Big Media, but mostly Big Blogs and the Big Blog Boys are in full Obama protection mode. Let’s spell out for them briefly what yesterday was about. Here is a top ten for the sad, Lettermanesque Big Blog Boys:
1. Obama is the kiss of death. Obama has tried to create the impression that he is the savior of Dimocrats. Many times Obama has argued that congressional representatives casting unpopular, “difficult” votes will be saved by his presence. The argument/promise has been that Obama will campaign and raise funds for those who help him and they will thereby be reelected. That myth blew up last night. Obama campaigned repeatedly in New Jersey for well-funded Corzine, the incumbent governor in a deep blue state, and Corzine lost. Obama is the kiss of death.
2. Obama is the kiss of death, II. Blue Dogs now know that the electorate will punish them if they vote for unpopular programs and more profligate Obama spending. Blue Dogs and Dimocrats know that in 2010 there will be hundreds if not thousands of elections and that Obama will not possibly be able to devote his political team (like he did in New Jersey), days of campaigning (like he did in New Jersey), and assure Dimocrats have plenty of funds (like he did in New Jersey and Virginia, though not in Maine where Gay-Americans were concerned).
3. The Obama coalition is dead. The Obama coalition is an historic mistake by Democrats. The Big Blogs are purposefully trying to confuse the “Obama coalition” with the Democratic “base”. As we have repeatedly written the Obama coalition was akin to the demographics of a situation comedy. As spelled out by David Axelrod and Donna Brazile the Obama coalition “is younger. It is more urban, as well as suburban, and we don’t have to just rely on white blue-collar voters and Hispanics”. According to Axelrod “The white working class has gone to the Republican nominee for many elections” so it was time to dump them for the young, the black (er “urban”) and the well-off white liberals in the suburbs. Old people and lunch-bucket Joe and Jane (the white working class) could go to hell with grandma and grandpa along with all those old “controversies” of the boomers. Yesterday grandma and grandpa and the lunch bucket working class, as well as the boomers, told the Obama Dimocrats to “go to hell”.
4. The Hillary Clinton coalition forged by FDR is the winning coalition. Obama and his Dimocrats, unable to win white working class votes created the situation comedy coalition to avoid working for white working class votes. As we wrote repeatedly, Obama had a chance to appeal to these voters (like John Kennedy did) in West Virginia and Kentucky but Obama wrote these voters off. Now these voters have written Obama off. In 2010 these voters will erase the Obama Dimocratic Party from relevancy.
5. OAFs (Organizing For America, the old Obama For America which is now the Democratic National Committee – the official church of Obama) never was and never will be. The day after the November 2008 elections we wrote that the fools and Hopium addled boobs that worked themselves into a stupor for Obama would immediately be betrayed. We wrote about the Hopium addled: “they will soon learn they are not part of the “we” in “we won” We were correct, again.
On February 7, 2009 we documented the moves by Obama to neuter his former campaign workers and organization. We masterfully wrote:
There is no way Obama will allow his minions to actually grab political power and give direction to him. True, Obama set up a corral for his prancing ponies. But the organization
Obama AnonymousOrganizing for America is a slaughter house. OA is not a place for political wannabees to set themselves up to challenge Obama when the Hopium wears off and they discover the Doctor wants to kill the monster.
6. Obama is a prissy, arrogant, coward. Repeatedly during the primaries when Hillary kicked his ass Obama would run off and sulk. He did that again last night. Obama said he did not watch the election returns because he was too busy reliving the mistake in 2008 by Democrats, broadcast on HBO. Vice-President Dick Cheney in 2006 told the American people that the election in 2006 would not change policy. Americans angered by such arrogance voted Republicans out. In 2010 Americans will once again vote Dimocrats out by the bushel. Obama is a prissy, arrogant, coward.
7. Obama loving Gay-American leaders betray Gay-Americans. Keep sending your money to Obama Gay-Americans on the advice of your fake gay leaders. Obama hates you. Obama did nothing to help in Maine as your advances were taken away. Keep sending Obama money and support, you will get what you deserve for such stupidity. If you want your PRIDE, throw out your Obama fellating leaders. Obama Hates You.
