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There is growing dissatisfaction among Moderates,  Independents,  and Progressives.  The statistics show President Obama's unpopular numbers are fast approaching 50%.   The Democrat's continued capitulation of their core stances are the cause for an ever increasing enthusiasm gap that manifested itself in 2010 and will continue to grow into potential disaster in 2012, unless serious steps are taken by the Democratic leadership to mend the fences with grass root Democrats, Moderates and Independents.
 During the long election season of 2007 and 2008, Candidate Obama spoke with eloquence about representative democracy, a vision for ending the war in both Iraq and Afghanistan, closing Guantanamo Bay,  and rebuilding a crumbling infrastructure. Coupled with a fairly incompetent ran campaign by Hillary Clinton's staff, and a near-collapse of our economy,  the cards were laid out for a strong victory for the Democrats in 2008, and the people delivered.  The Progressive base busted its hump for Democrats in 2008 to get out the vote and sway the election in what could have been an otherwise potential anemic voter turn out. The result was control of both Houses of Congress and the Presidency.  

Fast forward through 2009 and 2010,  Selective representation and return to  "quid pro qou" politics cost the Democratic Party its majority in the House,  and closed the gap in the Senate. Republicans, went back to their base in 2010 and showed they were paying attention to the approximate 30% who show up every election cycle.  They spoke of tax cuts and austerity measures, and their base showed up to vote in 2010.  
The Democratic leadership and President Obama can close this gap and regain the momentum needed to defeat any generic Republican candidate by:

1. Letting the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest (those making over $500,000 / year) expire in 2012.
2.  Closing tax loop - holes and ending subsidies for Corporations who refuse to manufacture a majority of their product in the USA.
3. End subsidies for Oil Companies,  the exception would be for R&D for "Clean Energy".
4. Re-instate Glass-Steagall in its entirety as codified before 1997.
5. Work toward comprehensive Campaign Finance Reform and stop Corporate sponsorships of campaigns.
6. Investigate and Prosecute the criminals responsible for the near collapse of our economy in 2008.
7.End the "Washington entitlement" attitude.
8. Focus on paying off our debt to China, and India.

This election is winnable.  Hell, its the Democrats to lose.

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  •  Tip Jar (0+ / 0-)

    "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." - FDR

    by wesinCA on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 01:02:14 PM PDT

    •  It appears Obama is trying to lose it (2+ / 0-)
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      JFKinSoDak, leftyboy666
      •  "Progressive Base" here mean what exactly? (1+ / 0-)
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        LaurenMonica

        Is that code? Offline, I'm not picking up the same vibe as many work so hard here to perpetuate.

        I can say that we have polling to suggest that he has not lost his base. Furthermore, his support among Latinos has increased, and I want to read the argument that African-Americans aren't going to turn out again. Ditto, for young voters and Asians, and Native American voters.

        So, who exactly do you picture when you say "Progressive Base"?

        "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

        by sebastianguy99 on Fri Jul 08, 2011 at 01:11:32 PM PDT

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        •  I am not worried about the progressive base (1+ / 0-)
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          leftyboy666

          what worries me is the first time 2008 voters staying home and Indies and Repubs switching their vote or not voting at all. I can say I believe Obama will get a lot less volunteers from the progressive base to GOTV

          •  Less volunteers from what "progressive base"? (1+ / 0-)
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            Lawdog

            I'm ready to go. As far as I know, there has been no drop-off in commitment in my area, and I live in a purplish  county in a red state.

            I really think some have deluded themselves into thinking that the offline world is but a mirror image of online, it's not. I think many on this site would be shocked at the number of people who believe President Obama has gotten a raw deal and are ready to fight.

            There is more than just OFA out there. I am close to a good 6-7 college campuses and I can tell you that organization is already ongoing and finding no shortage of volunteers or determination. I don't think young voters have any problem understanding that the Republicans are the problem , even as they find disappointment in some of President Obama's decisions.

            Perhaps it's generational? That may not be such a bad thing in some ways. The Democratic Party needs to replenish itself with fresh perspectives and open-eyed determination and take advantage of it's popularity with young voters, and communities of color (who cannot afford to stay home).

            "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

            by sebastianguy99 on Fri Jul 08, 2011 at 01:41:00 PM PDT

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        •  Me, and I'm gone. Can't speak for anyone else, (0+ / 0-)

          but I went thru this with Clinton and I can't be had again.  Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining.

