They've seen an administration staffed with lackeys, hangers-on, horse judges, cronies, and buddies from home. They've see what a devastating impact staffing government with the incompetent and unqualified can have.
It's a real issue - and it's more than just cabinet positions and agency leadership.
Do you think FEMA is run by 5 people in Washington? Do you think the thousands of people necessary to administer a large - but vital - government agency are particularly fired up to work for an agency that's being treated as place to put friends and donors?
Do you think the DoJ is getting the best and brightest prosecutors - the people that are charged with locking up terrorists, mob bosses, and the like - when Justice becomes a little more than a partisan hit squad?
Do you think the military is getting - and keeping - the best and brightest junior officers, tomorrow's NSC, tomorrow's joint chiefs - when the mantra is more expensive weapons, but substandard housing, substandard benefits, and substandard health care?
You'll pardon me if I think a government "you can drown in a bathtub" doesn't make for a good talent recruitment tool.
know the citation for the Kennedy-Hatch bill the last question was asked about?
McCain didn't really seem to want to have that unqualified "yes" on record, and seemed to want to get a qualifier in there that got overridden by the applause. I'm curious if there's been any action on it.... Of course, since McCain has set new records for a Presidential candidate missing senate votes - I doubt he's cast anything on it, but I'm curious.
I'll give you this, you're well on your way to getting that hyperbole merit badge.
The simple fact of the matter is that unlike the congressional landscape, the Presidential election was simply never going to follow the same model.
What's more, John McCain is the perfect - in fact, the ONLY, GOP candidate that can really run as a 'party outsider'... honest or not, the media narrative was just there for him... but the Obama campaign has been quite good at chipping away at it.
If this 'epic collapse' - which just happens to coincide with the same time we see the standard convention bounce take effect - means we're back to tie game (though, state by state, it's simply not true -- Obama's cushion is gone, but if the election were held today, all signs say Obama still wins a squeaker).... well... I'll take that "epic collapse" any day of the week.
Some folks just don't seem to have the intellectual wherewithal to understand how polling works and see the big picture around it.... Are you one of them?
Rass the ONLY pollster - beyond an old and suspect Columbus Dispatch poll showing McCain up 1 pt - that has shown a McCain lead.
Every other poll has showed, at worst, a tie. Sure - Q is the only poll showing Obama up outside the MOE.
But this is hardly a case of one pollster being right and another being wrong... It's a case of either one single pollster nailing it, while everyone else has it wrong -- or some degree of being right among everyone else and one pollster being wrong.
But there's no evidence that Obama is in a position where he's hurting financially.
If the balance sheet says it's time to conserve resources, fine... but we don't have any evidence of that.
All indicators - rumors and statements from the Obama campaign - are that they broke their fundraising record with their August numbers. I suspect they're waiting for an opportune news cycle to release the actuals.
This isn't Kerry 2004 - where we're stuck with 80 million. Obama figures to have at 50% more to spend this cycle.
Is GA probably a waste of money right now? Yes.
Is extraordinarily cheap ND? No.
Is Indiana? No. Fer chrissakes.... we don't have any polls that tell us anything besides good news yet.
Is NC? No. SUSA looks like an outlier fueled by a screwy party ID sample.
Is also quite cheap MT? Hell no - especially not with Ron Paul now officially on the ballot. A plurality can win MT now.
Now... should the Obama campaign be wise about where they deploy Obama, Biden, and top surrogates? Absolutely.
But there's no evidence that Obama needs to begin worrying about where he spends his cash because right now, all signs say he can still afford to spend money on what are still longshots.