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Do Democrats not like President Obama?

Finding “a lot of 1980 in the 2012 presidential election,” Peggy Noonan opined on Friday that

The incumbent looks smaller than previous sitting presidents, as did Jimmy Carter. His efforts in the Oval Office have not been generally understood as successful. There’s a broad sense it hasn’t worked. And Democrats don’t like him, as they didn’t Jimmy Carter.

This continues as one of the most amazing and underappreciated facts of 2012—the sitting president’s own party doesn’t like him. The party’s constituent pieces will stick with him, having no choice, but with a feeling of dissatisfaction. It is not only the Republicans who have been unhappy this year. All this will have some bearing on the coming year.

Anecdotal evidence suggests some truth to this assertion.  Like the Athena of punditry, I live in a very blue island and find many of the incumbent’s erstwhile supporters less than satisfied with his performance in office, with one Democratic friend dubbing his party’s standard bearer a “failure.”  Seems Noonan has had heard similar complaints.

We see this in polls showing Democrats dispirited about voting in 2012.   A December 14 poll showed Republicans far more enthusiastic than Democrats.  Yet, Obama’s approval remains strong among Democrats.  Perhaps that approval is only lukewarm?  Or reflects his recent battle with House Republicans over the payroll tax rate?

Whatever the case, there do seem to be many dispirited Democrats in blue enclaves.  So, what’s your view?  Is Peggy right?  Do you have a sense from talking to your Democrat friends that they don’t make care for the incumbent President of the United States?

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  1. All of that is true and then some. Clearly most dems run away when Obama comes to town. All of this is well and good – but it means almost nothing because a liberal democrat AIN’T voting for a republican, especially a conservative one, and the media will NEVER give up on their hope and dream. So, at the end of the day his $1 billion will buy a lot of votes. We absolutely can not become complacent.

    Comment by mixitup — January 2, 2012 @ 6:58 pm - January 2, 2012

  2. Unhappy democrats? Yes, I know that for sure. I also know in a Romney vs Obama race there will be unhappy democrats and conservatives.

    Comment by Richard Bell — January 2, 2012 @ 7:19 pm - January 2, 2012

  3. All 2012 Democrats are fleeing the oblivious, toxic Obama in droves; given the Obama’s agenda–from ObamaCare, Dodd-Frank, & Porkulus–is radioactive. Senator Ben Nelson just retired, although like Rep. Barney Frank, he was very bitter in retiring since he didn’t want to go. But Ben Nelson & Barney Frank were forced to retire due to the politically toxic environment caused by the Communist Democrats. It’s only going to get hotter as November, 2012, approaches…

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — January 2, 2012 @ 7:35 pm - January 2, 2012

  4. It’s only going to get hotter as November, 2012, approaches…

    From your lips to G-d’s ears, Sebastian.

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — January 2, 2012 @ 7:42 pm - January 2, 2012

  5. I live in a very blue area, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Many Democrats seem fairly satisfied with his performance, although people don’t talk politics here much at all. The enthusiasm is not as pronounced as three years ago however.

    Comment by davinci — January 2, 2012 @ 8:29 pm - January 2, 2012

  6. Obama hasn’t been perfect but he has had to do a lot to clean up the mess left by Bush which will haunt the country for years to come regardless of who takes over for Obama. If we had more government control there wouldn’t have been a disaster on Wall Street or a colossal housing mess. That is the truth, plain and simple. Most Democrats I know still support him and fear the day a Republican hopeful gets elected to send us to the gay concentration camps.

    Comment by anthonyjj — January 2, 2012 @ 8:50 pm - January 2, 2012

  7. anthony, please provide the evidence behind your claim that Republicans will send us to gay concentration camps.

    Thanks.

    And please identify to specific regulations Bush repealed which caused the financial meltdown in 2008 and other specific errors he made which contributed to the housing mess.

    Thanks!

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — January 2, 2012 @ 9:24 pm - January 2, 2012

  8. #6: go read this

    http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/286704/repo-men-kevin-d-williamson

    and then come back and tell me how this is all Bush’s fault. In fairness to Obama, these problems have bipartisan roots going back a couple of generation but Obama supported many of the policies that got us here.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — January 2, 2012 @ 9:44 pm - January 2, 2012

  9. anthonyjj – Great parody, thanks for the laugh! :-)

    I’ve noticed many fewer Obama bumper stickers on the roads, and a virtual disappearance of Obama T-shirts at my neighborhood liberal gym.

