This is as ridiculous as it is predictable. Sure, there are those who hold a grudge over 2008, but the numbers couldn’t elect the mayor in your local town. However, there are plenty of disgruntled Barack Obama voters who think his Republican policies, especially on economics and foreign policy, is not worth voting for again, though these same people are still likely to hold their nose to vote Democratic if right wing politics is the only other choice.
But grudge match articles remain the fall back fighting position of the Right. But it’s a very narrow story, even if Tucker Carlson and others won’t tell that side. Of course, it comes from Daily Caller, though it could have been from Drudge:
“After 2008 [Clinton voters] were basically told get over it, and they haven’t gotten over it,” Amy Siskind, president of the feminist advocacy group The New Agenda, told The Daily Caller.
Women, however, did vote for Obama in droves with the hope that he would tackle the issues important to them once in office. This has not been the case according to many Hillary Clinton supporters.
“Barack Obama wasn’t the women’s candidate in 2008 and he is not the women’s president midway through 2011,” Diane Mantouvalos, a 2008 Clinton supporter and co-founder of HireHeels.com (“a forum of power chics for Hillary”) noted.
According to Manatouvalos — who pointed to a March 2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics report that showed 90 percent of recovery jobs had gone to men in the prior 12 months as proof — Obama has hardly been the women-friendly executive so many thought he could be.
Indeed, while women did vote for Obama by a margin of 13 percentage points over the GOP in 2008, Democrats lost the women’s vote to Republicans by 1 percentage point during the 2010 elections, based on exit polling.
Pres. Obama wasn’t on the ballot in 2010, but the disastrously marketed health care bill was. So, the 2010 numbers were real, including that women split evenly, as did seniors. You’d think with the war on women the GOP is waging across this country there would be less of a worry in 2012. But today, economics trumps abortion rights advocate issues, with the feeling people have about the economy a lot more troublesome for Obama than the numbers.
From the comments I received after my summer newsletter went out yesterday, one comment in particular represented those I’ve received lately, revealing that some Hillary voters, of which I have a newsletter list of thousands from 2008, are wondering a lot about what might have been.
“after skimming the entries about netroots nation, just wanted to ask if you could comment–regularly–on how Hillary would have/might have been different on various issues. people must learn from their mistake in 2008. there isn’t enough–any–conversation on how it happened. I was an Edwards supporter but I switched to Hillary and appreciated your fierce partisanship. On some issues, I’m convinced she’d have been better, others, I wonder. would love to hear what you and others think.” – Lauren
Two questions from my newsletter were, one, if Obama’s base will come out for him; two, what’s the most pressing political issue on your mind? Part of Lauren’s response was “grief that we have no one speaking nationally for us.”
That last item in bold is the most common thing I hear. That the Democratic Party no longer speaks for many people who voted for Obama in 2008. Richard Trumka leads this pack, which is powerful. In California, Trumka is working with liberal Republicans, though it will be interesting to see if he can replicate it eleswhere.
Now, again, rank and file election centric Democrats don’t really care what the Democratic Party stands for and doesn’t fight for political principles. These people are zombie voters on which the party leadership depends, which includes some of your favorite political writers who always push party over political principle. It’s the lesser of two evils strategy that gets us Democrats like Obama who were against the Bush tax cuts as a candidate, then for them as president, then against them when reelect is on the horizon. Still, the evidence that Pres. Obama has the loyal support of At Least He’s Not Republican Democratic voters is overwhelming.
The issue oriented progressives and Democrats, as well as those who gave Obama a chance only to see him mimic George W. Bush, well, not so much, but they’re a minority. However, we are living through an era where close presidential elections can be swayed by the fickle, the fallen away, and the fed up.
It all depends who the Republican nominee is.
As for so called “Hillary voters,” in Pennsylvania right now, a state that loves both Clintons, but not so much Barack Obama, there is little evidence that with the current choices Republicans can beat Obama yet. From Quinnipiac, June 15:
In possible presidential election matchups, President Obama tops Romney 47 – 40 percent and leads Santorum 49 – 38 percent. Independent voters back Obama, 41 – 37 percent over Romney and 46 – 35 percent over Santorum.
But that won’t keep sites like Daily Caller from running the anti Obama Hillary voters story. Rehashing mythic tales is the stuff of election seasons.
As for Lauren’s “what might have been” question, if you have thoughts she wants to hear them.
Photo: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza, with Pres. Obama walking around Buckingham Palace, circa May 2011.