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The profound mystery of the "enthusiasm gap" (Salon says Obama blew it)
Salon ^ | Sep 2, 2010 | Glenn Greenwald

Posted on 09/02/2010 7:54:28 PM PDT by tlb

1) Huffington Post's Sam Stein notes the increasing number of conservatives who now advocate same-sex marriage; how that places them to the left on this human rights issue of Barack Obama, who continues to explicitly oppose marriage equality; and how Democratic operatives are worrying that the Party, as a result, risks losing the devotion of gay activists and, especially, their money.

2) Sen. Dianne Feinstein -- Iraq War supporter, Surveillance State cheerleader, and beneficiary of her husband's vast, defense contracting wealth -- will take the lead in working to defeat Prop 19 and thus keep marijuana criminalized, in turn keeping Mexican cartels empowered

3) Latinos are among the most disenchanted Democratic voting bloc, as they are furious at the White House for repeatedly violating promises on immigration reform. Large numbers of Latino voters now blame both parties almost equally for failures in immigration policy.

4) Obama's Deficit Commission was structured so as to ensure recommendations for, among other things, cuts in Social Security benefits, to be voted on right after the election is nice and over with (an election the Democrats are trying to win by parading around as the protectors of Social Security). Also at Daily Kos, Laurence Lewis describes how similar this dynamic is to prior political controversies, where Democrats held themselves out publicly as believing one thing while privately working for the opposite.

This year isn't getting away from the Democrats because voters are moving toward the Republicans en masse. But the enthusiasm gap is turning races that would otherwise be lean Democratic into toss ups, turning toss ups into leaning Republican, and turning leaning Republican into solid Republican.

(Excerpt) Read more at salon.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: discouragement; obama; salon
Resignation and acceptance is the last stage of grief.
1 posted on 09/02/2010 7:54:31 PM PDT by tlb
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To: tlb

The ‘RATS’ Obamahype just wore off. Mmmmm. Mmmmm. Mmmmm.


2 posted on 09/02/2010 7:55:35 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("Hanoi Boi" Kerry tops wealthiest lawmakers at $188.6 million! "Berthers" Rule!)
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To: tlb

This editorial is a good sign for our side.


3 posted on 09/02/2010 7:58:00 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama's more worried about Israelis building houses than he is about Islamists building atomic bombs)
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To: tlb

We should send them a box of tissues!


4 posted on 09/02/2010 8:01:13 PM PDT by ScoopAmma (We are led by the Resident -in Chief; aka part-time member of Webelo Troop 44)
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To: tlb

If only Obama had been more liberal...


5 posted on 09/02/2010 8:07:29 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: tlb

We’re in the midst of an obamalaise.

I loved the Drudge headline:

Jerry Springer: “Obama is a great President!”

That one’s got got to churn the liberal bile ducts like a swizzlestick made of no.10 grit sandpaper.


6 posted on 09/02/2010 8:14:32 PM PDT by februus
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To: Brilliant

How much more “liberal” could Obama be short of setting up gulags and re-education camps? The leftists are nuts.


7 posted on 09/02/2010 8:18:09 PM PDT by November 2010
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To: tlb

“Latinos are among the most disenchanted Democratic voting bloc, as they are furious at the White House for repeatedly violating promises on immigration reform. Large numbers of Latino voters now blame both parties almost equally for failures in immigration policy.”

White liberal fantasizing.


8 posted on 09/02/2010 8:19:38 PM PDT by Shermy (Keynsianism and "Supply Side" economics: two sides of the same borrowed coin)
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To: tlb

“Obama’s Deficit Commission was structured so as to ensure recommendations for, among other things, cuts in Social Security benefits,”

That is true, but I think it more they going ask for SS tax increases under the false premise that SS is in trouble.


9 posted on 09/02/2010 8:21:49 PM PDT by Shermy (Keynsianism and "Supply Side" economics: two sides of the same borrowed coin)
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To: tlb; All
Enter Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic Party Nominee for President in 2012.
10 posted on 09/02/2010 8:31:12 PM PDT by no dems (DeMINT / PALIN 2012 or PALIN / DeMINT 2012.......Either is fine with me!)
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To: tlb

OK, how many of those who label themselves as conservatives also support the homosexual name change of same?

It keeps getting alleged. But what are the stats?

I don’t believe it and I’m not buying it.


11 posted on 09/02/2010 8:31:58 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: tlb
They must have LEO’s do the actual arrest.

Next question, how many of those voters are legally allowed to vote?
12 posted on 09/02/2010 9:32:22 PM PDT by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: JSteff

Sorry wrong quote, should have been “Latino voters”.......


13 posted on 09/02/2010 9:35:31 PM PDT by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: FlingWingFlyer

14 posted on 09/02/2010 10:22:31 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Notice the direction of that soldier’s glance: right at 0bama’s hand on his shoulder.

He doesn’t look pleased.

That patronizing violation of other’s space is a deliberate move by 0bama to put the other person in check, to control the situation.

Just one more clue about 0bama’s superiority complex.


15 posted on 09/02/2010 11:18:42 PM PDT by happygrl (Continuing to predict that Obama will resign)
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To: BenLurkin

“Don’t tread on me”


16 posted on 09/03/2010 12:21:39 AM PDT by Rennes Templar (They shall not pass!)
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To: Brilliant

I don’t think that is possible...


17 posted on 09/03/2010 12:31:26 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Remember November...I can see it from my house!)
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To: no dems
Enter Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic Party Nominee for President in 2012.

BUMP!

Any ideas on a preemptive strategy?

18 posted on 09/03/2010 1:23:46 AM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: happygrl
That patronizing violation of other’s space is a deliberate move by 0bama to put the other person in check, to control the situation. Just one more clue about 0bama’s superiority complex.

He's living in his own world. It's perhaps how he fooled so many into electing him, because he's living in a fantasy and sincerely thought everyone should join him.

19 posted on 09/03/2010 1:25:18 AM PDT by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenario at a time.)
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To: Shermy

What’s most amazing about this is that Democrats generally and the White House specifically seem completely uninterested in doing anything about this — other than exacerbating it.

Welcome to OUR world!


20 posted on 09/03/2010 4:04:36 AM PDT by marstegreg
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To: happygrl
Only the soldier knows what his thoughts were but, it appears to be: “Do you want to lose that hand? Sir?”
21 posted on 09/03/2010 8:04:33 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both.)
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To: BenLurkin
“Do you want to lose that hand?

LOL

Spoken with a tight-jawed Clint Eastwood cadence.

22 posted on 09/03/2010 9:09:10 AM PDT by happygrl (Continuing to predict that Obama will resign)
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To: tlb

Who blew it?!
No, no, no.
Barry did not cross the finish line on his own, he was carried in a metaphorical litter chair like some despot of old.
The legacy media blew.
The antiquated progressive political establishment blew.
The reason 0 did not succeed is because he does not posses the talents necessary to be an administrator.
That said, people should be aware by now a good campaigner is just that and no more.
Being able to read a teleprompter effectively is not credentials to be a leader.


23 posted on 09/03/2010 1:31:16 PM PDT by abc1
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To: tlb

He tried to disguise himself but it backfired when he was asked
to sing "The Shoop Shoop Song" (it's in his kiss).

24 posted on 09/03/2010 5:47:06 PM PDT by Liz
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To: Gondring

No ideas on a preemptive strategy at this time. Just keep reminding everyone of the mess the Dems got us into under the Obama Administration.


25 posted on 09/03/2010 8:29:42 PM PDT by no dems (DeMINT / PALIN 2012 or PALIN / DeMINT 2012.......Either is fine with me!)
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