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U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) (L) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (R) stand together at a news conference at the Republican National Committee offices on Capitol Hill in Washington October 23, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
The survey showed Republicans were viewed as negatively as tea partiers.
First, the good news. The new Wall Street Journal/NBC News national survey (pdf), conducted April 23-27 among American adults with a margin of error of ±3.1 percent, shows President Obama with a better net approval rating this month than last, going from 13 points underwater in March to six in April.

That reflects an overall approval increase of three points, from 41 to 44, and is stronger than the -11 net approval rating in yesterday's ABC/Washington Post poll. They survey also showed President Obama with a positive net image (+3) while the GOP and tea party were both in terrible shape with a -19 net image rating. Democrats were essentially even (-1).

But here's the troubling news: Although the poll shows registered voters evenly split at 45 percent each between Democrats and Republicans on the generic ballot, the survey showed signs of an enormous intensity gap:

Republicans are benefiting from a high-interest gap. Among those expressing the highest interest in the midterms (either a 9 or 10 on a 10-point scale), the GOP has a 15-point edge in congressional preference, 53%-38%.
Ultimately, everybody just gets one vote, so as long as people vote, it doesn't matter how interested they are in the election. But it's also obviously true that the more interested people are, the more likely they are to vote. As Laura wrote yesterday, there are still six months to turn that around, but Democrats have their work cut out for them.

My advice? Don't just spend the year attacking Republicans for blocking progress (though definitely do that): Also make a concrete set of promises about what Democrats will do if voters return Congress to their hands. For example, don't just hit Republicans for blocking a minimum wage increase—tell voters that if they want to see the minimum wage hiked, they need to vote for Democrats, because if Democrats win, they will raise the minimum wage. In a normal world, you'd think that would be self-evident, but the fact is the Democrats didn't do it in 2009-2010, so they need to make clear that they aren't just posturing now.


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  •  If we don't vote (26+ / 0-)

    we lose our democracy. Actually, we throw it away.

    A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

    by onionjim on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 09:03:57 AM PDT

  •  Hard to believe that... (4+ / 0-)
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    mchestnutjr, ericlewis0, StillAmused, MyMy

    ...the terms enthusiasm and Republican can appear in the same sentence.

    I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

    by boran2 on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 09:09:41 AM PDT

    •  Repubs also learning from Dem GOTV and other (0+ / 0-)

      voter energizing methods. Received this email today from John Cornyn:

      Since President Obama was re-elected in 2012, Republicans across the country have focused on narrowing the so-called "digital gap" between our party and the Democrats.

      Fortunately, we're quick learners in Texas and we're catching up fast.

      I'm particularly proud of the work my campaign has done - online and on the ground - recruiting and training supporters of all ages and all walks of life to help us Keep It Red in 2014 and beyond.

      Now we have a brand new mobile app that makes it easier than ever for you to stay updated on what we're doing, and learn about the ways you can join our grassroots team.

      Download the app here for iPhone/iPad:

      It’s the Supreme Court, stupid! Followed by: It's always the Supreme Court! Progressives will win only when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive.

      by auapplemac on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 04:59:02 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I just wonder (1+ / 0-)
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    who they're polling? I cannot see any Dem who was have enthusiasm for these thugs.

  •  Democrats need to put ObamACAre front and (5+ / 0-)

    center. As more people realize the benefits, they need to understand the Republicans want to take all of that away.

  •  Part of it is they didn't do shit from 2008-2010. (5+ / 0-)

    Even if they get the house, will they do something with it?

    •  no they were just posturing (3+ / 0-)
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      Subterranean, Cadillac64, rudewarrior

      getting ready to really let the t party kick the crap out of them

    •  No because they wont have 60 in the Senate (0+ / 0-)

      or some other lame excuse for their inaction.

