Democrats fumbling their way to turnout debacle?

posted at 4:01 pm on July 31, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

It wasn’t supposed to work this way. The Democrats looked long and hard for viable challengers to Senate Republicans, and hoped to turn at least one major Republican challenger into the Todd Akin of 2014 as a means to paint the entire party as crazy, radical, incompetent, or all three. Instead, their own handpicked candidates have made one error after another, boosting Republican chances of taking control of the Senate and turning 2014′s midterms into a wave. Jill Lawrence surveys the landscape, and asks which Democrat will win the “Akin Award”:

But Democrats are proving able competitors when it comes to self-inflicted damage. They’re handing Republicans gift after gift, along with good reasons for GOP optimism about winning the six seats needed for a Senate majority.

The latest stunner is the leak of a baldly political campaign blueprint for Michelle Nunn, a real contender to pick up a Senate seat for Democrats in Georgia — at least until now. The memos, obtained by National Review, are raw and blunt, and pretty much realpolitik as usual. Yet they are also embarrassing and potentially devastating.

That starts with the fact that they were reportedly posted online for a brief time. How could that possibly have happened? It sounds like a bad Cameron Diaz movie about a sex tape mistakenly sent to the cloud and a bunch of people’s iPads. Yes, that movie. It’s called “Sex Tape.”

Such an astonishing lapse says nothing good about the Nunn operation. And the saga only gets worse, with explicit memos on how the campaign would try to coopt the press; how much money Nunn would try to extract from Jews, Asians and gays; how she should position herself on Israel to maximize her take from Jews; and how her opponent would go after her.

Lawrence also mentions John Walsh in Montana and Bruce Braley in Iowa. Walsh’s case is less of gaffes and more related to integrity on an issue that preceded his candidacy, but Braley is a real favorite for Lawrence’s “Akin Award.” Braley, who has a seat in the House, argued in a private fundraiser that he needed to win the Senate seat vacated by Tom Harkin to prevent a farmer from running the Senate Judiciary Committee. Needless to say, when the video of those remarks hit the Internet, the farmers in Iowa were less than pleased with the notion that they lacked the sophistication for self-governance. Braley’s tried to turn himself into a farmer ever since, but without much success, although the spread of fertilizer has been impressive.

Alison Lundergan Grimes’ gaffe on Iron Dome might have qualified for an honorable mention in Lawrence’s column, but it happened too late for inclusion there. Her dodges on coal regulation and ObamaCare qualify her as a “Democratic phony” nonetheless, Ed Rogers writes in the Washington Post, along with Braley, Nunn, and others:

What’s with all the Democratic Senate candidates being caught displaying a condescending, insulting contempt for voters? The latest embarrassing incident involves Georgia Senate candidate Michelle Nunn, who suffered the indignity of having her 144-page campaign plan leaked. By the way, whatever happened to political professionals applying the “Washington Post rule”?  That rule is simple: If it wouldn’t be flattering if it was published in The Post, don’t put it in writing. Anyway, her entire blueprint for faux authenticity has been published, and it contains all of the usual and contrived political maneuvering that voters find so disgusting. The plan involves trying to create a fake, gun-toting, rural-friendly image for the wannabe Georgian senator supplied by a Democratic PR firm based in San Francisco, and exposes her positions on issues as basic as her commitment to Israel as contrived to drive her fundraising efforts. …

Then West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, who is running against Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito for the West Virginia Senate seat, released a comical ad suggesting she is so bold, she will turn off the lights at the White House and fight her own party to save coal jobs in West Virginia. It’s embarrassing to watch. The very notion that once in Washington she would even try to be an authentic advocate for coal is absurd and everyone knows it. Tennant might know Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) (the only legitimate Democratic friend of coal in Washington) and Joe Manchin may be a friend, but she’s no Joe Manchin.

Any one of these revelations would be uncomfortable for the Democrats. But the steady stream of these incidents is proof that Democratic candidates on the ballot in 2014 are trying to hide their positions from the voters. Think about it. Democrats have resorted to concocted images and positions, because if they told the truth about what they thought, they would lose the support of many of the middle-of-the-road voters who tend to turn out in midterm elections. It is naïve to think otherwise. Democratic candidates can’t reveal themselves as the liberals they are, and they can’t admit they will conform to the dogmatic liberal establishment’s policies as soon as they arrive in Washington.

Rogers and Lawrence see a pattern here, which Rogers says the national media are ignoring, and wouldn’t if the shoe was on the other partisan foot — like with Todd Akin, as one good example. The media made Akin the emblematic Republican, but aren’t connecting dots when it comes to Democrats, aside from Lawrence. However, Democrats themselves are connecting the dots and are looking at the wrong end of a turnout debacle. The impeachment talk is a measure of that desperation:

Record-low primary election turnout is threatening to magnify Democratic midterm worries.

