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Monday, March 25, 2019

WASHINGTON — Listlessness is bad politics. Defensiveness is poor strategy. And resignation is never inspiring.

You can feel elements of all three descending around President Obama as he fends off attack after attack from his conservative foes who vary the subject depending on the day, the circumstance and the opportunity.

Obama and his party are in danger of allowing the Republicans to set the terms of the 2014 elections, just as they did four years ago. The fog of nasty and depressing advertising threatens to reduce the electorate to a hard core of older, conservative voters eager to hand the president a blistering defeat.

American politics has been shaken by two recent events that hurt first the Republicans and then the Democrats. Republicans have recovered from their blow. Democrats have not.

Last fall’s government shutdown cratered the GOP’s standing with the public and confirmed everything Democrats had been saying about a House majority in thrall to a far right uninterested in governing. Then the Obama administration threw its adversaries a lifeline with the disasters that befell, empowering Republicans to remount their favorite hobbyhorse. House Speaker John Boehner used the foolishness of the shutdown to insist that there would be no more Tea Party adventures this year, no matter what Ted Cruz said.

And Republicans have broadened the assault whenever possible. Shamefully but effectively, many of them made Obama, not Vladimir Putin, the prime culprit in Putin’s invasion of Crimea, hanging the word “weak” around the president’s neck. Democrats thought the killing of Osama bin Laden would forever guard Obama from comparisons with Jimmy Carter. They did not reckon with the GOP’s determination to Carterize and McGovernize any Democrat who comes along.

Despite the large strides in the health care website’s performance and despite Obama’s efforts to regain the initiative with executive action, Republicans remain on offense. Executive actions — even helpful ones like last week’s aimed at keeping workers from losing overtime pay by being falsely reclassified as supervisory — cannot transform the political agenda or mobilize a movement.

The most telling fact about the Democrats’ defeat in Florida’s special House election last week was the party’s failure to get its voters to the polls. This owed to many factors, but one of them is disaffection in Democratic ranks.

The recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll pegged Obama’s approval rating at 41 percent, his disapproval at 54 percent. But the most disturbing finding to him ought to have been the 20 percent disapproval he registered among Democrats. Winning back three-quarters of those discontented Democrats would, all by itself, bump his overall approval rating up by more than 6 points. It’s where he needs to start.

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133 responses to “The Politics Of Hopelessness”

  1. Dominick Vila says:

    The sad truth is that conservatives have dominated the agenda, and the airwaves, since the day President Obama was Inaugurated in January 2009. Anything he proposes, even policies routinely endorsed by the GOP, is opposed and demonized. If he tries to reduce spending, he is accused of destroying social programs such as MEDICARE, by members of the party that has been clamoring for spending reductions to avoid having to raise the tax rates of the super rich. They criticize healthcare reform because it is socialism or an alleged “train wreck”, without ever providing specifics to supports their claims, or an alternative. Never mind that the ACA concept was conceived by none other than the Heritage Foundation, one of the most conservative think tanks in the country. They oppose raising the minimum wage, equal opportunity, and anything that would help the middle class, while accusing the administration of proposing things that would result in job losses and harming the very people that would benefit from the President’s proposals. They put forth plans to dismantle MEDICARE and privatize Social Security, and then accuse the President of trying to do what they are proposing. They blame the President for Benghazi, desperately trying to make it look like an unprecedented terrorist act, while ignoring 9/11 and the 12 terrorist attacks that took place when the GOP controlled the White House and both chambers of Congress. They opposed investment in infrastructure, development of alternative energy sources, and the Veterans Jobs Act, while wrapping themselves on the flag and, against all logic, accusing the President for the 2007-10 Great Recession. Incredibly, millions of Americans are buying what the GOP is selling without giving a second thought or asking the questions that ought to be asked. Why? There are many reasons ranging from remnants of old ethnic and cultural biases, to political ideology, to fear of change.
    Democrats are not going to win the midterm election if we continue to rely on voters being able to discern the difference between empty rhetoric and opportunism, and the reality that should be apparent to everyone. Hopefully our leaders and strategists will realize, before it is too late, that the problem has little to do with being underfunded, and a lot to do with substandard electioneering and a reluctance to engage the opposition as vigorously as they oppose us.

    • Bill Thompson says:

      Dominick well written and very concise the problem remains that the Democratic leadership is aloof. The same Republican strategy was tried under Bill Clinton’s presidency and was met with rapid responses and factual rebuttals. The effectiveness of the Republican strategy was limited and eventually kept to a minimum. Had the Obama administration and Democratic leadership responded early on, I doubt we would see ourselves in the quagmire we presently exist in. I consider myself to be a liberal Democrat and at this point in time I find it very hard to defend the day to day onslaught by the GOP that is presented on the news and in the papers against the Democrats. I also have the feeling of hopelessness when it comes to trying to defend Democratic leadership. Nancy Pelosi clambers for words and is consistently unprepared when she gets in front of the Mic. Harry Reid is as forceful as Casper the friendly ghost. Pres. Obama in an attempt to remain cool calm and collected seems aloof and disconnected. And the DNC is rudderless. My frustration is real and I can completely understand how most Democratic voters feel. With one exception I will be at the voting booth.

