Dem turnout in primaries “falling off a cliff”

posted at 1:36 pm on May 5, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Earlier this morning, I scolded the AP for not taking the appropriate lesson from last night’s primaries in the three states.  Reid Wilson at Hotline has a much more accurate analysis of the voting pattern, and warns Democrats that their enthusiasm may be lower than even they feared:

Just 663K OH voters cast ballots in the competitive primary between LG Lee Fisher (D) and Sec/State Jennifer Brunner (D). That number is lower than the 872K voters who turned out in ’06, when neither Gov. Ted Strickland (D) nor Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) faced primary opponents.

Only 425K voters turned out to pick a nominee against Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC). The 14.4% turnout was smaller than the 444K voters — or 18% of all registered Dem voters — who turned out in ’04, when Gov. Mike Easley (D) faced only a gadfly candidate in his bid to be renominated for a second term.

And in IN, just 204K Hoosiers voted for Dem House candidates, far fewer than the 357K who turned out in ’02 and the 304K who turned out in ’06.

By contrast, GOP turnout was up almost across the board. 373K people voted in Burr’s uncompetitive primary, nearly 9% higher than the 343K who voted in the equally non-competitive primary in ’04. Turnout in House races in IN rose 14.6% from ’06, fueled by the competitive Senate primary, which attracted 550K voters. And 728K voters cast ballots for a GOP Sec/State nominee in Ohio, the highest-ranking statewide election with a primary; in ’06, just 444K voters cast ballots in that race.

Public Policy Polling, a favorite pollster of Democrats, also warned about the turnout in North Carolina:

The turnout patterns in yesterday’s North Carolina primary election should have Democrats even more worried about what’s going to happen this fall than they were before.

In an election where there was a highly contested Democratic Senate primary and a Republican contest that was a foregone conclusion you would have expected Democratic turnout to far exceed that on the GOP side. But only 53% of the Senate primary votes were cast on the Democratic side to 47% on the Republican, a gap that’s smaller than the party registration difference in the state. …

What the turnout numbers do show is a disturbing lack of interest from Democratic voters. The 426,000 who cast a ballot in the Senate primary represents a 32% decline from the 628,000 who did in 2002, and this is despite the fact that after the 2008 election cycle there are more registered Democrats in the state than ever.

It’s a long way until the fall and maybe Democratic voters just care more about beating Republicans than choosing their party’s nominees but this is the first hard data we have on the comparative engagement of the two party’s voters in North Carolina and it does not bode well for Democrats.

The Tea Party movement is really just half of the story.  While Democrats can count on getting their most engaged voters to the polls in the midterms, they can no longer count on the occasional voter as they did in 2006 and especially in 2008.  After almost four years of Nancy Pelosi and sixteen months of Barack Obama, the country has dug itself into a huge deficit hole and a moribund economy.  The question is no longer who gets the blame for it, but whether Obama and the Democrats are the solution.  The lack of enthusiasm among Democrats show that the answer is increasingly no.

Democrats say that they plan to spend millions on GOTV efforts, but that again will only ensure a turnout of the true believers.  Right now, if the Democrats turned out independents, it probably would backfire on them as independents are skewing to the GOP.  Their best bet may be attempts to depress turnout through massive amounts of negative campaigning.  Fortunately, they have the right leaders in place for a “despair and status quo” follow-up to “hope and change.”


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I wouldn’t want to show my face in public either…

BigWyo on May 5, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Congressional majorities are temporary. Ugly is forever.

MB4 on May 5, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Lemmings.

davidk on May 5, 2010 at 1:41 PM

The Dems need to put on their game faces… and their Los Dones jerseys.

Doorgunner on May 5, 2010 at 1:41 PM

It’s a long way until the fall and maybe Democratic voters just care more about beating Republicans than choosing their party’s nominees

aka sheeple,
anyone with a (D) beside their name is good enough for them….

cmsinaz on May 5, 2010 at 1:42 PM

*If* the GOP had balls
(hope springs eternal)
it would develop a strategy to turn
The Democrats’ Party into
the next Whig Party
…rather than the GOP itself
(should it continue on its “moderate”/RINO/McCain/Romney/etc. path)

Lockstein13 on May 5, 2010 at 1:43 PM

The (D) brand is hopeless and so very, very unchanged.

