Why the House Dems May Be Finally Showing Some Backbone
All of us have expressed plenty of frustrated anger over the congressional Dems failure to act on the 2006 voter mandate. Time and again we have seen them capitulating to Bush for fear of appearing soft on the War on Terrorism or failing our troops, and so on. Finally signs of change are appearing on the horizon. First and foremost is the failure of the House to follow the Senate in passing the abominable FISA bill: Here is a strong statement Chairman Reyes Writes to President Bush: “Put partisanship aside” on FISA, sharply attacking President Bush's duplicity.
Without regard to who you may think to be the better Democratic candidate it uncontestable that Barack Obama is attracking large crowds who come to hear him, among whom are new voters. I find this particularly significant because in 2004, I believed the prediction that young voters and independant voters would be casting their ballots for Kerry. Sure there was vote fraud but as far as I can tell there was by no means an overwhelming turnout for him such as we see today. I attribute this to his lackluster campaign and of course to Americans forlorn hope that Bush would carry through on his promises for a victorous conclusion to the war in Iraq etc. Today the situation is completely different. Despite gloomy predictions before the primary campaign took off that the Democrats had lost popular support we see just the reverse.
I think the following, from Charles Babbington, writing for AP, Obama's Crowds Are Awesome for So Early
is extremely interesting. Everyone who turns out for Barack Obama may not vote for him in the end, but they sure as hell appear to be an energized core of Democratic voters. MIGHT THIS NOT EXPLAIN THE STIFFENING OF DEMOCRATIC RESISITENCE IN THE HOUSE.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Barack Obama is attracting jaw-dropping crowds at stop after stop. Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton would be thrilled with her own big turnouts except that his are so much bigger.
Political insiders are unsure what to make of it all: No one has seen these kinds of crowds so long before Election Day.
Do to-the-rafters audiences in the primaries mean Obama will win the Democratic nomination? Or do his crowds simply represent highly motivated fans who eventually will be outnumbered by quieter, less-visible voters for Clinton? Or for the Republican nominee in November?
While some major Republican candidates were struggling to draw 800 people just before the Feb. 5 primaries, Obama spoke before 54,000 on a three-stop Saturday. That was approaching the population of Wilmington, Del., where he drew 20,000 the next day, Super Bowl Sunday.
Within 24 hours last weekend, Clinton drew 45,000 people in three cities in Virginia and Maryland.
The crowds were reflected in the turnout on primary day, numbers that warm the hearts of Democrats looking ahead to November and cause consternation in the GOP. In Virginia, where a Democratic presidential nominee hasn't won in four decades, Democrats outnumbered Republicans at the polls by two-to-one, 970,393 to 481,970, and Obama got 623,141 votes.
In arena after arena, fire marshals turn people away. Obama briefly speaks to the disappointed groups, in overflow rooms or freezing parking lots, before addressing the big crowds inside.
Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin said the last politician to draw such "fervent, huge crowds" was Robert F. Kennedy, in 1968. Unlike Obama, she said, Kennedy started with a famous name and legacy, "which makes this even more extraordinary."