      • Annemb says:

        Excellent post!

      • CPAinNewYork says:

        The Democratic leadership doesn’t back Obama because he’s black.

        • idamag says:

          You could be right.

          • 1standlastword says:

            idamag, CPA is right. The Obama presidency is at the core a testament about race in America. The progeny of Manifest Destiny is a hurricane force that has been blowing in Obama’ face since before he was inaugurated (even Joe Biden had to walk back comments he made that inferred insensitive to Obama’s race). The only people who were ready for an Obama presidency was and still is the average common citizens of the modern 21st c. The troglodytes with the $$$ can’t change because people don’t unlearn racism; it’s always a self perpetuating force once it takes root in the soul.
            The republicans are going to utterly destroy this country and with the help of their European counterparts, the world. Take the expansion of income inequality and add the destructive explorative energy policies that rape the planet and destroy our eco-system and that equation spells doom to humanity. As a matter of fact NASA is sponsoring the latest dooms-day scenario in a new book: Global Insanity: How Homo Sapiens Lost Touch with Reality while transforming the World.
            A recent article in the Economist: What’s gone wrong with Democracy–goes beyond race to illustrate how badly perverted modern democracy has become in the recent 21st c.
            2014 and 2016 is more likely to be more of the same. I think what Americans will need to turn us around is a serious threat to our collective existence that can’t be politicized.
            Politicians can’t be relied upon in the collective to do science based-critical thinking. Nature will have to make us an offer we can’t refuse and then if we’re lucky, some of us might survive

        • Canistercook says:

          A very sad comment in today’s world. He’s half white and who cares about the color of his skin except people like you! Wonder if some did not agree with Bush because he was white! Utter nonesense!

          • Allan Richardson says:

            I think there are some who hate the President MORE because he is half WHITE than because he is half BLACK! The mixing is worse in their eyes than just BEING black; they would probably have an easier time with MLK the third, who is “pure” black, at least for the last few generations. And the fact that his black father was from a foreign nation rather than being one of “our” blacks, and a MUSLIM nation at that, adds to their “white” hot rage.

            And why should we EXPECT an American with a Muslim father (very secularized Muslim, too) to be a Muslim, just because his father was? After all, George H. W. Bush’s father, or George W. Bush’s grandfather, was a pro-Nazi banker, but that didn’t make either of them Nazis. In fact, Prescott Bush “atoned” for his former Nazi sentiments enough to be elected a Senator. And his son and grandson never had, and do not have now, Nazi sympathies, do they?

          • 1standlastword says:

            Herman Cain!!! A white ultra-conservative’s chocolate dream…LOL!!!!

          • CPAinNewYork says:

            I voted for Obama in 2012, so your comment is not only inappropriate, it’s stupid. If you really think that color doesn’t matter in America, you’re hopelessly naive.

          • idamag says:

            Absolutely! Our mayor (quite a few years ago) started a group called, “The Mayor’s Cultural
            Awareness Committee.” The purpose was to counteract the skinheads who were coming into our community and passing hate flyers. We were proactively promoting harmony among those who are different. We decided to make a film called “The Many Faces of Our Community.” Hours of interviews were done. We talked to people in the parks and on the street and in their offices. The lighter skinned people said we did not have a race problem in our community. The Native Americans, Black People, and Hispanics said we did. While you are whiling away your hours in your ivory towers, you don’t see or feel it. In my safe little community, I worked for an appliance repair shop one time. The owner’s wife said to discourage other races from being customers as it would drive away other customers. This – in a religious community.

          • idamag says:

            You know, I have a good memory and before the election you came across as quite racist. You might have learned to tone it down, but it is still there.

        • dpaano says:

          That’s NO excuse for sitting around doing nothing while the GOP tries to take over the government and this country!!! Do we want an imperial president….this is what we’d get if we let the GOP win the elections!!! The Democrats need to fight for those of us who pay their salaries…..NOT FOR THEMSELVES!!! We’re the ones that will be affected if the GOP takes over the government!!!

        • Mykola Potytorsky says:

          I thought your president was half white and half black? Not that it matters but just a thought

      • whodatbob says:

        Clinton and the party leadership were capable of thinking on their feet. Always able to have a quick and accurate respond to Republicans. President Obama and his aids come off as slow minded. Their intelligence is not in question but their collective ability to identify an intellectual attack and rebut it quickly. Perhaps, we the believers have been hood winked, and the intelligence of this administration should be in question.

        We are in sad shape. What happened?

    • sigrid28 says:

      After being urged to donate $8 on election day in Florida (!), while the Democratic volunteer hotline didn’t function as far as I could tell the whole three days prior to the election when I was trying to use it, I began to wonder if the Democrats who run elections had decided to pack it in until 2016.

