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    Obama’s base is trapped

    Obama’s base is trapped

    Because they have no where to go, and will hold their noses, lean forward, and give the lever a pull (or more likely, push a button).

    So I discount the ultimate importance of this report that Obama is losing his base:

    With the 2012 presidential election just over 465 days away, President Obama appears to have lost crucial support from his core base of progressive voters, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday.

    The Obama presidency has largely been defined by stubborn unemployment, a struggling economy, and a debt crisis that has taken the federal government to the edge of default. Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT), a lead voice on progressive matters, has openly suggested the Democratic Party should field other candidates for the 2012 presidential election to compete against President Obama in the primaries.

    As I said in December 2010, when there were similar reports:

    Not going to happen. 

    The Democrats — particularly the left-wing “base” — never will walk out on Obama.

    Like the mime in the box, deep down they believe that they have no place to go.


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    TheLastBrainLeft | July 26, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    A demoralized base might have no where else to turn, but parts of it might just stay home on Election Day. Every vote Obama loses benefits the GOP candidate.

    Viator | July 26, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Woo, wu

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    MaggotAtBroadAndWall | July 26, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Bernie Sanders is a racist.

    DavidW | July 26, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    It’s not just whether they vote or not. It’s also the enthusiasm level. The only reason he won last time was because of the sense of excitement that sucked in a lot of bandwagon folks (Well that and, let’s face it, McCain’s non-campaign). Now he’s just another politician, and not a very good one at that.

    LukeHandCool | July 26, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Agreed. But I also agree with @TheLastBrainLeft … a certain percentage of his base, especially the notoriously unreliable college-age crowd, won’t be nearly as fired up as last time and thus, won’t bother to vote. The only question is how large a percentage. Those younggins can be real flakes tending to flake out.

    LukeHandCool (who could kick himself for having voted for Mondale over Reagan when he was still a young lefty … but who, on the day Reagan died, walked down to Wilshire Boulevard to see Reagan’s hearse drive by on its way to the funeral home Gates Kingsley Gates here in Santa Monica … and when Luke decided to walk the few extra blocks to the funeral home … he was surprised to find a large crowd of people already there, many holding and waving American flags. Luke isn’t one often given to melodrama, but a few tears welled up in his eyes as, standing next to a hispanic family with both parents and their three little girls all holding American flags … the entire crowd suddenly erupted into a loud and beautiful impromptu singing of “God Bless America.” The best and most emotional rendition he is sure he will ever sing and hear).

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