Both parties have made their “get out the vote” programs a top priority for November, investing millions in building bigger ground operations earlier than ever before.

The challenge is most dire for Democrats, who are defending a fragile six-seat Senate majority that relies on a handful of races in hostile, GOP-leaning territory — and trying to pick up House seats in a difficult year, politically.

Their push this week to raise the alarm —  and campaign cash — over the GOP lawsuit against President Obama and to stoke fears of impeachment shows just how worried Democrats are.

As I’ve often written before, desperation is not an aphrodisiac in either dating or politics. Of all the phony issues that Democratic “phonies” are flogging, the supposed impeachment motive is the phoniest — and everyone knows it.


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Please cover the fight to remove illegal alien amnesty supporter Lamar Alexander in TN.

TN Republicans, vote for conservative Joe Carr!

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/07/29/Laura-Ingraham-Stars-in-Robocall-Supporting-Joe-Carr

bluegill on July 31, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Ed, you couldn’t have used the Mark Sanchez “butt fumble” picture?

rbj on July 31, 2014 at 4:07 PM

My akin foot! We could have had Ashley Judd! Instead we get gaffe machine Alison Allergan Grimes! Or Grimey. As I like to call her.

Judge_Dredd on July 31, 2014 at 4:18 PM

But, but IMPEACHMENT….Koch Brothers, Warz on Womenz, capitalists…

jukin3 on July 31, 2014 at 4:19 PM

When the GOP wins, it’s usually because the Democrats really screwed up. It’s kind of like beating the Patriots or Seahawks because they had seven fumbles and five interceptions.

Say what you wish about the Democrats and their national campaign committees. At least they don’t deliberately attempt to alienate their base as the NRC and NRSC do. And, they don’t employ @$$holes like Brad Daystream.

bw222 on July 31, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Grimey!

22044 on July 31, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Ed, you couldn’t have used the Mark Sanchez “butt fumble” picture?

rbj on July 31, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Now I wanna see that picture.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

Tard on July 31, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Yeah, but the GOP could still mess everything up by siding with Dems and the Chamber of Commerce and passing an amnesty bill. The House performance so far this week hasn’t been promising.

obladioblada on July 31, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Closet thing the Republicans currently have to an Akin would probably be that Wolf guy in Kansas.

crosspatch on July 31, 2014 at 4:27 PM

They will keep looking then.

sorrowen on July 31, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Already facing a number of setbacks in her fledgling campaign for the 2016 Democrat presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton is now at the center of a new scandal. According to recently released documents from the Department of State, Bill Clinton used his wife’s position as secretary of state to secure numerous lucrative speaking engagements around the globe.

As the Washington Examiner reports, a Judicial Watch investigation is now looking into the unethical nature of such an arrangement and the Obama administration’s perceived complicity in allowing it to continue.

“These documents are a bombshell,” said Tom Fitton, the organization’s president, “and show how the Clintons turned the State Department into a racket to line their own pockets.”

In total, the Washington Examiner indicatedthat Clinton delivered 215 speeches abroad, taking in a staggering $48 million during his wife’s term as secretary of state.

“That former President Clinton trotted the globe collecting huge speaking fees while his wife presided over U.S. foreign policy is an outrage,” Fitton asserted.

http://www.westernjournalism.com/clintons-face-new-scandal-involving-hillarys-stint-state-department/

davidk on July 31, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Please cover the fight to remove illegal alien amnesty supporter Lamar Alexander in TN.

TN Republicans, vote for conservative Joe Carr!

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/07/29/Laura-Ingraham-Stars-in-Robocall-Supporting-Joe-Carr

bluegill on July 31, 2014 at 4:05 PM

…what does this Bishop have to do with the ‘Democrats Fumbling’ ?…is this thread about a primary in Tennessee?

JugEarsButtHurt on July 31, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Walsh is toast here in MT. It seems nobody is giving him any money, since he’s a lost cause. I haven’t seen one of his phony commercials in days, but many for Daines.

conservative hispanic on July 31, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Please cover the fight to remove illegal alien amnesty supporter Lamar Alexander in TN.

TN Republicans, vote for conservative Joe Carr!

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/07/29/Laura-Ingraham-Stars-in-Robocall-Supporting-Joe-Carr

bluegill on July 31, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Voted today and Lamar was a distant 4th on the ballot. Joe Carr was my choice. Lamar has not done squat, sponsored a bill for allowing fishing next to TVA dams and a bunch of other crap bills. Sponsored nothing extraordinary. Lamar is a waste of human DNA.

hip shot on July 31, 2014 at 4:36 PM

I beleieve the word is “fauxthenticity”.

chrisbolts on July 31, 2014 at 4:37 PM

I just checked: the latest poll has Daines at +16. RCP’s poll of polls has Daines at +13.7, the race as “likely GOP”.

conservative hispanic on July 31, 2014 at 4:38 PM

hip shot:

Last year, they were calling Alexander “Lamar the fisherman” because of that bill.

conservative hispanic on July 31, 2014 at 4:40 PM

As I’ve often written before, desperation is not an aphrodisiac in either dating or politics.

