So, I have now covered a coupla of these primary races and I think I can sum them up nicely ( at least on the Republican side ) with these words: “I’m from the tea party!” “No, I am!” “No, I am the true Tea party guy!”
I was sorta reminded of that old MTV Half-Hour Comedy Hour bit about Herve Villechaiz getting really mad about not being cast as Bruce Wayne in the 1989 Batman movie which caused him to jump up and down screaming “No, I’m de batman!!!” “I’m de batman!!” ( Trust me…that is a very funny joke if you have ever seen it…and yes, I mean the Herve Villechaiz from fantasy Island )
When did it become so unglamorous to simply call yourself a Republican? I mean, didn’t being one used to stand for fiscal restraint, untangling government regs and putting the brakes on the liberal agenda? What’s wrong with that??? Whether you agree with those things or not, they are certainly respectable enough principles to guide how you define your politics.
It just goes to show how people can be seduced by the latest fad or trend. For months we have been hearing about how badly spanked the Democrats will get this November. Well, I’m not so sure. There is a lot of anger and anti-incumbency out there…sure… but it cuts both ways. Democrats meantime are hoping to capitalize on that same hostility by motivating those voters to them.
I spoke to Samantha Gordon this week who is helping roll out the Organizing For America 2010 campaign plan. The idea is re-energize those voters who came out strong for Obama in 2008. That year, 600,000 new voters went to the polls in New Jersey. Where are they now, and will they come out again? Hard to say on both fronts. I would argue that some of those new voters who jumped on the Obama bandwagon just as quickly jumped on the Christie one in 2009. In other words, that new energy is not necessarily Democratic. They could just as easily pull the lever for a Republican they like.
Anyway, Organizing For America is the Obama grassroots org which is funded through the DNC. They are not just registering people this year, but asking them to sign pledge cards. Sounds gimmicky like “The Contract With America,” doesn’t it?? They had previously been organizing people to support the President’s agenda, but they are now converting that energy ( including phone banking ) to encourage voter turnout – as long as those voters vote D.