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OT: Midterm Mania. Or Not.

November 1, 2010

If you’ve turned on the television in the last 24 hours you’ve probably been hard-pressed to find anything other than the beltway chattering classes making their prognostications and generally enjoying doing what they do best- hearing themselves talk.

So, what do you think? Is it going to be GOP wave or a full-blown Tsunami? Are we going to be drowning in Tea thanks to Palin and her pals? Are you voting? Are you loving every minute of this midtermapalooza or are you sick to death of it? Will crazy Carl in NY pull off a victory, will anti-masturbation candidate Christine “I am not a witch” O’Donnell actually be elected? Will Sharron Angle, who has yet to give an interview to anyone other than some radio personality named Heidi Harris, actually dethrone Mr. Personality himself, Harry Reid? Will Alaska elect their first write-in candidate in 50 years? Will Nancy Pelosi “retire” if the GOP takes over the House? Will Chris Mathews ever shut up?

I live in MA and for the first time I can remember my representative, Barney Frank, actually has a real contest on his hands and so I will be pulling the lever for him and while I am toying with voting third party (Jill Stein) for governor, I’m not quite sure that I want to run the risk of having Charles Baker, the former CEO of health insurance company Harvard Pilgrim, become our next governor. I’m still sort of stinging from the electoral victory of truck driving, Tea Party centerfold Scott Brown. Of course, that’s the frustrating thing about our two party system- while I don’t believe there is any such thing as a throw-away vote (even if you vote for a third party or write in), other than not voting altogether, which I don’t advocate, I can’t help but worry that a GOP takeover of everything will be my worst nightmare on almost every front- foreign policy, war, gay rights, women’s rights (the GOP is gearing up for some shenanigans with respect to abortion and birth control access) and on and on.

I have to say, Barack Obama needs to take some political messaging and enthusiasm classes from Bill Clinton. The whole White House political shop needs to be fired. I haven’t heard a consistent message yet. “Vote for me, we’re not as bad as them!” is really not a message that gets people excited to go out after work during rush hour and vote. And I’ll be honest, I’m not all that pleased with the Democrats. I’ve never been a huge Obama fan but once he became POTUS I certainly didn’t want him to fail and in fact, I’ve actively rooted for him in large part because Secretary Clinton is part of his administration. While the right is basically running on the platform that our POTUS is a closet Muslim with a Kenyan birth certificate who will raise our taxes, enact socialism and side with terrorists, the fact is that Obama has governed from the middle, not from the left. Taxes are at a historically low level, Obama expanded gun rights, he fought the public option and he has expanded many of Bush’s most legally-questionable anti-terrorism policies (targeted assassinations of US citizens abroad, expanded drone wars outside of Afghanistan, continued the questionable use of the state secrets policy, and continues the policy of indefinite detentions of terrorism suspects, including, apparently, children).

So, if you have any thoughts, feel free to leave them in the comments.

22 Comments leave one →
  1. November 1, 2010 9:07 pm

    I have only one thought right now…
    O – M – G !!!

    • November 1, 2010 9:16 pm

      HA! Good one JC!

    • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
      November 1, 2010 9:37 pm

      Wow, if there was ever a motivation to get out and vote, that video was it.

  2. Tovah permalink
    November 1, 2010 9:08 pm

    HA! Good post. I’ll be voting in NY. Palladino was entertaining – not necessarily in a good way, but he’s imploded. I’ll be voting tomorrow although count me among the unenthused Democrats.

    Some of these tea party people are truly scary. What’s with Sharron Angle saying she won’t talk to the media or answer questions until AFTER she’s elected Senator. Some of these women are an embarrassment. Palin just tweets little 140 character snarks, O’Donnell is just loopy and Angle just laughs and grins and makes stuff up. Of course, it doesn’t say much about the democrats that they are losing so badly to these fools.

  3. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    November 1, 2010 9:19 pm

    I’m voting in NYC — not because Cuomo, Schumer, Gillegrand, or Carolyn Maloney are in any danger of losing but because I want them to utterly decimate their opponents. I want Palladino & Co to be embarassed. I’m going out on a limb here and predict that the Repubs are in for a rude awakening. Oh, they’ll win some seats in the House but I believe the Dems will
    hang on to their majorities in both Houses.
    So there.

    Stacy, coyldn’t agree more that the WH public relations team needs to be purged. I’d hire Jon Stewart as an informal consultant about setting a new tone for the next 2 years. His speech at the rally for sanity was brilliant — inspiring, hopeful, patriotic, rising above bipartisanship, reminding us of our better angels.

