Thrower-Outer’s Remorse?

4 comments March 23rd, 2011at 12:55pm Posted by Eli

I saw a remarkable number recently – Michigan’s union-busting Republican governor won election by 18 points last year, but if he had to run for election today, just a few months later, he would lose. And I think a lot of other similar governors (i.e., Scott Walker, Rick Scott) are in a similar situation.

So what I’m wondering is what exactly the message is here. Is it solely about appalled voters finally realizing just what it is they voted for, or is it a measure of just how disgusted they were with Obama and the Democrats that they would vote for anybody just to send a message?

Sometimes you don’t have to provide an appealing alternative – just an alternative.

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Economy,Elections,Labor,Politics,Polls,Republicans


  • 1. Bill  |  March 24th, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Don’t forget Kasich

  • 2. Eli  |  March 24th, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Yep. Probably just a matter of time before we see one of those for Corbett too, if there hasn’t been already.

    I think there was also a recent poll showing that Republican reps in purple districts aren’t so popular either.

  • 3. Cujo359  |  March 24th, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    It’s an interesting question, however you phrase the “voted against Democrats” position. Before the election, I wrote to our state’s Democratic chairman, trying to explain how much of a problem the Democrats’ performance in DC was likely to be for voter turnout in our state. I don’t know if his reply had more to do with politician happy talk versus what he actually felt, but he didn’t seem to think it a problem at the time. Many Democrats in the state kept their offices, but at least a few lost for reasons not entirely of their own making.

    A lot of folks don’t want to be bothered to vote when there seems to be little choice. I suppose Democrats can be thankful that the GOP has now gone to a new level of crazy in order to offer a clearer choice, but as someone who is merely a voter interested in making the country better, I don’t feel particularly good about it.

  • 4. Eli  |  March 24th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Obama and the Democrats’ level of denial (or apathy) about the 2010 midterms was really quite remarkable.

    It seems like we have now settled into a pattern where the party that takes power fucks up so completely that people will vote for anybody else just to be rid of them, and then have to vote the anybody else out for fucking up even worse.

    A competent non-corrupt party could probably do really well in this political environment, in much the same way that unicorn burgers are probably really tasty.

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