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Voters No Longer Seeking Mr. Fix-It
ABC News Blogs ^ | July 6, 2012 | Matthew Dowd

Posted on 07/07/2012 7:38:00 AM PDT by C19fan

The addition of around 80,000 new jobs in the latest monthly report is another lackluster number that’s on the same mediocre economic trajectory as the last few months – or, really, the last decade or so. Analysts on the right will use it to criticize President Obama, and analysts on the left will say it’s on the right path while criticizing Republicans for the Bush years and a lack of leadership in Congress. But maybe it all means something more about America.

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From this trip, and from looking at things over the last six months, I am beginning to get the feeling that voters are shrugging their shoulders about politicians, no longer believing they can fix the economic problems. They’ve reset their expectations about how political leaders can change the dynamic. After watching basically no growth in real wages over the last decade, no real growth in private sector jobs and a stagnant unemployment rate, they don’t think that a president (or a governor, for that matter) can do much to change the situation.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: activism; conservatism
Some guy with a gut feeling about what would be a major change in American attitudes. This might benefit Obama in the short term but if one cares about limited government then one would see this trend, if there is such a trend, as a very positive development. This would perhaps represent a swing from the attitudes that developed starting in the 1930s.
1 posted on 07/07/2012 7:38:03 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan
Translating ABC's piece...”you might as well vote for Osama,folks!”
2 posted on 07/07/2012 7:40:51 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Bill Ayers Was *Not* "Just Some Guy In The Neighborhood")
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To: Gay State Conservative

Yes it is unfortunately I let my cynical side drop for a moment.


3 posted on 07/07/2012 7:42:53 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: Gay State Conservative

This article is a lie crafted for Obama, posing as journOlism. Basically making excuses for epic fail and saying that the poor economy could benefit Obama; are you kidding me?


4 posted on 07/07/2012 7:52:01 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: C19fan
Here's a gem from the "inner Dowd..."

It might be time for our leaders to follow...

Priceless. Black is white, strength is weakness, hope and change are dead...long live hope and change.

5 posted on 07/07/2012 8:01:50 AM PDT by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: KC_Conspirator; All

they tried the same thing 1980...

i was 16 years old in 1980 and remember it as though it were yesterday...the news interviewed a bunch of dopes- these people were resigned to the fact interest rates would forever be around 16% and unemployment in double digits...i can still hear my father furiously screaming at the television, “people are accepting these interest rates???!!! people are accepting the unemployment???!!”....

four months late Reagan won in a landslide...


6 posted on 07/07/2012 8:01:56 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: God luvs America

I remember that too. They are making the same argument when they say that the presidency is too hard for one man.


7 posted on 07/07/2012 8:04:44 AM PDT by Mr. Peabody
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To: God luvs America

“..four months late Reagan won in a landslide...”

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Unfortunately, many of those sensible Americans who voted for Reagan 30 yeara ago are now dead.

We have a demographics and stupidity problem now among the voting populace.


8 posted on 07/07/2012 8:10:48 AM PDT by EyeGuy (Armed, judgmental, fiscally responsible heterosexual.)
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To: C19fan
We are looking for "Mr. Take Your Foot Off My Throat And Your Knife From My Back".


9 posted on 07/07/2012 8:19:49 AM PDT by Iron Munro (John Adams: 'Two ways to enslave a country. One is by the sword, the other is by debt')
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To: God luvs America
four months late Reagan won in a landslide...

The difference is, this time there is no Reagan on the ballot. But we evil, principled conservatives will be blamed for a loss, not the GOP-e who worked so hard to make sure most of us had no real choice in the primary.

10 posted on 07/07/2012 8:54:47 AM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: C19fan

Matthew Dowd is a HUGE LIBERAL.....most probably gay also.....wolf in sheep’s clothing for SURE!


11 posted on 07/07/2012 9:10:40 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: 5thGenTexan
But we evil, principled conservatives will be blamed for a loss, not the GOP-e who worked so hard to make sure most of us had no real choice in the primary.

I share your frustration but I put the blame on us. It is the conservatives who failed to produce a viable conservative candidate. We make it easy for the GOP-e to nominate their chosen candidates by bickering among ourselves instead of coalescing behind a conservative candidate right from the get-go.

The nomination of Ronald Reagan in the 1980 campaign was a beautiful thing. From the moment Reagan announced his candidacy in November of 1979, he had the full and unwavering support of the conservative wing. The GOP-e at that time clearly preferred George H.W. Bush or Howard Baker but we steamrolled them good.

12 posted on 07/07/2012 9:11:10 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Gay State Conservative; C19fan
Translating ABC's piece...”you might as well vote for Osama,folks!”

And from a Conservative's viewpoint it is:

"Translating ABC's piece...”you might as well vote for Romney,folks!”"

Because there is nothing conservative in his record and he ain't going to do anything worthwhile that is conservative either.
13 posted on 07/07/2012 9:15:07 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency.)
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To: C19fan
voters are shrugging their shoulders about politicians, no longer believing they can fix the economic problems

The current crop of congresscritters care more about their kickbacks than fixing anything.

