Dec 10 2011
Voters have really had it with the dysfunction in DC coming from both parties. As the left and right establishment attempt to control who is their standard bearer (versus attracting voter support) the electorate is leaving both parties to go independent:
A report released Wednesday by the centrist think-tank Third Way showed that more than 825,000 voters in eight key battleground states have fled the Democratic Party since Obama won election in 2008.
Amid frustrating partisan gridlock and unprecedentedly low party-approval ratings, the number of voters registering under a major party is falling fast, but it is also falling disproportionately.
In eight states that will be must-wins in 2012 — Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina and Pennsylvania — Democrats lost 5.4 percent of their registered voters while Republicans lost 3.1 percent. The number of independent voters in those states jumped 3.4 percent.
Democrats started ahead in numbers, so while the percentage of GOP defections has been less percentage wise, the fact is both parties are hemorrhaging support.
There will likely be more independent voters in the upcoming election than there has been in nearly 50 years, according to the report.
I think the character assassination of Herman Cain was the last straw with many voters who want a say in who is nominated. They are fed up with the power brokers in the parties and those inane talking heads (whose only expertise is in the sewer of politics) deciding who is worthy. That decision must be in the hands of the voters or our democracy has been lost.
What is really irritating about the Cain fiasco (besides his buckling before voters could weigh in) was how the GOP bower brokers piled on based on rumor. A lot of conservative commentators now look like fools:
The former NRA [National Restaurant Association] Chairman, Biff Naylor, who hired Herman Cain says that Sharon Bialek was terminated before Herman Cain was even hired and thus he never met her. On top of that she propositioned him (Naylor) for dinner once because she thought he was handsome, which he promptly turned down as he was happily married.
Naylor also says he knew the other two that said Cain harassed them, and that whatever they took exception to was so minor that it wasn’t even reported to the executive committee or the board.
As we suspected, Allred and her floozies made up their claims of harassment. But did the GOP establishment stand by their comrade – hell no! They raised their elitist noses and left Cain to fend for himself.
I was not sure if Cain would make it, but I do know he deserved and earned the right to have some votes held to let the people decide whether his flaws or the false claims of the DC power brokers were going to impact their support.
The anti-government fervor has not abated. And instead of being focused on the Dems and Obama (a rightful target of such anger), the GOP has successfully placed themselves into the box called ‘source of the problem’ instead of ‘possible solution’.
Be prepared. Because this election will be like no other, and polls will be hopelessly out of sync with an electorate’s mood which will be completely different from all past elections – making their turnout models crap.
Addendum: And like the lemmings they are, the left and right are in the news with dumb politician tricks. First from the petty and dumb wing of the GOP:
More than two dozen House Republicans introduced legislation on Thursday that would prevent the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) from calling airport screeners “officer” unless they have gone through federal law enforcement training or are otherwise eligible for federal law enforcement benefits.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), the lead sponsor of the Stop TSA’s Reach in Policy (STRIP) Act, said that TSA has essentially allowed its airport screeners to play dress-up by giving them metal badges and police-like uniforms in recent years. But she said many airport screeners have no “officer” qualifications, and should have this title removed.
What an egotistical moron. My son, a US Marine Corporal, was a TSA screening agent before he joined the Marines. These screeners have a thankless job, but they have protected the flying public for over a decade since 9-11. They are doing what they are told to do, and they do it while arrogant travelers like Alec Baldwin fail to understand why they are not above the rules for the riff-raff. My son had to be stern with some famous people (including Mike Tyson) and I travel a lot and KNOW it is not the fault of screeners for what their management directs them to do.
So these elitist GOP no-nothings are going to go after and insult TSA workers trying to keep us safe. How is this different from a liberal demeaning someone in the military?
But to be balanced, I will also note how clueless are Democrat President is to his current predicament:
STEVE KROFT: Did you overpromise? Did you underestimate how difficult this was going to be?
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I didn’t overpromise. And I didn’t– underestimate how tough this was going to be.
Like having the waters recede was not an over promise, or the idea of shovel ready jobs was not a massive underestimation of the government nimbleness.
BTW, don’t kid yourselves about why Cain’s alibi was so late in coming. People were orchestrated to let Cain take hits without help, and then he was bought/pressured to drop out. The fact he folded indicates he did not have what it takes. The fact he was the only outsider means this election cycle is lost, unless Cain or Palin or someone from WAY outside the DC Political Complex shows up.