Florida Democrats, approval ratings and the State of the Union

Florida FlagPerhaps this is an all too predictable posting coming from me. But at a time when many Florida Democratic insiders are stating that the party needs to shift to the right in order to achieve electoral success, President Obama has taken a completely different tact.  The result has been the highest Presidential approval ratings since early 2013 and ratings on par with President Reagan in 1987. Reagan of course remained popular enough to virtually hand the Presidency to the Republicans for another four year term, after George H.W. Bush was nominated in the summer of 1988.

Unlike Reagan, Obama doesn’t have a scandal like Iran-Contra to derail him. Using the bully pulpit of last night’s State of the Union address to lay down the gauntlet to the nation, the President laid out a vision for America that reconnects with the best this nation can offer and was a stirring rebuke to the business-oriented drift of the nation since the 1980’s. This direction has left the income inequality gap larger than anytime in modern American history, creating essentially a classist society like Britain with little social mobility. The American Dream is for all intents and purposes dead, but President Obama seeks to revive it and that messaging is connecting with the people of this great nation.

After attempting to move to the middle in order to placate the selfish electoral considerations of some in the party, Obama has reconnected with the base and seen his approval ratings rise rapidly. Hopefully the lessons are heard loud and clear here in Florida where a narrative had developed claiming that the Democrats are too liberal and out-of-touch with “mainstream Floridians,” to compete electorally.

This is simply the latest example of Democratic operatives and consultants in Florida making excuses and trying to shift blame without really doing the proper research or analysis to explain why the party loses. Living a vacuum  as many of these operatives do, it becomes convenient to assign blame and also drift back into a comfort zone where business interests and other industries pay operatives who double as lobbyists for access to Democratic elected officials.

Often this is the motivation for claiming the party must become more “moderate” than any real empirical data. It is important that activists and other concerned parties in the state understand this and remember it come election time when candidates are told to “run to the middle,” and check any progressive beliefs at the door.


  1. Barbara DeVane · ·

    Yep. Maybe we need some new leaders or just take charge ourselves–out in the streets with the real people who are hurting.Even lots of rank and file republicans interviewed last night thought he had some good ideas they could work on with him and the Democrats. Now if we can just get all our Democrats to work with him!!Barbara


  2. great speech last night. POTUS gone wild! I loved it.


  3. Tampa Bay Demo · ·

    Well said! Now go after those darn


  4. Broward Operative · ·

    So Democrats should automatically concede elections and appear angry by playing class warfare? Also playing the race card? That seems to be what you advocate.


  5. Pat Lavins · ·

    Democrats in Florida are at a great disadvantage because they can only offer mediocre candidates. In Indian River County there was support for a candidate, Corry Westbrook, who deliberately violated Florida Voter laws. After a year long criminal investigation conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement the reality of voter fraud was clearly identified.

    Corry Westbrook who had a litany of illegal and unethical actions now has the galll to make yet another attempt to fool the Florida voters in the 2016 election.


  6. Well said Kartik. Also if weak kneed Democrats would have embraced Obama we would have done much better in 2014. Progressive values are core Democratic values. They are also the values of the majority of American and Florida people,


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