Crowd walks out as Obama addresses campaign rally in deep blue Maryland

Right after the NYT published an article about how critical the black vote is to Democrats' chances in the mid-terms, Obama made an appearance in Upper Marlboro, Md, a predominantly Black area in support of a candidate for lieutenant governor. As far as I know this is the first campaign appearance anyone invited him to. Reuters reports that when Obama began speaking, members of the audience headed for the exits. 

Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, people leave early

President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity. (snip)

"You've got to vote," Obama repeated over and over at a rally for Brown in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, near Washington.

Democrats have a history of not turning up to vote in midterm elections.

"There are no excuses. The future is up to us," Obama said.

A steady stream of people walked out of the auditorium while he spoke, however, and a heckler interrupted his remarks.

 

Thomas Lifson adds: Given the location near DC and major federal installations, there must have been many in the crowd who were bused in by their unions, including SEIU. They may have been reluctant to have their Sunday interrupted by a semi-mandatory appearance, or perhaps they had already collected the money and box lunch that was offered in return for boarding the busses in the first place.

 

One has to wonder what went though Obama’s mind as he saw people heading for the exits. Was it “how dare they!” or was it something closer to “Holy crap, I am in trouble!”

Either way, it cannot be good for his or the Democratic Party’s morale just 2 weeks prior to a critical election. It also suggests that the GOP should turn to a theme of “Send them a message” in its advertising campaigns, aimed not just at people who would vote GOP, but also at people who would rather stay home than cooperate with party bosses.

John Hinderaker at Powerline makes the valuable point that the walkout was not so much because the assembled (presumed) Democrats opposed Obama  but because they are bored by him. I suspect it is a mix of opposition, disgust, and boredom, feelings that might be summed up by the expression “fed up.” Attention, GOP Message-makers.

There is no recovery possible from boring.   Once you are tuned-out, you have lost the possibility of revival.

Right after the NYT published an article about how critical the black vote is to Democrats' chances in the mid-terms, Obama made an appearance in Upper Marlboro, Md, a predominantly Black area in support of a candidate for lieutenant governor. As far as I know this is the first campaign appearance anyone invited him to. Reuters reports that when Obama began speaking, members of the audience headed for the exits. 

Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, people leave early

President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity. (snip)

"You've got to vote," Obama repeated over and over at a rally for Brown in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, near Washington.

Democrats have a history of not turning up to vote in midterm elections.

"There are no excuses. The future is up to us," Obama said.

A steady stream of people walked out of the auditorium while he spoke, however, and a heckler interrupted his remarks.

 

Thomas Lifson adds: Given the location near DC and major federal installations, there must have been many in the crowd who were bused in by their unions, including SEIU. They may have been reluctant to have their Sunday interrupted by a semi-mandatory appearance, or perhaps they had already collected the money and box lunch that was offered in return for boarding the busses in the first place.

 

One has to wonder what went though Obama’s mind as he saw people heading for the exits. Was it “how dare they!” or was it something closer to “Holy crap, I am in trouble!”

Either way, it cannot be good for his or the Democratic Party’s morale just 2 weeks prior to a critical election. It also suggests that the GOP should turn to a theme of “Send them a message” in its advertising campaigns, aimed not just at people who would vote GOP, but also at people who would rather stay home than cooperate with party bosses.

John Hinderaker at Powerline makes the valuable point that the walkout was not so much because the assembled (presumed) Democrats opposed Obama  but because they are bored by him. I suspect it is a mix of opposition, disgust, and boredom, feelings that might be summed up by the expression “fed up.” Attention, GOP Message-makers.

There is no recovery possible from boring.   Once you are tuned-out, you have lost the possibility of revival.