Video of the Day: Democrats to Obama: Turnabout Is Fair Play

More

What it the undecideds are really just Obama voters holding out on the president?


Over at National Journal, Josh Kraushaar notes warning signs for President Obama in recent polling. But what if it's all a feint?

The Onion News Network reports on a purported phenomenon of liberal voters pretending they might cast a ballot for Romney just to see Obama sweat. He hasn't been everything they hoped for, the segment posits, so they might as well show their displeasure "before they inevitably vote for him." In particular, ONN says 63 percent of registered Democrats claim to be undecided, but "when pressed with a second question, 'OK but seriously, when it comes down to it who are you going to vote for?' 89 percent say Obama." (NB: In addition to the second, obviously made-up stat, the first one also appears to be invented.) Perhaps the best detail is the chyron: "MoveOn.org withholding endorsement just to yank Obama's chain."

As with the best satire, there's an element of truth here. Democratic enthusiasm has lagged, a phenomenon partly attributed to frustration with the Obama administration's stands on issues from war to gay rights to economic policy. Republicans, meanwhile, are concerned that Mitt Romney won't stir enough enthusiasm among conservatives. But as Conor Friedersdorf explained this morning, ideological voters may express frustration with their party's standard bearers, but they tend to eventually fall in line because they're easily swayed by calls to party unity.

Jump to comments
Presented by

David A. Graham

David Graham is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Politics Channel. He previously reported for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The National.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Is Technology Shifting Our Moral Compass?

"The experience of taking another human life becomes much more trivial."


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Juice Cleanses: The Worst Diet

A doctor tries the ever-popular Master Cleanse. Sort of.

Video

Why Did I Study Physics?

Using hand-drawn cartoons to explain an academic passion

Video

What If Emoji Lived Among Us?

A whimsical ad imagines what life would be like if emoji were real.

Video

Living Alone on a Sailboat

"If you think I'm a dirtbag, then you don't understand the lifestyle."

Feature

The Future of Iced Coffee

Are artisan businesses like Blue Bottle doomed to fail when they go mainstream?

Writers

Up
Down

More in Politics

Just In