I’ve been thinking a lot about the insane enthusiasm gap between Democrats and Republicans lately. I noticed a point where that gap began happening among people I know. When once politically-dominated conversations turned into “Can we talk about something else?” or “I don’t care anymore.”
Despite what the blogsphere might tell you, I don’t think it has anything to do with Obama or the public option or gays or not prosecuting Bush or even jobs (as most of my friends have one), I think it has more to do with the voters themselves. I warn you, we’re a generation that uses rough language. I will not make it PG for you;
My first inkling to something being up came in November.
It came with the November elections. The biggest factor I think was the defeat of marriage equality in Maine. That compounded locally with Corzine’s defeat, the defeat of Tom Suozzi in Nassau County, and a few local races that went the wrong way. The media narrative of the resurgant Republicans seem to confuse us. “Why did they win?” or my favorite question of the day “WTF?!?!”
Maine demoralized a lot of my friends and family, who felt one of the major pieces of progressive change this country needs is the end of it’s Puritanical nature on social issues. Maine’s rejection of marriage equality left hearts numb. In the words of one of my closest friends; “How many Democrats in Maine voted for this? A lot! We can’t win anywhere?”
“WTF Maine, I thought you were cool”
“Weren’t we supposed to win there? WTF happened?”
“I give the fuck up!”
Then came Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts which someone described this way;
“If Maine was a bullet to the chest, Massachusetts was one to the head”
Seeing 2/3 plus Independent voters go for the Republican in a state like Massachusetts demoralized us more. Even more the confusing nature of the exit polls, which liberal bloggers try to convince us that a more liberal strategy would’ve won us the election, cause 86% of Obama voters who voted for Brown wanted a public option. The response; “WTF is wrong with these people?!? How can you want something then vote for the guy who is vehemently opposed?”
The SCOTUS decision last week became a very big topic too among my friends and I. As one of them put it
“There is no way we can compete with GE”
so why bother?
And today seeing my friends tweet about the news that Fox is the most trusted news source in a PPP poll, and the only news station that has a net positive trust number 49%-37%, I can see even further that the dissolutionment among these onetime rising civil activists has settled in.
As one friend put it “This fucking country is hopeless”
“I’m beginning to think the last few years were a fluke, and the country, having forgotten Bush, is reverting back to it’s right-wing ways…I’m done”
and with a base dissolutioned. not by the President and the Democrats actions, but by a public rejecting even subtle attempts at progressive change, is it any wonder the President feels he needs to coddle moderates and not the base? His base has given up…not on him, but on their country.