The GOP Is Sexy…?

Posted on September 9, 2010 by


Okay, so maybe we don’t watch those ads on television and think Ken Buck deserves the “most attractive man in America” ballot;    

but we do perceive that many of his and other GOP candidates’ devotees are passionately and overpoweringly coming together in a manner that has not been witnessed in quite some time.    

In a Gallup poll recently conducted by Princeton, Republicans are twice as likely to be more enthusiastic about voting for the mid-term elections. Another study shows that Republicans have given “more thought than Democrats” when it came to voting.    

Level of Enthusiasm

Active Party Voters

 Statements that would have been non-existent in 2008 are now opening the eyes of the Democratic Party.    

The Problem:    

Why? What makes the Republicans the more eager voters to actually get up and cast their ballot? Have the Democrats just lost their passion? Was all of that fervor just a vapor? How did  “Yes We Can!” turn into “I Don’t Care”? Although it is critical to understand that there are many factors contributing to this question (whether it is the inconsistent and emotional nature of voters, the racial vendetta against the White House) this blog focuses on that one ugly word that birthed the change: unemployment. Regardless of our reservations, unemployment isn’t “sexy,” and that’s what the Republicans take advantage of.  Case and point: our country just celebrated a holiday called Labor Day. With this day arrived a crucial check point in the 2010 Midterm election season. However, what crossed over everyone’s minds more often than not was the lack of so-called “labor.”    

Unemployment at 9.6%  with little results over the last few months does not shine favorably upon the President’s party. Yes, we have been through worse, and yes the recession was not exactly Obama or the Democratic Party’s fault  for that matter. Nonetheless, we live in 2010, and we face an election in which people are not going to listen to wait and be patient.   

Battle of Alignment:    

     Needless to say, it is evident that the Republicans use our current predicament as fuel to their all-consuming fire. The crowd that hears President Obama go crazy for him (discussed further below) may go home thinking they experienced a severe case of “déjà vu” in which last year’s recovery plan did not nearly give the same results as immediately as they thought. Is it too late to make a speech for this cause in so close a time before November? NPR held an interview with the former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee Tom Davis, who believes it was coming anyway:    

“Historically, this was going to be a bad year for the Democrats, simply for this reason: they control everything the house, the senate, the Presidency…The voters don’t really trust either party. This is not an affirmation of Republican principles; this is basically a way of putting a check on Obama as opposed to giving him a blank check.”    


Such a statement does not keep the GOP embarking their own strategy. There are a  variety of Independents that are significant to the GOP overtaking the race. Having not formed an alliance with a particular political party, Independents easily convert to the passionate cries against Obama. “In a year when anger at incumbents is a dominant political force, the key to the election lies among those who aren’t rooting for either side.” -CNN’s Polling Director Keating Holland reports.  

Second to their strategy- an interesting analysis on how the Republicans could raise such an outcry was published in July by Huffington Post’s Miles Mogulescu.   

According to Mogulescu,   

“High unemployment and short unemployment benefits (along with a low minimum wage) fits perfectly into the GOP’s long-term political goals. They suppress the wage rate and increase the short-term profitability of corporate donors who have to pay less to hire and retain workers. Recent studies show that as many as 35 million Americans will be unemployed for at least part of this year. The more people fear losing their jobs, the less bargaining power they have and the more bargaining power corporations have.”    

Thus, when November arrives,  the GOP  has now contributed  a  more significant way to point out how Obama did not fix the  economy in the first place.   

On Monday, CNN, along with many other prominent news stations, showcased President Obama’s return to Milwaukee in which he made public his $50 billion dollar infrastructure plan. Although he did not think the economy should trouble the Democrat’s position for elections, he did emphasize his dedication to changing the economy under his term, and warned us Americans not to give those “keys” back to the Republicans with his famous car metaphor he affectionately employs in his speeches.   

 Years to Remember:   

 Therefore, when it comes to unemployment playing so grand a part in the midterm, obviously two dates come to mind: 1994 and 1982.  We know about the grand 1994-the year of the Republican Revolution under Clinton’s term and a painful reminder to Democrats.  But perhaps, more important is the year 1982. When unemployment and an awful economy had everyone clenching, Reagan somehow managed to convince America to be patient so that we can turn ourselves around. Such a persuasion is what Obama  is trying to accomplish…except this time, the audience just may not be willing to listen.   

That is why the GOP can make such a comeback, and precisely why they can gather so many crowds of people. It feels like it is their turn to have change. By giving the America they (like to) remember control again, without the strategies Obama rallied for, they are now the rebels with a cause. And Americans like that. They find it more sexy than being patient.    

The Revolution is coming…