  4. DelawareIndy permalink
    November 1, 2010 9:28 pm

    I’m in Delaware and I’ve voted for both democrats and republicans in the past but O’Donnell is such a pitiful mess that as annoyed as I am with Obama and the democrats I can’t vote for her. I’m tempted to stay home but that won’t solve anything either.

    • November 1, 2010 9:33 pm

      VOTE – VOTE IN DELAWARE FOR US THAT CAN’T VOTE THERE – CHRISTINE IS FREAKY!

      • discourseincsharpminor permalink
        November 1, 2010 10:54 pm

        I concur!

  5. Susan permalink
    November 1, 2010 9:33 pm

    I think the dems will do ok here in california. Carly has sort of just evaporated a bit towards the end and meg whitman has made some stupid PR moves lately- her last political ad was essentially the depressing message that while she knows most people don’t really like her they should still vote for her.

    People fight and die for our freedom so I am going to vote but I sure am not looking forward to it. The thing is I don’t really think Obama realizes that he is to blame for some of what has hurt the democrats. No, he’s not a socialist but he comes across as a distant, removed backroom deal maker- hardly the change agent he claimed to be. He better start trying to shore up his base if he wants to be a 2 term president and not wait until the last minute like he did this time because it’s been too little too late.

  6. LibtardsLose permalink
    November 1, 2010 9:42 pm

    You liberals are toast tomorrow and I CAN’T WAIT!

    And contrary to what the author here says, Obama is NOT a citizen of this country and if he wants to be president he should go home to Kenya. He’s anti-Israel and when the tea party takes over we will finally stand up for democracy and treat our allies like friends and our enemies (Iran) like enemies. O’Bambi just coddles terrorists and we are NOT safer.

    You all got whats coming to you!

    • November 1, 2010 9:53 pm

      Don’t be a hater.

      You obviously have a right to your opinion but I have to say that you make some rather sweeping, unsubstantiated assertions. Actually, it sort of sounds like the stuff coming from Fox News any hour of any day of the week: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid (And Vote GOP!). That’s sort of what I hear you/them saying.

      • Thain permalink
        November 1, 2010 10:23 pm

        You changed your avatar, I almost didn’t recognize you!😉

        I’ll be voting in CT and like most people I won’t so much be voting FOR the Democrats as AGAINST the GOP.

        I was just watching the news and that Carl Palladino dude is really nuts! It’s almost like this year anything goes- you can be dumb as rocks, a liar, a racist, a fraud, refuse to debate or answer any questions and that’s all fine so long as you say what people want to hear. The tea party is really scary- I’ll be honest and it may sound stupid but I think a lot of them are really mean people. Even Palin. When she’s smiling and letting loose one of her zingers there is always an insult or an insinuation with it. I think she plays into peoples fears and biases.

      • discourseincsharpminor permalink
        November 1, 2010 10:59 pm

        I, too, will be voting in CT. I’m not “energized” about it by any stretch of the imagination, but I wrote a post on my blog about a month or so ago stating my belief that people who choose not to vote in elections shouldn’t complain about their outcomes and I know I won’t be able to be silent, so I’m voting to avoid being a hypocrite.

        In answer to one of the questions posted above, no, Chris Matthews will never shut up.

  7. Tovah permalink
    November 1, 2010 10:43 pm

    Aaaawwwww, poor little Fox News is jealous of the popularity of the Jon Stewart rally! Honestly, the Fox and Friends hosts act like six year-olds. I am always amazed that some people think it’s a news channel.

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/11/fox-friends-sanity-rally-stewart-fancy-suit/

  8. filipino-american4hrc permalink
    November 1, 2010 11:15 pm

    “I have to say, Barack Obama needs to take some political messaging and enthusiasm classes from Bill Clinton. The whole White House political shop needs to be fired. I haven’t heard a consistent message yet.”

    I;m afraid it’s not just a question of messaging and enthusiasm, but the increasingly-obvious-now-to-2008-voters-who-were-dazzled-by-Obama’s-rhetoric-but-obvious-back-then-to-Hillary-voters that Obama did not have a governance agenda that would even hew close enough to core Democratic values. For all his faults and political moderation, Bill Clinton did that for working people and the minorities, and even the botched Clinton ’93-’94 healthcare plan (certainly more sweeping in proposed reforms than what we have now) — was undermined in large parts by Democrats in both houses that by then were already benefiting from insurance companies (think Tom Daschle — Bill Clinton’s arch-enemy), not to mention the issue of gays in the military. And let’s not forget — for all this narrative that Hillarycare caused Democrats the ’94 mid-terms, key Democratic legislators at the time had been exposed and undergoing corruption investigations/trials. In a sense, it was the first major confirmation that Democratic legislators post-Watergate had already started to cozy up to moneyed interests; it just got worse over the years so that now, we can probably count in one hand Democrats who have no substantial ties to corporate lobbyists. Barney Frank is a good example: he may be politically liberal, but he has also been among the major enablers of Wall Street. Of course, Schumer has been the ultimate Wall Street lawyer since his election to the Senate.

