View Full Version : LA Times does a nutty 23% update.

09-12-2010, 09:59 AM
<span style='font-size: 11pt'><a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-obama-coalition-20100912,0,3603453.story?page=3&utm_medium=feed&track=rss&utm_campaign=Feed%3A%20latimes%2Fmostviewed%20%28L .A.%20Times%20-%20Most%20Viewed%20Stories%29&utm_source=feedburner" target="_blank">DOOM, DESPAIR, AND AGONY ON WE.

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The swing voters who turned out in droves to support the president aren't likely to back his party in November. Even core supporters express unhappiness with Democrats. ...

Nearly two years ago, the political world could only marvel at the breadth of voter support for Barack Obama.

The new president had won over voters once thought to have abandoned his party for good. He'd found new reservoirs of support among groups many thought were tapped out.

He energized a coalition made up of blacks, women, Latinos, young voters and large numbers of suburbanites that some believed would keep Democrats in power for years to come.

A scant 20 months later, the Obama coalition is frayed and frazzled. ...

Surprisingly, support for the president among Latinos, young people and women has dropped as much as it has among groups that were considered less likely to stick with the president, such as white males, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

Support among suburbanites has dropped dramatically too ...

But dozens of interviews with Obama voters across five swing areas show that the warning signals are blinking for the president's party.

Obama voters evince little interest in the midterm election. When they express goodwill toward the president, it rarely extends to his allies in Congress. Many do not consider themselves Democrats. ...

Some who threw their lot in with Obama expressed a sense of being let down by the man who promised change and pledged to transform the country. Some attributed that to their own lofty expectations and, perhaps, their naivete. Others pointed to what they saw as his lack of focus on the still-faltering economy.

And some suggested they were simply hoodwinked by a smooth-talking politician.

"What I've come to the realization is that the president was an absolutely fantastic campaigner. He was a perfect preacher-slash-minister-slash-professor," said Peter Gallo, a concert promoter in Raleigh, N.C. "He doesn't have the skill to legislate, to build coalitions. He does not have the skill to bring people in and say, 'Come on and let's get this done.'" ...

About 2,500 miles away in Reno, Douglas Damon was drawn to Obama, in part, because he saw the candidate as a bridge builder.

"I believe in inclusivity. I believe America is a melting pot. I believed he really represented an opportunity to bring people together," Damon, 64, said from the offices of his beverage manufacturing company in Sparks, Nev.

But Damon is disappointed that Obama hasn't tried harder to work with Republicans. "His leadership skills have been lacking, in my mind," he said. "He seems to dismiss opinions that differ with his vision totally." ...

But while pollsters may disagree on the numbers, it's clear some members of that core coalition are straying.

"The candidate and his campaign wooed young voters like me with the notion of change and that business as usual would no longer be the status quo," said Jeremy Wintroub, 32, a television producer from Elkins Grove, Pa.

"We were told the influence of lobbies would be blunted; it has not been. We were told that Obama would find a way to work in a bipartisan fashion. His opposition has been totally unwilling to work with him. We were told he would go line by line through the budget and get rid of wasteful spending; instead he appoints a deficit commission made up of fiscal hawks who tell us the sky is falling." ...

Obama in 2008 also did exceptionally well among the nation's Latinos, although his support there is showing more wear and tear.

Sylvia Rojas, a 35-year-old nurse in Clifton, Va., says Obama lost her with healthcare.

As part of the medical profession, she has heard more than most about the bill and its likely effects, she said. She worries it will have unintended consequences more paperwork, higher costs, more pressure on an already stressed healthcare system.

<span style='font-size: 11pt'>"I know he wants what's best for this country, but from what I see happening, that wasn't it," Rojas said. "I am not really proud of my vote."</span>

Obama won 67% of Latino voters, compared with Democrat John F. Kerry's 53% in 2004. ...

"There's not enough industry here," said Daniel Peters, a 37-year-old business consultant from Alexandria, Va. "The cost of living has risen and jobs have gone and people keep losing their homes left and right." ...

Latinos, blacks, young voters and women are less likely to take part in midterm elections ...

<span style='font-size: 17pt'>Politics are now the furthest thing from the mind of the onetime Obama foot soldier. He doesn't know whether he will vote in November. The president, he said, has let him down.

"How can I be happy? I am lower than the low," he said. "He has to do something for people like me. And he hasn't."</span></div></div>

The awakening continues.