Edouard on May 5, 2010 at 1:45 PM

I do not believe the Dems get it on how bad this is going to be, and how it really does not matter how much they spend on advertisements or GOTV. People are pi$$ed! There is a woman on with Rush right now who is a Democrat, and she is most definitely saying she will not vote for a Democrat again until they recognize the Conservative wing of the DNC. Looks like she will not be voting (D) for quite some time.

freeus on May 5, 2010 at 1:45 PM

I have a feeling the d’s are going to be stunned come Nov. how many voters turn out! The r’s, I’s, and some d’s are going to vote these scum bags out, the bad scum bags that is. We are mad and we vote!
L

letget on May 5, 2010 at 1:48 PM

lolercaust!

pseudonominus on May 5, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Intrade has the Republicans control of the house at 49.7 right now.

farright on May 5, 2010 at 1:51 PM

The Democrats should worry about Dem voters who always show up to vote but this time they won’t be voting for the Democrat candidate. Example, the West Virginia 01 district.

myrenovations on May 5, 2010 at 1:51 PM

Not only is Obama the Gun Salesman of the Year, he is also the GoP Fundraiser of the Year too.

pseudonominus on May 5, 2010 at 1:52 PM

They won’t need these loser traditional Dem voters……they’ve got 20-30 million voters waiting in the Amnesty wings for such an event.

Amnesty and GOP implosion on the issue in 5………4………3…

PappyD61 on May 5, 2010 at 1:54 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWzzX4lLPnU

DNC, hopefully dead and I will be lovin’ it!

freeus on May 5, 2010 at 1:54 PM

100 seats or bust!

Rebar on May 5, 2010 at 1:54 PM

The question is no longer who gets the blame for it, but whether Obama and the Democrats are the solution.

Indeed. The answer to that is obvious, regardless of how it gives the GOP an opportunity to hide their own failings. The dems are surely not the answer, and the GOP will surely benefit. Whether the nation actually benefits…I’m not getting my hopes up.

ernesto on May 5, 2010 at 1:54 PM

There are many newly unemployed who will have all sorts of time come November to hit their voting booth early. If the ‘rats are stupid enough to push amnesty, the election will be a rout.

Bishop on May 5, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Nice shot of Obey next to Murtha.

There’s some sort of figurative to literal joke here, I’m sure of it.

Doorgunner on May 5, 2010 at 1:58 PM

“I do not believe the Dems get it on how bad this is going to be”

I believe they get it. They just can’t say anything about it. They are taking a “sticking their head in the sand” approach. They apparently feel that refusing the recognize the problem gives some opportunity for turnaround before now and November while acknowledging it would simply demoralize their base.

crosspatch on May 5, 2010 at 1:58 PM

another thing being missed is that the candidates NC voters choose were more conservative than before. So in effect NC now has a major conservative GOP slate to put up against a very liberal slate of dems. We had supporters of Palin and Ron Paul win elections across the board in NC not many Mitt candidates won in NC last night.

even the judical wins were more conservative victories.

If NC is an indication of the South then the “blue dogs” that have won in 2006 and 2008 are in big big trouble. I predict we will see more Dems jump ship.

unseen on May 5, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Cap and trade and shamnesty should really help their chances.

/

JammieWearingFool on May 5, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Warns Democrats that their enthusiasm may be lower than even they feared

Yes, on the one hand the Far-left National Socialist faction of the Democrat party doesn’t think Obumer isn’t radical enough (After all, they are Left of Che Guevara)

On the other hand moderate Democrats are seeing that the National Socialist sleazebagger in chief is leading their party off a cliff.

Chip on May 5, 2010 at 1:59 PM

But only 53% of the Senate primary votes were cast on the Democratic side to 47% on the Republican, a gap that’s smaller than the party registration difference in the state. …

“A gap that’s smaller”? Talk about underselling it. Registered Democrats outnumber GOP in NC by nearly 1 million, yet they could only turn out 6% more than the GOP? Factor in that the GOP voters were turning out to essentially put a check mark on Burr and this spells utter doom for the Democrats. (And I don’t think that’s being hyperbolic.)

LastRick on May 5, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Come on NOVEMBER!

