This is from a friend, upon the 2010 midterm elections:
Can I tell you what I find really confusing? Obama was elected with a mandate in 2008 and he was very clear about what he was going to do, he was very clear about his plan, and, yes, there have been some hiccups along the way, but for the most part he has STUCK TO THE PLAN. It’s not like health care was a surprise. It’s not like he wasn’t clear about Iraq and Afghanistan and don’t ask don’t tell and the stimulus. He SAID he was going to do all that stuff, and we elected him by a pretty significant margin, and then he DID them and everyone loses their fucking minds and is like, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!?!?! and runs screaming with their hair on fire over to the far right. I. Don’t. Understand. Did you think he was JOKING? Why did you vote for him in the first place then? Quite seriously, what is wrong with people?
Also, I think the democrats did a terrible job of making the midterms sexy and being clear about their accomplishments and making people feel as though they had a part to play. The 2008 election was sexy as hell, and if they had motivated young voters the way they did in 2008 then I think the map would look very different than it does this morning. Where are the big billboards that say: HEY POOR PEOPLE, IF YOU VOTE REPUBLICAN YOU’RE FUCKING YOURSELF IN THE ASS WITH A BEER BOTTLE, BECAUSE REPUBLICANS HATE POOR PEOPLE? Where are the billboards that say REPUBLICANS WANT TO TAKE YOUR CIVIL RIGHTS? Why did I only see that “I have a memory” video yesterday, and why was it not all over the internet like the “yes we can” video was two years ago? We can blame the republicans and we can blame the tea partiers and we can blame people for being idiots, but I also don’t think we’re doing a very good job of getting our own message out.
I hear you, friend. Obama, 2012. Let’s get it together, folks.