Yes, Democrats are in trouble…big trouble

Yes, we got trouble right here in Potomac River City.

That starts with "T" and that rhymes with "D" and that stands for "Democrats."

As President Barack Obama’s once seemingly-unassailable popularity wanes and public anger grows over the failing economy and issues like health care "reform," the party of the jackass sees trouble with voters on the horizon.

Democrats aren’t paranoid. Voters are out to get them. The same voters who threw the bums out in 2006 and 2008 now consider Obamacons the bums and they want change.

Reports The Washington Post from Colorado:

Today, the energy that powered Obama to victory has begun to dissipate. Some of his supporters remain on the sidelines; others are, if not disillusioned, questioning what has happened to his presidency. As they look toward 2010, Democrats are nervous. Gov. Bill Ritter, appointed Sen. Michael F. Bennet and at least one Democratic member of the House will probably face difficult election campaigns next year.

Roy Romer, a former Democratic governor, called the state of play "very much tougher" for Obama and the Democrats than it was a year ago. "The slippage is there, and it’s because things are tough and solutions aren’t easy, and they [voters] don’t see progress toward solutions," he said.

"The political environment is tough for Democrats, tough for incumbents, tough for all politicians," Mike Stratton, a veteran Democratic strategist based in Denver, said a few days ago.

The Obama of 2008 seemed perfectly attuned to a state known for its youthfulness, future-oriented outlook and positive spirit. If he struggled at times with older voters in Rust Belt states, he always found a welcome in Colorado, easily defeating Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic caucuses before cruising past McCain in the general election.

Today, Coloradans appear more downbeat. Anxiety has replaced optimism. The recession has changed habits and attitudes. Obama’s agenda has raised questions among independent voters because of its ambitious scope and potential impact on the deficit. His style has left some original supporters concerned about his toughness.

Obama’s many missteps are only part of the problem. Democratic leadership in both the House and Senate is lackluster at best. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid find themselves increasingly under fire from within their own party.

To make matters worse, the ethics problems that hounded the Republicans is the last two elections now threaten Democrats. Longtime Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel of New York is under fire for serious ethical lapses and Pelosi seems reluctant to do anything about it.

Reports Politico:

Why is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refusing a growing chorus of calls to drop the hammer on ethics-challenged Charlie Rangel?

Because, at the moment, doing nothing creates a lot less trouble for Pelosi than doing anything, current and former House aides tell POLITICO.

Stripping the Harlem Democrat of his chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee would force Pelosi to make a series of unpalatable decisions about Rangel’s successor that would create a ruckus in the Democratic caucus.

It would also infuriate the Congressional Black Caucus, which is still sore over Pelosi’s decision to strip committees from former Louisiana Rep. Bill Jefferson – even after Jefferson had been found with a wad of tainted cash in his kitchen.

“Unless they find $90,000 in his freezer, like they did with Jefferson, we’re going to wait [for the outcome of a House ethics probe],” said a Democratic aide familiar with Pelosi’s thinking on the matter.

Voters thought they were opting for change when they put Democrats back in charge of Congress in 2006 and Obama into the White House in 2008.

Now they wonder is all they did was change faces.


  1. AustinRanter

    The American people are in big trouble, yes, but way before Obama and the current Democrat majority in Congress.

    I spent some time surfing both conservative sites and liberal sites looking for anything that would resemble compassionate, caring, and genuine concerns voiced about the general welfare of the American people.

    Instead I found hundreds, if not thousands of divisive, hate mongering statments, comments, and opinions about the other side’s insane philosphies, ideologies, and policies.

    The American people have been seriously swindled in every way possible by both the Democrat and Republican Parties. They have managed to bankrupt America emotionally, physically, and spiritually. (Def – Spiritually: A sense of connectedness to one’s family, community, nation, world, and universe).

    We The People have been molded into virtual slaves for the exclusive use by two groups who define themselves as “Political Parties” and proclaim their existence as some type of god given right to rule over 300 Million people.

    These two groups (Democrats and Republicans)…you’ll find no mention of in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. But yet We The People have given to them our lives to do with as they wish…and at will.

    These two parties have murdered, maimed, and robbed We The People relentlessly and without opposition.