      I certainly get the uneasy feeling that elite Democrats, who have the savvy and the resources to out media the right easily, are waiting on the sidelines. They are insulated by their wealth from the disaster called “the GOP takes over the House and the Senate” which will make “the disaster called Obamacare” look like a walk in the park. Maybe these Democratic members of the 1% think their millions will be better spent once the American electorate gets a taste of what Republican “governance” has in store for them. It seems there is no other way voters will learn what kind of existence the Republicans want to impose, especially Democrats who cannot be bothered to go to the polls for midterm elections.

      Meanwhile, there is the possibility that the kind of sophisticated ground game that was at work during the 2012 election could pick up many unregistered voters and motivate Democrats and Independents who would ordinarily stay home during a midterm–but only if implemented now. I agree, by the way, of fighting fire with fire, when it comes to trouncing Republican lies. My $8 donated on election day will not foot the bill for that. Only elite Democrats and their media savvy cohorts in LA have the deep pockets and expertise to do that. Let’s hope they get off the sidelines.

      • CPAinNewYork says:

        I think that the “elite Democrats” are embarrassed by Obama’s low ratings and are going to bide their time until his term expires. Then, they’ll put up a credible (hopefully) candidate to oppose whatever the Republicans come up with.

        The women of America seem hell bent on making that “credible candidate” Hillary Clinton. I think that she’d be a weak president, but she’ll pull in the female vote (even the Republican females) and may well win in 2016, because the Republicans seem to be unable to get Paul Ryan to keep his mouth shut about the Republicans’ plans for America. One would think that the 2012 Republican debacle would induce him pull in his horns, but his latest budget outburst argues otherwise. I guess that it’s hard to dissuade a dedicated dunce, especially if he’s being egged on by rich people who he respects or fears.

        • sigrid28 says:

          Paul Ryan is and will always be the creature of the Koch brothers. Why don’t they run for office, speaking of elite Republicans?

          I read that Joe Scarborough has said he would consider running for office again. He has name recognition, I’ll say that for him, and personal wealth.

          Mitt 47% Romney has seen fit to opine about the president’s role in crafting a response to Putin’s takeover of the Crimea. Perhaps Republicans would like to give him a second chance?

    • marysolvel says:

      I agree and the problem with the Democrats is that they are afraid of defending the president. The only person with “cojones” I watch to do the defending with facts is Rachel Maddow. The democratic senators and house representatives are cowards.

      • VoiceofReason613 says:

        Agreed Mary. When Obama entered office the US was on the brink of a depression with an average of 750,000 jobs lost per month, and now we have had 47 consecutive months of positive job growth.

        • BillP says:

          And the stock market that had been tanking has risen over the 5 years that Obama has been president. Anyone invested in the market whether in IRAs, SEPs or 401k plans has seen their values jump greatly.

    • dpaano says:

      Yes, Dominick…..THIS IS WHAT WE NEED TO GET OUT THERE!!!

    • The_Pilgrim says:

      Funny, I didn’t see any liberals being shocked and offended by the constant attacks and propaganda directed against the president – when the President was George W. Bush.

      • Dominick Vila says:

        I wish those constant attacks against George W. Bush were true. The sad part is that instead of attacking a president who delegated responsibility to attend the daily security briefings (dereliction of one of his most important responsibilities), and by so doing neglected to take steps to prevent or at least minimize the probability of a terrorist attack, our Democrats in Congress joined the Republican majority and rallied behind him when he proposed crusades designed to deflect attention from his incompetence, influence his re-election chances, and pursue geo-political and economic goals inconsistent with what should have been done in the aftermath of 9/11. The same was the case when he proposed deregulation policies, engaging in two UNFUNDED wars, the MEDICARE Part D reform (a gift to the pharmaceutical industry), and gutted our regulatory agencies to the point that they could not perform their functions.
        Democrats did not wake up from their stupor until the last two years of W’s tenure. Before that, he was allowed to run amok, which makes the Democrats that were in office at the time as guilty as the Republicans that were in office. Insinuating a parallel between what happened during W’s first 6 years in office, and what has happened during Obama’s 5 years in office is more than historical revisionism, it is laughable.

  2. lemstoll says:

    Hopelessness was created by the obstructionist GOP. Their collective actions border on treason.

    • dpaano says:

      I agree, but again, we sat on our hands and did nothing!!! They investigated Benghazi, they investigated the IRS, they investigated everything!!! Why didn’t the Democrats investigate some of the BS they’ve been putting out for the past several years? Why have our Democratic representatives done NOTHING!!! Trust me, I’m so frustrated…I just want to take a couple of those Democratic Congressmen/woman/Senators, etc. and just shake them to pieces!!! And, I’m only one of millions, I’m sure! What can we do to light a fire under their butts and get them to FIGHT!!!

      • idamag says:

        Waxman wanted to investigate the crimes that had been committed by cheney, rove, and company. He was shot down. There was real criminal behavior like torture and giving plush no bid controcts to cheney’s former company.

  3. lemstoll says:

    “Hopelessness” as practiced by the GOP…

  4. paulyz says:

    The government shutdown was because of the GOP opposing the now-proven disaster of Obamacare, along with all of Obama’s LIES to ram it through. If that is “obstructionism” we need more of it.
    p.s. The media is by far supportive of Obama & the Democrats and during the Presidential debates, the moderators were by far pro-Obama & Democrat. Please face the reality.

