama’s accomplishments were not being conveyed loudly enough to ordinary people, that Republican lawmakers were making it impossible for him to get more done, and that Mr. Obama’s conciliatory approach might be translating to some voters as weakness.

“Now that they’re slapping him in the side of the face, he’s coming back,” said William George, a committee member from Pennsylvania. “He needs to start stomping his foot and pounding the desk.” At the White House and at Mr. Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago, officials bristled at the critiques, which they dismissed as familiar intraparty carping and second-guessing that would give way to unity and enthusiasm once the nation is facing a clear choice between the president and the Republican nominee.

Jim Messina, the campaign manager for the president’s re-election, said the criticism was largely a “Washington conversation” that did not match up with the on-the-ground enthusiasm for Mr. Obama among his network of supporters. Yet even without a primary challenger, the campaign purposefully started its effort early to allow concerns from supporters to be aired.

To reassure nervous Democrats, the president’s campaign aides are traveling the country with PowerPoint presentations that spell out Mr. Obama’s path to re-election. Their pitch is that Mr. Obama’s appeal has grown in traditionally Republican states like Arizona, where there are fast-growing Hispanic populations, and that Republicans have alienated independent voters with “extreme” positions on popular programs like Medicare.

“We always knew 2011 was, in part, a conversation with our supporters and a time to tell the story to our base to make sure they understand what he has gotten done,” Mr. Messina said. “Our supporters are reasonable and need to be reminded about the things we’ve done.”

He added: “No one is calling me up and yelling. They are people saying: ‘How can we get the word out? How do we better talk about it?’ ”

For Mr. Obama’s strongest supporters, his jobs speech on Thursday night to a joint session of Congress seemed to affirm their belief that after a rough patch, the White House had seized the upper hand, however temporarily, in both substantive and political terms.

After ceding much of the debate over the economy to Republicans, they said, Mr. Obama had framed next year’s election as a struggle between a president with a plan for creating jobs and reducing the deficit and a Republican Party that would rather score political points and adhere slavishly to ideological positions than address the needs of Americans.

Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, who attended the speech, described a changed president, no longer so reluctant to be outwardly aggressive. “He seemed liberated for the fight and very confident in his own skin,” Mr. O’Malley said.

But given the risk of voters’ locking in judgments that Mr. Obama’s presidency has failed to address the economy adequately or to deliver on its promise of changing Washington, many Democrats said that both the speech and Mr. Obama’s change in tone had been long overdue.

“He should have given it earlier,” said Representative John D. Dingell of Michigan.

Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio said, “He’s got to engage, make the contrast and occasionally be combative.”

The president is already embracing the suggestion that he spend more time outside Washington, which emerged as a recurring theme in the interviews with Democrats. He promoted his economic plan in Virginia on Friday and has trips to North Carolina and Ohio on tap this week.

At the Democratic National Committee meeting in Chicago, Mannie Rodriguez, a committee member from Colorado, said Democrats needed to find a new blast of energy — something to remind them of what they felt in 2008 when Mr. Obama was elected on a slogan of hope and change.

“We need to work more on the message,” Mr. Rodriguez said, adding that much of Mr. Obama’s challenge stems from a group of Republicans who “simply say no” to all of his advances. “We have to re-energize people and get them back to the party.”

In many parts of the country, Democrats are still reeling from the punishing defeat in the 2010 elections, which gave Republicans control of a majority of governor’s seats and legislative chambers. State Democratic leaders are criticizing the White House with candor, fretting aloud about the president’s electoral vulnerability.

“If the election were held today, it would be extremely close here in Florida,” said Jon M. Ausman, a member of the Democratic National Committee from Florida.

Problems for Mr. Obama in Florida, Mr. Ausman said, could trickle down into next year’s Senate race there, where Bill Nelson, a Democrat, faces re-election. “Too many people here have lost their jobs,” Mr. Ausman said.

For all the hand-wringing among Democrats, some party leaders say Mr. Obama has time to reverse his slipping fortunes — but not much.

“I think there’s an uneasy feeling, but it’s a little early for an ulcer to develop,” said Representative Gerald E. Connolly of Virginia. “Obviously, the dark cloud over everything is the economic performance.”

Mr. DeFazio recalled attending a dozen or so town-hall-style meetings recently in his district, a slice of western Oregon that Mr. Obama carried in 2008 by 11 percentage points. Mr. DeFazio said party loyalists had bluntly said they were reconsidering their support.

“I have one heck of a lot of Democrats saying, ‘I voted for him before, don’t know if I can do it again,’ ” he said.

This is getting to be an increasingly far cry from the days that Democrats owned everything and Obama was refusing to so much as give Republicans the time of day while telling them, “Elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won.”  Now this same group of hypocrite fascists are crying and whining and demonizing because Republicans are refusing to compromise with them almost as much as Democrats refused to compromise with Republicans just a couple of years ago.

I tried to warn Democrats about the consequences of their reckless and frankly evil actions.  Back in March of 2010, I wrote:

You Democrats, don’t you think for a SECOND that what you are doing now won’t one day come back at you with a vengeance that will leave you even more stunned and terrified than conservatives are today.