    The Republicans and Democrats have worked very hard over the last century to create a system that would reign power over millions of robots. They have achieved their goal…to “divide and conquer”.

    For those who have succumbed to the propaganda, who subscribes to the belief that there really is such philosophies as “conservatism” and “liberalism”…well, you’ve been taken hostage by two groups who equal any of the most evil types of rulers (governments) that have ever existed throughout human history.

    For those who wish to continue to believe that elected officials are placed in our government to serve We The People…think again. We The People are now the servants to these two parties. We are their life blood. We are their bankroll to perpetual prosperity.

    In reality…we know that these two political parties are actually owned by major corporations who use all of our human resources to serve their own interest.

    No, we’re not cotton plantation slaves, but we might well soon be…as long as we choose to serve our Conservative and Liberal Masters (AKA Corp Masters).

  2. Stratocaster

    No we are not cotton plantation slaves. We are wage slaves to the corporate/financial/military-industrial complex. In this land of the rich by the rich for the rich, only money speaks and the common man has no voice in government. FTE.

  3. Jim C

    You are correct , we are in big trouble . The nexus of this was when reagan repealed the fairness doctrine . This opened the door for the media to be taken over and controled by right wing corporatists . Clinton completed the takeover when he repealed ownership rules . The country is now engulfed in a sea of infotainment , Unrefuted misinformation and right wing propaganda . Now that PBS has been polluted beyond recognition with the exception of Bill Moyers ( he’s the only one not to accept corporate sponsorship ) the takeover is pretty much complete . Have you heard anything about reinstating ownership rules or trying to break the right wing grip on the media ? Nope , not a peep . So , when you wonder why even the most inane nonsense seems to spread like wildfire and swallowed hook line and sinker by an alarming number of our brethern you need to look no farther than the radio and TV . Dictatorships have always understood that he who controls the media controls the message thus the population , the Nazies were masters of this , that’s where the concept of ” the big lie ” came from , seem familiar ? So yes my friend , we are in big trouble . Check out Italy , that’s how that little corrupt creep Burlisconi came to and stays in power , he literally owns the media , so yep , it seems we’re screwed and there also doesn’t seem to be a damn thing we can do about it . We appear to have been dumbed down and confused past the point of no return .

  4. Thumper

    Rage by the Beck/Limbaugh crowd is debasing and damaging to the fabric of democracy. Fear of the Black Man in the White House has the Republican base trembling, yelling and carrying weapons in public. Where will it end is going to be up to courage and I don’t think Pelosi or Reid have any.

  5. RichardKanePA

    Austin Ranter I disagree with your well-thought-out points that there isn’t anything that resembles compassion. Clearly Jimmy Carter was compassionate.

    I truly believe that Obama is trying to learn from Jimmy Carter’s mistakes. And at times shows amazing skill. But it may be hopeless; the rich are getting richer at a faster and faster pace. I think Karl Marx knew what was wrong but not as much as he thought on what to do about it.

    We are all far away from where vegetables are grown, and if Obama and the system fails, descend into cannibalism in a hurry.


  6. giving-up-in-nc

    Our “two party” system in this country is completely broken as far as the average person goes. Both parties are there to serve the rich and powerful. The Republicans are just more blatant in how the go about doing it. But the results are the same. Both pass laws that favor the rich and powerful, and big business.

    So we bounce back and forth between the two parties while we circle around the drain heading to some cesspool of an existence, of no jobs, no health care, and no money for the working class.

    We need more political parties. Even just one more would change the dynamic where one party just has to wait for the public to get sick of the other then they get their power back. That system just plain sucks.

  7. Jim C

    We don’t have a two party system , we have a choice between hard right corporate republicans and right wing corporate republicans pretending to be democrats .

  8. almandine

    “hard right corporate republicans and right wing corporate republicans pretending to be democrats”

    say what?