    Obama never stood for anything, and simply let Democrats in the House and Senate write legislation that may sound Democratic but essentially protect their interests. So, with regard to the mid-terms, I’m with Riverdaughter: http://riverdaughter.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/my-voting-strategy-are-you-better-off-now-than-you-were-40-years-ago/

    • November 2, 2010 9:42 am

      I agree. It’s not just enthusiasm and messaging, although I think that is part of it. I believe, regardless what happens tonight, Obama should either dismantle his inner circle (of campaign advisors) or seriously enlarge it. When he was elected, people realized the economy was a wreck, they didn’t expect instant improvement, they didn’t blame Obama or the Dems for it, but they expected the Dems and Obama to fight for them and to communicate with them… I do not believe the people who voted for Obama and now don’t like him are just racist. The people who have serious prejudice would never have voted for him in the first place.

      I heard this morning on CSpan that Obama waited 18 months after inauguration to have a personal sit-down with Mitch McConnell. I’m not a fan of McConnell, but 18 months? 18 weeks would have seemed too long to me.

      I voted early, by the way. Looking forward to watching the results come in, regardless what they are. I enjoy following politics.

      • November 2, 2010 10:18 am

        It’s hard to believe that independents would swing for tea party candidates. As you noted, people playing the race card are appealing to people who wouldn’t have voted for Obama to begin with but also in midterms it’s a numbers game- so many people don’t vote in midterms so if the GOP/Tea Party can scare up enough of their base to get out and vote, it could have an impact. What will be interesting is to see how many independents get out and vote. I keep seeing articles saying that people that voted for Hillary will be voting GOP in large numbers. That’s hard for me to fathom but then again, I’m a liberal.

        Obama has made a lot of mistakes- lets just hope he learns the right lessons. The dems have done a very bad job at messaging but they’ve also not been on the offense enough- they waited until the GOP had already defined them as tax and spend liberals before they even began trying to push their own narrative. It was frustrating to watch. Ed Rendell is right- the Dems have been a disorganized mess this season.

  9. HillaryFan permalink
    November 2, 2010 5:22 am

    Sestak is in trouble in PA but I hope he can pull it off.

    Face it, the two parties are beholden to Wall Street but there is no reason to think that the Tea Party will be any different. They aren’t offering anything different in fact- if anything, they defend everything Wall Street has done. Shame on the American people for buying into this nonsense- everyone wants lower taxes but the idea that you can have massive tax cuts, spend endlessly on two wars and balance the budget is crazy. Also, they all want to privatize social security, cut education, EPA, etc- hello? Had Bush succeeded with privatizing SS we’d be in even bigger trouble in that regard after the stock market tanked. No new ideas just the same garbage that got us into this mess.

    • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
      November 2, 2010 8:58 am

      You left out: Lower the minimum wage.

      • discourseincsharpminor permalink
        November 2, 2010 1:31 pm

        ‘Cause what would really make America great is more working poor? Do these people ever take a look at the stuff they propose?

  10. TraderJoe permalink
    November 2, 2010 7:19 am

    Ohio here. Going to leave to go vote in a few minutes. They are predicting record turn-out for a midterm. If the Tea Party makes significant gains I am afraid the Bush years are going to look moderate. These folks are clueless.

    BTW, what is up with the site HillBuzz? It’s become PalinBuzz and the vitriol against Obama goes beyond mere dislike of his politics- it verges on race-baiting.

    • November 2, 2010 8:08 am

      The rhetoric has gone beyond simple race-baiting. When you can’t win on the merits you label your opponent unamerican or “different” and they’ve been doing that to Obama since day 1. Fox News has led the way and righty bloggers, including Hillbuzz, have allowed their hatred of Obama to get the best of them. Trying to scare the hell out of White people is a really lame tactic- it’s the Southern Strategy all over again.

      http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/11/fox-affiliates-run-ad-tying-obama-kill-crackers-rhetoric/

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