    • awakenaustin says:

      If you are saying that the “media” because they more often than not deal with fact and reality as a major component of their news and information are pro-liberal, I absolutely agree. I, too, find liberals to be distressingly fact bound and reality grounded.

    • Annemb says:

      Your “facts” are not factual.

      Since 2008, the TGOPs decided that they would obstruct everything President Obama proposes. In my opinion and according to the Constitution, they are guilty of insurrection, sedition and treason, and should be subpoenaed for their action – oops, non-action and impeached from their job.

      It’s the TGOPs that are stealing money from the American people, by not working and collecting their salaries and health insurance, wasting $1.45 million with each “repeal.” And how much did the government shutdown cost the American people?

      IMHO, this shows the American people, and the world, that they haven’t got a clue about legislating. They should not be in any position of leadership – anywhere – especially in government.

      John Boehner always asks, “where are the jobs”? My response has always been, “Why, in the Jobs Bill on your desk which you have yet to bring up before the House.”

      It’s sad for America that the GOPs have lowered themselves to the level of right-wingers by selling their soul to them. They have lost all credibility!

      And the world keeps watching their childishness play out.

    • idamag says:

      I don’t believe in political parties. They divide the nation and you, my dear, are a prime offender. I do find the Democrats more civilized than the teapublicans. They also tell less lies and are less easily led about the nose. BTW, you forgot to say, “What about Benghazi?”

    • lemstoll says:

      Government disaster caused by GOP, not Obama.

    • Sand_Cat says:


    • jmprint says:

      Can you tell us me how Obamacare is a disaster? I am now insured and hadn’t been since 2010. Are you insured?

  5. FT66 says:

    GOP are very good in manipulating people. They know very well in playing with peoples psychology. Didn’t we see this movie before? Wasn’t in 2012 when they started planting in peoples mind that Dems are not enthusiastic to vote, while it wasn’t true? They are playing the same game again telling people ACA will crash every Dem candidate come November. Dems, we have to prove them wrong once more. They can’t think we have fewer brain cells to think for ourselves.

    • Annemb says:

      Have you read, “Conservatives Without Conscience” by John W. Dean? It’s a book worth having in your library. In this book, Dean clarifies who the REAL conservative is, and differentiates about the authoritarians.

  6. Annemb says:

    The Democratic leadership (almost every one of them) is not on the offensive.

    Well, if the Dens continue this immature behavior, they will surely lose as we will lose! I have telephoned the DNC and DCCC a number of times, and told them that I will NOT support them until I see the Dems do the job they were elected / and hired to do — be different from the TGOPs and work for the American people. They need to grow a spine … big time and stop running scared from the group that is poison for our country, the TGOPs!

    • ken pifer says:

      Unfortunately, it’s the TGOP that will save this country from the tyrant we have in our white house. They seem to be the only ones that still seem to believe in our constitution, while the dems and RINOs seem to want to keep big government running and growing without restraints. Patriots should support anyone that will stand up to this out of control regime.

      • Annemb says:

        With all due respect, I totally disagree with you. I have been in politics to see the difference between legislators, the treasonous, seditionists and insurrectionists. And the present TGOPs, are the latter two.

      • silas1898 says:

        You wouldn’t know a tyrant if you tripped over one. If Obama were really a tyrant, you and your teabagging buddies would have been “detained” long, long, ago.

        • ken pifer says:

          It’s unfortunate that I feel that I need to back the republicans as I had been a registered democrat for many decades. My party betrayed me, as they did most, by becoming the new communist party of the new world order, backing an illegal dictator.

          • lemstoll says:

            The real dictator

          • 788eddie says:

            Just how did they betray you . . . by electing a black president?

          • Angela Monger says:

            The problem with whiners like you is that you never have lived under a dictator nor have you ever lived in a communist country. I think we need to ship you off to a place where those conditions exist and then you can come back in six months and talk about dictators and communism. You don’t even know what the hell those words mean. Believe me if we ever have a dictatorship it will be wrapped in a flag with a Bible and the initials. GOP.

          • ken pifer says:

            I would venture that I have been around much longer than you have a chance of being. I have served my country and have traveled extensively. You haven’t a clue as to whom you are responding to, so why is it that you think you do? Typical liberal.

          • Angela Monger says:

            You my dear know nothing about me. I have been in the Air Force and traveled around the world myself. And I’ve probably been around as long as you have. Get off your arrogant high horse there bubba. You do not live in a communist country and we do not have a dictator. End of story.

          • ken pifer says:

            With blind liberals backing this tyrant, and unless Americans start standing up and saying “ENOUGH” we will be in a country just like Nazi Germany very soon. Letting this illegal POTUS stay in power will assure the demise of this once great country we both served. Apparently you do not remember the vow you took to protect and preserve the constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. We need to start protecting the constitution from this regime we now have.

