The Democrats Melt Down
And the Republicans aren't blowing it for once.
More news that isn’t really news.
It would be unbecoming for us at The Weekly -Standard—we do have to uphold standards, after all!—to chortle with glee as the Democratic party melts down. It would be unkind to whoop at the top of our lungs as Obama White House big shots quit or get fired, and to cheer with gusto as the GOP leadership behaves sensibly, the Tea Party goes from strength to strength, and momentum builds towards a huge Election Day repudiation of big government liberalism.
So, instead, we’ll simply point out, calmly and quietly, that the Democratic party
is in meltdown, the Obama White House is in disarray, and the voters are in
rebellion against both of them.
CNN Poll: Obama at all time low
The latest poll from CNN has President Obama shedding eight points in three weeks, and congressional Democrats down nine on the generic ballot:
The president’s approval rating now stands at 42 percent – an all time low
in CNN polling and 8 points lower than where Obama was only three weeks ago.
Moreover, 56 percent of all Americans think the president has fallen short of
The president’s sagging poll numbers couldn’t
come at a worse time for congressional Democrats, themselves facing a nine-point
deficit in the so-called “generic ballot” question heading into the midterm
elections. In fact, the president’s approval rating is the same as that of
President Clinton’s in 1994 – the midterm election year that saw Republicans
wrest control of both the House and Senate.
Also, broad support for tea-party backed candidates:
In even worse news for congressional Democrats, likely voters say they are
considerably more likely to vote for a candidate the president opposes than one
he supports. On the other hand, 50 percent of voters said they would be more
likely to vote for a Tea Party-backed candidate while a third of Americans said
Tea Party support would dissuade their vote for a candidate.
Hope artist losing hope
The artist whose poster of Barack Obama became a rallying image during the hope-and-change election of 2008 says he understands why so many people have lost faith.
In an exclusive interview with National Journal on Thursday, Shepard Fairey expressed his disappointment with the president -- a malaise that seems representative of many Democrats who had great expectations for Obama.
"Looking at Obama's standpoint on various policies, it was like,
'Why throw all these particular projectiles over the wall... when I could put
all those things in one projectile that I could hurl over the wall,'" Fairey
said in a phone interview from Los Angeles, where he lives. "Obama was the
delivery device in theory. Now, I realize that he maybe is not the
correct delivery device, and I'll just deal with those issues separately."
Bad Timing for Democrats
The election of a Senator in West Virginia is taking a bad turn for the Democrats.
As we noted earlier this week, though, recent polls suggest that
the race tightening. A Rasmussen poll had Raese within 7 points of
Manchin. And a PPP poll actually had Raese ahead by 3
And now, according to Politico, new information about an ongoing federal investigation into Manchin's administration is casting
a cloud over his campaign. Previously, the governor's office confirmed that the
administration has received two federal subpoenas. And this week, came word, via a special assistant attorney general assigned to the case, that the
investigation is focused on a multimillion- dollar highway project in Manchin's
hometown of Fairmont. Moreover, "anonymous sources" are telling news outlets
that Manchin's former chief of staff, state Democratic Party Chairman Larry
Puccio, is involved in the probe. Puccio, a real estate agent and appraiser, is
also from Fairmont.