2010 Begins, Democratic Strategists Quietly Worry

As the winds of “change” blow in with 2010, hopes for a Republican reclamation of the House are growing ever higher and Democratic strategists are beginning to take notice. The Huffington Post, of all places, is sounding the alarm that 2010 will not be a good year for Democrat incumbents.

Here’s the story:

Democratic incumbents face the most threatening political environment since the Republican landslide of 1994 — and they know it.

The trends are all moving in the wrong direction. Voters are shifting to the right; white antipathy to the President has intensified; the popular consensus backing Obama and his agenda has collapsed in less than a year; and a growing number of center-conservative House Democrats are jumping ship. It’s not that voters are suddenly becoming big fans of the Republican Party — its poll numbers are falling just as rapidly as the Democrats’ — but political scientists and strategists from across the spectrum agree that simply by virtue of being the opposition, the GOP is positioned to make large gains on November 2. There’s even an outside chance they’ll wrest back control of the House.

Most recently, the failed Christmas day bombing by an alleged Al Qaeda operative of a flight to Detroit has spurred Republicans to revive the national security fears that served them so well in the 2002 and 2004 elections.

“If the election were held today, we’d lose the House,” says Democratic campaign consultant Tom King, a view shared, off the record, by a number of his colleagues.

That’s a very strong statement to say Democrats would lose the house if the election happened today. One can only wonder if this is truly what Tom King believes or if he is attempting a “wake up call” to congressional Democrats and liberal activists before it is too late for them.

  • Bill Hedges

    The only hope Democrats have is to abandon obama’s agenda. Is only way to possible save their control of Congress. I don’t see that in the cards. Graft and pay offs would stop that. No stone would be left unturned by the diabolical treasonous three.

    I think we can safely say the theme that obama and democrats was elected on was anti Bush, 2010 will be anti obama. The ultimate embarrassment for a 1st term barely in office for one year setting President.

    May be reason why Huffington Post is showing signs of adjustment in attitude for survival now. In June a new CEO took over. In environment of good months and bad months financially, they may see the writing on the walls. Ignoring the truth damages the bottom line. One only has to look at Fox and other conservative news media and compare to the left news media.

    Changing before total collapse of obamism can only enhance their position. Late to adapt may spell profitability doom. Last to leave a sinking ship sometimes drown.

    What we need is another pack with America.
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    “Gingrich: Contract with America round 2”

    Posted November 13, 2009 5:00 PM
    by Mark Silva

    “Newt Gingrich, the former Republican House speaker and purveyor of the GOP “Contract With America” that helped his party win control of the House after President Bill Clinton’s election, says GOP chairman Michael Steele has started work on a new framework for 2010 that he is calling “First principles.”

    “A Gallup Poll this week found that Republicans are doing well in the “generic candidate” race – with more people saying they are likely to support a Republican than those saying they are likely to support a Democrat. Gingrich suggests that his party needs to put more than names on those ballots, and add some principled promises as well.”

    “He’s got four ready to go:”

    “The No. 1 issue is jobs… The No. 2 issue is energy… The No. 3 challenge… replace the big government monstrosity that they passed on Saturday ( a reference to the Democratic-led House healthcare bill. “The No. 4 challenge is education.”

    http://www.swamppolitics.com/news/politics/blog/2009/11/gingrich_contract_with_america.html

    The obvious democratic comments to article were very nasty. Reminded me of the great hatred towards Sarah Palin. Which means Newt is on the right track. As polls supports Republicans.

    If there is unification with tea party, outcome is assured. Sarah is key right now. She can bridge the gap.

  • Christopher Schwinger

    And they should be worried! We’re going to take back this country this year!

  • Bill Hedges

    Today this President said we are at war. He must be worried to have said that. Perhaps he read Nate’s article.

    He actually used the word “terrorist.” Proof he is worried.

    The ‘underwear bomber’ has gone from “isolated extremist” to ‘known terrorist.’ Political correction changing in a mere 2 week period.

    I have to wonder how court appointed lawyer will feel about fair trial, with President announcing this guy is “known terrorist.” Kind of like saying Gitmo detainees will be found guilty. Shouldn’t obama be saying ‘alleged’ or ‘presumed’ perpetrator ? You know for fair trial. Doesn‘t obama believe in “assumed innocent” and all ? Has he tainted the trial ?

