Obama diagnoses Democrats with ‘congenital disease’

 President Barack Obama speaking Wednesday to a small crowd at Cheesman Park in Denver, Colo. (Photo: EPA/Bob Pearson)
President Obama speaking Wednesday to a small crowd at Cheesman Park in Denver, Colo. (Bob Pearson/EPA)

Do the Democrats have a “congenital disease” that keeps them from turning out for mid-term elections? President Obama sure thinks that’s what keeps Democratic voters at home. Obama used the phrase Wednesday at a fundraiser in Denver, Bloomberg News reported. They counted five other times he’s used the phrase at Democratic fundraisers since April 9.

Both parties, of course, see a substantially lower turnout in non-presidential years, so maybe the disease is catching. Obama’s concern, obviously, is that a low turnout will result in the GOP taking over the Senate as well as perhaps expanding their edge in the House. (Not that having the Senate majority now is helping him move his agenda.)

But are the Ds’ low turnout numbers really a defect they were born with, like a heart condition? Or is it especially acute these days because they don’t see a whole lot to cheer about?

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.

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