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August 19, 2010

Miss Me Yet? Bush Polling Better Than Obama In Imperiled Democratic Districts

Blame Bush for this-- the guy was unpopular when he left, but apparently not unpopular enough for Democrats to keep buttering their bread with him.

A prominent Democratic pollster is circulating a survey that shows George W. Bush is 6 points more popular than President Obama in “Frontline” districts — seats held by Democrats that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sees as most vulnerable to Republican takeover. That Bush is more popular than Obama in Democratic-held seats is cause for outright fear.

Ed linked this earlier, with his take.

This Hotline piece is mostly a lot of obvious stuff-- use Obama for discreet (no cameras!) fundraising, make each election individual and personal, etc. -- but damn, there is this quote:

"He is a walking radioactive disaster," one senior Democratic operative said of the president.

Many people keep offering Mr. Wolf's advice (as usual, his version of it as offered on his cameo on Sesame Street): Gentlement, let's not start soaping each other's backs just yet.

And at this point, I guess I have to really endorse that. This is no point for complacency or just assuming outside forces are going to make this happen.

There are no outside forces. Every American citizen is a force of one. When Americans decide to skip out on their civic, patriotic duty and leave elections up to other people, or to the impersonal, irresistible outside forces that don't actually exist, bad things happen.

There is no "wave" here except the wave we make. We are the wave. And if you're not registered to vote -- you're not the wave. If you're not planning on voting -- you're not the wave. If you're not emailing relatives you know lean right and encouraging them to check Obama's power, to stand up and be counted -- you're not the wave.

There will be no wave at all unless we set our minds on making it happen. Obama's popularity in polls will not restrain him -- we have seen that already. We saw him arrogantly demanding ObamaCare despite 60+% opinion (and strong opinion) against it.

He actually -- kind of -- doesn't care about polls. Maybe that is to his credit. Maybe not; I think he takes a perverse delight in thwarting you, defying you. Making your lives worse.

But he doesn't care much about polls. He doesn't care about what you believe, what you think, what you want. He only cares about power-- and power comes from elections. He cares about what he has the power to do, over your objections.

There is only one way to restrain that power. And just taking pleasure in bad polls isn't it.

We're not sending a message here in this election -- messages mean nothing.

We are sending an opposition. We are sending a majority hostile to his plans for continued socialization of the United States. We are sending a Congressional investigators armed with the subpoena power and the power to put witnesses under oath -- and recommend them for perjury charges, should they lie.

We are not sending a message: it remains in the power of the target of the message as to whether or not he will respond, comply, or defy.

We are sending something he will have little choice but to comply with. That's not a message he can ignore at his whim. That's a reality inflicted upon him by voters which he has no choice but to bend to.

We are sending a hard limit to Obama's power. We are sending America back to Congress.

Don't forget that. And I know some of you feel so burned by politics or GOP betrayals and all of that. I know that. I know many readers here, despite their apparent interest in politics, actually dropped out of the system years ago and now are entirely spectators.

Obama won on a crushing wave of such similarly-disaffected voters coming back into the system to make their voices heard for once in decades.

You saw the power of that.

Please show Obama the power of that as well, but going the opposite way.

It is the contention of many of those disaffected with the system, of conventional two-party politics, that if conservatives would just show what a potent force they really are, the GOP would stop trying to encourage moderates to vote their way and instead focus on disaffected hard-right conservatives to vote their way.

Well, on that score, it's put up or shut up time. Because if you're still sitting out this election, after all you have seen, after the ruin visited upon our country, after socialism has galloped ahead so quickly and so heedlessly -- if at this point you still will not undertake your basic American duty to cast a ballot on election day, then it is clear you never will, and it is clear there is no point whatsoever in chasing your vote, for your vote will never be cast.

You will then have decided to simply live as a spectator in your own political life, leaving the decisions most important to you to other people and to chance, and in that case, the GOP is quite right, on a rational, pragmatic, utilitarian level, to simply ignore you forever and chase the independents and moderates who do vote.

The choice is yours, and the choice could determine the path of American progress or ruin for the next forty years.

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