The age of apathy: (Not a dime’s worth of difference?)

download666At the national level, Republicans have surrendered on taxes, debt, gays in the military, ObamaCare and amnesty.  On the state level, the NCGOP is in the midst of surrendering on ObamaCare, taxes, and amnesty.

A new poll by the Associated Press reveals that nearly half of voters could care less about who controls Congress after the November elections:

Who cares which party controls Congress? Only about half of Americans. The other 46 percent, not so much, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.

Ask people whom they would rather see in charge on Capitol Hill, and Republicans finish in a dead heat with “doesn’t matter.”[…]

“I’ve never really noticed any difference in my life depending on which party is in,” said Bob Augusto, 39, an oil refinery worker in Woodstown, New Jersey. He doesn’t expect to vote in this fall’s midterm election.[…]

With Republicans making a strong push to seize control of the Senate, only a slim majority of Americans, 53 percent, say they care a good deal about which party wins.

A vast majority appear united around one thing: They’re fed up. Nearly 9 out of 10 disapprove of Congress. Two-thirds want their current representative voted out, the AP-GfK poll shows.

[…]Nick Crider, a Princeton, New Jersey, chemist who co-founded his own biotechnology company, says he’s lost faith in the major parties and doesn’t care which wins.

“I feel like rhetorically it makes a difference, but in actual politics and policy? Not really,” said Crider, 25, whose politics run libertarian.

“If I don’t know much about the people running in a race, I just always vote against the incumbent,” he said. “I assume change is good.”RINO123

I also ran across a really thought-provoking piece from Craig Shirley, the renowned campaign consultant and conservative icon whose involvement stretches back to the 1964 Goldwater campaign and the 1976 and 1980 Reagan campaigns:

[…] What has altered the storyline in the past several years is not the emergence of the Tea Party but rather the permanent entrenchment of Big Government Republicans, aka Obama Republicans. President Obama has had that much effect on the national debate, which has had a direct effect on the national Republicans.

The last gasp of principled conservatism may have come in 2010 with the rise of the Tea Party, but this also gave rise to the countervailing force of the Obama Republicans, resulting in the nomination of Mitt Romney in 2012.

In spite of losing five of the previous six presidential contests, it is the Obama Republicans who now rule the party apparatus of the GOP. Obama Republicans have also spread out among the state bureaucracies, the academies, Wall Street, Detroit, and nearly all of corporate America.

They have bought into Obama’s Oligarchy of big business and big government doing business together, at the expense of the little guy.

Obama supported TARP. Bush supported TARP. The ruling classes supported TARP. Wall Street supported TARP. Therefore, $750 billion–initially–was taken from the rest of the country to “rescue” the corrupt elites of Wall Street.

And never one prosecution or investigation. The greatest wealth transfer in American history and the elites of both parties were in on the score. The Republicans pulled of the heist and the Democrats drove the getaway car.

Other examples abound.

The new Obama Republicans are members of the bureaucratic classes, are pro-government, pro-gay marriage, pro-abortion, pro-NSA, and pro-amnesty. They are sophisticated, urban, and have utterly nothing in common with the Tea Party Reaganites. Indeed, they are culturally closer to Obama’s and Romney’s view of the world than Reagan’s.

Power is everything. Power vindicates all. The shady forces of the national GOP party committees supported a pro-abortion, pro-Obamacare stalker in Oregon’s senate primary because she is a) a woman and b)…? The national GOP plays the very same identity politics that Obama and the Democrats have played for years by embracing one victim group after another. (Shirley & Banister assisted Jason Conger in Oregon’s GOP primary because he was the ethical conservative candidate.)

The Obama Republicans are fueled in part by old Bush speechwriters and neocons and High Tories who sometimes make a pass at talking about conservatism but that is mainly to keep the yokels at the grass roots guessing. Mostly though, they spend their time bashing the Tea Party Reaganites.

There is a dialectic to American presidential politics which occurs every generation or two. From Jefferson’s “New American Revolution” to Jackson’s “Democratic Populism” to Lincoln and the rise of the Republican reformers to Teddy Roosevelt and then to FDR’s “New Deal” and two generations later to Reagan’s “New Federalism,” and now to Obama, 28 years after Reagan–right on schedule–we may be witnessing a paradigm shift again in American politics.

