Democrat voters are disillusioned to not vote at all. Others are considering switching their votes to a GOP candidate on Election Day. Many voters from the Democratic Party were once enthusiastic and out in full force in 2008. What a difference two years can make when promises made by Obama have yet to be fulfilled.
The latest Associated Press-GIK Poll showed Obama voters are now less interested in this year’s election than those who supported McCain in 2008. The sudden change has voters feeling a range of emotions from anger, apathy and disdain for Obama and the government itself.
One of the key issues for Democrats this election year has to do with a single crucial topic — the economy, which was, by far, one of the biggest reasons they were motivated in 2008 against George W. Bush’s administration.
A Democratic candidate from New York, Rep. Tim Bishop, is running against Republican candidate Randy Altschuler, billed as an “outsourcing pioneer.” Altschuler has spoken candidly about the benefits of foreign workers and outsourcing jobs overseas.
Rep. Bishop is making a strong point on how his opponent sees outsourcing as beneficial when so many have lost their jobs in the United States. Now other Democratic candidates are on the bandwagon blaming the Republicans with outsourcing. This tactic by Democrats trying to get voters angry has now disenchanted registered voters from the Democratic Party.
Recently in an AP-GIK Poll 46 percent chose the Republicans doing a better job with handling the economy while only 41 percent chose the Democrats.
African-Americans who turned out in full force for Obama in 2008 are historically a key Democratic group many candidates can rely on. This core band of loyal voters has now become apathetic.
A fear is looming this group may not go out and vote this year. Midterm elections aren’t always as exciting as the presidential campaigns. Some say the growing hardships with the economy are not getting these Democrats energized.
Once again in a recent poll there is a wide “enthusiasm gap” between the Democrats and Republicans with the latter far ahead in the lead.
Now the Democratic candidates have come up with a new strategy of “if you think the Democrats are bad, the GOP will be worse” mentality. This was brought on due to many registered Democrats threatening to vote Republican in November. If the Republicans gain control of the House and Senate President Obama will have no chance to get his initiatives through Congress for the next two years.
Two seats have already been lost to Democrats with one in the House and another in the Senate. Obama is campaigning for key Democratic candidates with his message of a nightmarish scenario.
When Republicans do take over again it could easily bring back the disastrous Bush policies that nearly collapsed the economy in 2008 and 2009. Not all Democrats follow this idea. Instead, it should be about choice between two candidates with the Democrat policies being more popular than the Republicans.
Republican turnout in the primaries has far exceeded the Democrats. The buzz word for this midterm election is the all important “turnout”. If the Republicans come out in full force again as they did in their primary elections the Democrats may need to change their attitudes. If registered voters want to see the Democrats retained their majority in Congress they’ll need to get out and vote.