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Fading Democratic Drumbeat..(NOT SO FAST: media to slowly let the air out of a balloon)
American Spectator ^ | 9/5/2006 | The Prowler

Posted on 09/05/2006 4:58:26 AM PDT by IrishMike

With polling numbers in the Maryland Senate Democrat primary now showing that relative outsider, former congressman and former head of the NAACP Kweisi Mfume is leading Rep. Ben Cardin in some polls above the margin of error, national Democrats are growing progressively pessimistic that they will make serious gains in the November elections.

Mainstream media outlets have been attempting over the past few weeks to slowly let the air out of a balloon they themselves filled with their abundant hot air about Democratic momentum moving toward a potential retaking of both houses of Congress.

"We probably started that drumbeat too early and we're losing a lot of that momentum," says a Democratic political strategist. "You could blame a lot of things, Howard Dean, and some of our more established candidates, but I would blame the Lieberman/Lamont race and the blogosphere. Things just move too fast nowadays."

The Connecticut Democrat Senate primary put a national spotlight on the inner-workings of the Democrat Party and they weren't pretty. Voters saw a far-left wing of the party with remarkable sway over a mainstream majority with little interest in a fight.

"More important, in most primaries, is that ten to 15 percent of undecided voters have already vented about Iraq," says another Democrat consultant. "The problem is, those voters wanted to express their dissatisfaction with Iraq, but they also want a solution. Pulling out isn't the solution many of them want. They aren't going to be voting for an anti-war candidate. I think my party has overshot its position."

The showing of Republican Michael Steele, as well as others, such as Mike McGavick in Washington, and Tom Kean, Jr. in New Jersey, along with stabilized numbers for Sen. Rick Santorum, have Democrats in the Senate scrambling to find some good news.

(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2006; 2008; bush; congress; election; election2006; elections; media; mediabias; senate
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1 posted on 09/05/2006 4:58:28 AM PDT by IrishMike
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To: IrishMike

A solution ~ very good observation. That fellow's probably going to vote Republican himself.


2 posted on 09/05/2006 5:01:36 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: IrishMike
The showing of Republican Michael Steele, as well as others, such as Mike McGavick in Washington, and Tom Kean, Jr. in New Jersey, along with stabilized numbers for Sen. Rick Santorum, have Democrats in the Senate scrambling to find some good news.

The good news it they are going to get their collective a$$ (donkey?) kicked.
3 posted on 09/05/2006 5:02:52 AM PDT by Talking_Mouse (wahhab delenda est)
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To: IrishMike

It's always fun to watch Democrats face the reality which surrounds them.


4 posted on 09/05/2006 5:03:46 AM PDT by TexasNative2000 (Thailand?)
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"The problem is, those voters wanted to express their dissatisfaction with Iraq, but they also want a solution. Pulling out isn't the solution many of them want. They aren't going to be voting for an anti-war candidate. I think my party has overshot its position."

Duh!

My dissatisfaction with Iraq is that the Defetocrat party has fouled up the works, and that the Bush administration has been too passive in the PR battle.

5 posted on 09/05/2006 5:05:42 AM PDT by PogySailor (Media bias? What media bias?)
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To: PogySailor

I never, ever believed the dems would take over anything. They are not presenting themselves as a serious party ready to lead. Even my mother agrees with that, and she is a dyed in the wool dem(along the Truman humphrey line)


6 posted on 09/05/2006 5:09:56 AM PDT by sachem longrifle (proud member of the fond Du lac band of the Ojibwa people)
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To: IrishMike
Things just move too fast nowadays.

Good people are connecting rapidly and shining the light of truth on propaganda.

7 posted on 09/05/2006 5:10:55 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: IrishMike
Mainstream media outlets have been attempting over the past few weeks to slowly let the air out of a balloon they themselves filled with their abundant hot air about Democratic momentum moving toward a potential retaking of both houses of Congress.

Sigh.

The MSM would benefit from a few more honest people. Now they are saying "OOOPS".

8 posted on 09/05/2006 5:11:30 AM PDT by Tom Bombadil (Be careful of boomerang words that circle back and hit you in the head.)
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They aren't going to be voting for an anti-war candidate. I think my party has overshot its position."

Ya think?? Hello!

9 posted on 09/05/2006 5:11:43 AM PDT by Obadiah
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To: PogySailor
My dissatisfaction with Iraq is that the Defetocrat party has fouled up the works, and that the Bush administration has been too passive in the PR battle.

