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Independents, Fastest Growing Block of Voters, Reflect... Me?

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I am looking at the latest numbers from dailyKos's Research 2000 polling and what they reveal is a pretty clear picture that I, as an unaffiliated (I don't like using the word Independent since there is an "Independent party"), pretty much share the same sentiments as the majority of indies. We are all sitting "there" on the fence. I am not too high on the Democratic party, though they still have some members that are worth fighting for, but I absolutely loath the Republican party pretty much from top to bottom on a  state and national level. Turns out that polling of indies pretty much reflects my views:

The huge proportion of undecided voters stems from incredible ambivalence among Independents. These voters favor Democrats by the same margin as the sample at-large (eight points), but the story with Indies is how many of them refuse to pick a side:

Percentage of Undecided Voters, 2010 Generic Congressional Ballot Test

Democrats 19
Republicans 14
Independents 58

With so many Independent voters remaining steadfastly on the fence, it is worth examining what they think of the Democratic Party and the Republican Party in this most recent incarnation of the tracker:

Favorability Ratings of Democrats and Republicans, 8/13/09 (Independent Voters)

Democrats 42/47
Republicans 5/85

Clearly, this subset of the electorate has a net negative opinion of Democrats, but Democrats are practically revered by Independents in comparison to the lack of support that this corps of voters has for the GOP at present.

I can tell you exactly why I am not rushing out to do things for Dems anytime soon: I am still waiting for them to deliver.

And it sure as heck isn't because Dems haven't bent over backwards far enough to please a Republican party that is so far out of the mainstream that they boast about 20% of the American population as members, Just stop that nonsense now because it is sickening to watch Dem Politicians being spineless when we voted you in to be bold and act on your promised answers.

Now. I could go through the short list of things, it has only been eight months, of extremely important issues to the American people, pretty much shared issues across the board, that we were promised action on during the elections and got Dems in power, that we expected quick movement on and have seen them kicked down the road already. All of you that are, will always be, committed Democratic party members are already all too familiar with them, and even if you are more dedicated to the Dems, you are likely as pissed as I am about many of them.

Now we are staring down healthcare.

Many of the Democratic party voters and voters outside of the party, as well, watched the declarations of a commitment to a public option, and not just any old kind of public option, A STRONG, ROBUST, MEDICARE-LIKE PUBLIC OPTION OPEN TO ANYONE THAT WANTED IT, as one of the Democratic party politicians' main planks. While many of us thought this might be a run to the right nudge and a wink towards the majority of Americans that support single payer healthcare during election times, straight out of the gates, Obama and the Democratic party has made it clear that nudges and winks were a no-go on single payer.

Fine then. You promised us something:

A STRONG, ROBUST, MEDICARE-LIKE PUBLIC OPTION OPEN TO ANYONE THAT WANTED IT that, at this point, you have come nowhere near delivering on. And it is not the far right wing that is impeding your delivering on this issue, the single most important issue of our time, but it is Democratic party politicians that are clearly throwing wrenches in the political machine.They are trying to take A STRONG, ROBUST, MEDICARE-LIKE PUBLIC OPTION OPEN TO ANYONE THAT WANTED IT and turn it into anything but...,

Please take note that fence sitters only sit and wait for so long.

And if you fail to deliver what you promised when you have the White House, the House and the Senate uder the control of your party, you can be certain that we will not be siting around cheering you on as the next election approaches.

Some Democratic party activists may believe in the sloganeering of "More and better Democrats!", which is a nice notion but not important to me in the least, and we indies are the fastest growing voter block in the nation aren't members of any party for many reasons. One of them is that we don't care about more and better of any party.

We expect results.

And the "where else are you gonna go" people in the Democratic party, you know they exist and it is always their final defense of their party... Does it matter? Because many of us won't be going "there", and what that means is anywhere and/or nowhere for the Democratic party, just because you say that. If I am going to be screwed over again and again by politicians on issue after issue, it doesn't matter to me which political party is the one in power at all. And, to be honest as an indie, where I go ain't your Democratic party's business. And do you really want to piss me off even more with the same old lame statements if your party fails to deliver results?

Now, I am not saying that every single one of those indies reflect my views perfectly. That would be a lie. But the only voters out there that the Democratic party can ever easily win over are the ones that do. Now, what are you, the Democratic party politicians, going to do about it? Because we all have already gone above and beyond to put you in a position to deliver.

Luaptifer at ePluribus Media wrote a companion piece to go with this that adds a lot more perspective to the present situtation: The Freedom of No Choice

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cal1942's picture
Submitted by cal1942 on

that Senator so and so can't do this because it would risk chances at re-election or that Congressman A can't support this because he won his seat by a narrow margin.

I have a reasonable understanding of electoral politics. But that old saw about winning re-election or holding onto a seat is wearing thin.

If elected officials run for office to serve the public then when do we actually get to see that or is the reality that holding the office only a matter of vanity.

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Submitted by connecticut man1 on

Can't risk doing what they promised to do AND what the people want them to do for fear of losing an election.

Sounds like about as big a lie as any politicians in the pockets of corporate lobbyists could ever tell to the activists and voters.

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Submitted by splashy9 on

And happy to be that way.

This statement you made is how I feel:
"If I am going to be screwed over again and again by politicians on issue after issue, it doesn't matter to me which political party is the one in power at all."

If we get screwed by the Dems, I'm voting for the Greens regardless of whether it's farting in the wind or not. If it doesn't matter, then it doesn't matter. May as well express my opinion as strongly as possible, and voting for the Greens does it.