And a chorus of Amen could be heard rising across the nation… I’m talking about the dating part. Soooo true.

IndieDogg on July 31, 2014 at 4:41 PM

…what does this Bishop have to do with the ‘Democrats Fumbling’ ?…is this thread about a primary in Tennessee?
JugEarsButtHurt on July 31, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Well, banned commenter who previously used the screen name KOOLAID2, I’m glad you asked.

Illegal alien amnesty supporter Lamar Alexander must be defeated. TN voters should vote for conservative Joe Carr.

VIDEO: In TN Vote Joe Carr. Send Pro-Illegal Alien Amnesty Supporter Lamar Alexander Packing: http://youtu.be/R_mnBGaLPvM

The article is about 2014 voting, and so are comments about the need to defeat RINO and illegal alien amnesty supporter Lamar Alexander.

Hopefully Ed will soon cover the fight to boot RINO Lamar.

bluegill on July 31, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Mississippi.

It’s why I am voting Alison Grimes.

If we are going to win the Senate, it’s going to be without McConnell if I can help it.

ConstantineXI on July 31, 2014 at 4:42 PM

This is how cynical the Democrats have become under Obama:

They understand their base is demoralized by the spreading (accurate) perception that Obama is a weak and bumbling President who plays golf and raises money from rich people and not much else – not to mention having suffered even more than the average American from his failed policies.