That is the problem with many of the polls. When someone voices dissatisfaction with the administration or Iraq, it is not for the same reasons as the left.

When you see a 55% dissaproval on either of these topics, you can be assured that many of these people will still vote conservative over liberal.

I believe we will lose a little ground in congress this year, but maintain majorities. '08 is still a long ways off and anybody who thinks they can predict it is wrong.

10 posted on 09/05/2006 5:14:44 AM PDT by NeonKnight (We don't believe you, you need more people.)
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To: IrishMike

Also interesting that Demos like Harold Ford are touting the GOP tough on terrorism line. Apparently, they understand their weaknesses.


11 posted on 09/05/2006 5:15:23 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: muawiyah

The only vote Mfume will get in the primary will come from blacks and the truly stupid. I dont believe there are enough yellow dog democrats to carry the load in the general.


12 posted on 09/05/2006 5:19:08 AM PDT by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: IrishMike

bump


13 posted on 09/05/2006 5:19:36 AM PDT by CPT Clay (Drill ANWR, Personal Accounts NOW.)
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To: sgtbono2002

Apparently, Chris Jansing at MSNBC has gotten this memo. I actually saw her ask Craig Crawford if the polls showing Dems beating Reps could be trusted. Then they went into a riff about how "Evangelicals" don't answer polls. Uh, hello . . . 90% of the GOP doesn't answer those stupid telephone polls! Dems are starting to come down to earth. And it can't make them happy.


14 posted on 09/05/2006 5:21:24 AM PDT by Galtoid ( .)
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To: IrishMike
If this turns out to be true true, it means Bush and his team are a lot smarter than the average FR pundit (myself included) - they've sat on their hands and let the Democrats overextend themselves.

People in Western countries make the same mistake over and over again: they think they can have peace by voting for candidates who talk peace (see 'Olmert, Ehud'). History has shown again and again what disasters come about from such decisions by the electorate, so we'll have to see if the collective wisdom of the American people is still in reasonably good working order in November.

15 posted on 09/05/2006 5:22:39 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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Let's hear it for the Spectator - one of the magazines that helps me keep a fragile hold on political discourse. Otherwise I would almost have to give up reading about politics.

"You could blame a lot of things, Howard Dean, and some of our more established candidates, but I would blame the Lieberman/Lamont race and the blogosphere. Things just move too fast nowadays."

How about blaming the fact that Democrats try to sell lies.

16 posted on 09/05/2006 5:27:14 AM PDT by maica (9/11 was not “the day everything changed”, but the day that revealed how much had already changed.)
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To: Galtoid

"...they went into a riff about how "Evangelicals" don't answer polls."

Just think how many conservatives have caller ID and are registered on the "no-call" lists and these polls based on telephone calls can't be valid. It would be great to see a total discrediting of these polls in November.


17 posted on 09/05/2006 5:29:12 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: NeonKnight
Wouldn't be interesting if a poll measuring disapproval asks why, as in:

"If you disapprove of the way (Congress/the President/your Representative/Senator) is doing, is it because he/she is A) too conservative, B) not conservative enough."

18 posted on 09/05/2006 5:29:43 AM PDT by sportutegrl (A person is a person, no matter how small. (Dr. Seuss))
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To: sachem longrifle

In the "Grapevine" segment of Brit's show the other night he referred to a story which compared Nancy Pelosi to "The Hammer" saying that, although she likes to appear as if she is a mild-mannered grandmother, she is just as tough as Delay was. It said that she was determined to have her party oppose every piece of legislation that the Republicans put forward and that she had forbidden any Democrat to appear in a news briefing with any Republican. I know that there are partisan Republicans as well, but such blatant obstructionism, despite what is best for the country, could appeal only to a "yellow-dog Democrat" (as we call them here in the South). Those are the people who would vote for a yellow dog if he were running against a Republican.


19 posted on 09/05/2006 5:31:36 AM PDT by srmorton (Choose Life!)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

Well, I *have* noticed that the reps are smart enough to keep their mouths shut when it's too early to do any good. I recall Bob Beckel, a little over two years ago, laughing at an interviewer and saying "Bush is almost gone."


20 posted on 09/05/2006 5:32:42 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Freedom of religion means freedom to practice Islam®)
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