    •  The Democrats? You're a bit off (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

          January 29: Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
          February 4: Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act
          February 11: DTV Delay Act
          February 17: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
          March 30: Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009
          April 21: Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act
          May 20: Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act
          May 20: Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009
          May 22: Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act of 2009
          June 22: Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act
          August 6: Cash For Clunkers Extension Act
          October 22: Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act
          October 28: Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act
          October 30: Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act
          November 6: Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009

          March 4: Travel Promotion Act
          March 18: Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (HIRE Act)
          March 23: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
          March 30: Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010
          May 5: Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010
          July 14: Financial Regulatory Reform
          January 27: Emergency Aid to American Survivors of Haiti Earthquake Act
          March 4: Travel Promotion Act
          March 18: Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (HIRE Act)
          March 23: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
          March 30: Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010
          May 5: Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010
          May 17: Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act
          July 1: Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act
          July 21: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
          July 22: Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2010
          July 22: Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act of 2010
          August 10: SPEECH Act of 2010
          September 27: Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010
          December 9: Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010
          December 13: Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
          December 17: Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
          December 22: Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010

          January 2: James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (H.R. 847)
      January 4: Food Safety and Modernization Act, Pub.L. 111-353, H.R. 2751

    •  Don't really know why this right wing (0+ / 0-)

      Lie has 5 recs on daily kos. It's rather shameful.

      I love president Obama!!!

      by freakofsociety on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 03:27:48 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Finally the Bleeding Obvious Becomes Visible to (4+ / 0-)

    the left side of Limbaugh.

    an enormous intensity gap
    OK that's enough of that.

    We now return you to another 2 months of diaries about the permanent Democratic majority and the collapse of conservatism due to its racism.


    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 09:14:07 AM PDT

  •  vote D to improve obamacare (2+ / 0-)
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    Aquarius40, Cadillac64

    Tell people if they want to reform and change Obamacare, they need to vote for democrats.  The GOP has proven that it will only accept full repeal, which any sane person knows leads to nothing but the status quo.  So a vote for the GOP is a vote to keep Obamacare EXACTLY as it is now!!  If you think the ACA can be improved, you need to vote D and bring back competency to the legislative branch

  •  Post poll has Obama at new low, however: (2+ / 0-)
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    Subterranean, Cadillac64

    The dossier on my DKos activities during the Bush administration will be presented on February 3, 2014, with an appendix consisting an adjudication, dated "a long time ago", that I am Wrong.

    by Inland on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 09:21:43 AM PDT

    •  Maddow had an interesting segment (5+ / 0-)

      where she showed polling on individual aspects of Obama's policy towards Ukraine.  Each aspect polled well, a majority approved of each facet of his policy.

      But ask people how he's handling the Ukraine situation, and the approval numbers are in the tank.

      My guess is that it has to do with the expectations set by the media, and the gasbags on the Sunday talk shows.  While people don't agree with their ideas, the gestalt of their griping sinks in:  Obama is weak, can't stand up to Putin, has no direction or "doctrine".  

      The fact that Obama is taking unprecedented action against Russia simply is not appreciated, because as usual there is no context to the reporting.

      "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

      by Subterranean on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 09:38:27 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  A recent poll indicated that over half the voting (5+ / 0-)

    public feel both major political parties do not represent their interests.  Railing on the republicans is not going to help that because most people already know that party sucks.  But most think the democratic party sucks too, so the obvious best approach to is show people that it doesn't suck.  If that's possible.  

    "Fragmented and confused, we have no plan to combat any of this, but are looking to be saved by the very architects of our ruination."

    by BigAlinWashSt on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 09:24:37 AM PDT

    •  Yes. I agree. One thing the Republicans are really (2+ / 0-)
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      Cadillac64, BigAlinWashSt

      good at and that the Dems suck at is getting a clear message out to the public.  Anyone who has ever taught school knows that, assuming something is self-evident or expecting that you can say something once and people will "get it" is a recipe for disaster.    Whatever point you are trying to make, you make it over and over until everyone in the room, including the kid in the back who sleeps through the class -- knows it.  That's why the Republicans get together and create talking points and beat them into the ground.  Yes, you and I think that Benghazi is a joke. But my sister-in-law who watches Fox News, thinks it is very very serious.  "People died!!!" she tells me, as though they have never died before or since.   We need to reach those people and there are legions of them, who only respond to talking points.  

      •  I don't think they are good at their message out (0+ / 0-)

        As far as policy. Just that the other guy is not one of us and anything he does is bad.

      •  yeah about Benghassi... (1+ / 0-)
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         and the GOP and it's supporters are still not giving up on the attack. Also look at gun control,I work at a retail store and a customer came in blaming Obama & the last primary lead smelter in this country closing because of EPA regulations(or rather supposedly so...) for the price of ammo going. I then asked him where were the complaints when all the other lead smelters shut down over the last 30-40 years? Why didn't prices go up as each one shut down during that time? Did he know that ammo uses lead from secondary lead smelters which smelt recycled lead?