          • guest says:

            I think it is funny that you feel the “POTUS” is “illegal” but you would support Ted Cruz in a heartbeat for POTUS. Hmm – wouldn’t that be illegal? Obama was born in HI and that makes him legal – end of topic. Cruz on the other hand, was born in Canada – which prohibits him from even running. But, I forgot, he denounced his citizenship in Canada. How does THAT make him able to be POTUS? Nothing in the constitution says that is legal. As usual, a Republican name calling a Democrat. When you guys run out of things to lie about, you start with the name calling. Protect the constitution then, if this is what you feel you need to do – I’ll be right behind you on this one – how about we start with personal freedoms – stop talking anti-abortion – it’s not your place to determine what a person does or doesn’t do with their own bodies. How about we start standing up to the NRA then? Nothing wrong with your guns – but they need to be regulated – isn’t that in the constituion you believe should be protected? Stop the NSA from spying on Americans – I believe there was something about warrant-less searches int here someplace. The only, and I mean ONLY, time that a republican is interested in protecting the constitution is when it will directly benefit their agenda. Or by going against it will generate millions in donations from some large corporation. If you guys want smaller government, the stop creating new laws which do not concern the government – back to women rights in medical decisions. That’s another good point – you are soooo against ACA – I have heard a hundred times that republicans do not believe in government dictating healthcare choices – but NEVER prevent the government from dictating a woman’s healthcare choices. What a bunch of idiots who follow the GOP. You are against abortion – but are not against the mass killing of school kids by guns. You are against abortion, but are not against killing thousands of innocent people by going to war with a country that hasn’t done anything to us or by getting involved with any war anywhere to push your weight around. You are all for protecting a child that hasn’t been born yet – but after they are – they can go to hell or starve and live on the streets for all you care – unless they are born into a rich family – or until they reach the age of 18, which is becoming more and more difficult with mass shootings and killings by ignorant people claiming self-defense or just standing their ground against unarmed children – or maybe will be killed in a police firing squad for failing to obey an officer’s order even though the victim has no intention of harming the cops and doesn’t even have a weapon. Although if you are a school student in a republican state with zero tolerance to weapons – you could get suspended for making the shape of a gun with your fingers – and you are only 9 or 10 years old – possible playing cops and robbers. Those fingers need to be regulated to the fullest extent of the law – that’s really kind of comical, when you consider that the republicans don’t want to regulate the REAL guns that REALLY kill school kids – but you will not remain in school if you point your finger at someone and say “bang bang”. That is very regulated. As I have said before – “Guns don’t kill people, Fingers kill people”.

          • idamag says:

            George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison were all against political parties. James Madison said they would divide and cause chaos. You are those founding fathers’ nightmare come true. You haven’t studied nazi, Germany and I doubt you are well educated. You are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

          • jmprint says:

            We are saying enough, ENOUGH WITH YOU DELUSIONAL, GUN TOTING IDIOTS.

          • idamag says:

            So give some verifiable examples of the President’s tyranny. You don’t know much about how the government operates, do you?

          • idamag says:

            And his years have not given him wisdom as you can see by his posts.

          • Sand_Cat says:

            Idiot. I’d say you’ve been around all right. You sound like a pre-Civil War Democrat.

          • idamag says:

            He sounds like he grew up in the boonies where he didn’t discover diversity of ideas or he is a racist. Yes, I am playing the race card, it was in his deck. The South used to be solid Democrat until a Democrat, Lyndon Johnson, signed the Civil Rights into law.

          • idamag says:

            Wave your little flags and spread your hate.

          • Sand_Cat says:

            No, you betrayed your party by abandoning them when they forsook their old ways to enter the 20th century. So what’s the date they “betrayed” you? Could it be the date they passed the Civil Rights Act? Of course not! That would be playing the “race card,” i.e., telling the truth about you, the GOP, and race.

          • neeceoooo says:

            Sometime between the 1860s and 1936, the Democratic party of small government became the party of big government, and the republican party of big government became rhetorically committed to curbing federal power. So you say you have been a democrat for decates?

          • silas1898 says:

            Yes, you were once a Democrat.

            And I’m the Queen of France.

            Teabagging troll.

          • idamag says:

            He might have been a Democrat before the Democrats enacted the Civil Rights Act. I would believe that.

          • silas1898 says:

            Sniffing Strom Thurmond’s shorts.

          • idamag says:

            One of the lies that appears over and over, by tparty nuts, is, “have been a Democrat.” or “I voted for Obama, but…”

          • charleo1 says:

            It is unfortunate ken, that you feel you must back the obstructionists. That you feel the President is a tyrant, or worse. That you feel the Constitution is not being adhered to. Or, that you give no basis for what has convinced you of any of these things.
            Does the Right actually believe in smaller Govn’t? The Left in a larger one? Why it is you have not considered this Right/Left disagreement, to be less about the size of government, and more to do with who benefits from the government largess? Less about the size of the pie, than how the pie is divided. Less about the real challenges facing the Country. And more about creating fear, and misdirection, and division, for political advantage. Have you considered the ultimate value of these strident, and baseless assertions? How are they in any way beneficial in addressing the urgent problems that are right now, festering, and threatening to worsen. While we engage in a meaningless, to and fro, more approiate to a political science class, than to the real world realities we as a Country are confronting. Like, the widening gap between the rich, and everyone else. And the multiple crisis’ like affordable healthcare, saving our safety net for the elderly, and infirm. And balancing the general lack of any investments being made to prepare the Country for a 21 century global economy. By rebalancing our economy, so the government is not the facility of last resort for hundreds of millions of our middle class, and working poor. Let’s try keeping in mind,these problems were created by man, and may be solved by man, only if we drop the drivel. Identify the real problems, and work together to solve them.

