Monday, September 20, 2010

How many disaffected Elkhart Eds are out there?

I heard part of Obama on CNBC this morning in a "townhall". One woman got my attention, which I noted over at Potluck. Our president blathered on for some time, saying nothing helpful or new. As Dick Morris notes, Dems have no strategy. Here's an especially lame argument:
Shipping jobs overseas. In the most convoluted of all negatives, Democrats are accusing their GOP challengers of supporting corporate loopholes which reward companies that open overseas offices with tax favors. They derive this Republican position by construing the no-new-taxes pledge most Republican candidates have taken at the behest of Americans for Tax Reform, headed by Grover Norquist as meaning that no corporate loopholes will be closed. Of course, once Republicans point out that the Obama Administration pushed the General Motors bailout even though two-thirds of the GM jobs were abroad, proposed cash-for-clunkers even though almost half the cars were foreign, and supported TARP bailouts for banks much of whose money went overseas, the accusations fall apart.
We know this administration hasn't been job friendly, even with the bailouts, and the stimulus hasn't worked. Republicans will roll out their fall election platform this Thursday.

The GOP wants to nationalize the election, most Dems don't, it's sink or swim away from Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. And Obama?

That’s right, Ed was none other than Ed Neufeldt, a Wakarusa man who introduced Obama during the president’s February 2009 address at Concord High School in Elkhart, Indiana. At that time Ed was a Democrat, and a big Obama supporter. In fact, he took time during the introduction to plead with America to support the president’s stimulus plan.

But oh how times have changed. About 6-months ago, Ed began to question the wisdom of all the federal spending, the bailouts, the takeovers and the freedoms that by definition were being lost in the process. That metamorphosis came full circle, as Ed stood in the midst of the Tea Party movement, sporting a Glenn Beck t-shirt and a Marlin Stutzman sticker.

. . . Congressional candidate Jackie Walorski commented on the surprising number of Democrats who spoke to her during the event. Which begs the question, just how many ‘Eds’ are out there?

Americans will ask themselves (On Wisconsin!) are they better off than they were two years ago?

HT Memeorandum. Also here.

P.S. Chicago style notes. Stantis cartoon. P.P.S. Who is the mouthy insider? White House Insider: What The Hell Have We Done?

...Is Illinois turning purple? Via RCP. Yup.

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