Video: “I’m willing to take a chance on something different”

posted at 10:12 am on August 13, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

“In 2008,” Michelle Rena Jones says with a laugh, “we cheered, hollered, partied, celebrated.” The party’s over in 2010, though, and she knows it. Jones says promises haven’t been fulfilled, and now she feels as though she made a mistake — and she’s not the only one. The Wall Street Journal tells a story that George Stephanpoulos notes Democrats “don’t want to hear” in this midterm cycle, a story of hype and disillusion that has voters looking for change in 2010 — real change:

Now, the 40-year-old is rethinking her lifelong support for the party. She has been without steady work for two years, lost her home and car and began receiving cash assistance from the state for the first time. This year, she says, “I’m willing to take a chance on something different.” Another possibility, she says, is that she won’t vote at all.

Ms. Jones is part of an unmeasured, agitated mass: unemployed Americans who don’t believe the Obama Administration and Congress have done enough to produce jobs. With elections coming up, their unease is especially troublesome for the Democrats, who control both chambers.

A poor economy never bodes well for incumbents. Cook Report, the nonpartisan political newsletter that tracks congressional races, estimates that 73 House seats are vulnerable—including Mr. Schauer’s. This group has two things in common. Almost all (66 of 73) are held by Democrats, and most include counties that have unemployment rates exceeding the national average, according to data assembled by The Wall Street Journal.

Incumbent House Democrats in dozens of districts face a daunting task: to explain why they wasted almost a year on ObamaCare while unemployment skyrocketed for their constituents, in most cases above the national average. Jones and many others like her who feel betrayed by Barack Obama and Democrats on economic issues may find it difficult to bother voting for a Democrat again, even if they don’t vote for a Republican — at least now. The GOP has a generational opportunity to show its relevance on economics and limited government to a broad, formerly hostile audience that finally discovered that Obamanomics is nothing more than smoke and mirrors … very expensive smoke and mirrors.


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Pity this won’t be ready until next year.

CPT. Charles on August 13, 2010 at 8:54 PM

CPT. Charles on August 13, 2010 at 8:54 PM

That video owns!

Inanemergencydial on August 13, 2010 at 8:55 PM

Slip over to American Thinker and search back for some Lloyd Marcus. You’ll like him.

Caststeel on August 13, 2010 at 8:05 PM

Tav on August 13, 2010 at 8:55 PM

That is such a shame what has happened to Albion, Michigan. It is going to take people with new ideas and the principles that founded this nation to get this situation turned around.

MeAlice on August 13, 2010 at 9:13 PM

CPT. Charles on August 13, 2010 at 8:54 PM

Thanks. The best 5 minutes I’ve spent online!

It is going to take people going back to the with new old ideas and that the principles that founded this nation to get this situation turned around. of this country were founded upon.
MeAlice on August 13, 2010 at 9:13 PM

That’s more like it.
We don’t need anything new.
The ‘old’ stuff our founding fathers fought for are universal & timeless.

Badger40 on August 13, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Hi Badger lots of water there?

dhunter on August 13, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Hi Badger lots of water there?

dhunter on August 13, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Do you mean rain?
Had some 100 mph winds come through last night. Some rain. Needed it bad.
My native curly cup gumweed-lawn needed a drink.

Badger40 on August 13, 2010 at 10:08 PM

I hate to say we told you so, but….

HellCat on August 13, 2010 at 10:11 PM

Yea , I heard.
The family farm s. of Sioux Falls has never had so much water.

I’m south of there on the M0. It doesn’t flood here.
Lots of fields are though

dhunter on August 13, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Keep fighting Michelle! Get your son out of that mailaise and come to Texas! Giddy up and make a stand for you and your son, Texas!

moyeti on August 13, 2010 at 10:27 PM

The ‘old’ stuff our founding fathers fought for are universal & timeless.

Badger40 on August 13, 2010 at 9:37 PM

The basics are quite sound, though IMHO the documents could use a little tweaking. Not the founders’ fault at all…they just couldn’t possibly have forseen some of the changes America would go through.

Dark-Star on August 13, 2010 at 11:39 PM

Kool Aid hangovers…….

heh.

RealMc on August 14, 2010 at 8:55 AM

dhunter on August 13, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Living on the Cannonball R. We don’t really flood here.
Lots of sand.
I am glad we don’t farm.
Cows pretty much take care of themselves this time of year.

The basics are quite sound, though IMHO the documents could use a little tweaking. Not the founders’ fault at all…they just couldn’t possibly have forseen some of the changes America would go through.