  •  GOP voter intensity is always RABID...Dems are (7+ / 0-)

    gonna need a wakeup call.

  •  Democrats Need To Talk About Things Young (3+ / 0-)
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    Cadillac64, Boogalord, Laurel in CA

    people want to talk about.  Find out what will get young voters out to vote and motivate them.

    "Don't Let Them Catch You With Your Eyes Closed"

    by rssrai on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 09:29:05 AM PDT

  •  You're right Jed, we need both a positive message (5+ / 0-)

    of what we will do, as well as a fearful one of what the GOP will do.

    -1.63/ -1.49 "Speaking truth to power" (with snark of course)! Follow on Twitter @dopper0189

    by dopper0189 on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 09:31:02 AM PDT

  •  So basically Republicans 100 % disapprove of (3+ / 0-)
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    Aquarius40, gramofsam1, Laurel in CA

    the United States of America. It would be nice if Dems loved the country enough to balance them out and vote without fail.

  •  We're going to enter into this dreary pattern (1+ / 0-)
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    where the older white, disgruntled folks will overwhelm us with Republicans in off elections, then in presidential elections it'll swing back to younger, minority, Democratic voters. It's shaping up to be a "wave" election for the GOP which Fox and the other usual suspects will tout as the "revival" of the GOP and even the "destruction" or at least "overrating" of Democratic demographics for about a year or two. Then the pattern will start to reverse and it'll start looking like a "wave" for Democrats.

    All of this chest-beating, repetitive analysis, and filling up of blog space and newsprint will keep beating up against this
    current, irreducible pattern. That includes many posters here about how Democrats "lose" because they suck. Yeah, they'll suck till 2016. Then this dreary, predictable present idiocy will happen all over again.

    "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

    by Wildthumb on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 09:33:52 AM PDT

    •  The Founding Fathers were smart (2+ / 0-)
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      TooFolkGR, Wildthumb

      but whoever introduced compulsory voting was much, much smarter.

      •  I'd go for making voting mandatory. We might (0+ / 0-)

        win every fucking election and change the Republican Party overnight. They'd "green up," "minority up," relax their gun attitudes, the whole schmear.

        "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

        by Wildthumb on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 02:13:05 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  We need a more reliable base (1+ / 0-)
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      Maybe try to reach out those seniors, whites etc. The Republicans always seem to be able to count on their base to come out us not so much. It didn't used to this way seniors used to tilt quite D back then especially in the 90s.

      •  We started losing the white working class in the (1+ / 0-)
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        sixties, period. Then came "Reagan Democrats," which were really a new Republican thrust, in spite of their continuing to believe in much progressive stuff. A lot of it is visceral, and not rational, I think. Older, white wage earners are pissed at everybody, but mostly at us younger, browner, single, progressive, pro-government types. This will pass away over time, and I look forward to a new paradigm of voting patterns.

        "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

        by Wildthumb on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 03:43:51 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  When seniors were the ones who had lived through (1+ / 0-)
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        the Great Depression, WWII and the Roosevelt administrations they were pretty much reliable Ds.

        Now that the Greatest Generation is virtually gone, we've lost the group memory of those times and how the government came in and saved the country and the world.

        Today's Seniors barely remember the introduction of Medicare and while they like it, many seem to ignore the fact that it was primarily the Democratic Party that gave it to them.

        I'd like to know what happened to the 60s radicals who were going to change the world. Somewhere along the path to today they lost their way.

        Of course desegregation, the voting rights act, Nixon's southern strategy, several generations of solid R messaging and Reagan molded a lot of minds that now look more favorable on the Rs.

        It’s the Supreme Court, stupid! Followed by: It's always the Supreme Court! Progressives will win only when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive.

        by auapplemac on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 05:20:20 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  It only swung to younger and minority voters (1+ / 0-)
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      because Obama was running. His youthfulness, positive message and history breaking election possibility aroused the interest of these groups as well as female voters.

      What will energize they when it's Hillary or some little known Dem.

      It’s the Supreme Court, stupid! Followed by: It's always the Supreme Court! Progressives will win only when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive.

      by auapplemac on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 05:05:25 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Hillary's a woman. An electable woman. That's (0+ / 0-)

        a freaking big deal to huge amounts of women, and if they turn out with enthusiasm they WILL carry her to the presidency. And I think the enthusiasm will explode if and when she declares.  Not to mention almost all minority peoples, especially most blacks and Latinos.