GarandFan on May 5, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Guess Barry’s got to expand his “big tent” beyond: WOMEN, HISPANICS AND AFRICAN AMERICANS.

stenwin77 on May 5, 2010 at 1:59 PM

There is a woman on with Rush right now who is a Democrat, and she is most definitely saying she will not vote for a Democrat again until they recognize the Conservative wing of the DNC. Looks like she will not be voting (D) for quite some time.

freeus on May 5, 2010 at 1:45 PM

What conservative wing of the Democrat Party? The handful that are left have become pariahs. The Dems sold their souls to the likes of Soros and the Kos crowd back before the 2004 election. And eventually after using every smear in the book(Katrina and Mark Foley were the clinchers), they managed to turn enough voters against the GOP to take back Congress and the White House.(It should be noted that Republicans helped pave the way themselves by supporting amnesty, massive deficits, and TARP.)

But now the Dems are screwed. They have complete control, but the people they’ve put in charge are radical leftist burnouts from the 1960′s who hate the military, worship big government, and couldn’t balance a budget if their lives depended on it. What young centrist up-and-comers are left to lead the party out of the wasteland they’ll find themselves in come January 2011?

To be honest, losing 100+ House seats might be the best thing that could happen for the Democrat Party….if they truly accept why it happened. If they realize that this is a center-right nation and purge their party of the leftist radicals(or at least keep them out of chairmanships), they can make a comeback. But what are the odds of that happening?

Doughboy on May 5, 2010 at 2:01 PM

*If* the GOP had balls
(hope springs eternal)
it would develop a strategy to turn
The Democrats’ Party into
the next Whig Party…
…rather than the GOP itself
(should it continue on its “moderate”/RINO/McCain/Romney/etc. path)
Lockstein13 on May 5, 2010 at 1:43 PM

From you keyboard to Gods ears.
Too bad we can’t contribute to a fund to give each Republican leader a Brass-ball-ectimey or something.

Chip on May 5, 2010 at 2:03 PM

*If* the GOP had balls
(hope springs eternal)
it would develop a strategy to turn
The Democrats’ Party into
the next Whig Party…
…rather than the GOP itself

I’m working on a dissertation about nineteenth century politics. Obama is increasingly looking like Zachary Taylor, someone who won the election because no one knew where he stood and then once in office was an incompetent executive who ended up imploding the Whig Party (only his premature death slowed the destruction of the Whigs).

cpaulus on May 5, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Probably already heard. Obey is saying goodbye.

andy85719 on May 5, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Dave Obey just held a press conference and stated he isn’t up to it any more. Ha! He would be kicked out of here is more the real truth. Thank you Lord!

wi farmgirl on May 5, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Congressional majorities are temporary. Ugly is forever.

MB4 on May 5, 2010 at 1:39 PM

..so you are saying Pelosi and Boxer are forever?

(Runs shrieking from the building.)

The War Planner on May 5, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Los lemmings

faraway on May 5, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Can’t Obama waive his hand and voters return??? Where’s Oprah?

Oil Can on May 5, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Newsweek fire sale

I say we chip in a couple dollars each.

faraway on May 5, 2010 at 2:11 PM

To be honest, losing 100+ House seats might be the best thing that could happen for the Democrat Party….if they truly accept why it happened. If they realize that this is a center-right nation and purge their party of the leftist radicals(or at least keep them out of chairmanships), they can make a comeback. But what are the odds of that happening?

Doughboy on May 5, 2010 at 2:01 PM

I think a quote from movie Red October is needed here: “You arrogant a$$. You’ve killed *us*! This is what the “Blue Dogs” are saying to Pelosi.

Dire Straits on May 5, 2010 at 2:11 PM

That’s okay, they’ll find a box of votes in a garage or a car trunk somewhere.

John the Libertarian on May 5, 2010 at 2:12 PM

November…

d1carter on May 5, 2010 at 2:13 PM

I have no doubt that the dead will rise up & be heard on future election dates.
And ACORN with its new name will be hittingthe streets again, drumming up ‘voters’.
And then if they can get amnesty going, think of all the ‘votes’!
I hate being a cynic.

Badger40 on May 5, 2010 at 2:13 PM

As I’ve said earlier, Republicans (if they take control of Congress) have but ONE CHANCE to make a difference. If not them, prepare for a (T) designation in 2012.

SeniorD on May 5, 2010 at 2:14 PM

That’s okay, they’ll find a box of votes in a garage or a car trunk somewhere.

John the Libertarian on May 5, 2010 at 2:12 PM

And a bunch of hanging chads, and don’t forget the votes for lizard people.

Badger40 on May 5, 2010 at 2:15 PM

PappyD61 on May 5, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Aren’t you a bright little ray of fscking sunshine?