          • idamag says:

            That was before Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law or you are a typical liar.

        • Allan Richardson says:

          You use the word “tyrant” the same way John Wilkes Booth did when he applied it to Lincoln after killing him: someone who won’t let me tyrannize the people I want to tyrannize.

      • lemstoll says:

        The real tyrants you ignore…

      • Jill49 says:

        You clearly are TParty to the bone. You most certainly were never a Democrat as you stated below and not fooling anyone here.

      • idamag says:

        I would be laughing at your ignorance, but I find this division and chaos is not funny. Read, “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.” And see what tactics were used to destroy Germany’s democracy. The framers of the Constitution would be appalled at the tparty.

      • idamag says:

        Oh, wow! A Rhodes scholar has joined us.

  7. bcarreiro says:

    OBAMA… What if there were NO Affiliations in congress? No republican or democrat….. just individuals who are neutral an open-minded to
    lead the way! WE THE PEOPLE would actually mean something.

    • idamag says:

      Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

    • Kurt CPI says:

      Many of the nation’s founders would have agreed with you.

    • Allan Richardson says:

      That would be wonderful, but it is not the current reality. Indeed, the reason that the debate has moved so far to the right is that the left (generally, including mainstream Democrats) are so “reasonable” and the right are “pure and steadfast.” Basically, we have a partisan right wing and a non-partisan (in reality) left wing “party.”

      Listen, THEY use fear to motivate their base; we need to use FEAR OF THEM to motivate our base. Young folks who can’t find anything but a McJob after graduation from college? Tweet about it, complain to newspaper and other media, call your lawmakers, fine, but don’t forget to REGISTER AND VOTE. It may be more work, and the latest rave party may be more fun, BUT if you don’t vote, or waste your vote on the “ideal” party that has no chance, you have in effect voted FOR your worst enemy.

  8. kayhag says:

    Mid-terms are base elections. Republicans play to their base and win in the mid-terms. Democrats? Not so much. Why is that? If they would run on Democratic values (raising minimum wage, reforming immigration, investing in infrastructure as a way to create jobs, making NSA accountable, reducing gun violence, protecting and broadening the ACA, protecting women’s rights, etc.) they would give disaffected base Democrats a reason to vote, and they’d win in the mid-terms. Certainly it is worth a try, because it is obvious from the past few mid-terms that running to the right in an attempt to capture the “independents” in the “middle” is a strategy for sure-loss. This does not seem like rocket science. Frustrated? You bet I am.

  9. Jambi says:

    We’re dealing with the same GOP that existed (and still does) during the Gilded Age… Right or Wrong…just spend enough money and utilize propaganda to “get the ignorant vote”

  10. CPAinNewYork says:

    John Boehner is impotent to do anything. His own party has abandoned him because he’s not a Tea Party member.

    Given his impotence, I cannot see why he hangs on as Speaker of the House.

  11. idamag says:

    I’m getting the jump on the fringe lunatics. “More winter weather coming.” “What about Benghazi?” “PBS is featuring John Denver this week.” What about Benghazi?” “Twelve years a Slave opens in theaters this week.”What about Benghazi?” Okay, now the nut jobs don’t have to say it.

  12. charles king says:

    The President has put the problem to the People, and the People know how to beat Monies and DO NOTHING Congress(Republicans and No-thinking Democracts,Plutocracts, and greedy Capitalistic Pigs)The People’s Democracy and their VOTE is still Supreme. Critical Thinking will see the common sense mentality Win out. Vote out the people Who? are NOT doing their Job. Think People, this is Your country and your Democracy Do Not Let Monies destroy it. The President cannot do anymore Than What? the People think is right for the country, You the People have the VOTE , so People do your Job and VOTE out the BUMs Who? are causing the delay in the forwardness of our Government and Country. Thank You are the magic words in my book. I Love Ya All. Mr. C. E. KING

  13. Angela Monger says:

    They can call Obama weak on the Ukraine all they want to. Fact of the matter is whatever goes on with Russia’s borders is their business, not ours. We would do the same thing Putin is doing if it were our neighbors. We don’t rule the world and it’s time we mind our own business and stop acting like we’re Big Daddy. We can’t even get our own shit together and have a half way decent society to live in and yet we think we need to order everyone else around? Hardy har har!

    • lemstoll says:

      Stick your head in the sand the way the Germans did in 1934.

    • Allan Richardson says:

      So, Putin inflames the passions of ethnic Russians in Crimea to get a phony vote for Crimea to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. Sounds pretty similar to the way we got Texas, California, and everything in between: get a bunch of non-Spanish speaking folks from the U.S. to move to Mexico and then complain that they don’t fell like they are really “part of Mexico” and would be happier as citizens of the United States. Then use that as an excuse to start a war.