8. The transformational Obama realignment was flim-flam. We used to laugh at Karl Rove and his McKinley/Hanna talk about how George W. Bush had realigned the electorate and other such nonsense. David Axelrod is the Second Karl Rove as he spins pro-Obama tripe about Obama the transformational realigner. Realignment talk is as ridiculous as Obama/Bush “I’m a uniter, not a divider” talk. Obama Dimocrats sold Obama on the basis of Celestial Choirs, 80+ votes in the Senate not just 51, and other celestial bunk. Obama Dimocrats sold Obama on the basis that 2006 would be a victory, 2008 would be an expansion and 2010 would be a hardening that would lead to the thousand year Dimocratic Reich. Virginia last night had a Republican sweep of statewide offices and killed the Obama talk of realignment.
9. Independents are gone. Obama bamboozled with his George W. Bush style “I’m a uniter, not a divider” talk. Obama bamboozled with such talk in order to flim-flam votes from Independents and gullible Republicans and admiring Democrats who did not want a fighter – like Hillary Clinton – who fought for core Democratic values though was always willing to step onto common ground. Big Boy Blogs want Obama to stop the pretense of being a “uniter” even though that was a core Obama promise. Independents see Obama is lying. Independents are gone.
10. The Dimocratic 10-year plan is dead. We’ll discuss this one soon (maybe tomorrow). It’s a six letter word.
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Big Blog Boys and Big Media will try to say “it’s an anti-incumbent wave”. Big Blog Boys and Big Media will try to say Dimocrats lost because they did not worship Obama enough and spend enough and waste enough. Big Blog Boys and Big Media will muddy things up by claiming the “base = Obama coalition” wanted more and therefore did not turn out. But the Obama Dimocratic coalition is not the historic FDR “base”. The base is disgusted with Obama’s spend, spend, spend. The Obama Dimocratic coalition was off watching baseball with cousin Pookie and Uncle Jethro.
Surprisingly some in Big Media are saying exactly what we are saying.
Dan Balz of the Washington Post today writes:
For months, polls have shown that independents were increasingly disaffected with some of Obama’s domestic policies. They have expressed reservations about the president’s health-care efforts and have shown concerns about the growth in government spending and the federal deficit under his leadership.
Tuesday’s elections provided the first tangible evidence that Republicans can win their support with the right kind of candidates and the right messages. That is an ominous development for Democrats if it continues unabated into next year.
The key point we have been writing about for years finally emerges in Big Media:
Beyond the shift among independents, there were other worrisome indicators that the coalition Obama attracted last year is a shrunken force, at least for the time being. One question all year has been whether, without Obama on the ballot, Democrats could attract the new voters who went to the polls in 2008. In New Jersey and Virginia, the answer was no.
Many of the young voters who came out in big numbers in 2008 and strongly backed Obama stayed home Tuesday. In Virginia, voters under age 30 accounted for 10 percent of the electorate, half the share they represented last year. In New Jersey, their turnout also was halved.
Meanwhile, the percentage of voters age 65 and older jumped significantly in Virginia and rose measurably in New Jersey. In both states, these voters tilted slightly more Republican than they did a year ago.
A surge among black voters was another key to Obama’s victory in Virginia last year. They were no less Democratic in their balloting Tuesday but turned out in somewhat smaller numbers.
Democrats also saw erosion compared with last year among suburban voters, voters without college degrees and those with family incomes below $50,000. Suburban voters had narrowly backed Obama in Virginia but went solidly for McDonnell on Tuesday; in New Jersey they had voted even more strongly for Obama but were going narrowly for Christie. Non-college graduates voted in roughly the same percentages as a year ago but were decisively more Republican this year — a roughly 30-point shift in Virginia and about a 15-point shift in New Jersey.
Big Blog Boys and Big Media can hide from what we have been writing but the election night tallies will continue to force reality upon them. The Obama situation comedy coalition is the big mistake in ’08. And just wait as Obama’s blame game no longer works:
Another major shift came on the economy. Polls have shown through much of the year that Americans blame former president George W. Bush more than Obama for the recession. But if the economic collapse was a powerful force working for Obama and the Democrats last year, it clearly helped Republicans on Tuesday.
