President Obama likes to blame his party’s thrashing in last year’s congressional elections on low voter turnout, in other words more voters means more Democrats in office.
But in Colorado, that simply wasn’t the case. Colorado saw the third highest voter turnout nationwide, a significant number at nearly 55 percent, and yet Democrats failed to win a new congressional seat and actually lost a key Senate seat.
The numbers are according to Nonprofit Vote, which reported that Maine had the highest percent of voter turnout at nearly 59 percent, and Wisconsin came in second with 57 percent. Maine elected a Republican governor and picked off a congressional seat from the Democrats. Wisconsin also reelected their Republican governor, Scott Walker, and filled a GOP vacancy with another Republican.
Does this mean that if Colorado had an even higher voter turnout, we would have picked up the governor’s seat as well?
Thanks for the tip, buddy!
Obama was right about one thing, turnout during the second mid-term of his presidency was the lowest in history at just 37 percent.
Voters haven’t been that apathetic since President Clinton’s midterm election in 1998 when only 39 percent of Americans went to the polls.
Obama held a town hall meeting just last month in Miami, Florida, hosted by MSNBC, where he berated American voters for their dispassion of politics on his watch.
“Why are you staying at home?” Obama said. “Why are you not participating? There are war-torn countries, people full of poverty, who still voted 60, 70 percent. If here in the United States of America, we voted at 60 percent, 70 percent, it would transform our politics. Our Congress would be completely different. We would have already passed comprehensive immigration reform.”
In all fairness, the percentage of voters who turn out during presidential races runs around 60 percent. Even in your first presidential election, Mr. Obama.
Obama said while he bears responsibility for setting and advancing a policy agenda, voters also have a responsibility to advocate for what they believe is important.
“Staying home is not an option,” Obama said. “And being cynical is not an option. And just waiting for somebody else — whether it’s the president, or Congress, or somebody — José — to get it done, that’s not enough.”
Sounds like somebody’s got a bad case of the boo hoos.
The president’s histrionics might be amusing if it weren’t so often a sign that one of our constitutional rights is in danger. Oh look, there goes one right now:
President Obama has suggested that compulsory voting could be a good idea. “Other countries have mandatory voting,” said the president, Australia being the most prominent example. “It would be transformative if everybody voted — that would counteract money more than anything,” he continued.
The president is wrong. Compulsory voting is not just unwise, it is unconstitutional.
The First Amendment protects not just the right to speak, but the right to refrain from speaking.
So you see, Mr. President, when your Democrat voters didn’t show up at the polls to do your bidding, it’s not that they’re lazy or apathetic; they’re probably just not speaking to you right now.