David Kurtz at TPM and Greg Sargent at The Plumline note that, sadly unsurprisingly, a Washington Post article is disproved by the paper’s own polling data. If anyone wonders why people turn away from these corporate mouthpieces when good alternatives exist on the web, this fiasco says it all.
As Sargent points out, when asked whether Obama “understand the problems of people like you,” 57% said yes, 42% said no and 2% were undecided. And the Post chooses to portray this by asserting “almost half” of the respondents feel he is disconnected. They’re not even trying anymore; just like the guy on Hardball yesterday who, in explaining his opposition to ending DADT, said he wanted to outlaw homosexuality.
All of this comes on the heels of the Research2000/DailyKos poll showing how fringe most self identified Republicans are:
Should Obama be impeached?
yes/not sure: 68%
Do you think Barack Obama is a socialist?
yes/not sure: 79%
Do you believe Barack Obama wants the terrorists to win?
yes/not sure: 57%
Do you believe ACORN stole the 2008 election?
yes/not sure: 76%
Do you believe Sarah Palin is more qualified to be President than Barack Obama?
yes/not sure: 86%
Do you believe Barack Obama is a racist who hates White people?
yes/not sure: 64%
Do you believe your state should secede from the United States?
yes/not sure: 42%
Should public school students be taught that the book of Genesis in the Bible explains how God created the world?
yes/not sure: 85%
Should contraceptive use be outlawed?
yes/not sure: 44%
Do you believe the birth control pill is abortion?
yes/not sure: 52%
Do you consider abortion to be murder?
yes/not sure: 92%
Do you believe that the only way for an individual to go to heaven is though Jesus Christ, or can one make it to heaven through another faith?
christ/not sure: 85%
These are not people who have the slightest interest in compromise or bipartisan unicorns and rainbows. If Democrats want to achieve legislative and further electoral success, they must bring this craziness out in the open.
Call them on it. Force votes that make Republican incumbents and candidates to stake out a position on wedge issues that will force them to choose between the fringe elements in the base and moderates and independents who will not support the extremist positions that titillate the base.
Call into radio shows; go to forums, rallies and townhalls and make the Republicans stake out a position on these issues. Don’t let them have their cake and eat it too.