GOP Experiencing Massive Enthusiasm Advantage Over Democrats
Wednesday, October 06, 2010 @ 11:10 AM
And the New York Times notes that President Obama is struggling to motivate the Democrats’ dispirited base as Republicans continue to experience a massive enthusiasm advantage:
Mr. Obama has focused much of his prodding — and not a small amount of personal pique — on the liberals most deflated by the first two years of his presidency. Assuming that many independents are out of reach, White House strategists are counting on Mr. Obama to energize, cajole, wheedle and even shame the left into matching the Tea Party momentum that has propelled Republicans this year. As he holds rallies aimed at college students and minority groups, sends e-mail to his old list of campaign supporters and prepares to host a town hall-style meeting on MTV, the president essentially is appealing to his liberal base to put aside its disappointment in him… At times, though, the message has come across as scolding and testy, in the view of some Democrats.