Voters Are Just Not That Into Liberals

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Deception is a political survival mechanism for the Left. When large swaths of the country hear your political label as a term of derision, speaking your beliefs openly can be political suicide. So there is predictably a divergence between the message for enlightened insiders, like those on the conference call, and the one for the great unwashed. Though all politicians downplay their unpopular positions and highlight their popular ones, the Gallup poll suggests that liberal politicians need to do this more than others.


By now, politics watchers are familiar with the two faces of the Obama administration. The pattern involves loudly speaking out against an unpopular policy and then quietly pursuing that unpopular policy. For instance, the president is a vocal critic of deficits, but has presided over the most costly deficits in U.S. history. In politics, perception trumps reality.

Rather than spotlight the cornerstones of his agenda, the president has attempted to hide much of it from view. Scheduling the Obama Care vote for a weekend night in the House of Representatives and for Christmas Eve in the Senate took advantage of a distracted electorate to pass what the public found unattractive. Similarly, the lame duck session, one of the most legislatively productive periods for President Obama, exploited outgoing legislators at their least accountable and holiday-preoccupied voters at their least engaged.

Because a republican form of government imposes obstacles to governing against the will of the people, the Obama administration is in the position, especially now with fewer allies on Capitol Hill, of having to run an end-around on democracy to codify its agenda. Examples abound: the executive branch refusing to defend U.S. law, i.e., the Defense of Marriage Act, in U.S. court; injecting controversial end-of-life counseling into the Federal Register after legislators had rejected it; and imposing “net neutrality” through Federal Communications Commission edict after Congress balked. When the legislative process stalls, President Obama turns to executive orders, judicial legislation, and bureaucratic fiat.

While the White House clearly understands the political dynamics standing athwart its ideological vision, its most fervent supporters—the ones on the other end of that secret conference call—don’t. Disappointment unmoored from political reality regarding the administration’s failure to pass a single-payer health plan or to restore the Fairness Doctrine demonstrates the degree to which many activists misunderstand the desires of their fellow countrymen. The concentration of Democratic voters in ideologically affirming urban enclaves does much to further such delusions. For the Far Left, the public’s rejection of their ideas is explained away through diagnoses of “false consciousness” or, in the words of What’s the Matter with Kansas? author Thomas Frank, “self-denying votes” in which the Left’s natural constituency somehow gets tricked into voting Right.

But Gallup’s poll shows conservatives eclipsing liberals 42 to 20 percent in Wisconsin, 45 to 17 percent in North Carolina, and 43 to 17 percent in Missouri. And those are states that the president won in 2008. To loosely paraphrase a popular dating guide for single women, voters are just not that into the liberals. The Obama Administration’s attempts to announce one health-care policy to the public at a media event and another to its left-wing supporters on a clandestine call is a tacit acknowledgment of this.

Daniel J. Flynn is the author of A Conservative History of the American Left (Crown Forum, 2008), Intellectual Morons (Crown Forum, 2004), and Why the Left Hates America (Prima Forum, 2002). He has appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, Sky News, PBS, CSPAN, and other broadcast networks. He writes a Monday column forHuman Events and blogs at


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  • ann

    I am opting out of Obama Care no matter what! so I wouldn't vote for this scum if you paid me to! Liberals aren't that cute! and we aren't into them!

  • Bob Madden

    Nicely done.

  • davarino

    Keep on lie'n O, it dove tails nicely into our 2012 plans. What a fraud, charlitan, two faced lying non citizen : ) hehehehe thats right, I said it. Oh well, we dont have to prove he isnt a natural born citizen, cause he aint going to be prez for long anyway. I am not worried about the harm he is doing, because all that does is rip the mask off the left that has been nickel and diming us to death for the last 50+ years.

  • PAthena

    The name "liberal" has been used as a euphemism for "socialist," but classic liberalism is not socialist. President Obama and his gang are socialists, but not even democratic socialists.

  • Spider

    I can't wait to watch the presidential debates for 2012 All that Obamas' apponent has to bring up is the 1000 or so instances of "Obama said this" verses what "Obama actually did" I'm going to really enjoy seeing that on national television – I'm buying the popcorn right now

  • Steeloak

    A more correct way of looking at it is that the left in this country has an agenda, an agenda that they passionately believe in and work at constantly to achieve. The agenda is a revolutionary transformation of America into a Marxist/Socialist utopia. They are also aware that the vast majority of Americans violently oppose this agenda, hence they simply lie about what they are doing. They lie as naturally as they breathe. Deception is their way of life. There is nothing new about this, other than that the got one of their own elected president based on the lies. J. Edgar Hoover wrote about this in his book "Masters of Deceit", well worth reading.

  • USMCSniper

    The progressive agenda of the liberals and leftists is diametrically opposite the founding principles within the U.S. Constitution. Therefore, every attempt to destroy the Constitution is being made by unconstitutional laws and decisions rendered by progressive activist judges and democrat legislatures. The progressive agenda cannot work because it is based on false premises that always have failed, rather than on reality.

  • Jim_C

    "We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace—business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering.

    They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.

    Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me—and I welcome their hatred.

    I should like to have it said of my first Administration that in it the forces of selfishness and of lust for power met their match. I should like to have it said of my second Administration that in it these forces met their master."

  • tagalog

    The obvious weasel words are if the states can offer similar health care to citizens as Obamacare without inflating the deficit.

    The same standard should be applied to Obamacare. But it's already been signed into law, so that will never happen.

    President Obama's statement also avoids the very heart of the issue, which is that the government ought to stay out of health care altogether. We have Medicare and Medicaid, which we'll play hell getting rid of, but that's no reason to spend even more taxpayer money on more national health.

  • Maggie

    A now for a refreshing note.
    Republican Bill Ketron from Tennesee is trying to pass a law to stop Sharia law.
    Stay tuned.
    I guess the "Sharia4America" rally got cancelled scheduled in DC today.
    The "Islamic Thinkers Society" which in itself is a oximoron, will have to pick another day.
    Maybe they will pick our President's Birthday!

    • suzette

      Maybe April 1?

      If we don't take Islamists seriously, it is we who are the April fools.

  • Maggie

    Sorry, spelling error. OXYmoron.

  • votedagainstoby

    OBAMACARE is an OXYmoron

  • Maggie

    The Obama health care system is nothing more than a "Dhimmi law."
    The first step to Islamisize and to destablize the West from within.
    The same thing happened in Europe or now "Eurabia."
    Between the Freemason's display of "Muslim Prayer Day" on the Mall in DC which determined the secret future "destiny of America",
    The next step to Islamisize is healthcare( which by the way, does not apply to Muslims.)
    Is America, Saudi America.

  • Terri Rubio

    You think you’ve seen it all, and then you find something like this. This is truly something awesome, but it was extremely interesting and I’m glad I read it.