Democrats headed for doomsday

Charlie Cook, the veteran political handicapper who successfully predicted the Republican takeover of Congress in 1994 and forecast a Democratic return to power in 2006, says Democrats are headed for disaster at the ballot box in 2010.

"The situation this summer has slipped completely out of Control for President Obama and congressional Democrats," Cook writes in his latest newsletter, The Cook Report.

"Many veteran congressional election watchers, including Democratic ones, report an eerie sense of deja vu, with a consensus forming that the chances of Democratic losses going higher than 20 seats is just as good as the chances of Democratic losses going lower than 20 seats," Cook writes.

Historically, the party in power loses seats in mid-term elections but Democrats now face the growing reality that the voters who put them into power in 2006 and 2008 may throw them out in 2009.

Obama’s approval rating is on the bring of going under 50 percent after a free fall faster than any President in modern times. The nasty uproar over the President’s muddled health care reform agenda caught many Democrats off guard at town meetings during the August recess and party’s leadership in both the House and Senate is considered lackluster at best.

As in 2006 and 2008, voter angry is aimed at the status quo in Washington and the Democrats now represent that status quo. While some argue that Obama has only had eight months to deal with the many problems facing this nation, the Democrats have now run Congress for more than two years and voters see little, if any, of the change the party of the jacksass promised.

In 2006, Democrats successfully won control of Congress with a national theme of "throw the bums out."

Now they’re the bums and voters are waiting the open the door under the exit sign.


  1. AustinRanter

    Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy deliver on their promises much, much more than the United States Government and the political parties who convince mega-millions of people each year that they have the power to do things that are nothing short of miracles…and the mega-millions believe them.

    What’s it gonna take to wipe away the myths about the United States Government formed in 1776, but way more important…the myths about “Representative Government” and the political parties who claim to provide representative government?

    Every election period since 1776…political machines have suckered the people into being more and more dependent on the Federal Government. Each election period…the carrots of hope and prosperity are once again dangled in front of the people…and they grab for it, believing that it’s real. And each election period the government becomes strong and the people weaker.

    P.T. Barnum was so right.

    No matter who sits in the White House or Congress…we’ll still be their slaves. They’ll continue to make promises…and we’ll grovel over the lies when we realize once again we’ve been duped. But, we can’t wait until next election to be lied to again.

  2. acf

    I don’t think so. In ’94, there was a Democratic party old and tired after 40 years in control of Congress. They were ripe for takeover by a Republican party that had finally found their way out of the political wilderness. In 2010, no similar situation will exist. Now, we have a Democratic majority that will have taken over 4 years ago, and under a Democratic president for just 2 years. It will take time to recover from the problems of the previous 2 presidential terms. Will there be losses for the majority party? Yes, there usually is during the midterm election of a new President. Will it be ‘doomsday’? No, and to say so is merely trying to create reality from wishes. Just because Cook says so, doesn’t make it so, maybe he just hopes so.

  3. CheckerboardStrangler

    Doug, I am truly surprised that you’ve ignored the level to which the Republican Party has taken their rhetoric.
    Just when I think crazy could not get any crazier, the Repubs invent a new kind.
    It’s as if crazy is the new normal for them, so they had to go and invent Extreme Insane Makeover. The amount of utter tripe that has been mouthed by the GOP over the last eight months is so large that if it were printed it could be laid page after page to the planet Jupiter and back four times.
    I do not think that the Dems will hesitate to read the GOP’s utterances out loud during election season.
    Indeed, the old saying by Lily Tomlin has never sounded so appropo as it does now…”no matter how cynical we think we are, we can’t keep up.”

    Or perhaps the other big one:
    “I am worried that the guy who invented Muzak might go and invent something else.”

    It appears that he has…apparently he invented the Republican Spin Machine on health care reform.