Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Fat Lady Hasn't Sung Yet

I know there has been a lot of media talk about how this upcoming election will be a tidal wave for the Rethugs and the wingnuts but "It ain't over 'til it's over". The latest polls are showing that the Democrats are still in the game. If you are one of those that just isn't going to vote whether it be because of disgust with the Dems (understandable) or whether you just don't see any difference in the two parties then consider rethinking your position. As bad as the last two years have been and as disgusted as I am with Barack Obama's performance to date, I still consider handing over the keys without a fight to the Republicans and wingnuts a, disaster. It's not much different than suicide in my book. This election is being bought by the big boys. Somebody has even coined the phrase "Billionaires' Coup" because that is what it is. Big money wants to destroy the social safety net, destroy unions and give ultimate control to themselves. They want us all 'barefoot and pregnant' as it were where we are so grateful for the scraps from their tables that we will work for nothing, gladly die when our upkeep outstrips our ability to cater to their whims and keep the wax on the limo. The difference in our current crop of Democrats and Republicans is very small and both are kowtowing to the big money folks. There is a difference though, however slight, and as close as this election is there is no excuse to just give up and turn the wheel over the crazy people. Not voting against the crazy people is voting for the crazy people. If the vote comes down to one or ten votes in your area and the crazies won by just a few votes and you didn't vote out for some misguided noble head up ass reason then consider yourself part of the problem.

Despite doom-saying about Democrats’ chances in the midterms, the latest NEWSWEEK poll (full results) shows that they remain in a close race with Republicans 12 days before Election Day, while the president’s approval ratings have climbed sharply. The poll finds that 48 percent of registered voters would be more likely to vote for Democrats, compared to 42 percent who lean Republican (those numbers are similar to those in the last NEWSWEEK poll, which found Democrats favored 48 percent to 43 percent). President Obama’s approval ratings have jumped substantially, crossing the magic halfway threshold to 54 percent, up from 48 percent in late September, while the portion of respondents who disapprove of the president dropped to 40 percent, the lowest disapproval rating in a NEWSWEEK poll since February 2010. However, his approval rating, which is notably higher than many recent polls of the president’s popularity, may be evidence of a closing "enthusiasm gap" more than a sea change in voter attitudes, and may not substantially affect Democrats’ fortunes come Election Day. In 1994, NEWSWEEK polls showed a similar steep climb in President Clinton’s approval between late September and late October, but Democrats still suffered a rout in the midterms.

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