This is interesting... not that scary in the short term really - but it is in the medium term. There are a LOT of really unhappy people out there.
WASHINGTON -- Some presidential primary voters in Kentucky and Arkansas are taking a swipe at President Barack Obama, denying the incumbent nearly 4 out of every 10 votes cast on the Democratic side.
In Kentucky's closed primary, about 42 percent of registered Democrats who voted selected "uncommitted."
In Arkansas' open primary, voters could select a ballot for either party. Early returns showed a Tennessee attorney, John Wolfe, drawing about 40 percent on the Democratic side.
The results in either state will not hamper Obama's effort to gain the party's nomination for a second term. Still, it's a bit embarrassing for the Democratic Party and highlights Obama's political weakness in Southern states.
Two weeks ago, a federal inmate in Texas earned 41 percent of the vote in West Virginia's Democratic primary.
So, presumably these voters won't be any more enamoured with Romney. Large swaths of voters to the right of Romney are going to be disillusioned pretty soon if they're not already aware he's too socially moderate for them.... The left is pissed at Obama for not seizing the day enough when he controlled 3 houses of Gov't in 2009-10...
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?
While I get ready for work, I listen to the news on TV. One of the big stories this morning was the new Phantom Car Lift that Romney is installing in his La Jolla home.
The Phantom Park is a car lift that lowers into a subterranean garage.
"The nice thing about this is that at the grade level it looks like a regular garage floor," said Cheryl Nauman, an employee at American Custom Lifts. "When you hit a button, another comes up."
"For the cost of the lift, delivery and installed it's about $55,000," said Davies.
Uhmm. So I am thinking how is this going to throw water on Obama's major push about Romney being out of touch with the people and all the jokes regarding his wealth?
Well NEVER FEAR! Here is your answer!
"As for Romney's home makeover, his camp said it is on hold until after the election."
What I find difficult about party politics is being put in the position of rooting for candidates like its professional sports. There is no way that any party platform or candidate is going to encompass EVERY voter's beliefs or ideologies. Yet, we're constantly put into a position of having to be one thing or another based on manipulated wedge issues and policy choices.
It is entirely possible to have voted for Obama...and to be someone who plans to do so again...and not be happy with the job he's doing. To be fair, I'm not too happy with the job ANY politicians are doing, and I'm no fan of the national Republican party platform. But I'd grade Obama's first term as a C+ with a chance to go to a B- or C based on the coming months. He's done some things I liked (a shot at healthcare reform, drawing down troop levels eventually in Iraq and Afghanistan, embracing fellow Americans who have been chastised in the past). But honestly, I can understand the disappointment - He has not proven to be the uniting force he held promise to be. In many ways he has not addressed the abuses of power in government, and he has not proven particularly adept at solving problems as much as making suggestions for answers he knows won't pass the Congress...seemingly to just say he tried.
I hope a second term changes this, and I like I said, I like some things he's done...and I prefer him greatly to Mitt Romney (though Romney is likely closer to my own ideology then he lets on). But I can't see how any Democrats can claim they view Obama's first term as a fulfilled promise...really, he (and everyone in Washington) has left us all wanting more.