Just over half the electorate in both states said they were very worried about the economy, according to the exit polls, percentages almost identical to a year ago. But last year Obama carried those voters by 59 to 40 percent in Virginia and by 61 to 38 percent in New Jersey. On Tuesday, McDonnell won three in four of those voters, while Christie won about three in five.
Big Media news services are also sounding like Big Pink today:
Independents who swept Barack Obama to a historic 2008 victory broke big for Republicans on Tuesday as the GOP wrested political control from Democrats in Virginia and New Jersey, a troubling sign for the president and his party heading into an important midterm election year. [snip]
The outcomes of Virginia and New Jersey were sure to feed discussion about the state of the electorate, the status of the diverse coalition that sent Obama to the White House and the limits of the president’s influence — on the party’s base of support and on moderate current lawmakers he needs to advance his legislative priorities.
His signature issue of health care reform was dealt a blow hours before polls closed when Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid signaled that Congress may not complete health care legislation this year, missing Obama’s deadline and pushing debate into a congressional election year. Democrats in swing-voting states and moderate-to-conservative districts may be less willing to back Obama on issues like health care after Virginia and New Jersey showed there are limits to how much he can protect his rank and file from fallout back home.
Big Blog Boys read this:
The president had personally campaigned for Deeds and Corzine, seeking to ensure that independents and base voters alike turned out even if he wasn’t on the ballot — and voters still rejected them. Thus, the losses were blots on Obama’s political standing to a certain degree and suggested potential problems ahead as he seeks to achieve his policy goals, protect Democratic majorities in Congress and expand his party’s grip on governors’ seats next fall.
Interviews with voters leaving polling stations in both states were filled with reasons for Democrats to be concerned and for Republicans to be optimistic, particularly about independents — the crown jewel of elections because they often determine outcomes.
Did we mention that Tim Kaine is the Democratic National Committee chairman and the term-limited Virginia governor?
Learn also Big Blog Boys: the mistake in ’08 in forcing Hillary Clinton out when she was the one capable, like Bill Clinton who is the only Democratic President since FDR to win 2 terms, of winning the white working class vote and senior vote.
The Obamaination health care scam? Read this:
And, voter attitudes — particularly among independents — could bode ill for Democrats in moderate districts and in swing states like Ohio, Colorado and Nevada, should they remain unchanged when the party seeks to defend its turf next fall. In 2010, most governors, a third of the Senate and all members in the House will be on ballots.
It’s also difficult to separate Obama from the outcomes after he devoted a significant chunk of time working to persuade voters to elect Deeds in Virginia and re-elect Corzine in New Jersey.
Even hapless Larry Sabato was looking for the Obama coalition:
In 2008, Barack Obama ran 8 percentage points ahead of Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry’s 2004 performance in Virginia, in part because of a massive voter registration effort among African-Americans.
But those new voters on the Democratic rolls aren’t showing signs that they’ll show up as enthusiastically for Deeds as they did for Obama. [snip]
“Who are those missing voters?” Sabato sought to explain. “It’s impossible to know for sure in advance, but it is quite likely they will be disproportionately minority voters and the young — two groups that voted heavily Democratic in 2008.”
Before the disastrous election results, even Nagourney at the New York Times wrote Obama was on the ballot:
New Jersey is a predominantly Democratic state, and one where Mr. Obama invested his own political capital on behalf of Mr. Corzine.
A loss there, particularly if it is part of a sweep, is going to produce a wave of “Obama is in trouble” commentary that, justified or not, will hinder the president at the very moment he needs all the clout he can muster to get bills on health care and global warming through Congress. [snip]
That said, it is worth watching whether Mr. Obama succeeds in turning out his supporters — especially people who voted for the first time last year — in New Jersey and to a lesser extent in Virginia.
That will be an early sign of his ability to transfer his own appeal to other candidates and of whether he has succeeded in building a sustainable new coalition of Democratic voters. That is something that will not be lost on Democratic members of Congress, especially those in moderate and Republican-leaning districts whom he will be pressing to cast tough votes on issues like health care and climate change.
Similarly, in Virginia, keep an eye on whether independent voters who supported Mr. Obama so strongly in 2008 turn out for Mr. Deeds, vote for Mr. McDonnell or just stay home.
The New York Times and the Washington Post are finally talking about the failed Obama coalition. The mistake in ’08.
The world is turning pink – Big Pink.