    On New Year’s Eve, we are told, Obama signed a defense bill that provides for indefinite terrorist detentions. Golly, why no fanfare? Because lefties don’t like seeing Obama validate every aspect of the Bush security policy?

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — January 2, 2012 @ 10:27 pm - January 2, 2012

  10. ‘Most Democrats I know still support him and fear the day a Republican hopeful gets elected to send us to the gay concentration camps.”

    I mean, if there’s proof the GWB was an incompetent fool is that he had 8 whole years to send gays to the camps and never go around to it!

    Good one.

    Comment by EssEm — January 3, 2012 @ 12:13 am - January 3, 2012

  11. I overheard, at an NYC restaurant, “Do you think Obama will be reelected?” “I hope not.” Now with the signing of NDAA, it will be interesting to see what their reaction is to that.

    Comment by Az Mo in NYC — January 3, 2012 @ 3:01 am - January 3, 2012

  12. I mean, if there’s proof the GWB was an incompetent fool is that he had 8 whole years to send gays to the camps and never go around to it!

    Hell, the Christian Theocracy under Bush didn’t manage to shut down a single bath house, fern bar, or disco. (Although I think ‘Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’ got canceled.) It leads me to suspect this concentration camp thing may be a tad overblown.

    Comment by V the K — January 3, 2012 @ 11:33 am - January 3, 2012

  13. anthonyjj @ #6:

    Obama hasn’t been perfect but he has had to do a lot to clean up the mess left by Bush which will haunt the country for years to come regardless of who takes over for Obama.

    Most of the disaffected Obamanauts begin this way. Obama will try to reconnect with them about the “mess left by Bush” and how he needs to be kept on to man the helm.

    If we had more government control there wouldn’t have been a disaster on Wall Street or a colossal housing mess. That is the truth, plain and simple.

    Most Democrats are totally ignorant of the Freddie Mac debacle and they buy into the class warfare rhetoric because is appeals to their soul felt sense of victimization.

    Most Democrats I know still support him and fear the day a Republican hopeful gets elected to send us to the gay concentration camps.

    It goes without saying that the “gay concentration camps” bit is hyperbolic self-pity and community activist agitprop.

    However, you can plug in any “victim card” you wish in exchange for “gay concentration camps” and you have the Obama campaign process and national community agitating blueprints available for your perusal.

    anthonyjj and his band of ghetto-thinking brothers will never vote for a Republican. He readily states he fears such people. He does not want to leave his uneasy cocoon of moral relativity, welfare entitlements and brotherhood of victims and malcontents.

    One might ask anthonyjj what makes him happy and gives him hope, but the answer, I suspect would be some Big Rock Candy Mountain hobo dream blather. You know, a United Nations of Social Justice and Universal Brotherhood and Perfect Equality With No Religion or Republicans.

    Obama will get the anthonyjj’s who work up the energy to vote once or twice. But he has an uphill battle stirring up the “independents” who vote according to their mood of the moment, when they bother to vote. I am not sure what bone he can drag past them to get them to form packs and drive themselves to the polls.

    In fact, I suspect all Mitt Romney has to do is hang up a Grand Opening sign and the vaunted “independents” will wander over just to sign up for the door prize.

    Comment by Heliotrope — January 3, 2012 @ 11:56 am - January 3, 2012

  14. On New Year’s Eve, we are told, Obama signed a defense bill that provides for indefinite terrorist detentions. Golly, why no fanfare? Because lefties don’t like seeing Obama validate every aspect of the Bush security policy?

    Damn, do you like indefinite detention without trial or not? It seems each day I get a different neocon spin on this. One day Obama is turning the United States into a miltary dictatorship, the next he’s validaing Bush’s security policy, and it’s the same laws either way!

    Comment by Serenity — January 3, 2012 @ 7:16 pm - January 3, 2012

  15. Ah, but you see, Stupidity, you, your fellow “progressives”, and your screaming child Obama insisted it was illegal, unconstitutional, a war crime, and justification for impeachment, arrest, trial before an international tribunal, imprisonment, and even execution.

