This is today's editorial: THE WORST VOTER TURNOUT IN 72 YEARS
"Over all, the national turnout was 36.3 percent; only the 1942 federal election had a lower participation rate at 33.9 percent. The reasons are apathy, anger and frustration at the relentlessly negative tone of the campaigns."First of all, the editorial is right about voter turnout, although mid-term elections usually have low turnout. Normally, the ones who show up are the ones angry with the incumbent, as we saw in 2010, 2006, 1994 and so on.
The editorial is wrong is saying that 2014 was devoid of ideas or themes. Obviously, The NY Times did not listen to the candidates' debates or watch the commercials.
The themes were clear: Repeal ObamaCare, stop the expansion of the federal government and send President Obama a message that we don't like his aloof attitude about leadership. Those were the messages that defeated Democrat incumbents in North Carolina, Alaska and will soon cost another her seat in Louisiana. Across the land, the GOP ran against President Obama and won.
Yes, many Democrats did not show up. They didn't show up because there was nothing to show up for. "Hope and change" is old, a message from the past that has done little to help the Democrat base.
The NY Times needs to listen to voters. Perhaps they would have more readers if they actually hear what voters are saying from coast to coast.
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