Skip to comments.Democrats face turnout problem, dissatisfaction in ranks leading to midterms
Posted on 03/19/2014 12:42:27 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
If President Obamas 2012 campaign was known for anything, it was its voter mobilization operation, said to be the most sophisticated ever assembled in a presidential campaign. Which makes David Plouffes comments over the weekend all the more telling for Democrats as they look nervously toward the November midterm elections.
When Republican David Jolly defeated Democrat Alex Sink in Floridas 13th Congressional District a week ago, Democratic leaders explained away the outcome by arguing that the district tilted heavily in favor of the GOP in midterm and especially special elections. Rep. Steve Israel (N.Y.), who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said that Republicans had a 13-point turnout advantage and that Democrats had made up almost all of that ground, only to fall a few points short.
Plouffe, who was Obamas campaign manager in 2008 and oversaw the reelection bid as White House senior adviser, put the onus back on the Democrats. Democrats didnt lose the special election because the Republicans had an insurmountable advantage in the district. They lost because they couldnt get enough voters the ones who backed Obama in 2012 to the polls. Plouffe called the loss a screaming siren for the fall. As he put it, We have a turnout issue.
The independent Cook Political Report, which gives every congressional district a partisan index, rates the Florida district only as narrowly Republican in its leaning, an R-plus-1 rating. Of the 435 districts, the Cook team rates more than 200 as more Republican than Floridas 13th.
Districts like Floridas 13th may look more Republican in off-year elections than in presidential years, but as Plouffe pointed out, thats because Democrats have a turnout problem in those midterm elections. The Democrats coalition includes groups of voters who are simply less likely to show up for midterm elections.
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No no no nooooo
Everythign is fine! Obamacare is so popular! You guys should run on that. Gosh we would sure lose so bad if you did.
Additionally, you won’t see as high a turnout for a non-black president among blacks, and the youth vote was in the initial stages of collapse in 2012 (down 6 points from 2008)
Democrat voter turnout in Illinois yesterday was terrible. The Republicans running for governor received 400,000 votes more, then Democrat, Governor Quinn and his opponent!!! Pubbies got a total of 800,000 votes and Dems got only 400,000. Texas, then Florida, now Illinois!!! The handwriting is clearly on the wall for any objective observer to see. The Rank & File Democrats, and especially minorities, are not loving Obama so much anymore!!! We shall see as November, 2014 draws closer!!!
No one to promise free Obamaphones and free health care in mid term elections, stupid.
The common theme among young democRats:
“Whattaya mean it’s not free?”
I see Hillary running in 2016 as a gift. She is not liked by many Dems, as evidenced by her losing to an unaccomplished Marxist in 2008. Blacks, especially, will stay home.
You can’t rent a passenger van near election days in Galveston County TX because the unions have them all booke to haul voters to the precincts, they’ll get their turnout - or stuff the ballot boxes.
I think the Dems have a solution for that.
Run DeVal Patrick or Cory Booker as VP with a lot of community organizers in the ‘hood talking about “wink wink” Hillary’s health.
So why did Republicans turnout for Jolly? Seems that invoking "Pelosi" was a vote-getter......for Republicans....(cackle).
National Journal reported Repub strategists had measured which messages were most effectively persuading voters to turn in their ballots.
<><> In Jolly's race, they turned to a messagedelivered across a variety of digital platforms and emailthat focused on urging Repubs to vote now or watch Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi move one step closer to reclaiming the speaker's gavel.<><>
Posted At DU: the ACA says insurance companies cannot deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions. But they can--and do-- deny coverage for life-saving meds to treat p/e conditions. the ACA exchange I'm signed up w/ just denied coverage for my wife's multiple sclerosis meds. We're covered, to the tune of $700 a month...just not for what she really needs. FU, Mr. President, you piece of sh** used-car salesman.From my heart and soul, FU.
(Sign) those sentiments are so, so sweet.
HE'S FALLEN AND HE CANT GET UP (CACKLE) Obomba's Achilles Heel is the disappearing lock-step support he once had from Democrats.
FACTOID Seven Dems helped Repubs defeat Obamba's choice for the DOJ Civil Rights Division---nom was a cheerleader for the crazies defending a cop-killer. FACTOID Dems are now lining up to defeat Obomba's gun control worshipper for Surgeon General....even w/ Harry's vaunted nuclear option.
Its amazing what a Dumbocrat loss in Florida can engender. Peeling off Dummycrats from Obomba has begun to look like a full-time hobby.
Mmmmmmmm........looks like lock-stepping Demorat party loyalty has gone out of style. I keep wondering what Debbie Wassername is going to do w/ all those DNC-issue brown shirts (cackle).
DNC FASHION NOTE: what well-dressed lock-stepping
Democrat party loyalists are wearing this election season:
DNC-ISSUE BROWN SHIRTS.
Thus they have a conundrum.
They are going to be forced to run hard-left if they want to turn out their base. But this will disgust independents even more than they do now.
Aside from the blue states, it is probably not gonna work out well for them.
I’ve always felt Baraq was a Chicago Mob crony capitalist, not a progressive true believer. He’s out playing golf while his policies enrich his billionaire bundlers.
So it’s easy to see how the real lefties over at DU would be getting uneasy.
Keep Calm ... All Is Well !!!
I love stories like this from the left leaning outlets. Repeat the message of low Dem turnout will be a self-fulfilling prophesy.
I hate WaPO and everything about it! I won’t post there.
Wonder why the Dems are so dissatisfied? They are getting EVERYTHING they want. Why are they whining now?
Thank you for getting in the muck ...and bringing out the gems! God Bless You!
Hillary, America’s mother-in-law.
Here’s a democrat who hates Obamacare... lots of the ‘replies’ agree with him...
You’re right - it’d be wonderful if elite democrats run on it.