Jim Messina's fabulism
Isvestia has an article about Democratic fears that Obama will bring the party down, some excerpts and observations:
“In my district, the enthusiasm for him has mostly evaporated,” said Representative Peter A. DeFazio, Democrat of Oregon. ...
...His own economic advisers concede that the unemployment rate, currently 9.1 percent, is unlikely to drop substantially over the next year, creating a daunting obstacle to re-election.
This confirms our opinion that he has no intention of doing anything for ordinary Americans.
And polling suggests that the president’s yearlong effort to reclaim the political center has so far yielded little in the way of additional support from the moderates and independents who tend to decide presidential elections.
It turns out the moderates and independents don't like being jobless and without health care any more than dirty f---ing hippies.
“The alarms have already gone off in the Democratic grass roots,” said Robert Zimmerman, a member of the Democratic National Committee from New York, who hopes the president’s jobs plan can be a turning point.
How can it be a turning point when Obama & Co have no intention of doing anything that would bring unemployment down to 7.1%, what it was on January 20, 2009?
At the White House and at Mr. Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago, officials bristled at the critiques, which they dismissed as familiar intraparty carping and second-guessing that would give way to unity and enthusiasm once the nation is facing a clear choice between the president and the Republican nominee.
Jim Messina, the campaign manager for the president’s re-election, said the criticism was largely a “Washington conversation” that did not match up with the on-the-ground enthusiasm for Mr. Obama among his network of supporters.
There is a reason we use the Versailles metaphor at Corrente. Clearly the concerns of the peasants have not penetrated the palace walls. They have no clue about how people feel about them and anyone who tries to tell the truth is marginalized one way or another.
To reassure nervous Democrats, the president’s campaign aides are traveling the country with PowerPoint presentations that spell out Mr. Obama’s path to re-election.
PowerPoint! That 'ill fix 'em.
Their pitch is that Mr. Obama’s appeal has grown in traditionally Republican states like Arizona, where there are fast-growing Hispanic populations, and that Republicans have alienated independent voters with “extreme” positions on popular programs like Medicare.
Wow, where to begin? Why would Hispanics support Obama given that deportations are at an all time high? And given that Obama is aggressively trying to gut both Medicare and Social Security, the Democrats have forfeited issues that have worked so well for them in the past.
Besides, given what happened in the 2008 caucuses, where Obama enforcers aggressively challenged the votes of elderly Hispanic Clinton supporters in Nevada and Texas, I seriously doubt there is much support for Obama among Hispanic activists.
Mr. DeFazio recalled attending a dozen or so town-hall-style meetings recently in his district, a slice of western Oregon that Mr. Obama carried in 2008 by 11 percentage points. Mr. DeFazio said party loyalists had bluntly said they were reconsidering their support.
“I have one heck of a lot of Democrats saying, ‘I voted for him before, don’t know if I can do it again,’ ” he said.