Where’s the political capital the Dems had to get amnesty passed? What would be the motivation for Republicans to join them?

Sekhmet on May 5, 2010 at 2:21 PM

And a bunch of hanging chads

Badger40 on May 5, 2010 at 2:15 PM

And a bunch of flaming cads — I mean Democrat lawyers — to interpret dimpled chads as votes for their candidate.

“Er, yes, even though this voter clearly voted for the Republican, you can clearly see this, er, uh, smudge over here means they really meant to vote for the Democrat.”

John the Libertarian on May 5, 2010 at 2:23 PM

I think a lot of people are missing the point here … the American people have “detected” the fact that the Democratic Party and the Main Stream Media has declared war on all American’s except Gays, Liberal African Americans, Illegal Aliens, Pediphiles, and Mohammandans – and, while those niche groups may show up at the polls (even if they aren’t qualified to) and vote – they aren’t going to make a majority.

People are angry – and I think this goes beyond Obama, Pelosi and Reid – this is starting to become a huge smelly pile of malarki that is attaching itself RIGHT TO the name “Democrat”. The name itself is becoming synonymous with “corruption” / “Socialism” / “Cronyism” / “Elitism” / “Bullying”.

People I talk to are HORRIFIED that the party of Truman has turned into what it has today. And another thing – the MSM has lost all credibility – when they attack someone – it generally now has the opposite effect. Look at the polls – they attacked the Arizona law but now the polls on that are very high (60 percent) … months of drubbing the Tea Parties has resulted in positive polls for the Tea Parties. Months of attacks on “death panel” claims and anyone, like Palin, who dared criticize ObamaCare have resulted in high polls for those they attacked – as well as stunningly high polls for numbers of Americans who want ObamaCare repealed.

HondaV65 on May 5, 2010 at 2:23 PM

HondaV65 on May 5, 2010 at 2:23 PM

well said H

cmsinaz on May 5, 2010 at 2:25 PM

As I’ve said earlier, Republicans (if they take control of Congress) have but ONE CHANCE to make a difference. If not them, prepare for a (T) designation in 2012.

i agree. 2010/2012 is the last chance the Republican party has to prove it can govern conservatively. If it fails, i’m all in on a third party.

Chiasmos on May 5, 2010 at 2:29 PM

And a bunch of hanging chads

Badger40 on May 5, 2010 at 2:15 PM
And a bunch of flaming cads — I mean Democrat lawyers — to interpret dimpled chads as votes for their candidate.

“Er, yes, even though this voter clearly voted for the Republican, you can clearly see this, er, uh, smudge over here means they really meant to vote for the Democrat.”

John the Libertarian on May 5, 2010 at 2:23 PM

These elections have to be won CONVINCINGLY by at least 1% or so, otherwise Senator Stuart Smalley and the Lizard People will magically find uncounted Dem ballots where the sun don’t shine, including the local cemetery.

Steve Z on May 5, 2010 at 2:33 PM

The Democrat Party is on the “precipice”! I knew their Deem & Pass would run afoul of the American public, it’s expected when they chose a half-term senator – from Chicago political machine – with ZERO experience. Somebody wake up James Carville and tell him his house is tumbling down a steep clift..

TN Mom on May 5, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Buh bye Nancy, you filthy skank.

Jaibones on May 5, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Newsweek fire sale

faraway on May 5, 2010 at 2:11 PM

I had May in the “When Does Newsweak Go Bankrupt?” pool!

What do I win?!

Jaibones on May 5, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Don’t underestimate when voters are pi*sed. The NJ schoolboard vote brought out more people than had voted in those elections in something like 37 years. I expect that there are quietly fuming voters you would never see at a Tea Party but boy are you going to see them at the polls in November. Ought to be quite a shocker, IMO.

NJ Red on May 5, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Worse than imagined.

Worse than WHO imagined?

MikeA on May 5, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Obama to Rahm:

“Obviously, we have to double down on our progressive agenda.”

Daggett on May 5, 2010 at 2:49 PM

CBS / New York Times Headline:

“Democrats so confident about November victory many feel they don’t need to vote.”

Daggett on May 5, 2010 at 2:51 PM

“Give me that Gavel”

TN Mom on May 5, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Obama to Rahm:

“Obviously, we have to double down on our progressive socialist agenda.”

Daggett on May 5, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Neuron on May 5, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Who needs turnout when you know you’ll get way with voter fraud?

