published Sunday, May 20th, 2012

John Wolfe making a stunning showing against Barack Obama

In case you hadn't noticed, a Democrat by the name of John Wolfe is making a stunning showing in the upcoming Arkansas primary against President Barack Obama.

Yes, that John Wolfe. Our John Wolfe: the Chattanooga-area attorney who previously has sought Tennessee's 3rd District seat in Congress.

In Arkansas' 4th congressional district, for instance, a recent poll puts support for Obama among Democratic primary voters at only 45 percent, compared with Wolfe's 38 percent. An additional 17 percent are undecided.

Perhaps this shouldn't be such a surprise. Obama has failed famously in his attempts to connect with blue-collar voters. Recall his remarks in 2008 about working-class people who "get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

Even then-rival Hillary Clinton labeled the remarks "elitist and out of touch," and her campaigners in North Carolina passed out stickers reading, "I'm not bitter."

Today, while there is no threat that Wolfe will wrest the nomination from Obama, the disaffection toward Obama among more moderate Democrats remains.

Did you hear about the West Virginia Democratic primary? Here is Businessweek's take on the May 8 vote: "A federal inmate who is running for president won 42 percent of the vote in West Virginia's Democratic primary yesterday. ... Keith Judd is serving time at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas for making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999. ... With 70,348 voters, Obama won the primary with 57 percent."

Wolfe, speaking with National Review Online, put Obama's problem with many Democrats rather simply: "He doesn't understand them," Wolfe said, citing issues such as health care reform.

Come November, we'll find out whether Obama's lack of connection with those voters drives them into the Romney camp -- or discourages them to such a degree that they decide to stay home on Election Day altogether.

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It's amazing how much interest you put into useless theater.

Well, actually, it's not, since you have nothing better to do. Not like you can go into Paul-bot territory.

And I find Obama's description of many local voters to be quite accurate. Not that it's insightful or knew, such things have existed since the Anti-Masonic Know-Nothing party.

May 20, 2012 at 12:22 a.m.
EaTn said...

Would Ron Paul winning in Tennessee make a difference in Mitt's position?

May 20, 2012 at 6:33 a.m.
conservative said...

And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.(Mark 3:25)

May 20, 2012 at 8:25 a.m.
Hilltopp said...

'conservative' should target Republicans in the House and Senate with his bible quotations. They are clearly dividing this country against itself by taking no compromise positions.

I am guessing Wolfe opposes Obama because of more left leaning views than right leaning. In the fall I got 10 bucks he votes for Obama.

May 20, 2012 at 1:58 p.m.
conservative said...


Better only half the nation being fools than the other half also voting for Obamination.

May 20, 2012 at 4:05 p.m.
suretylink said...

Hilltop must live in an alternative universe. The President, not only takes 'no compromise' positions, he doesn't even make public counteroffers on the budget. He offers budgets that get not one vote from anyone from even his own party. The Democrats in the Senate haven't met their statutory duty to offer one and he ignores the recommendations of Simpson-Bowles, his own bi-partisan Presidential Commission. Meanwhile, the GOP Congress has passed at least two budgets and, for better or worse, even acquiesced in the raising of the debt ceiling, without seeing any of the promised domestic cuts. Spin it how you want, Obama is plain unpopular and so is his Socialism. Hopefully, the Supreme Court will remind everyone of how him and his party abused the power they had prior to the 2010 election and convince them that they need to finish the job by throwing him out in 2012.

May 20, 2012 at 4:35 p.m.
Hilltopp said...

Typical of right wing politics...attack the person.

The republicans in the senate continuously filibuster legislation by a duly and constitutionally elected majority. The number of filibusters by republicans since 2008 is exponentially higher than anything we have ever seen. True it is completely allowable under the rules but our government is being paralyzed by utter refusal to compromise. It certainly is no Jimmy Stuart in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" so please don't try to make that romantic analogy.

Signed promises such as the Norquist tax pledge is another example of a comprehensive strategy of "no compromise" by the right wing.

Positions currently being taken by the right wing are so extreme they are reminiscent of Wallace's no compromise stance "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever." How wrong was that?!

I would argue that your characterizations of "socialism" and "abuse of power" are matters of labeling that is one-sided. Your labels are subjective, intended to be proof in themselves without discussion and demonizing it appears from my universe. Please try to understand the position of the other side so that we may have a conversation and not a food fight.

May 20, 2012 at 7:01 p.m.

If you pay attention, you notice that those "Obama budgets" everybody votes against are all proposed by Republicans who are simply asserting that it is Obama's budget, but in reality, it's just their deliberately skewed version.

The spin is Republican. And so is the idea that "bipartisanship" is everybody agreeing with what you want. And the GOP congress is reneging on the cuts they agreed to in the debt limit talks. What to do about that broken promise?

May 20, 2012 at 10:41 p.m.
susanika said...

I can't believe you all actually ran a nice, unbiased article about Mr. Wolfe. Your previous articles have been dirt-seeking, sensational tabloid crap from an obvious Wolfe hater....Chris somebody or nobody.

May 20, 2012 at 11:11 p.m.
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