America Is Better Off, Democrats Aren’t: The Facebook Effect
Over the weekend, Martin O’Malley, David Axelrod, and David Plouffe got into trouble for not being able to give a clean answer to the question, are you better off now than you were four years ago. The obvious answer is, of course we’re better off– the stock market has doubled, we’ve created millions more jobs than George W. Bush did in his entire presidency, Osama bin Laden is dead, the auto industry was saved, those with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied health insurance, and on and on. So why did these three political heavyweights waver and dance around the question?
The answer is obvious when you think about it; these guys are surrounded by Democrats who’ve been hurting the last four years. Although the country is clearly better off than it was when it was hemorrhaging 700,000 jobs a month, when real estate prices were in free-fall, and the banks were all failing, Democrats have been taking a silent pounding the last four years. It’s hard to tell young people, women, liberals, Latinos, and African-Americans, the core of the Democratic Party, that they’re better off when they’ve been under constant economic assault.
Ask yourself this question; What if the vast majority of unemployed were Democrats? That would certainly depress enthusiasm for President Obama, wouldn’t it? They’d have no money to send his way, and no money means no hope. What if all the college students who supported the President couldn’t land a job when they graduated? I doubt all those young people moving back in with their parents want to hear about how well America is doing since Obama was elected.
What I’m saying is, it’s entirely possible that right-wing businessmen have made it their personal goal to keep Democrats from working for them. I’ve seen this first hand in Orange County, California where the former head of the Democrat Party there is on record saying that he doesn’t see how a Democrat could go very far in business in the Republican dominated county. He made the point that banks would stand in his way making it hard to borrow money, that the business community would shun him, and that he would be at a competitive disadvantage in everything from leases to marketing costs. If Republicans have a history of doing it in Orange County, what’s to stop them from doing it nationally?
2012 may be the first Facebook election. Democrats, young people, women, and minorities who supported President Obama left a paper trail a mile wide. While they were busy celebrating, posting pictures and comments, proclaiming their support for ending torture, bringing the troops home, and restoring America’s honor, there were a lot of people taking notes. It was easy for conservative businessmen to give their payroll a quick once over and find the liberals. We’re they the first to go? I can’t say, but it’s logical to think so, and the demoralized workers who were laid off wouldn’t recognize the pattern by themselves.
With internet searches and background checks so easy, it would be a simple matter to filter out all those Obama supporters, and easy to overlook them when it came to filling a job. Young people have been disproportionately hurt in this recession, no one can find a good job, they were also President Obama’s most vociferous supporters.
I think it’s time to game this whole thing out. Use your common sense. If you were a right-wing businessman, would you hire a Democrat who supported President Obama if you had someone else who could do the job, someone who believed the same way you do? In the past, a person’s politics didn’t seem to matter, but in this age when corporations are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to elect Republicans, Democrats are sitting ducks, they’re in the cross-hairs. And that is why, in my opinion, Democratic leaders are struggling to say America is better off than it was four years ago. They don’t see it, because Democrats have been under heavy fire the entire time.