They also understand their base is divided into two basic camps, 1) the far left ideologues who support Obama and want to see America taken down a few pegs, and 2) the dullards and parasites who stay with the Party for the pork and gravy.

~~~

The first group doesn’t care about the lies, they accept and even endorse lying as a political tactic – all they care about is power and its ruthless exercise. The second is too stupid to even realize they are being lied to.

Hence, the impeachment talk, the campus rape “epidemic” (the newest form of the War On Women), etc. – they are just trying to gin up the base to turn out in the fall. So far, it doesn’t appear to be working.

Adjoran on July 31, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Closet thing the Republicans currently have to an Akin would probably be that Wolf guy in Kansas.

crosspatch on July 31, 2014 at 4:27 PM

I had nothing to do with it.

Closet Optimist on July 31, 2014 at 4:44 PM

The media made Akin the emblematic Republican

Actually, the GOP establishment had more to do with that than the mainstream media. They spent more time wringing their hands and shouting from the hilltops how they denounced him and were embarrassed by him. The mainstream media didn’t have to lift a finger. I remember Reince Priebus going on ABCNews’ This Week, more than a month after Akin’s gaffe, just so he could remind viewers that Akin was a bad, bad guy and that the GOP wouldn’t be funding him.

Stoic Patriot on July 31, 2014 at 4:49 PM

bluegill on July 31, 2014 at 4:41 PM

…you seem to be trying to get yourself banned with your accusations and off topic talk there genius.

JugEarsButtHurt on July 31, 2014 at 4:53 PM

The Akin Prize…..
Could that be a ‘group’ award?

Another Drew on July 31, 2014 at 4:55 PM

The venerable Rush refrain: Democrats can’t tell the voters who they really are, is bumping up against six grinding years of the Democrats showing the voters who they really are.

This is the wave cycle for Republicans, however, the Republican establishment has gone over to the dark side on the small government issues. May God bless and strengthen our nation’s conservative leaders…catch that wave…educate people about the evils of big government.

ShadrachSmith on July 31, 2014 at 4:55 PM

hip shot:

Last year, they were calling Alexander “Lamar the fisherman” because of that bill.

conservative hispanic on July 31, 2014 at 4:40 PM

That’s a hell of a thing to be known for when all the other crap is happening in the world. He is such a waste and an insider for so many years. Corker is not much better.

hip shot on July 31, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Well, banned commenter who previously used the screen name KOOLAID2, I’m glad you asked.

bluegill on July 31, 2014 at 4:41 PM

You brag about your greatest achievement.

Bless your idiot trolling heart.

How is that attempt at getting Bmore banned that you lied so much about going?

cozmo on July 31, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Why-O-Why did you have to use the Vikings fumble pic?

Good God, man, don’t we see enough of that from September to January?

You really had to be crazy to move here – bad weather and worse football…

Bruno Strozek on July 31, 2014 at 5:05 PM

How is that attempt at getting Bmore banned that you lied so much about going?

cozmo on July 31, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Never mind all that. Your boy Bluegill here is single-handedly responsible for foisting the loser Mittens on us. Or have you forgotten?

Judge_Dredd on July 31, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Or have you forgotten?

Judge_Dredd on July 31, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Nah, but the lying little scumfish had little to do with that.

She works to get people banned and hang outs closed…mainly for attention.

cozmo on July 31, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Hot Air went down when Noah started blogging regularly.

Hot Air went up a bit when I didn’t see bluegill lately.

Now we gotta deal with both…Grrr.

22044 on July 31, 2014 at 5:11 PM

As I’ve often written before, desperation is not an aphrodisiac in either dating or politics. Of all the phony issues that Democratic “phonies” are flogging, the supposed impeachment motive is the phoniest — and everyone knows it.

Haha! They wanted a nutsackless GOP and they got it! And now it’s working against them! Everyone and their sister knows the GOPe ain’t got the stones to impeach! The power of Unexpected Consequences!

squint on July 31, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Closet thing the Republicans currently have to an Akin would probably be that Wolf guy in Kansas.

crosspatch on July 31, 2014 at 4:27 PM

That Wolf guy in Kansas has an unfair advantage over that Roberts guy from Kansas;

…that Wolf guy actually lives in Kansas…

flyovermark on July 31, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Nah, but the lying little scumfish had little to do with that.

She works to get people banned and hang outs closed…mainly for attention.

cozmo on July 31, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Scumfish. I like that. Too bad we don’t have a community collapse feature here for comments.

Judge_Dredd on July 31, 2014 at 5:16 PM

….although the spread of fertilizer has been impressive.

Nice.

BTW, Natalie Tennant’s “turn off the White House power” ad is actually pretty good, and possibly effective.

A damned lie, of course, but a well-crafted one.

Andrew X on July 31, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Ed,

Thanks for the pic reminder of Adrian Peterson’s early frequent fumbling days.

Nutstuyu on July 31, 2014 at 5:26 PM

The dims can’t implode fast enough for me. Can’t stand any of them.

cat_owner on July 31, 2014 at 5:39 PM

The dem voters know it, but will they admit it to anyone other than themselves, and will they correct their horrible and irresponsible voting habits?

Doubt it.

Diluculo on July 31, 2014 at 5:53 PM

The problem for us is that in the corrupt Democratic Party strongholds, if the registered voters don’t show up the precinct workers will just ‘vote for them’, maybe a couple of times. Maybe in a couple of different counties. And their dead grandparents.

slickwillie2001 on July 31, 2014 at 6:05 PM

A lot of core constituencies realize they are looking at the transmission of the bus right now.

And plenty more can happen before November.

formwiz on July 31, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Of all the phony issues that Democratic “phonies” are flogging, the supposed impeachment motive is the phoniest — and everyone knows it.

Uh…record fundraising over the weekend proves that not everyone knows it.

House Democrats are cashing in on chatter that Republicans are plotting to impeach President Barack Obama, raising $1 million on Monday alone, their campaign chief said Tuesday.

ChrisL on July 31, 2014 at 6:48 PM

On a related topic:
I just read on facebook a fed judge has ruled that Holder cannot be covered by executive privilege and has to turn over all documents about Fast and Furious.

If this is true, King putt is in serious trouble.

dogsoldier on July 31, 2014 at 7:11 PM

I’m happy that the Dems are imploding but what does it say about the GOP when they can only win when turnout is at record lows?

Jack_Burton on July 31, 2014 at 7:50 PM

I’m happy that the Dems are imploding but what does it say about the GOP when they can only win when turnout is at record lows?

Jack_Burton on July 31, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Barry would have lost in 2012 if Republicans had turned out to vote for Governor Romney. What does that say about the Democratics?

slickwillie2001 on July 31, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Actually, the GOP does have a hapless Senate candidate whose out-to-lunch imbecility would be making front-page headlines if he weren’t… Thad Cochran.

Wonder why the Dems and the media aren’t making him the poster boy for GOP incontinence incompetence?

de rigueur on July 31, 2014 at 9:12 PM

@ squint on July 31, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Best comment! You win! Haven’t looked at it that way, but you’re right.

@ slickwillie2001 on July 31, 2014 at 6:05 PM

That’s true too! That’s what I’m betting on.

TexasJack on July 31, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Mississippi.
It’s why I am voting Alison Grimes.If we are going to win the Senate, it’s going to be without McConnell if I can help it.
ConstantineXI on July 31, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Thank you for committing to vote strategically to get rid of McConnell. This traitor to the republic and constitution must go before we can begin to “take” back the government.

AH_C on August 3, 2014 at 2:09 PM