Will Anyone Drink the Koolaid this Time?Posted: April 4, 2011
Ahh…those days of Koolaid and hope…were they really only 2-1/2 years ago?
Here is the video Michelle Manning made for Barack Obama back in February, 2008.
She was so inspired by Barack Obama that she went all out, according to Andy Ostroy at Huffpo.
Back in 2008, a very pregnant Michelle, who’s little brother was fighting in Iraq, protested the war and rallied hard for Obama. She took part in out-of-state get-out-the-vote campaigns. She produced the above video at her own $8,000 expense. And she sent the maximum contribution allowed by law. She was one of those people who were ridiculed as Obamacons. She took the Kool-Aid pitcher right up to her face and guzzled until she was drunk on “Change We Can Believe In.” No doubt about it, Michelle was hard-core.
And then something happened after the election. There was change, alright, but not the kind that Michelle, and millions like her, expected. The president they loved and fought for was letting them down. He hadn’t ended the war, as promised. He escalated the war in Afghanistan. Dropped health care reform’s public option. Didn’t support gay marriage. Took forever to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Folded like a $2 lawn chair on repealing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. They grew angrier as he seemed to care more about placating Republicans than the die-hard progressives who put him in office. And now they’re upset that he’s gotten the United States embroiled in a third war, in Libya.
Here is what Michelle Manning has to say in 2011 about supporting Obama for a second term as President:
I can’t anymore. I worked too hard for him. I gave too much. I stood out in the freezing rain on Super Tuesday in Union Square holding a sign seven months pregnant begging for votes all day. I knocked on doors in Pennsylvania for two days begging for votes while I was nursing my new newborn baby, taking breaks to pump milk with a portable breast pump and a cooler in my car every three hours. I was a maxed out donor. I made two videos I put up on YouTube at my own production expense. He owes me. He needs to at least keep his promises, and he hasn’t. I haven’t wanted to say anything so as not to betray my party, but I am an American first, and a Democrat second, and keeping my mouth shut is wrong. We need another option in 2012. I’m afraid Mr. Obama is a one term president, and the sooner we recognize that and start working on Plan B, the better off we will be when the time comes. Pretending he’s doing a good job isn’t helping anyone, and I’m afraid the “give him time” grace period is over. It’s reelection time already. I want another option.
Ostroy asks if Hillary might decide to run again, and claims Michelle and others like her would support Clinton this time. I’m afraid it’s too late for that, but I think Obama is going to have to deal with people in the media bringing up the possibility again and again for the next few months.
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This morning, John Phillips wrote this piece on Hillary at the LA Times: Why Hillary Clinton must run in 2012.
A new Quinnipiac University poll shows President Obama’s approval rating at….
…a pathetic 42% –- down four points from early March. The American public isn’t impressed with his handling of the crisis in Libya either -– with 47% of the public against the war and 58% of registered voters saying the president has not clearly stated U.S. goals for the mission.
These numbers are bad –- really bad –- CNN prime time ratings bad.
To put them into context, according to Gallup, 76% of Americans supported military action against Iraq in 2003, 90% gave the A-OK for strikes against Afghanistan in 2001, and 65% approved of putting boots on the ground in Somalia in 1993.
It’s also important to state that this isn’t part of a “throw all the bums out” mood directed at Washington.
The approval numbers for Hillary are nearing an all-time high –- with Gallup showing 66% of Americans giving “Hill the Thrill” a big thumbs up –- up from 61% in July.
We’re seeing articles like this more and more lately. But Hillary says she won’t run for office again, period. I believe her. It just isn’t going to happen. This is what we’re stuck with, unless we’d rather have Bachmann, Palin, Huckabee, Romney, or Heaven forbid, Newt Gingrich. I still won’t vote for Obama, but I have that luxury since I live in the bluest of blue states. I’ll vote for the Communist Party candidate before Obama.
Is that pathetic, or what? Richard Roeper at the Chicago Sun-Times called it “as inspiring and scintillating as an insurance commercial.”
And we’re stuck with this guy, Jim Messina: Obama’s Enforcer, Ari Berman calls him. Messina used to work for Max Baucus–need I say more? Baucus was Obama’s point man on the Health Care non-reform. Messina is not a very nice guy, according to Berman. Perfect for an arrogant, narcissistic, cold-hearted, and uncaring candidate like Obama.
Michael Scherer at Time Magazine noticed something interesting about Obama’s uninspring ad: He’s signaling how much he needs women to vote for him.