    Since you’re babbling for, spinning for, and endorsing it now, that demonstrates that you and your Barack Obama are lying, filthy hypocrites.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — January 3, 2012 @ 8:35 pm - January 3, 2012

  16. Seems the adulation isn’t there as much any more, and he can’t rely on the “historical epoch-making” vote boost that he did last time. Then there is the fact that unlike us Australians, you guys aren’t obliged to vote – those who can’t stand either side will stay home rather than choose the lesser of two evils (as they see it).

    I think I would rather see Obama win by a narrow margin than lose by one. We could hear the howls of protest all the way over in Australia when Bush II got over the line by the length of an ant’s dick, so imagine how much worse things would be if any Republican edged out Obama in the same fashion.

    anthonyjj – at what point, in your opinion, does the joker in the White House (as opposed to his predecessor) own the nation’s problems? Obama has had almost as long in power as any Australian Prime Minister would have in their first term – he, not Bush, owns America’s problems now, and the measure of his failure is that they have only become worse.

    Comment by perturbed — January 3, 2012 @ 9:43 pm - January 3, 2012

  17. Ah, but you see, Stupidity

    Hugs and kisses!

    you, your fellow “progressives”, and your screaming child Obama insisted it was illegal, unconstitutional, a war crime, and justification for impeachment, arrest, trial before an international tribunal, imprisonment, and even execution.

    Since you’re babbling for, spinning for, and endorsing it now, that demonstrates that you and your Barack Obama are lying, filthy hypocrites.

    Endorsing? You do just read what you want to read, whether it’s there or not. The National Defense Authorization Act is an all-time low for the Obama administration, and elsewhere on this site today I was laying into Obama for going back on his promises to close Guantanamo Bay and repeal at least some parts of the Patriot Act.

    I’d just like some consistency. When George W. Bush signed the Patriot Act into law, it was spun a necessary measure to ensure American security. When Obama continues the same policies, he’s a dictator!

    I think I would rather see Obama win by a narrow margin than lose by one. We could hear the howls of protest all the way over in Australia when Bush II got over the line by the length of an ant’s dick, so imagine how much worse things would be if any Republican edged out Obama in the same fashion.

    Agreed. The howls of “Obama cheated! He rigged the vote! Why won’t the courts believe us?!?” will probably be audible on Mars if that happens. But it’ll all be irrelevant anyway since, as we all know by now, Obama’s not a natural born citizen anyway. :-p

    Comment by Serenity — January 3, 2012 @ 10:00 pm - January 3, 2012

  18. Endorsing? You do just read what you want to read, whether it’s there or not. The National Defense Authorization Act is an all-time low for the Obama administration, and elsewhere on this site today I was laying into Obama for going back on his promises to close Guantanamo Bay and repeal at least some parts of the Patriot Act.

    Wrong.

    Not in a single place on this site did you state that Obama should be impeached, arrested, tried before an international tribunal, imprisoned, and even execution.

    Which is exactly what you demanded for Bush.

    And furthermore, you aren’t “laying into” or blaming Obama at all. You’re shrieking and screaming and insisting that the Republicans are all to blame, that nothing is Obama’s fault, and that he’s doing the right thing.

    You’re a lying filthy little hypocrite. And you’re being exposed as such.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — January 4, 2012 @ 1:25 am - January 4, 2012

  19. I think a lot of Dramacrats aren’t happy with the SCOAMF, but in the end, they will vote for him because social issues always trump economic and security issues on the left.

    Comment by V the K — January 4, 2012 @ 6:20 am - January 4, 2012

  20. I think you’re even being overly generous on the “social issues” part, V.

    Remember, Obama Party members, for all their ranting about “social issues”, endorse and support the Taliban, Hamas, and other organizations and governments that actually repress women and kill gays.

    They’re just bigots. It really is that simple.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — January 4, 2012 @ 9:40 am - January 4, 2012

  21. Which is exactly what you demanded for Bush.

    I was just thinking about you, and then saw you’ve done it again. You’ve done it yet again. Used ‘you’ when you don’t mean it, because you have no statements from me saying that George W. Bush should be “impeached, arrested, tried before an international tribunal, imprisoned, or even executed”.

    If you do respond, all you will have is other people with vaguely similar political views to me (whom I will inevitably disagree with on many issues) saying those things, which makes you a liar, and a hypocrite. Again.

    Comment by Serenity — January 4, 2012 @ 11:22 pm - January 4, 2012

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