Josh Barton NYS
To paraphrase LBJ, who said “When we’ve lost Walter Cronkite, we’ve lost Middle America”
A more contemporary quote would read
“When they’ve lost Maureen Dowd, they’ve lost the Democratic Party”
Maureen Dowd’s Sunday column was a scathing indictment of President Obama’s record and vision.
“The president who started off with such dazzle now seems incapable of stimulating either the economy or the voters. His campaign is offering Obama 2012 car magnets for a donation of $10; cat collars reading “I Meow for Michelle” for $12; an Obama grill spatula for $40, and discounted hoodies and T-shirts. How the mighty have fallen.” - Maureen Dowd 6/3/2012
Where does this sort of rhetoric come from? Bill Clinton was seen on CNN this week calling Mitt Romney’s business record “Steriling” while popular centrist Democrat Mayor, Corey Booker, was lambasting Obama’s Bain Capital attacks. Current Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick, a prominent black conservative who came up with the concept of “change we can believe in” was against the attacks on Romney’s business record. A powerful congressman from Alabama switched to the Republican Party today. This was no blue dog either, congressman Artur Davis (now Republican) is an up and coming black politician, one who was purported to gain the crown of the new black movement from Obama.
The moderates are jumping ship.
If the intraparty insurrection was not enough to paint Obama into a corner, the economy might have well sealed the deal. People may look back to this election and believe that June 1st was the day Mitt Romney won the general election. The May jobs report came out, showing increasing unemployment and the Dow Jones Industrial Index dropped 270 points, eliminating all gains from the tepid recovery Obama touted. This comes as millions of people retire each month, hoping to live off their 401k incomes (which are hurt by a down market) and social security (which is at stake due to an insolvent economy.) So much for hope.
So with Democratic moderates critiquing Obama and asserting independence from a failing movement and administration tied to liberalism, and the economy floundering and losing gains, and deficits skyrocketing by the day, does the Obama reelection team have any good news?
The latest batch of polls to come out of crucial swing states have pointed to even worse signs. Romney is pulling ahead of Obama now. Scott Walker is about to win the Wisconsin recall election, opening up Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa to Romney. If Mitt wins these 3 states, or even two of them, the election is effectively over. In fact, the map has shifted so radically since the general election season started in late March, it’s only a matter of time before Democratic stalwart states like California become up for grabs…
California’s latest polls have Obama below 50%, which leave 20% of the state undecided. With that high of a level of undecided voters, who a year ago, supported Obama’s job at a 5:3 margin, it could possibly be moved to the Republican party.
Folks, this is going to be a lot bigger than we even dreamed of.