By Carole on Jun 21, 2010
According to a new Gallup poll, Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents are much more enthusiastic about voting in the upcoming mid-term elections than they have been in previous years while Democrats' enthusiasm has dwindled to a new low by comparison. But rather than trying to improve the product they're trying to sell, the Democratic Party has decided to respond the way they always do - throw money at the problem.
In the poll, 53% of Republicans said they are more enthusiastic than usual about voting this year and 39% were less enthusiastic giving them a net score of +14. On the Democratic side, 35% said they are more enthusiastic while 56% said they were less enthusiastic measuring a net score of -21. That's the largest relative party advantage Gallup has ever measured in a single midterm election-year poll (source) and without a major game changer in the next 133 days, it could spell disaster for the Democrats.
It's not difficult to figure out why this gap exists. While Republicans are energized by a return of their party to traditional conservatism including fiscal responsibility by government, Democrats have seen the crushing tax and spend agenda of their leaders fail at every turn. As the Obama/Pelosi/Reid triad moves ever further left, they are proving that a far-left agenda is serving only to kill more jobs, cripple more businesses and weaken the nation's standing in the world.
Yet rather than adjust the way they will govern if given the opportunity to continue, Democrats are pushing even harder for Obama agenda items such as cap & trade and over-the-top financial reform. They continue making economically disastrous decisions such as the recent moratorium on offshore oil drilling and they are showing virtually no leadership ability both at home and abroad.
Instead of raising the enthusiasm of voters by providing leadership and ideas they can actually be enthused about, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is more than doubling its 2006 mid-term budget for registering and motivating new voters; especially the 15 million heavily minority and young who voted for the first time in 2008. According to DCCC chairman Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland), "It's a great experiment to see whether we can bring out voters whose only previous vote was in 2008." (source)
The big difference of course between 2008 and 2010 is that in 2008 they could actually con millions of people into believing that what Candidate Obama was selling would be good for the country. Now that they have seen what President Obama and his Congressional accomplices have done (and what they have failed to do), there's much less of a chance they can be fooled again.
Not all Democratic insiders believe Representative Van Hollen's $50 million experiment will work. "I have zero confidence that they're heading in the right direction here," said one longtime Democratic organizer who spoke anonymously to reporters. Added another, "I think they're going to come in for a very rude awakening. It's going to be brutal." (source)
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