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November 5th, 2009
07:56 AM ET

Dems worried about defecting independents

Political heartburn. After two big election night losses in New Jersey and Virginia, some Democrats are beginning to wonder if their party is out of step with the American people.

Republicans won in both states Tuesday night thanks in large part to independent voters – the same independent voters who helped sweep Barack Obama into the White House just one year ago. CNN's Suzanne Malveaux reports.

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  1. Scar1

    Most democrats are not worried about Independents defecting. That is not true. If they want to follow those crazy conservatives with the GOP and their brainless summations of government with President Obama as President then go ahead jump ship like rats. One thing for sure "it is a long swim back to shore."

    So, Independents think the "grass is greener on the other side"? Okay ask Dick Army why when asked by CNN he could not give a straight answer to whom he endorse-only lip service of "your're either conservative or your're not" . So, where in this picture do you see liberal, moderate, gay, Black, Latino, Latina or any thereof?

    And why did NC folk vote no? Blue Cross Blue Shield-Lobbyist got paid and paid. So did these folk with their support from them.

    Do any of you see how much the Insurance Industry plays a part of most American's lives. They talk about Government being too much involved with the American people but has anyone notice how much the Insurance Industry is involved in all our lives: Health Insurance; Car Insurance; Renter's Insurance; Mortgage Insurance; Life Insurance; Flood Insurance; Hurricane Insurance; Fire Insurance; School Insurance-hell Insurance Insurance-so, who is playing who here?

    Insurance is big business with a capital B!!! Wall Street, CEO kind of stuff that sees this Healthcare Bill as busting them up like AT&T or Ma Bell. So, they are not about to tell the truth or be willing to cooperate with anyone but, themselves-for that bonus check!

    And get this the GOP is hanging on with the bit because they are just hoping President Obama does not successed and remember Limbaugh used that operative word Failure and the charge was on.

    If Dick Army cannot endorse anyone but sound off on conservative rant-either or or not then yeah the GOP is grasping for any oxygen they can muster. He would not even answer with the names given: Palin, Romney or the like-and that is bad to the bone. So, I figure they will hold out until the end in making it clear their nominee because they just cannot wait for that "failure" moment supposedly with Obama.

    But, Barack H. Obama and Pelosi are standing along with his entire administration until Jesus comes. Gullah , Gullah that! If I were the GOP I would be ashame that in the years past and now they could not present a bill in comparasion to the Democratic bill. So the Democrats worked and presented 2000 pages-so what? They worked and had something to show besides running their mouths. So, the GOP did not have or has anything in writing that can be compared to the Deomocratic bill which would help the American people if the two would be reviewed and interchanged for a bill that is viable and works for the general public? So, they waste our time and money and complain about dollars when they waste our money looking stupid and constantly saying no to everything presented but, have nothing in common or to present as an option. Now who is playing who? And don't answer Steele-you are not in charge-really-the smile is cute but, it is really annoying.

    November 9, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  2. ALLAN

    For many years I was registered as a Republican, and actually had acheived substantial rank among other REAL conservatives within the party.

    I abandoned the party when George the First started ignoring the Constitution by seizing property without prosecution and feeding the American media false propaganda through the Office of Political Diplomacy.

    Once the Republican Party was completely hijacked by the "neo-cons" and "Christian" religious fanatics, I never went back.

    It is my impression that many of the so-called independents are disgruntled former Republicans and people who are easily swayed by the false information and distorted "facts" spewed from the mouths of people like Michelle Bachman, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.

    I pray for the return of "The Fairness Doctrine"!

    November 9, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  3. independent

    How DEMS can keep power:

    1. Pass 10 hr min. wage in every state.

    2. Have a larger fine for drunk drivers and red light cameras in each state; use the money for rebuilding infrastructure. Reward good choices instead of "bailing out" the bad.

    3. All political felons should lose pensions and the money should be used for healthcare.

    4. Pass a public option (with great hope insurance companies WILL go out of business. It's called Karma)

    5. Any company participating in tarp will pay 25 percent interest if they are even one day late on payment. Checks should be mailed to taxpayers on interest accrued every six months. (Lets treat those companies as they have treated us)

    6. Create a cabinet level position: domestic and foreign financial accountability secretary.

    7. Charge huge fines and increase penalties for identity theft.

    8. Stop with the "sin taxes". Having an affair is worse then having a soda but you all don't tax affairs or divorce, right?

