Skip to comments.Fading Democratic Drumbeat..(NOT SO FAST: media to slowly let the air out of a balloon)
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.
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A solution ~ very good observation. That fellow's probably going to vote Republican himself.
It's always fun to watch Democrats face the reality which surrounds them.
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.
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)
Good people are connecting rapidly and shining the light of truth on propaganda.
The MSM would benefit from a few more honest people. Now they are saying "OOOPS".
Ya think?? Hello!
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.
Also interesting that Demos like Harold Ford are touting the GOP tough on terrorism line. Apparently, they understand their weaknesses.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"...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.
"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."
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.
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."