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Enthusiasm Gap

Friday Talking Points [141] -- Rahm's Exit Contest Winner Announced

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I will begin today's column by drying a tear as we all wish Rahm Emanuel a fond farewell. Actually, I am lying. I am drying no tears for Rahm becaus...

Can Democrats Sustain Enthusiasm for Their Presidents?

Brendan Nyhan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brendan Nyhan

Yesterday, Obama spoke at a large rally that was intended to help rally the Democratic base for the midterm election. But will his party be able to narrow the enthusiasm gap with Republicans? The indicators aren't encouraging.

You Don't Have to be in Love to Vote

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Claudia Ricci

By Claudia Ricci Will you vote in the mid-term elections in November? If not, why not? Millions of Americans will stay home this Election Day. Some...

Why There's an Enthusiasm Gap

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

On Monday at a "town hall" sponsored by CNBC in Washington, the president took questions about the economy. His answers were good as far as they went -- but, unfortunately, they didn't go far enough.

Who Is Responsible for the Progressive "Enthusiasm Gap?"

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

If you believe there is an "enthusiasm gap" right now between a demoralized progressive base and a mobilized conservative base (and I certainly believe there is), then the logical question is why?

VIDEO: Obama is Just a President

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tina Dupuy

Tyrannical super genius? Mythological fix-it-all? Who is Barack Obama!? I've discovered through exhaustive research America voted for and got a pres...

AP Poll: GOP Pulling Further And Further Ahead Of Dems

AP | LIZ SIDOTI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Tilted toward the GOP from the start of the year, the political environment has grown even more favorable for Republicans and rocki...

GOP Beats Dems In Primary Turnout For 1st Time Since The Depression

Five Thirty Eight | BRIAN J. MCCABE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For the first time since the 1930s, participation in Republican primaries exceeds participation in Democratic primaries, according to a report by the ...

The Enthusiasm Gap or He's Just a President

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tina Dupuy

Politics is tedious, grinding, petty and - unless you're completely twisted beyond all reason (like myself) - kind of boring. Presidents don't cure all ills and make everyone get along - no one does that.

How Democrats Can Win 2010 Elections

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

Less than two years after the euphoric victory in 2008, Democrats are divided and demoralized. The economy did not find the hoped for solid footing o...

Forget the Generals, Americans are committed to Ending War

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...

Friday Talking Points [134] -- Some Reality For Gibbs

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Happy Friday the Thirteenth, everyone. It's actually a fitting day for this column, which I'll explain in a bit. Because before we get to that, we si...

With Friends Like These...

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Robert Gibbs recently expressed his frustration with what he called the "professional left." Who would have thought that Obama's biggest problem in his first few years in office would be one of communication?

Sam Stein

Enthusiasm Gap: Bennet Got Fewer Votes Than GOP Loser

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For all the chatter about the White House's ability to get out the vote in Colorado's Tuesday night primary, the election produced one statistic that ...

The Origins of the Enthusiasm Gap

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

Between the choice of achieving what's possible within the limits of politics as given, or changing the political conditions to extend the limits of possibility and thereby achieve his intended goals, Barack Obama has chosen the former.

Tea Party Midterm Update

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Tea Party candidates suffered defeats in yesterday's primaries in Indiana, Ohio, and North Carolina, but are enjoying varying degrees of success in Florida, Kentucky, and Utah. It's going to be an interesting election season to watch.

Obama's First Year: The Bubble Descends

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It is significant that President Barack Obama's true first anniversary in office is about to be overshadowed by a special election to fill a Senate seat in Massachusetts.

Quick Quiz For "Organizing For America" Members

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Organizing For America, which was born from the Obama campaign's emailing list, needs to identify the real source of its problems: the fact that Barack Obama is not making voters as enthusiastic as he once did.

GM Shutters Michigan Plant, Further Eroding McCain-Palin Support

Dan Treul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dan Treul

In a smoke-filled bowling alley in Wyoming, Michigan, Laura Burns unofficially acts as the Wednesday women's league spokesperson: "I'm leaning toward ...

Democrats Recruit Six Times As Many Convention Voluteers As GOP

DemConWatch Blog | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Here's another sign that Democrats are much more enthusiastic about their nominee and their party than the Republicans. In April, we reported that the...