  9. Jim C

    I take it by your scintilating and concise comments you disagree almandine ? But yes , when the media is monopolized by one ideology for close to twenty years it does have an effect on the publics perception of events and politics . I am interested in just who in the democratic leadership you would consider liberal , Reid perhaps , maybe Pelosi or Hoyer ( only if the price is right ) , is it Baucus ? I also would ask who in Obamas cabinet wouldn’t be quite comfortable in a republican administration , Summers maybe , or how about little Timmy G ? Oh , I know , Rahm , right ? The fact of the matter is the democrats have big enough majorities to do anything they want , but instead they choose to let the republicans dictate and refuse to fight what almost eighty percent of the public wants , a public option in healthcare . Heard much about card check lately , how about getting out of Iraq and on and on . It’s a good thing we have a media watchdog on duty to track down phony grass roots movements like tea baggers and death panels huh almandine ? And how bout that commie , fascist , american hating Obama trying to turn our kids into socialists , gee , where did those idiots ever get that idea ? I’m just glad your still out there paying attention so you can straighten me out almandine . Keep the brilliant comments coming .

  10. woody188

    Have to agree with you Jim C. Though I wish everyone would quit calling what we are getting socialism. If it’s anything, it’s fascism. Socialism would re-distribute wealth from the upper and middle class. Our system is re-distributing wealth from the poor and middle classes to the global elite.

    So do you prefer your fascism with a jackass or an elephant?

  11. Jim C

    The right wing has confused the issue to the point most people don’t know the differences in ideologies and systems . They had to do this because what conservatives represent is fascism plain and simple . Most people don’t understand that fascism is the opposite of socalism . Corporations love the idea of fascism but hate the idea of socialism , so they through their dominance of the media conflate and confuse the two while misrepresenting what they are . They are quite aware that if people understand that with democratic socialism such as in much of europe the goverment represents the the interests and welfare of its citizens it would be a problem for them . With a fascist system the interests of power , money , business and corporations are represented , the population are simply worker units , Upton Sinclairs ” The Jungle ” unveils the reality of a fascist corporate system where corporations are unleashed , in control and unregulated . In a democratic socialist system business is expected to function for the benifit of society in general , not just to enrich management and shareholders , preditory behavior is simply not tolerated . Of course no system is perfect but personally I would prefer one oriented toward the good of the people rather than the greed of big business .

  12. almandine

    A new, to me, and interesting view is called the Third Way. Look on the Daily Bail website for the article: Beware-the-third-way-a-confluence-of-capitalism-socialism.

    I tried to link it but was declared a spammer and refused.

  13. Jim C

    Interesting article almandine , but socialist democracys work quite well in practice ,there are quite a few in this world and they function just fine . What a socialist democracy does is simply govern in a fashion that says the people and their welfare are tantamount rather than individual interests . In other words the people wish to live in a ” we ” society rather than a ” me ” society . We were able to go sixty years between boom bust cycles ( for the first time in our history ) because of ” New Deal ” regulations . Everything came apart after the regulatory system put together in the thirtys was first weakened then eviscerated starting with Carter . The free market works well for many industries , those which one can say ” no thanks ” . But when it is applied to necessities and banking it is a disaster . Banking up until the removel of ” Glass-Steagle ” was a boring but safe enterprise , that was the whole idea . I disagree with the statement ” capitalism is the antithesis of socialism ” . Capitalism works best within the confines of well designed regulation , without it you degenerate to the law of the jungle , every game has to have rules or will turn to chaos . When you allow personal greed to trump the welfare of the population you will eventually devolve to a small ruling class and the rest of us serfs , history shows that quite clearly . Here’s the link .

  14. John H Kennedy Denver CO

    “Voters thought they were opting for change when they put Democrats back in charge of Congress in 2006 and Obama into the White House in 2008.

    Now they wonder is all they did was change faces.”

    Exactly! Just changing faces in the do nothing seats of power.

    IF we in the Democratic Party Expect Change
    WE have to threaten our elected representatives
    With Un-Electing Them
    To Get Change.

    If your Congressman knows you will re-elect them no matter how badly they perfom, just because he or she
    is Not A Republican
    they will continue to Ignore We The Voters.

    Have the guts to threaten them with un-election
    and be prepared to follow through loudly and publicly.

    A do nothing Democrat is very little Different Than
    a Wing Nut Republican.


    If they aren’t actively calling for enforcement of our Federal Torture Laws,
    They DO Support Torture.

    both a Commission of Inquiry
    and prosecution for all those leaders
    in Bush’s Administration that
    Conspired to Torture at ANGRYVOTERS.ORG


    Only Prosecution Stops Torture!