    He is firing no one. Like himself, those in control were off on Vacation. He steals words of Truman, rephrasing a bit, ‘buck stops’…

    Now that he proclaims war, will he navigate spy satellites back to areas to do their intended jobs. Protecting Americans. Not his personal agenda of giving money we borrow from China to give to poor Countries for global warming/change. ( His attempt to counter bad publicity). Especial now with weather being called ‘brutally cold.’

    This would-be-bomber is said to be given trial in our court system, as well as Gitmo detainees. How remarkable that “is, is.” Right Bill Clinton.

    For the umpteenth time obama said we are not at war with Muslims. Only a numskull obama would think that. Our enemy is small group that wants to destroy.

    Similar to group that fires 1,000’s of unguided bombs into Israel. Killing men, women, and children. Saying they will destroy Israel. And then crying when Israel defends herself. Those who attack Israel wear no uniforms and fire their rockets next to homes, schools, and churches. Daring Israel to fire from home base. Israel must cross their own boarders.

    The 5 great religions do not kill. People kill people. Attempt at justifying, people may proclain religious belief, as terrorist do.

    Obama in this war is a hypocrite. Bush used drones and obama has expanded use of. I agree with this policy. Drone bombing does not follow the rules of engagement that our solders in the field must live by.

    “One-Third of Drone Deaths Are Civilians”

    “Drones may be integral to Vice President Joe Biden’s preferred strategy in Pakistan, but they may not be as safe as previously thought. A new report from the New America Foundation estimates that some 31 to 33 percent of all casualties from the CIA’s Taliban-targeting drone strikes in Pakistani tribal areas are civilians.”

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheat-sheet/item/one-third-of-drone-deaths-are-civilians/price-of-war/

    “Current U.S. Rules Of Engagement In Afghanistan Problematic”

    By WILLIAM MAYER December 17, 2009

    “A few enterprising U.S. media sources [in this case, an article published November 16, 2009 in the Washington Times] have expended much effort to piece together specific components of the ROE [source, U.S. troops battle both Taliban and their own rules]”

    “1. No night or surprise searches.

    2. Villagers have to be warned prior to searches.

    3. ANA or ANP must accompany U.S. units on searches.

    4. U.S. soldiers may not fire at the enemy unless the enemy is preparing to fire first.

    5. U.S. forces cannot engage the enemy if civilians are present.

    6. Only women can search women.

    7. Troops can fire at an insurgent if they catch him placing an IED but not if insurgents are walking away from an area where explosives have been laid.”

    “We have noted similar occurrences in our previous coverage, for example this September 29 piece Obama’s Afghan Rules Of Engagement Prove He Has No Interest In Winning”

    “…When it gets to the point that even Afghan tribal leaders start demanding that U.S. and NATO ground forces take off the silk gloves and start killing more Taliban fighters, something must indeed be wrong with the way our rules of engagement hamper battlefield operations. The tribal leader referred to above was quoted in a Washington Post article as countenancing more of the type of airstrikes which took place in Khunduz province on September 4 which along with killing significant numbers of the enemy also unfortunately resulted in civilian casualties. Rather than decrying the incident, Ahmadullah Wardak, the provincial council chairman confronted U.S. theater commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal, bitterly protesting the reticence of U.S. forces to engage the enemy under Obama’s new rules of engagement, ‘If we do three more operations like was done the other night, stability will come to Kunduz…If people do not want to live in peace and harmony, that’s not our fault…We’ve been too nice to the thugs.'” [source, Washington Post, Sole Informant Guided Decision On Afghan Strike]”

    “Such incidents are unfortunately not isolated.”

    http://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=roe12.16.09.htm

    Does this make sense ? Ahhh NO. Does obama want to win ? In a very strange way I would say yes. Obama’s way is crazy. From above link, here is the proof how idiotically stupid and crazy it is:

    “…When it gets to the point that even Afghan tribal leaders start demanding that U.S. and NATO ground forces take off the silk gloves and start killing more Taliban fighters, something must indeed be wrong with the way our rules of engagement hamper battlefield operations.”
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    But then, obama is a liar:

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/obama_falls_short_on_campaign_promise_5gFAG1TwuLUSW6Mn7h6hWN

  • Bill Hedges

    December 30, 2009
    “Clinton Edges Out Palin as Most Admired Woman”
    by Jeffrey M. Jones

    PRINCETON, NJ –” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues her reign as the Most Admired Woman in the eyes of Americans, but barely edges out former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin this year, 16% to 15%..”

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/124895/clinton-edges-palin-admired-woman.aspx

    After such a short time in the limelight and considering all the false charges, Sarah Palin is a force to be reckoned with. Hillary has been around a long, long time.