    9. Tie trade to: human, enviornmental, and animal treatment in other countries.

    10. Be preventative not reactionary: Fix bridges, have security in place and large fines for breaches of electronic medical records, have one coping skills class (instead of study hall) in each junior and high school (dealing with anger, balancing a check book, how not to go in to debt, loss of a relationship, ethics, ETC) before don't ask don't tell is repealed; have workshops for all troops, get mercury out of all vaccines, lessen the fees for people wanting to start a business, give landlords who allow pets a nice tax break; animals are there for people when they are needed; in this economy we need to be there for them. And, the prevention list goes on....think ahead

    11. Have a healthcare scratch ticket or Lotto for healthcare. People buy this stuff anyway and it could go to a great cause like emergency healthcare community centers in each state.

    12. I could give hundreds more ideas. So, could many Americans. Implement some ideas from everyday people and we could solve so many of our problems.

    November 7, 2009 at 9:59 pm |
  4. Mitchell

    It used to be "yes we can". Now it has turned into "yes you will". Wow change you can believe in.

    November 6, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  5. John

    Everyone voted for change last November when they voted for Hussein Obama. Well, we got it. Unfortunately it was not change for the better. The Dems have done nothing to improve the situation and in fact have made it worse. Yet for some reason CNN continues to be their lap dogs. What ever happened to fair and unbiased reporting? Oh yeah it is on Fox.

    November 6, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  6. chris

    10.2% How much longer can we blame it on Bush before the rest of the Dems take there heads out of the Cool Ade? Hope and change. Where it go? Hope and change I don't know? Like Barrack?

    November 6, 2009 at 8:59 am |
  7. Frank

    Are the Independent Voters voting to get it all thier way, have a new interest in politics, shallow interest in politics, all the above or what? Both side have their pros and cons and I think have a pattern to how they do things. If they collectively put an agenda together I would say they holding to their agenda.

    November 6, 2009 at 5:27 am |
  8. Charlott Kingsley

    It's a bit late to wonder if they are out of step with the American people. They have put us trillions into debt (George Bush's fault, of course!) with no good result. They are trying hardest to put us even further in debt as a country and as American wage earners.

    November 5, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  9. Ralph Patch

    This election means nothing on a national level. I would hope people are not stupid enough to vote the jerks responsible for all this back into office. By next year, the economy will be much stronger and the health care bill will be passed. The democrats will easily win next year as a result.

    November 5, 2009 at 9:17 am |
  10. Frank

    I'm registered as an Independent because I'm to lazy to change it to Democrate. Are Independents new to politics Old and Young and haven't pick a sides yet?

    November 5, 2009 at 9:11 am |
  11. Don

    I am an Independent Voter, He has been trying to just pacify people instead of Making Solid decisions one way or the other, Put more Troops In or take them all out, Don`t just sit on it, We are an occupying force that are starting to make enemies out of the very people we are there to help.
    Cut out and let them run their own Countries.
    He also needs to put his endorsement on 2 Bills, 1 would defiantly improve the Economy – H.R. 1866 "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009" This will clear this country to grow Food,Fiber and Oil Crops, Has Nothing to do with Drugs, It was DEA Classified out of Ignorance.

    The 2nd Issue is the Patchwork Quilt we have of Medical Marijuana States that is starting to cause problems enhanced by his recent Memo to the Justice Dept, Stop being wishy-washy and either endorse – HB 2835 Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act 2009 or take the "Bush" Stance, AGAIN – One way or the other!

    And You ask, Why is he losing Independents?
    I give him a lot of Credit though, It could be much worse than it is Now!!

    November 5, 2009 at 8:47 am |
  12. Sharon,Daniel Island

    dems need to get a long term method of getting out the vote.when we stay home the republicans always win

    November 5, 2009 at 8:41 am |
  13. Jane Beck

    Where was Michelle Bachman while the Bush administration was blanket wiretapping America? She is so very concerned with privacy rights and keeping the government out of our lives!

    November 5, 2009 at 8:20 am |
  14. Sarah Katz

    The Lewin Group is part of United Health Care which has a vested interest in defeating health care reform. In addition, UHC was cited as providing less than excellent service. Full disclosure of the source of data provided on your show whether by you or a guest should be made.

    November 5, 2009 at 8:20 am |
  15. Dwight M Lee

    why, as usual, is John hammering rep bachmann?
    He ALWAYS hammers R's but NEVER Dem's!!

    November 5, 2009 at 8:18 am |