      So, regardless of who is our President at the moment, do we really have the moral standing to object to that?

    • idamag says:

      The best way to spread democracy is by example. We aren’t setting a good example.

  14. elw says:

    I find pretty sad when people point out the low approval rating the President got in the recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll without even mentioning that the President was actually the winner of the poll, because his approval rating was still higher than his opponents by enough percentage points to be outside the margin of error. I agree that Democrats will have to work hard to keep the Senate and gain seats in the Congress but if anything the poll shows that the Blue side has the edge. Oh by the way, the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll is only one of many and as usual none of them agree on the exact numbers, except in one way the all show the President getting higher approval numbers than his opponents. A good indication that things are still worse for the Red than the Blue side. The only thing the GOP is good at is spinning lies and getting caught at it; November is far enough away that they will have plenty of opportunity to come up with more “47%” remarks to hang themselves on. All we have to do is vote and make sure that everyone we know does as well. It is our election to lose.

    • Independent1 says:

      I think what’s disappointing me the most is even people on this blog that are being swayed by right-wing BS. First of all, I wouldn’t give 2 cents for the WSJ/NBC poll – it is right-wing biased from the gitgo. And as you point out, Obama is still outpolling his opponents.

      Bloomberg just recently published a poll claiming Obama’s numbers were climbing (I believe close to 47-49% approval) as enrollments in Obamacare are increasing – they’ve actually passed 5 million enrollees and may well hit 6 million by 3/31.

      Why is everyone talking doom when we should be enjoying the successes of Obamacare, and an economy that’s still adding jobs, with even an upbeat factory report that says factories were surging in February with production up .9% which is quite a job after being down .8% in January because of the bad weather (and the weather wasn’t the greatest in February).

      So why are some NM bloggers sounding like Obama’s polling should be a drag on any Dem candidate; he’d only be a drag if the candidate plays into the GOP BS and makes voters think Obama is down. Democrat candidates have to start talking up Obama’s strong points shutting out the GOP lies and distoritions (including the distorted polling numbers from polls like Gallup, WSJ, NBC and some others that are obviously riight-wing biased).

      • elw says:

        I agree, but I think far too many Journalist/commentators focus on single details without putting them into content. There is no way the ACA is failing, not with over 13 million people benefiting not only from being able to purchase Insurance from the exchanges but also from the results of other elements of the law like; allowing parents to keep their young adult children on their plans until they are 26, no-copay preventive care, and the elimination of preexisting conditions reason to refuse coverage. Once more you cannot come to conclusion about Obama’s approval rating without putting them in context. How dumb it is to put forth the idea that the Republicans have the upper hand because President Obama’s approval rating are low when the Republicans are significantly lower. It even dumber for people to buy it. The truth is the quality of our news and journalism in this Country is even lower than the GOPs approval ratings. They really have to stop hiring their talking heads by their looks instead of their brains and training.

  15. jointerjohn says:

    I have been an active democrat since 1972 and the only things I ever receive from the party anymore are solicitations for money. The messages attached are about what the republicans are doing and how we must donate dollars in order to stop them. The party needs to be inspiring and motivating every wage-earning worker in the United States, but is not. The party needs to be using its message to undermine the republican female vote, but is not. The party needs to be turning its superior political positions into identifiable brand labels, but is not. The party needs to be educating and motivating every voter under age 30 to vote off-year and local elections, but is not. We cannot win the money war, but we own the ideological and moral high-ground. The people need to see a party of inspiration, not just an organization with it’s hand stuck out for a buck.

    • idamag says:

      How about the phony surveys?

      • jointerjohn says:

        indeed! No quicker way to insult an intelligent person than with a survey obviously tilted away from discovery and only for validation. Dumb people think they have genuinely been asked for their opinion, but since American politics is now established with a dumb party and a smart party, why should the smart party stoop down there. Let the GOP do that to their base, they think it is a compliment.

    • Canistercook says:

      Perhaps the ‘party’ needs to look at what is happening to our economy and country. We are now stuck 50/50. 50% of the people are working and earning a living and paying taxes. The other 50% are living off them. Some because they are old and disabled rightly so, but a lot because they are good for nothing but reproduction and sucking off the taxpayers. And people wonder why we are sending our production overseas and printing worthless dollar bills!

      • jointerjohn says:

        You make it sound as though the exporting of American jobs is somehow directly attributable to those who don’t work and contribute to society. I do hope you realize that the majority of the poor work every day, the number who don’t contribute is nowhere near 50%. Also, many of those “old and disabled” are living off the pensions they worked and paid for, and not living off those who are paying taxes. I agree that too many fail to contribute to society in a meaningful way, but assigning them a disproportionate share of the blame is a waste of time, and conflating the numbers doesn’t do anybody any good. Greed, not laziness is what exports jobs. Laziness is despicable, but not nearly as destructive as greed.

      • jmprint says:

        What about all the grants and tax subsidies that go to the oil companies that are making billions in profits. Your republican friends are pulling the strings on dragging America down.