Dark-Star on August 13, 2010 at 11:39 PM

I personally don’t think anything needs to be done bcs things are quite basic in life when you get down to it.
We like to make things more complex bcs that’s our way of rationalizing despotic control.
In short-it’s those who like to socially engineer human populations that make problems.
The less of that we do, the better things are.

Badger40 on August 14, 2010 at 9:33 AM

DRUG WAR = BIG GOVERNMENT

MSimon on August 14, 2010 at 11:01 AM

You know this reminds me of where I worked before, in the student loan industry. Yes, loads of people there voted for Barry. (Since they leaned left there) They we got laid off.(A large portion of the company.) It’s weird when you think that they were jazzed up over Barry and yet Barry is the reason we got downsized. (Since B let everyone know early on he wanted to do direct fed lending.)

Dave_d on August 14, 2010 at 12:15 PM

I’ll tell you what…

I believe we are witnessing the beginning of the end of the left’s grip on the black community.

blatantblue

That will never happen in yours or my lifetime.

xblade on August 14, 2010 at 2:42 PM

That will never happen in yours or my lifetime.

xblade on August 14, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Not as long as the current batch of conservative-extremists is around.

The so-called “black community” is the least of their worries though. (Blacks have been written off completely by Republicans and were never considered as more than window dressing by tea partiers.) More damning is the irreversible damage done to conservatism regarding Latino/Hispanic-Americans’ perceptions.

Of course, geography, country of origin or native language do not define a voter. But being the butt of generalized-bigotry and ethnic-disdain is hard to ignore.

***
Whenever people talk about the “black community” they should balance that by defining said “community.” Where is the “white community?”

Incidentally, we have another ____________ who is perfectly comfortable postulating upon the fate of black-Americans at large. Let me make some remark like this about whites and watch the bigot-shit hit the fan.

That’s why I don’t base my beliefs on race.

The Race Card on August 14, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Anyone have any idea what the hell that was?

Inanemergencydial on August 14, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Anyone have any idea what the hell that was?

Inanemergencydial on August 14, 2010 at 5:07 PM

LMBO!
It reeks like poo, but makes less sense.

Badger40 on August 14, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Over the past 30 years, we created mostly “service sector” jobs that existed only as long as a consumer driven, cheap money, debt-fueled economy existed.

Once the asset bubble popped, those jobs evaporated.

During those 30 years, we simultaneously killed-off most of our manufacturing jobs by not educating our workers (or one could also say by churning out not only uneducated, but also unskilled workers), by making the tax code insanely complicated and progressive (yes, the rates are lower, but compared to other countries corporate tax rates, we have one of the highest), by increasing regulations (the EPA… hello!?!) and by allowing the number frivolous lawsuits to explode.

In short, we have become anti-business as a country, led by Washington and like-minded liberals in CA and NY.

You only have to compare anti-business CA to pro-business TX to see the effects of Washington’s policies in a real life example.

painesright on August 14, 2010 at 10:53 PM

The Race Card on August 14, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Look everyone. Wisdom. Only through a master race baiter (or masturbator) can such jewels of baseless thought hibernate until the right moment. Laugh. Laugh, everyone.

TRC, you sir, are the biggest idiot.

carbon_footprint on August 15, 2010 at 12:13 AM

TRC, you sir, are the biggest idiot.

carbon_footprint on August 15, 2010 at 12:13 AM

And by “sir”, of course I mean boy. Right? Go ahead, you stupid f(u)ck.

carbon_footprint on August 15, 2010 at 12:29 AM

Anyone have any idea what the hell that was?

Just another sample of the intellectual diarrhea we’ve come to know and laugh at.

single stack on August 15, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Ms. Jones is part of an unmeasured, agitated mass: unemployed Americans who don’t believe the Obama Administration and Congress have done enough to produce jobs.

Do you maybe think that it is not the Gubm’nts job to produce jobs?

Government needs to get out of the way and let people produce jobs.

davidk on August 15, 2010 at 3:31 PM

jewels of baseless thought hibernate until the right moment.
carbon_footprint on August 15, 2010 at 12:13 AM

We have already been instructed by this creature that it prefers to ‘hit & run’ at us with these fruits of wisdom, whilst commanding mastery at manipulating zillions of active windows all at once on its computer.
Of course, ‘research has shown’ that this sort of fragmented mental gymnastics results in less logical comprehension of complex thought.
Attention span & reasoning comparable to the common housefly.

Badger40 on August 16, 2010 at 8:57 AM

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