Dork B. on May 5, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Newsweek fire sale

I say we chip in a couple dollars each.
faraway on May 5, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Did you call?

Besides, didn’t they declare that “We Are All Socialists Now” so don’t we already Collectively own Newsweek comrade?
:-)

Chip on May 5, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Doughboy on May 5, 2010 at 2:01 PM

This is true when you speak of those you mentioned who hold political offices in D.C. However, as was said here, HondaV65 on May 5, 2010 at 2:23 PM this woman speaking with Rush felt she was as Conservative Democrat based on her perception of what that meant. I believe the voters, not the politicians probably are more Conservative in the tradition of say JFK.

I whole heartedly agree with you on the so called Conservative Democrats in D.C. They are not as advertised and because of that they will, and the Democrats will, pay a price at the polls going forward. In one sense these so called Conservative Democrats may be faced with having to make a choice as to where they hang their hats. Because of the health care debacle, and whatever else comes down the pike from the Regime, going forward, Democrats may no longer be able to label themselves Conservatives or Blue Dogs. No one is going to believe them.

The only place one can see a real Conservative Democrat is anywhere outside of D.C. Plus I tend to think these voters are really just not educated well enough on what Conservatism is and how in reality they are not Democrats at all. At least not contemporary Democrats.

freeus on May 5, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Los Dems…

PatriotRider on May 5, 2010 at 3:19 PM

shhhhh! Don’t warn them what to expect in November. That gives them time to ramp up their voter fraud machine (ACORN) and maybe truck in some illegals under a voter don’t ask don’t tell policy.

katablog.com on May 5, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Find a vulnerable Dem district and donate or get involved locally.

tetriskid on May 5, 2010 at 1:52 PM

Oh I’m involved Tetris!
But that list is missing CA-51, and it’s do-able for sure. Meet the challenger, worth a watch for sure. I can personally vouch for this man. Campaign site here

JusDreamin on May 5, 2010 at 3:22 PM

If they voluntarily repeal ObamaCare, rein in the EPA on carbon regs and agree not to raise taxes, some of the Democrats can keep their jobs. Otherwise they all go in November.

Final offer.

MTF on May 5, 2010 at 3:23 PM

People I talk to are HORRIFIED that the party of Truman has turned into what it has today.

HondaV65 on May 5, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Exactly why the democrat party is ripe for splintering into at least two parties. We need to hammer the faultline between the “Truman” democrats and the progressive/socialist/fascist camp.

Rebar on May 5, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Adios, Nancy.

justltl on May 5, 2010 at 3:28 PM

So much for the bully pulpit factor.

AnninCA on May 5, 2010 at 3:34 PM

The issue Dems are facing, I’m convinced, is that people who lean Democrat are alot like me: We loved Bill Clinton.

That was the era of Democrats we were hoping to see reemerge.

Instead, what happened is that Kennedy retook the party. It happened in the primaries. I watched in horror.

Now, we’re looking at the most disrespectful Democratic party in my lifetime. They abuse pocket-book voters by calling them racists. They are a smear machine like the GOP was in the Clinton days. They are without shame about pointing fingers unfairly.

This is not the Democratic party that I voted for or would ever support.

AnninCA on May 5, 2010 at 3:37 PM

So much for the bully pulpit factor.

AnninCA on May 5, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Too much of both ‘bully’ and ‘pulpit’.

Dark-Star on May 5, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Too much of both ‘bully’ and ‘pulpit’.

Dark-Star on May 5, 2010 at 3:38 PM

That is the result of electing an unknown. That was his strength. Everyone poured in their hopes and dreams, however discongruent.

This is nothing I feel the slightest bit of sympathy for him over. He chose to run on that platform: unknown.

He can now eat it.

AnninCA on May 5, 2010 at 3:42 PM

“The Tea Party movement is really just half of the story.”

True, but since almost half the tea party are not republicans, they could be an important half of the story. Not that the dems will ever acknowledge that. But those numbers are telling a story.

Personally I have never yet been registered republican, but I am one seriously angry tea partier. And I donate.

perries on May 5, 2010 at 3:49 PM

I have no doubt that the dead will rise up & be heard on future election dates.
And ACORN with its new name will be hittingthe streets again, drumming up ‘voters’.
And then if they can get amnesty going, think of all the ‘votes’!
I hate being a cynic.

Badger40 on May 5, 2010 at 2:13 PM

But how did that work out in Virginia, New Jersey and even Massachusetts (where I am convinced cheating and stuffing narrowed the margins).

