Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Buck Up, Dems!

WaPo's got a piece on voter apathy and Democrat Party woes: "Apathy could hurt Democrats, Obama says." (Via Memeorandum.)

Actually, it's messaging more than apathy. See WSJ, "
Blaming the Voters":

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Democrats seeking to boost voter turnout this fall are beginning to sound like the late comedian Chris Farley's portrayal of a "motivational speaker" on Saturday Night Live. Farley's character sought to inspire young people by announcing that they wouldn't amount to "jack squat" and would someday be "living in a van down by the river."

Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, who prefers sailing vessels to vans by the river, recently tried out the Farley method. Said Mr. Kerry, "We have an electorate that doesn't always pay that much attention to what's going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what's happening." Bay State voters are surely thrilled to be represented by a man so respectful of their concerns.

This week President Obama chimed in with another uplifting message about the American electorate. Mr. Obama told Rolling Stone that the tea party movement is financed and directed by "powerful, special-interest lobbies." But this doesn't mean that tea party groups are composed entirely of corporate puppets. Mr. Obama graciously implied that a small subset of the movement is simply motivated by bigotry.

The President said "there are probably some aspects of the Tea Party that are a little darker, that have to do with anti-immigrant sentiment or are troubled by what I represent as the President." The tea party is now supported by a third of the country in some polls.
That's right. Also at WSJ, "Tea-Party Movement Gathers Strength."

Image Credit:
Maksim.

1 comments:

Tito said...

You support this behavior instead? http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2010/09/28/crony-capitalism-wall-streets-favorite-politicians/