      • charleo1 says:

        That is patently untrue. Look, we’re never going to solve
        the problem, if we keep misidentifying the problem. One
        thing to consider is the improbability of all those Americans
        deciding to become lazy bums in Sept/Oct./Nov/Dec/ ’08. Then, even more Americans jumped on the public dole in Jan/Feb/Mar./ ’09. Which became the alibi of the bilkers, and scammers. You know the ones I’m talking about. They wreck the economy. Then blame the millions of people that lost their jobs because of it, for running up the debt because they’re too lazy to work for a living. They even collected their
        bonuses for selling the phony scam that caused the
        recession in the first place. Anybody over the age of 10
        should know who’s gaming the system.

  16. I help with some people.

  17. VoiceofReason613 says:

    It is essential that Democrats take the offensive and raise points such as:

    * The Tea Party has shifted the Republican Party so far to the right that Eisenhower, Nixon, and even Reagan would not recognize it or get nominated by it today.

    * Republicans are promoting policies similar to or worse than those that had such disastrous results during the George W. Bush administration, including converting a three-year major surplus that was on track to completely wipe out the federal debt into a major deficit, creating very few jobs, and pushing the country to the brink of a depression, with an average of over 750,000 jobs being lost per month in the last few months of that administration.

    * Republicans have obstructed efforts to get our country out of the ditch they left us in by consistently voting no on and filibustering many Democratic proposals to improve the economy, some of which they previously supported. Despite that constant obstruction, there have now been 47 consecutive months of positive job growth, with over 8 million net jobs created.

    * Republicans support continued tax breaks for big corporations and the wealthiest Americans, while cutting basic social services.

    * Republicans are in denial about the dangers from climate change, despite the views of almost all climate scientists and the many wake-up calls we have already received.

    * A strong majority of Republicans voted against aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy and against background checks for arms purchases.

  18. Bryan Blake says:

    The problem is that the Democratic Party has left most of us on the center-left. Most of the elected Democrats are just as beholden to corporate money as the Republicans are. The DLC is officially disbanded but most of those who can move the party still follow its policy prescriptions. There needs to be a change in leadership before there can be any hope for change. The hope of the future lies with people like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. We either stand up now or the boots of the oppression of the rich and ultra-rich shall continue to push down upon our necks. The American Dream will be but dust in our mouths. The choice is clear. Will we survive as We The People or shall they survive as We The Corporations?

  19. Canistercook says:

    Freedom and democracy is not easy to preserve and with a Unionized education system, and a unionized government and a President that is using every opportunity to ‘buy’ voters it may be difficult. Obama now brings you promise of lower cost medical care (for some anyway) a higher minimum wage and overtime for more ‘voters’. Wonder what he will ‘give away’ next and make someone else pay for!

    • Allan Richardson says:

      I would rather have a politician “buy” votes by actually giving something TO the voters than to “buy” votes by putting lies on the media paid for by wealthy people who stand to become even wealthier, at the expense of the 99 percent of the people, by getting the laws THEY want passed.

    • lemstoll says:

      Anti union is anti-American and anti-creating liveable wages…No more non union worker slave wages…

      • idamag says:

        Strange, there is the American Chamber of Congress (most powerful lobby) to promote commerce, there is the American Medical Association to lobby for the medical field, The is the American Association of Manufacturers, the farm bureau, the NRA, and a bunch of other lobbying organizations and that is acceptable. When the people, whose labors make the others rich, want a lobbying voice, they are told to sit down and shut up and don’t organized to be heard, who do they think they are?.

  20. dpaano says:

    I agree….we need to start fighting as dirty as the Republicans are!! We need to get out there and remind people of all the things the GOP has done in the past 5+ years to keep American downtrodden; to keep our poor from ever being able to get anywhere! We need to get out there and push our friends, neighbors, relatives, etc., to vote! We need to make sure that those who continually vote Republican realize that their vote is only hurting them in the end. Where are the Democrats of the past…..the ones who used to fight back. Have they become so passive that they can’t get out and do the job we pay them to do……win!!! If the Republicans EVER get a hold on our government again, we’re all doomed. But, we have to get out there and explain to people WHY this will happen…..Democratic candidates can no longer sit on their hands and expect to win elections!!!

  21. Mikey7a says:

    OK, so the rich Republicans own the media? Here’s an idea. Why aren’t the rich Democrats on every College Campus, outside every Rock, Hip Hop, Rap, and yes, even Country music concert? Most people under 30, do NOT have time to read. Go where they congregate. Go to Spring Break locations.

    If the “older” folks are more informed, it’s because they have the spare time to be so. What I’m saying is, it seems our side is living and dying, by hoping everyone can see that The Republicans only care about the rich, instead of actively saying it to the people that need to hear it the most, then acting like they cannot understand how we keep losing seats in Congress, and in the House.

    You can’t win a fight, that you never fully engaged in, now can you?

  22. The_Pilgrim says:

    The “hoplessness” is the incredible number of morons who think that the complete, total, and utter failure of Democrats and Liberal policies is because of GOP “obstructionism” rather than those policies just being incredibly poor, stupid, and unworkable ideas to begin with…

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