Comments on: The GOP and voter anger Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: ofilha Wed, 10 Oct 2012 19:27:26 +0000 Thank you Mike. That’s exactly what i have been saying since the beginning of this presidency. How is it that a political party that controlled the house and the senate and the presidency ends up losing? Because they are afraid of their own shadow and never fight hard like the republicans do. Instead they keep pointing out the gaffes by the opponents and yet never take advantage of it. The president’s attitude in the debate was proof. Now, it is possible that the president is doing what Jerry Brown of California did against a much richer opponent: hold his fire, holding his powder dry until the exact moment when he unleashed his forces, but that’s almost wishfull thinking on my part. One of the problems i see with this president is the notion of calibrating. I think they believe that they could just win this by a grand strategy of picking the right places to get the best voter turnout. But politics is not a calibrating science, it’s at best an art and such terminology lends itself to a belief in the “technology” that ends up in failure. Very good article. thank you.

By: Shevek Mon, 08 Oct 2012 05:23:58 +0000 Excellent column from someone who knows the generational numbers. What will count in 2012, as ever — but more so — is voter turnout. Fear, anger, and habit are reliable for turning out voters; enthusiasm is not reliable, and younger, poorer voters tend to require enthusiasm. They will also require help, since Republicans are not even trying to be subtle any more about suppressing voting by those who might vote against them.

Rich Erlich
Port Hueneme, CA

By: abkisa Fri, 05 Oct 2012 12:20:07 +0000 I would far rather put my trust in the President and his vision of this country than to place it in the hands of a man who seems stuck in the past and is anxious to launch into the same mistakes that have dragged down our economy and the things we need to move forwards in the world.

Do we really need to boost military spending when we already outspend the next 7 nations combined? Do we need to stop working with other world nations and return to the condescending, isolationist policies of the Bush government? Do we return to the greed and corruption that plagued our nation throughout most of the 2000’s? Do we continue to see an erosion of middle class wealth and a greater concentration of wealth in the top 5%.

I want a community to live in where I feel safe and protected and where we care about each other. A place where the tax code allows me to build wealth and opportunity rather than favor the rich.

It’s always been funny to me how the far right who purport to embrace biblical teachings lend support to Republicans rather than Democrats. It seems easy for them to ignore vast swatches of the Bible that talk about passively dealing with hate while loving and caring for our fellow man.