Reprinted from Smirking Chimp
"The Republican victory does not represent a shift by the American population to the right, but demonstrates the bankrupt and reactionary character of the Democratic Party and the mass disillusionment with the Obama administration. In the absence of any progressive alternative to the two right-wing, corporate-controlled parties, the majority of potential voters stayed home. Voter turnout hit another record low, with only 38 percent going to the polls".Voter participation by young people fell particularly sharply. Barely one-third of eligible voters went to the polls in California, the most populous state." ~~ Patrick Martin, Republicans win control of Senate in US congressional elections, World Socialist Web Site
"You don't stick a knife in a man's back nine inches, and then pull it out six inches, and say you're making progress." ~~ Malcolm X- Advertisement -
The White House has denied claims that the midterm elections were a referendum on Barack Obama, but the polling data shows that they were. According to a CBS News exit poll:
"Fifty-four percent of those surveyed said their opinion of the president influenced their vote... 34 percent said they wanted to make a statement in opposition to Mr. Obama, while 20 percent said they voted in support of him...
"Those differences were more stark among Republican voters '61 percent (of whom) said they cast ballots to take a stand against the current administration. (Only) Thirty-five percent of those who voted for GOP candidates said Mr. Obama didn't play a role in their decisions at the polling places.'" (2014 midterm elections look like a referendum on Obama, CBS News)- Advertisement -
There's no doubt that antipathy towards Obama played a significant role in Tuesday night's bloodbath. Even so, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest insists that, "Most voters are deciding who to vote for based on the name that's on the ballot, not the name that's not.... It's up to those individual candidates, those Democratic candidates, to make decisions for themselves about how best the president and his support can be used to their benefit in the elections."
In other words, the Democratic candidates that went down in flames on Tuesday, can only blame themselves. While that might be a good way to deflect responsibility, it certainly doesn't square with the facts. Just get a load of these exit poll results from Forbes:
"45% of voters said the economy was the most important issue facing the country. It was the top issue of four listed on the exit poll ballot. Voters were generally pessimistic about it. Only 1% checked the box that said the economy's condition was "excellent." 70% said it was not so good or poor. 78% were worried about its direction in the next year. In another question, voters split pretty evenly: around a third of voters said it was getting better, getting worse, and staying about the same.
"More voters expected the life for the next generation of Americans to be worse rather than better, 48 to 22%." (Election Results From A To Z: An Exit Poll Report, Forbes)
What a damning survey. What a damning indictment of Obama. The vast majority of the people think the economy still stinks and that living standards for their kids are going to get a whole lot worse. And you wonder why the Dems got their heads handed to them on Tuesday? It's because they failed on the number one issue, that's why.
But the implosion of the Democratic party pales in comparison to the bigger issue, that is, that more and more people are dropping off the radar and out of the system. THAT is significant. Take a look at this from NPR's All Things Considered on Wednesday:
"Robert Siegel: 'as of today, according to numbers from the Associated Press, a bit over 83 million people voted. As a share of the voting-eligible population, that is 36.6 percent ... if the national turnout rate doesn't reach 38.1 percent, it would be the lowest turnout since the midterm elections of 1942. And as Michael McDonald points out, that was in the middle of the Second World War." (Midterm Elections May Have Had Record Low Turnout NPR All Things Considered)
Now you might think that the bigshots in Washington don't care if you vote or not, but you're wrong. They do care. You see, they put together this shiny-new system called "democracy" that conceals their looting operations behind a masque of "public approval." That approval comes in the form of balloting which they see as a necessary component for keeping the serf-sheeple in line and for shifting ever-larger amounts of the nation's wealth to their criminal friends on Wall Street. Only now, it looks like the curtain has slipped a bit, and more people are opting out of this Potemkin-charade of "representative government." Check this out from the World Socialist Web Site:
"Voter turnout was at record lows, with two-thirds of those eligible to vote staying away from the polls. This mass abstention was particularly pronounced among the poorest and most oppressed sections of the working class -- those most disillusioned by the empty promises of Obama's 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.
"In Michigan, for example, voter turnout in Detroit was only 31 percent, well below the 40 percent level predicted by city officials. This shortfall accounts for the entire margin of defeat for the Democratic candidate for governor, Mark Schauer, running against Republican incumbent Rick Snyder...