14 posted on 07/07/2012 10:13:22 AM PDT by bgill
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To: God luvs America
I was young back then, so its good to hear. This EPIC FAILURE is NOT acceptable. I did not know that they excused Carter's failures as well.

Failure is the "new normal" for democraps.

I guess it also reminds me of how liberals ran NY City into the ground and democraps called the city "ungovernable", that is until Guiliani became mayor.

15 posted on 07/07/2012 10:56:14 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: 5thGenTexan

“But we evil, principled conservatives will be blamed for a loss...”

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Indeed, indeed.

Funny you should mention that, as that very destructive “reasoning” is going on in this thread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2903786/posts


16 posted on 07/07/2012 11:00:29 AM PDT by EyeGuy (Armed, judgmental, fiscally responsible heterosexual.)
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To: C19fan
Actually, this was what happened in 1980. Folks came to believe what Mr. Carter was trying to communicate to them - he couldn't do the job, and no one else could. I remember articles in the major newspapers discussing how the presidency had become an impossible job, how maybe we should move to one six-year presidential term, or move to a co-presidency or what have you.

And it worked, in a way, for Mr. Carter. Folks came to accept it wasn't his fault, that maybe it was an impossible job.

But that freed them to say, “Well, heck, might as well vote for Reagan. He probably can't do any better, but we already know Carter can't get it done.”

This dynamic, should it take hold, will spell the end of the occupancy of the White House by the Kenyan anti-Christ.

17 posted on 07/07/2012 11:04:17 AM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: God luvs America

“four months later Reagan won in a landslide”

True.. but this is a much different, far less aware and more dumbed-down and self-interested electorate. In 1980, people looked to fix America, because they knew their lot would improve by doing so. Now, with the planned downgrades in expectations and beliefs about this country`s greatness, voters are far more in tune only with what`s in it for them in the short term. 49.5% don`t pay income taxes, and record numbers are on government aid and food stamps. Most of them seem fairly satisfied with that situation, so long as their government check keeps arriving in the mail.

Add to all that a very effective propaganda network disguising itself as “news,” reminding these mindless sheep their benefits they deserve are going to stolen away by the evil Republicans.


18 posted on 07/07/2012 11:25:07 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: C19fan

I wasn’t around for that election...but from things I’ve heard from people discussing it over the years, these are the same kinds of things that were being said in 1980 with regard to Carter - things weren’t really his fault, the presidency has just become to big for just one man, etc. Sounds nearly identical to what is being said now to try to excuse Obama.


19 posted on 07/07/2012 11:42:31 AM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Gay State Conservative

Absolutely! The article is Obama apologetics. It’s not Obama’s fault they say. They sure said it was Bush’s fault loud and often.


20 posted on 07/07/2012 11:42:56 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: ScottinVA; 5thGenTexan; EyeGuy

i don’t agree that people are dumbed down compared to 1980- many have the same stupid opinions but due to limited resources such as no internet or cable news, there was no place for them to voice their stupid opinions nationally, never mind globally...vietnam war protesters??? george mcgovern???

today we have places like Fox News, Free Republic, Drudge, etc that expose what the left is doing- it wasn’t as easy to expose them for much of the last part of the last century...

Romney is definitely no Reagan and does nothing to excite me but there are large numbers of liberals or center/left rats that realize mullah obama has been an epic failure and are ready to vote his ass out or sit out the election (believe me, i live in liberalsville, NY and hear them daily)...and this does not even take into account the independents or white male vote, thats turned against obama...then there’s the young vote, that’s fractionally as motivated to vote for ayatollah obama this time around...

and while Romney will not fire up the base, many of the conservatives who sat on the sidelines and did not vote in ‘08 because they did not like McLame will not make the same mistake twice...


21 posted on 07/07/2012 11:45:24 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: SoConPubbie
And from a Conservative's viewpoint it is: "Translating ABC's piece...”you might as well vote for Romney,folks!”"

1992

Clinton->43.0% of popular vote

Bush---> 37.5% of popular vote

Perot---->18.9% of popular vote

=================================================

Clinton->370 Electoral Votes

Bush---->168 Electoral Votes

Perot---->000 Electoral Votes

22 posted on 07/07/2012 2:08:25 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Bill Ayers Was *Not* "Just Some Guy In The Neighborhood")
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To: God luvs America
Oh, I remember 1980 very well! Folks were sick and tired of Carter, and he only made worse what Nixon and Ford had done with their wage and price controls before him. There was, as Carter put it so aptly, "Malaise in America".

Reagan came along speaking positively and optimistically about America, and folks were drawn to him. You would never have known it by the polls, however. The media even then was covering for the Dems, and everyone was astounded when Reagan won, and won decisively!

23 posted on 07/07/2012 3:52:17 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: God luvs America
...and while Romney will not fire up the base, many of the conservatives who sat on the sidelines and did not vote in ‘08 because they did not like McLame will not make the same mistake twice...

I sure hope that's the case!

24 posted on 07/07/2012 5:03:53 PM PDT by SuziQ
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