Obama is telegraphing his target demographics. Just look at the people who speak: A Hispanic woman from Nevada, a white guy from North Carolina, a peach-faced college kid, a white woman from Colorado, a black woman from Michigan. Notice the emphasis on women, who fill in just about every b-roll shot from the video. If you find yourself in one of these demographics, expect to be getting more junk mail than the rest of us over the next few years.
But will women support a DINO who has undermined women’s reproductive rights again and again and again over the past few years? Will women support the DINO who escalated the war in Afghanistan and hasn’t done much to end either of the endless wars in the Middle East? Will women support the DINO who wants to privatize public schools and increase the emphasis on testing over critical thinking in our schools? Joan Walsh will still vote for him, but how many other women are that dimwitted?
Kristen Breitweiser, a woman I truly admire, isn’t going to support Obama again. She’s especially disgusted with the DOJ’s announcement that it will use military commissions to try alleged 9/11 conspirators, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was waterboarded 183 times until said anything to get his torturers to stop. Breitweiser:
First, I’ve never been much of an “in”-sider. Second, I truly wonder how you can trust a leader who carries no compunction to keep his promises or his word — whether those words and promises were made in support of gay rights, to not start or perpetuate illegal/useless/costly military campaigns (or wars), in support of environmental causes even to the detriment of big business, to put an immediate end to torture and unlawful detainment, to rein in the bloat and greed of Wall Street, to oppose gun control, or to correct the broad overreach of a previous administration.
But perhaps most pointedly, if you can’t trust what a man says to a group of widows and children, then what words and promises of his can you trust?
So President Obama, am I IN? Will you be receiving my check?
Because I’m tired of gambling on your hope, believing in your promises, and being thrown under your bus.
Obama needs young people to vote for him too. They didn’t turn out in 2010, will they come out for him in 2012? John Nichols has bad news for the President:
In 2008, polls showed that young people were overwhelmingly supportive of Obama and the Democrats. And they turned out in droves. According to the research group CIRCLE—The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement—which tracks civic engagement among young voters, 51 percent of 18- to-19-year-olds voted that year.
In 2010, polls showed that young people were still supportive of Obama and the Democrats. But only 20.9 percent of them bothered to vote.
The study found that in 2010, young voter turnout was 10 percent lower than in 2006! Young people no longer seem excited about Obama, and why should they be?
Democrats have not done enough for young people. While there have been some important initiatives with regard to student loans, and while the federal stimulus bill did a lot to keep colleges open and affordable, there was never a sense that 18-to-29-year-olds were a central—or even prominent—concern of the Obama administration or the aging Democratic leadership in the House and Senate.
…Even where Democrats did deliver—as on the student loan front—they did a lousy job of communicating about their accomplishments.
Nichols says Obama can’t win without them.
Obama needs women and he needs all the minority groups, because he’s lost the majority of white people, according to the National Journal.
By any standard, white voters’ rejection of Democrats in November’s elections was daunting and even historic.
Fully 60 percent of whites nationwide backed Republican candidates for the House of Representatives; only 37 percent supported Democrats, according to the National Election Poll exit poll conducted by Edison Research. Not even in Republicans’ 1994 congressional landslide did they win that high a percentage of the white vote.
Moreover, those results may understate the extent of the white flight from the Democratic Party, according to a National Journal analysis of previously unpublished exit-poll data provided by Edison Research.
The new data show that white voters not only strongly preferred Republican House and Senate candidates but also registered deep disappointment with President Obama’s performance, hostility toward the cornerstones of the current Democratic agenda, and widespread skepticism about the expansive role for Washington embedded in the party’s priorities. On each of those questions, minority voters expressed almost exactly the opposite view from whites.
Whether some of these white voters are racist or not, it’s a concern for the Obama campaign. The working class whites have good reason to resist voting for Obama, since he has done almost nothing about jobs and hasn’t really stood up for unions. He talks the talk, but doesn’t walk the walk (actually that’s pretty much what Obama does about every issue).
So who will Obama and Messina con this time? Will anyone besides Joan Walsh drink the Koolaid? And to be fair, Walsh isn’t really Koolaid-soaked anymore, she’s just willing to vote for the lesser of two evils, even when the lesser evil is really really horrible.
Will we continue to see the media urge Hillary to run again? How will she handle the pressure? We’re approaching election time again, and it looks like it could get interesting. What do you think will happen in the 2012 election?