It should be no surprise that the Republicans on Capitol Hill offer nothing of opposition to Obama. They can best be labeled the “Rollover Caucus.” Oh, they will run commercials and mouth platitudes to fool conservative voters to get their money and their votes for this fall, but everybody knows they’ve signed on to Obamacare because their corporate masters in the insurance companies and pharmaceutical industries told them to do so. They have always supported immigration reform because, again, their corporate masters told them to do so.

The Administrative state is here to stay, as long as the status quo holds. The only question now is how long the Tea Party Reaganites stay with a party which is fundamentally opposed to them and despises them.

One of the foremost principles in sales and marketing is the idea of differentiationmaking a true distinction between what you offer and what the alternative offers.   To get consumers (or voters) to make a change, you have to convince the voters you are offering something so much better than what they have that they’d be crazy not to make a switch.

A little more than 15 percent of eligible voters turned out for the May primary in North Carolina. A little more than 20 percent turned out for the primary in Kentucky that saw Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell renominated for a sixth six-year term.

In North Carolina, the number of registered voters identifying as Unaffiliated is creeping closer to the total number of registered Republicans. Here in conservative Moore County, the number of Unaffiliated voters has surpassed the total number of Democrats and is creeping closer to the total number of Republicans.

What does all this mean? It appears to say that people are looking at the two major parties and are not being inspired or motivated. Low turnout and watered-down platforms and agendas are great for protecting incumbents and preserving perks for the political establishment.  But it’s all bad for the future of our state and our country. 


19 thoughts on “The age of apathy: (Not a dime’s worth of difference?)

  1. So what the article is saying is that Tillis is an Obama Republican.

    Tillis Obama Republican

    Great Choice the GOP has provided going into the voting booth Democrat Kay Hagan or Thom Tillis Obama Republican.

    I’ll vote Hagan. ABT Anyone But Tillis.

      1. Some have also mentioned writing in for Robert Brawley, which would be a fitting rebuke to the Fuehrer / Speaker, but write ins are not tabulated by name unless there is a petition filed to be an official write in candidate, something I do not thing either Brannon or Brawley would do.

      2. I think the best way to get back at the Republicans is to vote for Hagan. Reelecting Hagan will send a strong message that North Carolina is a Blue State and in line with the Obama administration.

  2. I wonder if this was a poll of likely voters, registered voters, or all adults. In an off year, half of the voters do not vote anyway. If this is a poll of likely voters it is a bigger concern, but contradicts a number of other recent polls.

    A recent poll on voter intensity, a key to who is going to turn out showed significantly higher voter intensity among GOP oriented voters than Democrat oriented voters, BUT the intensity level among GOP voters had dropped significantly from 2010 levels. That indicates a GOP win, but not the wave of 2010.

    Our incompetent leadership in Washington is largely to blame. They have made GOP voters not trust them, because they are constantly whining that they cannot do anything and caving in to the Democrats. The fact that the trust of Republican voters in the Republican leadership has gone way down is one of the big things hurting voter intensity of GOP voters. Boehner, McConnell, and their cliques have disappointed voters far too many times.

    There is still one bit of foolishness that can blow things up even more and that is amnesty. If Boehner pulls a fast one and moves amnesty, then he will kill the party in the November election. He appears that he might be a big enough fool to do just that.

  3. Add Common Core to your list the NCGOP is owned by the Chamber of Commerce and other special interest groups. Tillis has the power to rid our state of it yet he has not done so. Now that he won the primary, he is moving Left. The short session matters, let’s see what he does under the supervision of Karl Rove.

  4. Yep, not surprisingly, I quite agree 🙂 I switched from Republican to Unaffiliated a long ways back, and I can’t say I’ve ever felt any strong desire to undo it.

    Just a small point… after reading this article and others on the same kinda subject elsewhere… I’m always a little disconcerted at the inclusion of social issues in the list of reasons how Big Government Establishment Republicans are betraying their “base” Tea Party type people. I understand the political realities and make-up of TP people, I guess… but I just think it unnecessarily muddles the platform/agenda/PR some.

    For example, I’m entirely “pro-SSM”, but I do also strongly support free markets and small government, and oppose “identity politics” and cronyism – and I consider my positions pretty compatible. I’m very happy for people to make their own choices about how they live and interact and they dont need me or “the state” to dictate/control/support things like “culture”.