          "The worst that can happen to any group of people working to unseat an existing power base is their failure to imagine the lengths to which those in power will go to keep it." Cognitive Dissonance at Zero Hedge

          by CarolinNJ on Fri Jul 08, 2011 at 04:05:46 PM PDT

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    •  As a Frog, I prefer a fast boil to a slow boil. (4+ / 0-)

      As a Frog, I prefer a fast boil to a slow boil.  

      As a progressive, I now see Obama as extremely dangerous to the progressive movement.

      In retrospect, as a progressive, it would have been much better had McCain and the Republicans had won the 2008 election, and finish driving the country into the ruin that Bush started. Republicanism and movement conservativism would have been thoroughly discredited for three generations and then we can get on with the job of building a more perfect union.

      Instead we have Obama adopting Republican framing, talking points, negotiating with himself, and selling every principle progressives have down the river or thrown under the bus. Meanwhile the economy remains in a slow boil and the descent into banana republic ruin is gradual and thanks to Obama adopting conservative positions, Republican policies have been conflated with Democrats, so people don't know who to blame or where to turn for change.

      This means the ruin is settling in slowly and will therefore likely to be permanent, and Frogs like me, will be thoroughly boiled for the remainder of our lives.

      Vote for Obama again? Not on your life. I wish had my original 2008 vote back. Bachmann driving the country into a ruin in a fortnight is preferable to Obama doing it slowly and gradually.

      I doubt any progressives will be voting for Obama next time around. Our movement is better served if the batsh!t crazies get into power and finish off the job they started, so we can begin to build again from the ashes.  

      It took the ruin of 1945 to cure Germans of fascism. By 1955 their country (the free half) was prosperous again.

      There's no avoiding the ruin now: wealth and power is too concentrated.  So it will take an overwhelming consensus to overcome that, and arrive at the consensus that movement conservativism ruined, utterly destroyed American society, in order to rebuild it.

      Keep Obama in office and the ruination will be slower and more gradual, but also more permanent.

      I never thought I'd say this, but I will never vote for Obama again.  Sit out? Maybe. Third party? Maybe.  Opposition? Not likely, but slightly more likely than voting for Obama.

      I think this will be the consensus of most progressives by October 2012, if not already.  We might even see Obama refuse to run again in January, or even, switch parties once he realizes he's lost the progressive vote.  

      Right now, I think Obama's best option to be re-elected is to switch parties. The economy is NOT going to get better before 2012, not with his adopting republican talking points on the economy and their contractionary policies.  

      Face it: Obama is out (as a Dem seeking re-election).

      He's toast.

      It's all over but the screaming, shouting and gnashing of teeth which I'm sure will begin as soon as I post this.

      •  Can't disagree with too much of that (1+ / 0-)
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        The Wonder Moron

        I could never vote for the thugs, but can't see myself voting for Thug-lite anymore.

        I suspect a lot of those first-time voters and independents who provided a wide margin of victory for Obama in 2008 will find better things to do on election day 2012.

        I suspect you're not entirely serious about Obama switching parties - I get the impression he's just not that passionate about being president.  OTOH, if he dropped Biden and picked up a rethug for his VP, I wouldn't be shocked.  That still probably wouldn't save him.

        Agree that the economy won't be improving much before the election, and right now I think the thugs will probably win in 2012 (even with some batshit crazy teabagger as a candidate).

    •  We have to face this fact. (0+ / 0-)

      Democrats want to look like the great compromisers to the point where they will give away the farm and democratic principles without getting anything back and thus they give a fuck about the little guy.

      The republicans wanna look like they give a fuck about the little guy all the while what they really care about is theres a black guy in the WH who needs to be taken down hard so another minority will never get a chance at the WH again.

      Dont say the thought hasnt crossed a mind or two. That is one of the reasons this is the most important election of our time. We cant turn back now.

      Paul Ryans budget is in fact a suicide note.

      by tdslf1 on Fri Jul 08, 2011 at 02:36:43 PM PDT

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    •  Tip jar (2) (0+ / 0-)

      "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." - FDR

      by wesinCA on Fri Jul 08, 2011 at 02:41:24 PM PDT

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  •  Success for Obama lies with (4+ / 0-)
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    lgmcp, Loquatrix, esquimaux, radmul

    creating Jobs. Nothing else matters. That's why he was out begging americans to start realizing that a republican led congress is stifling job creating even though the president is calling for infrastructure spending to create jobs. What the base should do is recognize the pickle Obama is in with Jobs. Nothing else matters right now.

