Friday, November 6, 2009

Ralph Reed: Elections were "disaster" for Dems

Tuesday’s election results were a disaster for the White House and the Democratic party. Not only did the Obama coalition of young voters and minorities not return to the polls (African-American turnout fell from 20 to 16 percent of the electorate in Virginia, for example, while the youth vote fell by 50 percent from 2008), but independents abandoned Obama’s favored candidates in droves. Chris Christie carried indies by a 58–30 percent margin in a three-way race, and Bob McDonnell won independents two-to-one.

Perhaps that is why the White House spin machine — personified by David Axelrod and David Plouffe — went into overdrive to suggest that (the) truly salient fact that came out of 2009 was the impending civil war between conservatives and moderates in the Grand Old Party.

This is utter nonsense.

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