It did not. If they don’t have the manpower to hand individual state elections, what makes you think they can bring it nationwide?

perries on May 5, 2010 at 3:56 PM

I live in an area of NC that is so heavily Democrat the local newspaper didn’t even bother to report on some of outcomes in the Republican primary.

The statewide vote is good for Sen. Burr but look at the vote in US House Dist 1 in NC: Ashley Woolard (R) won with 3,757 votes, 4 R candidates and 8,304 Republicans voting.

Incumbent G.K. Butterfield (D) won with 46,040 votes, 2 D candidates and 63,186 Dems voting.

Butterfield has been described by the one and only honest newspaper around here as “the best friend Obama has in Washington.” Butterfield has perfected the art of handing out other people’s money and keeps getting re-elected.

winfield on May 5, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Democrats say that they plan to spend millions on GOTV efforts, but that again will only ensure a turnout of the true believers

And that is how the dems keep winning close elections.Its not aboutgetting people to witch votes its about getting reliable votes out to the polls that keeps a party winning.

The GOP continues to suck at GOTV and I havent seen a change yet.

William Amos on May 5, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Here’s another photoshop. Peloser.

justltl on May 5, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Sooo…it will be interesting to see what they do in order to negate the effects of a disastrous fall election. They are not simply going quietly into that good night.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 5, 2010 at 4:26 PM

ACORN Talk about voting early and often. With out redundant ACORN voting fraud, the numbers will fall.

How is that “progressive” stuff working for ya???

seven on May 5, 2010 at 4:42 PM

I forgot. ACORN also bought cigarettes for homeless people to entice their voting. The SEIU is insolvent with 60 million more debt and can’t spring for cigarrettes ya know because they got expensive.

seven on May 5, 2010 at 4:44 PM

I foresee humpbots in November. ;)

Conservative Samizdat on May 5, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Like I’ve been saying;
When the Libs discover how much they are being used by the Democrat Party, they’re gonna be pissed.

Cybergeezer on May 5, 2010 at 4:49 PM

My guy won last night…click my name! (Thank you, Granville County!). However, it wasn’t enough to avoid a runoff. Boo!

Brad “Death Threat” Miller is going down. Mark my words.

SouthernGent on May 5, 2010 at 5:17 PM

The issue Dems are facing, I’m convinced, is that people who lean Democrat are alot like me: We loved Bill Clinton.

That was the era of Democrats we were hoping to see reemerge.

Instead, what happened is that Kennedy retook the party. It happened in the primaries. I watched in horror.

Now, we’re looking at the most disrespectful Democratic party in my lifetime. They abuse pocket-book voters by calling them racists. They are a smear machine like the GOP was in the Clinton days. They are without shame about pointing fingers unfairly.

This is not the Democratic party that I voted for or would ever support.

AnninCA on May 5, 2010 at 3:37 PM

You mean Teddy not JFK right? JFK would not be in line with the politics of the Democratic-Socialst party of today.

Who would have thought we would be following the example of the Soviets in 1962? Except maybe Lee Harvey Oswald. Americans of both parties could never have foreseen what has happened to the once proud and meaningful Democrat(without the socialist)Party.

petunia on May 5, 2010 at 6:16 PM

To think about it, Obuma with a Republican controlled Congress would be palatable. It worked pretty well with Slick Willie. Didn’t get really bad until the demonrats got the Congress back in 2006. The economy has sucked since then. The Peloser/Reid corruption started it and the Obuma lies and deceptions will finish it. 2010 is more important to our country’s future than I can ever remember.

volsense on May 5, 2010 at 6:21 PM

I saw exactly this depression of democrat turnout here on the southeast coast. It was a largely republican and independant voter driven election, and the independants almost all took the GOP ballot.

longbeachpirate on May 6, 2010 at 5:51 AM

No wonder Gallup “rushed” out a poll showing the voter enthusiasm gap between Dems and Repubs shrinking……they needed to “buck up the troops (Dems)”

olesparkie on May 6, 2010 at 8:12 AM

My guy won last night…click my name! (Thank you, Granville County!). However, it wasn’t enough to avoid a runoff. Boo!

Brad “Death Threat” Miller is going down. Mark my words.

SouthernGent on May 5, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Wish I could vote for him, he’s a winner!

wi farmgirl on May 6, 2010 at 9:57 AM