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Can It Get Any Better Than This For Democrats?

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As the economy slowly improves, polls show President Obama's approval rating rising and populist Democratic issues resonating well with America's voters.  Compared to last year when conservatives were riding high and the issues seemed to favor the GOP, the trends couldn't be better for the Democratic Party.

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Last September in OpEdNews, I posted  "A Republican Sweep in 2012?"  lamenting the apparent fate of the demoralized Democratic Party.  "Significant trends point to a Republican Party  sweep of the 2012 elections, bringing with it the most right-wing government in American history," I wrote, focusing on three factors favoring the GOP: money, media and enthusiasm.  All three seem to be trending in the opposite direction, increasingly  favorable to President Obama and the Democrats.

(1) MONEY.   With the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision in 2010, billionaires and Super PACs were given free rein to pour unlimited amounts of money into the campaigns of candidates they liked, mainly Republicans. But with Obama's poll numbers on the rise and the GOP looking desperate as they flail around in an unsuccessful attempt to find an electable candidate to oppose the president, more of that money may now be  up for grabs. President Obama will benefit, and if he is doing well, the trickle-down effect on Democratic congressional candidates will be in play.The One Percent are not stupid. If they see the 2012 election looking good for the incumbent president they will want to be on board that winning train, too.  Rather than pouring all their money into a doomed effort to elect a Romney or Santorum, the Big Money boys will want to send the message to President Obama that they are also on his side, and (wink, wink) remind him not to forget how important big business is to America's prosperity.

(2) MEDIA.  Last year, the news media was all too happy to focus on the Tea Party and the scary national debt numbers.  This year, thanks to pushback on GOP anti-labor policies in Wisconsin and other midwest industrial states, as well as attention focused on Occupy Wall Street, other issues have moved to the forefront. Long ignored by the corporate media, wealth inequality and Wall Street corruption have become too obvious to ignore. These issues favor Democrats. 

(3) ENTHUSIASM.  It should be obvious that most of the energy has been sucked from the Tea Party movement, while President Obama's base is starting to get fired up at the thought of sticking it to the negative, obstructionist Republicans. Demoralized after three years of frustration and lackadaisical leadership from the president, labor, minorities, students, progressives and other groups that worked so hard to get him elected in 2008, are starting to like the populist message they are hearing from Obama. Finally, they see reasons to walk the precincts and convince other voters to re-elect the president.
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There you have it: money, media and enthusiasm, previously trending well for the GOP in 2010 and most of 2011, now neutralized and looking promising for the Democratic Party in 2012. It's a long way until November, and circumstances and events can change , but at this moment in time, Democrats have got to be wondering: "Does it get any better than this?"
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Arlen is a writer/blogger living in Monterey, CA. His political blog is He writes a weekly quotation quiz "What's Your QQ?" (Quotation Quotient) for the Monterey Herald, as well as a website and (more...)

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Things are looking up for Obama and the Democrats.... by Arlen Grossman on Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 5:54:06 AM
I can't imagine anything better for Democrats than... by John Moffett on Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 12:00:06 PM
Yes, these are our choices in our "democracy": a s... by Arlen Grossman on Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 12:15:41 PM
John, It's a good summary of position and perspect... by Nimueh Rephael on Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 12:27:33 PM
... by Nimueh Rephael on Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 12:29:53 PM
Arlen, It's a good summary of position and perspec... by Nimueh Rephael on Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 12:28:53 PM
The point is NOT partisan politics.The point is, W... by Nimueh Rephael on Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 12:19:16 PM
... by Michael Rose on Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 11:25:19 PM
In anticipation than John will once again flag my ... by Michael Rose on Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 11:39:40 PM
No good choice is permitted....... by John Jonik on Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 6:14:02 PM
Corporate gangsters Tweedly Dee are winning out ov... by AAA AAA on Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 11:07:06 PM
We real progressives are all frustrated and disapp... by Arlen Grossman on Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 2:33:35 PM
Sounds cool.  The only problem with this conc... by AAA AAA on Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 4:17:48 PM
All valid points, but should we just crawl in a ho... by Arlen Grossman on Sunday, Feb 19, 2012 at 12:54:13 AM
I admire your hope and I don't advocate giving up ... by AAA AAA on Sunday, Feb 19, 2012 at 2:08:28 AM
There are tons of issues from the damage that the ... by Bobs Your Uncle on Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 7:08:58 AM
It will take the people to demand that sanity is r... by Michael Dewey on Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012 at 2:18:16 PM