        "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

        by Wildthumb on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 05:59:30 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  can there even be a measure of enthusiam (2+ / 0-)
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    skillet, Egalitare

    or its gaps in an age of psychotropic drugs

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 09:36:14 AM PDT

  •  MSNBC mentions survey, but actual numbers? FAIL! (2+ / 0-)
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    Cadillac64, auapplemac

    Twice on MSNBC in the past hour (Tameron Hall show) this new NBC/WSJ survey was mentioned, referring to "improving numbers", but WITHOUT GIVING ANY NUMBERS WHATSOEVER!  Once was the host mentioning the general gist of the results, but without giving any actual numerical rsults, and the second time was when a panel including the useless Chuck Todd, where they repeated this innumeracal numerial analysis without a whisper of mention of any of the actual polling NUMBERS!

  •  Unenthusiastic votes count too (2+ / 0-)
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    freakofsociety, auapplemac

    If we can cajole, bother, and otherwise encourage enough of our "casual" voters to participate, no one will ask, "Yeah, but did you really mean it?"

    Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 09:40:24 AM PDT

  •  If I can recall (3+ / 0-)
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    Wildthumb, wdrath, freakofsociety

    Dems never won the enthusiam gap in 2012.

  •  Attack only Attack (3+ / 0-)
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    gramofsam1, hawkseye, auapplemac

    Basically screw the issues. Go at the core of the Republicans misguided philosophy, using issues only to highlight that.

    We win the issues, we always win the issues. Big deal, that doesn't get to the emotions needed to bring out the vote. Presidential elections are about hope for the future, Mid-terms are about fear and disgust.

    •  Reluctantly concur. Enthusiasm (2+ / 0-)
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      Judeling, auapplemac

      comes from emotion. Republicans have always understood this.
      Unfortunately for us, most people are bored by the issues, unless it impacts them very directly. That's why it's so easy to get them riled up over meaningless bullshit like "taking back my country". No thought or knowledge required, just a feel-good opportunity to vent.

  •  What good is (0+ / 0-)

    a poll where 1000 people answered their landline?  Seems those types would skew the polling somewhat.

  •  2012 is not finished (1+ / 0-)
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    We need to make the argument that your vote for Obama in 2012 is NOT complete until you deliver him a democratic congress to help him fulfill his promises.  

  •  Issues don't matter, much (2+ / 0-)
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    Judeling, auapplemac

    As yesterdays poll showed, voters support Democratic issues by big margins, so why are they going to vote Republican?  It's the propaganda!  Too many swing voters vote on "gut" feelings.  The constant barrage of right wing propaganda leaves them with a bad feeling.

    It's all about making a voter feel good.  Counter the negative propaganda with positive stuff and you'll get the "swing" voters.

    The rest is all GOTV!  The winning target list for Dems is 2012-2010.

  •  Why would anyone be enthused about the GOP? (1+ / 0-)
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    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 10:21:27 AM PDT

  •  the question is not whether (0+ / 0-)

    there is an enthusiasm gap. There's always an enthusiasm gap, to the best of my recollection. Republicans are almost always more likely to get out and vote.

    The key is how the enthusiasm gap compares this non-presidential election year (2014) to the last non-presidential election year (2010).

    And while  Democrats definitely need to approach this election season as underdogs, because in many ways they are, they shouldn't become discouraged.

    A couple of things have tempered my pessimism for Democrats this November:

    a) If you will recall, back in 2010, Republicans were livid about Obamacare and wanting to repeal it. Backed by wealthy oligarchs like the Koch brothers they created the illusion of a national grassroots effort called the Tea Party, which the compliant mainstream media reported to be a grassroots movement (which it was't). With the help of a sustained media effort telling the country that these Tea Partiers were out for blood, Republicans did make substantial gains in 2010.  However, the crackpots of the Tea Party movement are nowhere near as visible, nor popular, this year as they were in 2010. The fact that the Tea Party movement seems to have died down somewhat, along with the anti-Obamacare rhetoric of Republicans, is a good sign to me.  
    In addition, the other issue, besides Obamacare that was the raison d'etre of the Tea Party movements--the stimulus--has also proven to be nothing like the disaster that Tea Partiers had made that out to be in 2010.

    b) While Democrats are still in very tough shape in six Senate seats currently held by Democrats, in three of those the Democrat still remains highly competitive at this late date, in some very red states. There are three more seats where Democrats lead, by Republicans are currently very competitive. That means that Republicans are currently only ahead in three of those six and even in another (NC). Republicans need five seats to take over the Senate (assuming that Maine's Angus King follows through on his threat to switch to the Republican caucus.
    By my calculations, They are currently one seat away from that.

