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SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 1:12PM

Harry Understood

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Public Policy Polling is out with some numbers that a Democratic president might want to think about. From PPP's post about those numbers:

...this week's poll is how bad Obama's numbers are with a few key and usually dependable Democratic constituencies. He's under water in union households at 44/47. He's also under water with voters under 30 at 45/48. The Northeast tends to a pretty dependable region for Democrats but Obama's under water there at 47/49. Obama's usually been able to hold his ground with female voters but he's under water with them too at 45/49. And even with African Americans his approval rating's down to 76%, about as low as we've ever found it.

I wrote a blog post last week about how Democratic enthusiasm was at a year long low. Now it's at a lower year long low with only 47% of the party's voters 'very excited' about voting this year compared to 58% of Republicans. 

 I'm told that the "good news" is that Rick Perry's quest for the Republican nomination "may mobilize the base." In response, I ask what base is that? If it’s the liberal/progressive/traditional Democrat base, there is no candidate to vote for, because Obama represents anything but that base. In fact, Obama is pretty much openly antagonistic to that base. The only base he makes substantive overtures towards and concessions to is the Republican base. Why? Because that’s what Obama is. A (myth of the) free market, “savvy Wall Street businessmen”, wiretapping, warring, extraordinary renditioning, detaining without charge or trial, Social Security cutting Republican. Even if he isn't a Republican in label, he is cementing (and even extending) the most awful policies of Bush and making them into bi-partisan consensus. Change? What change?

“I’ve seen it happen time after time. When the Democratic candidate allows himself to be put on the defensive and starts apologizing for the New Deal and the fair Deal, and says he really doesn’t believe in them, he is sure to lose. The people don’t want a phony Democrat. If it’s a choice between a genuine Republican, and a Republican in Democratic clothing, the people will choose the genuine article, every time; that is, they will take a Republican before they will a phony Democrat, and I don’t want any phony Democratic candidates in this campaign.”
Harry S. Truman

Harry understood. The people don’t want a phony Democrat. If it’s a choice between a genuine Republican, and a Republican in Democratic clothing, the people will choose the genuine article, every time; that is, they will take a Republican before they will a phony Democrat.

Harry S. Truman
This is a Democrat
 

Bushbama 
And this morph represents what we have
instead of a Democrat.
 

 I am not Obama's base. If you're a liberal/progressive/traditional Democrat and you believe in the New Deal, the Fair Deal, the rule of law, good jobs at good wages and accountability for those who landed us in the present mess, you're not Obama's base either. If you believe in those things, Obama views you with disdain.

 

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