OFA: The enthusiasm gap is for suckers
I get e-mail from the Central Committee New Jersey branch of the OFA:
It seems like not too long ago–two years to be exact–that all the left and the Obama campaign were willing to talk about was how energized and ready the electorate was to go out and vote for Hope and Change.
In 2010, on the eve of the President’s first midterm cycle, enthusiasm is so overrated. Can you blame them?
Early voting has started and results are starting to trickle in, and that enthusiasm gap that the OFA wants Obamabots to ignore is alive and well–for Republicans.
Democrats are bracing for a political bloodbath in Ohio. Perhaps no state has swung more dramatically away from the Democratic Party over the past two years.
John Kasich, former chairman of the House Budget Committee and Republican candidate for governor, is feeling confident about his chances of victory in November, and a poll out today from Quinnipiac University might be a good indication why: Kasich leads Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, 51 percent to 41 percent, with just 7 percent of Ohio voters undecided.
In Cuyahoga County, where tens of thousands of ballots have already arrived and are being sorted, an undeniable enthusiasm gap is emerging. According to the county board of elections, Republicans are voting at twice the rate they did in 2008.
Early-voting numbers out of Nevada’s two biggest counties could spell trouble for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in his tough contest against Republican Sharron Angle.
In Reno’s Washoe County and Las Vegas’s Clark County, Republican turnout was disproportionately high over the first three voting days, according to local election officials.
The disproportionate turnout is a concrete indication of the Republican enthusiasm that is expected to portend a nationwide GOP wave.
These indicators are enough to get any conservative excited, as they should. But now is not the time to get complacent and content–keep your foot on the gas and GOTV! Heed the words of Stacy McCain:
Wherever you are, and whichever candidate you support, your duty now is to do all you can for the next two weeks.
We’ve got the dreaded enthusiasm. Let’s turn it into action and results!