Conversations with a Disinterested Obama Supporter

It can be easy to become immersed in Beltway politics, in which names like Tim Pawlenty, John Ensign, and Harry Reid are instantly recognizable – or debates over the Stupak Amendment can rage on for hours.

One wonders how much of this filters down to the average voter. Does he or she really know what the public option constitutes?  How important, really, are the 2010 congressional elections to the normal citizen?

Several days ago, some political comments made by a non-politically-obsessed friend provided me some insight into how “normal” people think. This person, quite coincidentally, typified one component of the Obama coalition: she was a black college student, very intelligent, but no addict of Beltway politics.

On President Barack Obama’s main endeavor – health care – my friend was supportive enough. Health care obviously needed to be reformed, and it annoyed her that Republicans were opposing it to mostly to weaken Mr. Obama. But as for the 2010 congressional elections, my friend really didn’t give a damn. Last year we had gone to elect Obama, which was obviously important. Congressional elections, on the other hand – that didn’t exactly arouse intense passion. “What’s the worst that can happen; we lose control of Congress? So what?”

To me, this indifference provided a stark – and refreshing – contrast to the politics I read every day. This average voter considered next year’s ultimate political event relatively uninteresting, even insignificant. For pundits on MSNBC and liberal bloggers, losing control of Congress sometimes seems like the end of the world. It really isn’t – whether health care reform succeeds will influence Obama’s legacy far more than congressional elections nobody ever recalls. Sometimes the political world forgets that.

Which still doesn’t stop me from worrying over 2010.



Tags: 2010 midterm elections, average voter, Politics, Elections (all tags)



Your friend

I think typifies a majority of voters. Especially in the mid-terms. They look at congressional elections as a big yawn. And the younger the voter, the bigger the yawn.

by jsfox 2010-02-04 03:42PM | 0 recs
I think a lot of people

would benefit from getting out from behind their monitors and interacting with non-obsessed non-bloggers. There is actually a good argument that can be made for the concept that a meaningful life consists of more than just eating sleeping [working] blogging and bashing the best President we are likely to see in our whole life.

I don't expect anyone to start taking my advice at this point, but I'm just sayin'.

by QTG 2010-02-04 04:46PM | 0 recs
There's still an off chance I think

that when it comes time to vote, even many of the disinterested will show up, but they won't make a peep about it earlier.

You just won't find them marching in the streets campaigning for people.

by ND22 2010-02-04 06:41PM | 0 recs
RE: There's still an off chance I think

" “What’s the worst that can happen; we lose control of Congress? So what?” "


The vaerage person cares for politics not one iota. Compare rating on Faux News to soemthing like American Idol or Lost or even the Super-bowl.

by vecky 2010-02-06 06:51PM | 0 recs


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