It looks like Democratic strategists and operatives smell disaster coming in November.
Appearing on CNN, consultant Paul Begala acknowledged Democrats have a big problem when it comes to Americans being excited about electing their candidates.
Here’s the key part of the interview between Anderson Cooper and Begala as reported by the American Mirror:
“Cooper: In past primaries and Democratic caucuses, the turnout has not been more than it has been, say in 2008. But on the Republican side, it does seem voter turnout is elevated. Is there more enthusiasm on the Republican side?
“Begala: There is, and that keeps me up at night.
“Cooper: It does…
“Begala: Oh, man. We’re not on the air… [other panelists laughed]. The enthusiasm gap is really serious. I saw a survey a few weeks ago. Seventy-one percent of conservatives say they’re excited about this election. Seventy-one! Only 40% of Millennials – a heart, one big part of the Democratic base. So there’s a 30-point gap between my party’s best voters and Republicans’ best voters.”
Begala conceded that the Democratic campaigns “are doing their job” and trying to convince voters, but it doesn’t seem to be helping much.
Then shifting into spin mode, he claimed Republicans are “looking to the establishment to save them” while Democrats are looking to the “grassroots.”
But it seems those so-called “grassroots” aren’t growing – or are enthusiastically shifting towards GOP front-runner Donald Trump.
We would disagree with Mr. Begala that Republicans are looking to the establishment to save them. That’s why Trump is leading the Republican race – it’s a venting of years (if not decades) of anger against the Establishment, who forced conservatives to vote for Bob Dole, George W. Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney.
Grass-roots conservatives and Republicans finally said “enough is enough,” and many have thrown their support behind the billionaire. It appears that plenty of grass-roots Democrats aren’t happy with Hillary Clinton and that’s why Bernie Sanders has gotten plenty of support.
We do agree that this ‘enthusiasm gap’ between the two parties is real and it could be enough to spell doom for the Democratic presidential nominee and other down-ticket races.
Do you agree with Begala that this could be the case?
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