  •  Exactly - less with them, more about us (1+ / 0-)
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    I have been a broken record on this soap box for quite a while.

    The Democratic Party and candidates AND DailyKOSsacks need to focus on championing the core policies that make a difference for voters.  The incessant concentration on how bad rebublicans are is really counter productive - it turns off voters and reduces turnout.

    The core policies poll strong in favor of Democrats.

    Climate change
    Gun regulation
    Immigration reform
    Health care
    Infrastructure investment
    Tax policy - tax the rich and corporations

    Candidates and the Party have to stop with the half measures and running away for the core policies.

    Mark Begich for example,  Charlie Criss, Elizabeth Warren, Steve Beshear, etc. etc.

    There are plenty of examples where taking a strong, clear, unapologetic Democratic position has terrific voter response.

    Obama ratings are low because of his lack of commitment to principle.  His compromises look weak.  He needs to be more forceful and visible in firing up voters.

    Focus on the positives.

  •  Who ARE these people, (1+ / 0-)
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    "enthusiastic" for a party that blithely harbors countless demonstrable head-cases, enthusiastically suppresses the vote (their only hope), blocks a minimum wage increase, wants them at the mercy of profiteering insurance companies and has produced nothing — effin' NOTHING — since 2009?

  •  Last time they did not bank on the (1+ / 0-)
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    seething anger in the AA community.  Angry with the the Voting Rights Act decision by the Supreme Court, voter suppression attempts, Stand Your Ground Laws (i.e. Trayvon Martin)..calling the President Zebra-Donkey a$$ and I could go on and on.  I'm not worried about an intensity gap.  I didn't even mention Immigration Reform stalling, unemployment insurance being used as a political football, and the possibility of an increase in the minimum wage.  Minorities are always over-looked and we are hoping mad.  We'll show up this cycle.  Bet on that.

  •  Jed, "enthusiam gap" is a fiction... (0+ / 0-) anything related to turnout.

    This is well-established.

    Here is Sasha Issenberg on this point:

    Here is Mark Mellman:

    And one of my favorites, here is Chuck Todd in October 2012 explaining that NBC's latest poll showed a huge enthusiasm gap favoring GOP-friendly demographics:

    There is no relationship between self-reported voting interest or intention, and turnout.

    46, male, Indian-American, and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

    by DCCyclone on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 11:30:11 AM PDT

  •  Sure, the enthusiasm gap is still in place. (0+ / 0-)

    What else would you expect given how passive, boring and brainy the Dems are.  They don't inspire or arouse, they are crap at getting media attention and don't rock the boat.  

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by accumbens on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 11:36:07 AM PDT

  •  President Obama for whatever reason (0+ / 0-)

    isn't engaged in much, and I am disappointed. Unless he starts to get excited by something, anything, maybe the ACA?, then he can sulk all he wants if the GOP is allowed to run the Senate, and I won't have alot of sympathy, sorry to say. He is NOT using the bully pulpit, and the questions is WHY??????

  •  Time for Prime-time Punching by BO. GDP # give (0+ / 0-)

    him excuse to start now.

    The voters who hate him, already do and are itching to vote Thug, so there isno downside to putting his face out there.  

    He's got to do speeches - I'd say 1 a month - setting forth not only his proposals to help folks of the main issues, jobs, wages, etc., but also the history of his efforts and how Thugs sabotaged them.  And he needs to repeat it and repeat it, at least three times in every speech.  Yes, I know it kills him but he's got to treat voters like 5 years olds on this - bc too many of them might as well be, especially with no Pres elec to energize their interest.

    He does plenty of speeches during the day.  But cable only reaches 2-3 mill, and more than 1/2 of them thru Foxaganda.  the Saturday web speeches are ... just cute at this point.  Again, very low viewer #s.  And yes, the networks aren't what they were - but still nothing galvanizes and gives weight to a speech - and cuts thru the media clatter - like prime-time.

    Or he can continue to let the media make him nothing but a member of the crowd in their story.

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