    This comment may not be reproduced or excerpted on other sites without my express written permission.

    by psilocynic on Fri Jul 08, 2011 at 12:18:58 PM PDT

  •  Keep in mind that about 80% of liberals (3+ / 0-)
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    blindyone, Loquatrix, chicago minx

    approve Obama's job  according the latest polls.

    Just because maybe overreacting diaries make the Rec List every days with alarming titles it doesn't mean that Obama somehow lost his base.

    Republicans secret dream = the impeachment of Bo the Dog LOL

    by LaurenMonica on Fri Jul 08, 2011 at 12:21:12 PM PDT

    •  It's too far out to believe anything in the polls. (0+ / 0-)

      "The worst that can happen to any group of people working to unseat an existing power base is their failure to imagine the lengths to which those in power will go to keep it." Cognitive Dissonance at Zero Hedge

      by CarolinNJ on Fri Jul 08, 2011 at 04:08:11 PM PDT

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  •  Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. That is what will win in 2012. (2+ / 0-)
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    lgmcp, wesinCA

    The Republicans know it, which is why they are doing everything they can to ensure there is no job creation between now and Nov. 2012.  That is why they are doing their damndest to destroy the economy by refusing to increase the debt ceiling.

    Every unemployed American is a vote for the GOP.  They know it and they want 10% or 11% unemployment by 2012.

    “Tax and Spend” I can understand. I can even understand “Borrow and Spend”. But “Borrow and Give Tax Cuts to Billionaires”? That I have a problem with.

    by LiberalCanuck on Fri Jul 08, 2011 at 12:22:51 PM PDT

  •  Right on! I mean Left on! (1+ / 0-)
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    wesinCA

    Totally agree. I am so tepid about Obama, I thought about not voting at all in 2012.

    #6 on your list would get me enthused again about Obama.

  •  Dear Wes (1+ / 0-)
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    NearlyNormal

    Please activate your tip jar - I'd love to add a tip to my rec.  :-) !!

  •  Republicans need to stop stalling job creation (0+ / 0-)

    in order to poison the well for Obama in 2012, and Obama needs to keep calling out that that's what they're doing.

    •  What is Obama's Job Program? (2+ / 0-)
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      jhecht, CarolinNJ

      I agree, the Republicans don't care about job creation. But where is Obama's?

      He's all about pursuing confidence through contraction of the government.  This is insane, in the current context.

      We have a demand deficient recession. That means we need demand side bias economic policies.  

      Sure the Republicans want more supply side bias policies. They don't care about ordinary people.  But Obama is not offering up any progressive demand side bias policies. He's gone supply side.  

      There won't be an economic recover as long as Republicans and Obama are in office. Neither one is progressive, neither one is interested in demand side bias policies despite the obvious need for them.

      To paraphrase a bygone era:
      "It's the lack of Demand, Stupid."

  •  Independents matter too (1+ / 0-)
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    LaurenMonica

    The main reason we lost in 2010 is because they switched sides again. The main reason the Republican establishment wants Romney is because he has the best numbers with Independents. Check the crosstabs of polling and you'll see that is what makes him competitive with President Obama.

    If people voted like they poll we would be in much better shape. But they don't vote that way, so we have to pay attention to Independents while turning out our vote as well.

    Though I must say, in the face of all the Republican intransigence, anyone who is in need of further clarity, or  motivation to get out and vote (and bring friends with them), may not be gettable any way at this point.

    "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

    by sebastianguy99 on Fri Jul 08, 2011 at 01:05:40 PM PDT

  •  Ok I got a question (0+ / 0-)

    The tax cuts expiring require Obama to do nothing just let them expire.

    However a good chunk of the rest of list requires the House to go along. Please explain to me how he get's the present house to go along with any of it.

    In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.

    by jsfox on Fri Jul 08, 2011 at 01:07:56 PM PDT

  •  FYI (0+ / 0-)

    "Focus on paying off our debt to China, and India."

    India holds less than 1% of US' external debt. Over 25% of that debt is owed to China (incl. Hong Kong):

    Table for Oct 2010:

    For March 2011; US' total external debt: $4,479.2 billion; to China and Hong Kong: $1,267 bn (28.3%), Japan $907.8 bn (20.3%), UK $325.2 bn (7.3%),..., India $39.8 bn (0.89%)) from the Treasury here.

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