Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:22 AM
democrattotheend (7,445 posts)
Pretty good article...don't agree with everything but it's mostly favorable to the president, and I think pretty accurate on a lot of things.
In the last one hundred years, only four Democrats have twice been elected president: Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama. Obama's reelection was doubly remarkable considering the sluggish economy, the $1 billion plus spent to defeat him, and the fact that at the beginning of his campaign many Democrats were unenthusiastic. Obviously voters reappraised the president.
At the beginning of 2012, many Democratic stalwarts were less than thrilled by the prospect of a second Obama term. While their reasons varied, there was a common theme, "Obama hasn't kept his promises to my constituency." There were lingering complaints that 2009's stimulus package should have been bigger and a communal whine, "Obama should have listened to us." Nonetheless, by the end of the Democratic convention on September 6th most Dems had come around. They gave money, made phone calls, and traveled to swing states. As a result Obama got a higher percentage of Democratic votes than he did in 2008.
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Sat Nov 24, 2012, 04:50 AM
MrModerate (8,518 posts)
1. Agreed: a pretty good article . . .
I'm one of those that felt/feel that Obama has left too much on the table in several of the deals he's made with the Republicans; that's my major criticism.
However I'm not in the room with his team, doing the political calculus, so that remains an opinion rather than fact.
I'd like to see a bit more boldness, more consistency in communication, and him regularly going over the heads of the 'Licans to sell his programs to the people this time around.
Then he might make the jump from good to great.