- Posted May 23, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Election 2012: Your stories
Democrats: 'Tis the Season of Our Discontent
- zdan, CNN iReport producer
Across the US of A a large number of Democrats have been voicing their discontent and disappointment in the presidency of Barack Obama. Having turned out in droves in 2008 in previously unseen numbers, many of those voters are now rethinking their position.
Question is: Is the President and Team Obama listening?
This past weekend Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker, followed by other influential Democratic leaders and politicians, voiced angst with the way Team Obama has conducted the re-election campaign in a negative manner. The voices were heard and faces seen on the airwaves and in newsprint.
Team Obama shrugged it off.
Booker has been sent to the woodshed re-appearing with that sheepish look.
Yet in the heartland, voters have shown the same type of discontent in state after state at the ballot box.
Again: Is the President and Team Obama listening?
So far it appears that Team Obama and the President are brushing off those protest votes as if they were annoying flies at a picnic.
Yet the facts are these:
The reaction from Team Obama is that the President is not going to win these states in any way, so those protest votes do not matter.
Yet in many other primaries that have been held there was no option for a protest vote. Polls are showing that the enthusiasm of 2008 among Democrats and independents is not there.
The President, in what all analysts, consultants and political junkies agree and backs up poll after poll, is in for the fight of his life to hold the keys to the White House after November.
Will these discontented Democrats and independents who have been showing their displeasure during the primary season turn out on November 6 or will they sit at home?
Can presumptive Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney sway moderate Democrats and independents to get up out of their recliners and off their sofas to pull the lever for him instead?
From the Cornfield, Mr. President, this is your Democratic voters.
We have a problem.
Will the President and Team Obama pay attention or will they continue to ignore a hefty number of protest voters who are becoming even more unhappy?