In an article from February, I wrote regarding Obama’s abandonment of the Defense of Marriage Act – which just happened to be the law of the land, for what little that is worth any more – in boldface red font:

Just remember this, Democrats. If Obama gets away with this, the next Republican president has the right by precedent to decide which laws HE wants to ignore. And you will have supported that right by supporting what Barry Hussein is doing right now.

And that was before Obama decided that the law meant nothing when it came to illegal immigration, too.

I have pointed it out over and over again.  Democrats have become true fascists.  They have repeatedly stomped on the faces of the American people, even after the people gave them a massive warning in November 2010 with the largest political asskicking in midterm election history.

The thing that should make Democrats the most terrified is that we conservatives are finally starting to learn that to treat you people with anything other than pure contempt is dangerous.  And we have nothing other than DEMOCRATS’ OWN VILE EXAMPLE to learn said lesson.

What’s going to happen when Republicans start running as roughshod over the law to advance their special interests as Obama and his cockroach Democrat Party have been doing?

Some Democrat “strategists” like Bob Beckell are stupidly cheering Rick Perry as some unelectable conservative hillbilly.  I pointed out the following:

As one example of how this phenomenon turns out, it is said that the Carter campaign team actually toasted champagne the night Ronald Reagan defeated George H.W. Bush to become the Republican nominee. Because, of course, George H.W. Bush was the “establishment” Republican and Ronald Reagan was the crazy rightwing bomb-throwing governor who didn’t stand a chance. At least not until Ronald Reagan grabbed the Carter team’s champagne bottle and shoved it right down Jimmy Carter’s pencil-neck in one of the worst elections blowouts in history:

That champagne bottle is going to hurt you all kinds of ways going in this time, Democrats.  Because Rick Perry is going to shove it up a different orifice this time.  And he’s going to shove it in sideways.

You damn better be scared, Democrats.  Because you deserve hell, and you’re about to get what’s coming to you.

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2 Responses to “New York Times: Democrats Growing Increasingly Frightened Over Failure-In-Chief Obama’s Re-Election Chances”

  1. Philanthropy Says:

    Democrats should worry about Obama’s electability. Apparently Obama’s advisors persuaded him it was safe to antagonize his base by supporting conservative Republican proposals, because his advisors think his base will not vote Republican. Maybe they won’t, but they could and likely will just stay home on election day and not vote. Obama didn’t win in 2008 because centrists voted for him. He won because there was a massive turnout of African-Americans, young voters, poor Hispanic voters, etc. — groups that usually have very low participation in elections. These groups were enthusiastic about Obama in 2008. They aren’t now and unless he can change that, he’s going to lose.

  2. Michael Eden Says:

    We are on very different ends of the political spectrum, Philanthropy.

    But the points you make are pretty good, nevertheless.

    The mainstream media did America an incredible disservice by deceiving the nation about what Obama was and what he stood for. They tried CONSTANTLY to depict Obama as a “centrist” when in fact he was always a radical leftist. Which anyone who took him seriously and listened to him understood.

    Now Obama is bounding back and forth between being a leftwing radical and being a centrist. And he makes no sense because he now stands for nothing.

    When Obama simply flat-out ignored the law to say his administration wasn’t going to defend the Defense of Marriage Act – which was passed by the House and the Senate and signed by none other than Bill Clinton – please don’t tell me that Obama was in any way “supporting conservative Republican proposals.” The same when he refused to follow the law with illegal immigrants and deport them. Obama himself had said within only two months before turning around on the VERY SAME immigration issue:

    “The idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. I promise you, not just on immigration reform. But that’s not how our system works. That’s not how our democracy functions. That’s not how our Constitution is written.”

    And then he went ahead and did the very thing that he himself said was both unconstitutional and anti-democratic. Please don’t tell me that was “supporting conservative Republican proposals.” It was radical leftwing extremism.

    Obama has zero consistency. He is a failed leader. He is a disgrace. He bounces around willy-nilly to whatever the hell is convenient for his own personal political benefit at any given moment.

    That said, I’m going to warn you right now, Philanthropy, because I saw that you are Hispanic, that some day soon Republicans are going to ram home “laws” that abandon the rule of law that will target YOU. And they will do so citing the very Obama abandonment of the rule of law that YOU supported. When that day comes, I want you to remember to look in the mirror and say, “I deserve this. Hispanics deserve this. Because we didn’t give a damn about the rule of law when Obama ran roughshod over the rule of law, and now we deserve to get our own medicine shoved right down our throats.”

    If you cheer when Obama ignores the law to say he won’t deport illegal immigrants who should have been deported according to the rule of law, I hope you will have the same attitude when ultra-conservatives ignore the rule of law to force the pendulum back the other way and THEN some.

    If you EVER want Republicans to follow the rule of law, then you better insist that YOUR DEMOCRATS follow it.

    Otherwise, mark my words, you will have set up your very own downfall. And you will DESERVE to fall.

    Antonin Scalia, talking about leftwing judicial activism – which ignores the clear intent of the Constitution to impose liberalism – said the following in a warning to ACLU president Nadine Strossen:

    “Someday, Nadine, you’re going to get a very conservative Supreme Court — And you’re going to regret what you’ve done.”

    When that day comes – and rest assured it WILL come – no one will have done more to set it up than liberals.

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