Thanks to a tip from Gretchen, I saw this article from :
Assessing midterm losses, Democrats ask whether Obama’s White House fully grasped voters’ fears
By Karen Tumulty and Dan Balz, Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, November 7, 2010; 12:46 AM
President Obama’s failure to channel the anxieties of ordinary voters has shaken the faith that many Democrats once had in his political gifts and his team’s political skill.
In his own assessments of what went wrong, the president has lamented his inability to persuade voters on the merits of what he has done, and blamed the failure on his preoccupation with a full plate of crises.
But a broad sample of Democratic officeholders and strategists said in interviews that the disconnect goes far deeper than that.
“There doesn’t seem to be anybody in the White House who’s got any idea what it’s like to lie awake at night worried about money and worried about things slipping away,” said retiring Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (D). “They’re all intellectually smart. They’ve got their numbers. But they don’t feel any of it, and I think people sense that.”
(A)s much as (Democrats) say that they are for the working man, as much as they claim to be on the side of the little guy, the Democrats who hold public office make a comfortable living doing so and have absolutely no flaming idea what it is actually like to have to live paycheck-to-paycheck. In saying that a tax increase is small, is modest, and it will provide just so much in valuable services, they are completely unable to put themselves in the shoes of the little guy, in the place of the working mother who just had to put back that gallon of milk because she just didn’t have quite enough money to buy it.
That was 2007, before very many people thought that the junior Senator from Illinois, just 2½ years into his term in office was somehow qualified and ready to be President of the United States, and before the last recession. And even though the former community organizer and Illinois state Senator has been
Peter Principled promoted and isn’t talking about tax increases at all, except on the top producers, we have people like Perry and Henry Whistler who want to see a tax increase on everybody come the New Year. I’ve met Perry, and he seems well enough off, and may have been for a long time — I really don’t know — and even though Perry is one of us common folk, he really doesn’t seem to understand the worries of working people any better than Governor Bredesen said President Obama and his apparatchiki do. (Of course, he also once called Nancy Pelosi a “great leader” and said that “She is of the people, by the people, and for the people.” ) Mr Whistler, even though he’s doing well enough now, was poor not all that long ago, yet he seems to have forgotten those days. Of course, he didn’t have any children to support, either.
You know, we’ve heard for generations how the Republicans are the party of big business and the Democrats are supposed to be the party of the working man. It’s been great propaganda and successful propaganda, and I know people who, despite some fairly conservative inclinations generally, still believe that bovine feces.
Yet Republicans, and especially the conservative, TEA Party-influenced Republicans, understand something very simple and very true, that the greatest friend the working man can and does have is the business which employs him and pays him. Republicans understand that what is good for business is good for the working family.
The Democrats, not so much. Our friends on the left, in their real and genuine concerns about specific issues — whether everyone has health insurance, for example, or whether there’s an appropriate racial balance in a given company’s workforce — have somehow lost sight of the big picture, have been unable to understand how, regardless of how much a person might want health insurance, his primary concern is putting food on the table and having a job to go to tomorrow.
I am absolutely certain that President Obama and the Democrats wanted their policies of 2009 and 2010 to create more jobs and to improve the life of the American people. But in pushing those policies, they really never understood economics, never understood the real needs of the American public, nor how their policies would negatively impact them. President Obama thinks that, somehow, the Democrats got hammered in the elections last Tuesday because the Democrats in general, and he specifically, just didn’t do a good enough job explaining their policies to the voters. Nope: the Democrats got hammered because the people did understand their policies, and the people didn’t like them.