    *gets off tiny soapbox* 🙂

    Anyway.. I’m not surprised by those poll numbers, and agree with the sentiment. You arent really “winning” anything if a establishment (R) or a run-of-the-mill (D) wins an office…same difference, same bad outcome for the country.

    The GOP (esp. Tillis) is going to be fighting a motivation problem, and it’s entirely well-deserved.

  5. Good points. We use to call them Rockefeller Republicans, but Obama Republicans certainly better reflects the current situation. The Democrats have gone “hard left” and the Obama Republicans are just along for the ride, putting up no real opposition. The GOP has never been the conservative party in America and never will be. Conservatives have no choice but to form their own party and stand up for the historic American nation and the Founders’ dreams.

  6. Not a dime’s worth of difference?

    I think maybe you are being a little over dramatic. More than likely the voters will be able to decide between Ms. Kay & Thommy.

    Ms. Kay is a female and Tommy is a male. That is one difference right there. Recent history indicates that voters are favoring females more and more.

    There may not be a “dime’s worth of difference” but I’m guessing that millions and millions will be spent pointing out that “dime’s worth of difference” to the voters. By the time that the ads are over I reckon we will have a good idea of the “dime’s worth of difference.” The difference may be an optical illusion but most voters will think they can see the difference and will vote for one or the other. One of them might even be exposed as the wizard.

    How much will the race between Kay & Thom cost? $10 million? $20 million?

    How many dimes in $20,000,000? Can you imagine rolling all those little dimes into those little coin sleeves?

    1. The US voters are obviously not as mad as the UK voters or else UKIP is presenting the voters with viable candidates.

      By the time the voters get the chance to decide on Ms. Kay and Thommy the “dime’s worth of difference” will be defined as:

      Ms. Kay is the “liberal” candidate and the candidate that President Obama wants to see elected.
      Mr. Thom is the “conservative” candidate and President Obama wants him defeated.

      Of course the far right will cry that Mr. Thom is not “right” enough but I doubt the far left will have any complaint with Ms. Kay.

      1. If Boehner sells out on amnesty and moves that legislation, watch the GOP’s road to a majority crash and burn.

        Tillis will be presented as a conservative, which he is not, and the low information voters will probably buy it. Those who follow politics will just roll their eyeballs. Tillis really has no ideology other than power for power’s sake, and raking in as much money as he can. He would not know a political principle if one jumped up and bit him. Instead he is just a rent boy for the special interests.

        1. In a race between Kay and Thom I doubt many will find it hard to believe that Thom is the more conservative of the two.

          And of the two candidates which will the voters consider to be more closely aligned with the Obama administration? Kay or Thom?

          The only ideology that matters on election day is the price of gasoline.

          1. What about the price of electricity which Big Government Republican Thom Tillis has screwed consumers on by supporting green energy boondoggles like the renewable energy mandate? Tillis’ performance on that, partly based on what is best for a bank in his district which he owns stock in, and is heavily invested in green energy boondoggles, is a huge reason to leave the race blank. If he wanted Tillis could change the equation for voters on that by moving the bill that Republicans have panding to repeal that mandate, I doubt he will do so, however.

            But there is a LOT of issues that matter to voters, and your attitude is just like your candidate. Tillis would not recognize a political principle if one jumped up and bit him. He is nothing but a rent boy for the special interests.

            Tillis is a whole lot closer to Obama than he is to Ted Cruz on a whole range of issues, and that is what bothers many conservative voters. As to other issues, he seems to have a ”politician for sale” sign permanently posted on his back.

            Tillis could do a lot to try to fix his image with conservative voters in the short session, but instead seems determined just to make it worse.

  7. Some people are saying there’s an obligation to vote for Tollus because “we” need GOP control of the Senate. So how has GOP control of the House worked? Boehner could have Lois Lerner arrested for contempt of Congress, but what did he do? He’s letting AG Eric Holder handle it. Of course this is useless and Boehner knows Holder will do nothing. BUT some will still vote for Tills because “we” need control of the Senate.

  8. Tillis is an Obama Republican and a liberal. Coop continues to be employed by the Tillis campaign. Go pick up your check coop.

  9. Raphael wrote:

    “Tillis is a whole lot closer to Obama than he is to Ted Cruz on a whole range of issues…..”

    The same could be said of Kay Hagan. As a matter of fact she might even be closer to Obama than Tillis.

    But that is for the voters to decide. If Kay can prove that Thom is closer to Obama than herself then she has victory in the bag.

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