Obviously, nobody really cares about the silly, useless liberals. But for the first time today, I heard John King and the rest of the CNN clones muse about the coming election being close. And King said he’s heard rumblings among political operatives that suppressing the liberal base could turn out to be a mistake. Even though they are never to be taken seriously on their merits, their puppy-like enthusiasm might be required to push the president over the top in a close election. The panel pooh-poohed the idea, saying they have nowhere else to go, so that’s that. King pushed back saying that his sources say this could develop into a real problem.
This rift exists—-and the problem is that there’s not a lot they can do about it now. The President and the Democrats have handcuffed themselves to this deficit reduction and they have no tools to fix the economy and have shown no fortitude in any of these fights. (And I have a sneaking suspicion that if they think a jobs program can consist of deregulation and free trade deals, the rift will only grow.) I don’t see a way out.
If the campaign discovers they need liberal enthusiasm and gruntwork to win they’s better hope for a miraculous economic recovery and a Michele Bachmann nomination because their triangulation in these budget deals has left them with no room to maneuver. Coming out for Gay Marriage in the 11th hour isn’t going to get it done."
— Digby/Hullabaloo on the new CNN/ORC poll.