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Are Valley Dems paying attention?

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published November 22, 2011

Long-time Democrats in the Mahoning Valley, especially those involved in Jimmy Carter’s 1976 presidential campaign, will remember the name Patrick Caddell. He served as pollster for Carter and was quite familiar with this heavily Democratic region.

Caddell and another Democratic pollster, Douglas E. Schoen, have attracted national attention because of their opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal. It’s headlined, “The Hillary Moment.” The thesis of the article is as follows: President Obama should abandon his candidacy for re-election in favor of a clear alternative, one capable of not only saving the Democratic Party, but more important, of governing effectively and in a way that preserves the most important of the president’s accomplishments.” And the clear alternative, Caddell and Schoen argue, is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

That should pique the interest of Democrats in the Mahoning Valley, given that the Clinton name is still political gold here. Bill Clinton carried Mahoning and Trumbull counties by huge margins during his two campaigns for president, and Hillary Clinton beat Obama convincingly in the two counties in the 2008 Democratic primary. It is also telling that while Obama’s approval rating remains below 50 percent, Hillary Clinton has an approval rating of 69 percent.

Caddell and Schoen have put in print what many Democrats in this region and around the country are saying about the party’s political fortunes in 2012 with Obama leading the ticket. Republicans believe they not only have a a good chance of winning the presidency, but of taking over the Senate from the Democrats and increasing their majority in the House.

Democratic leaders in  heavily Democratic Mahoning Valley need to have the kind of honest discussion about President Obama and Hillary Clinton that Caddell and Schoen have in their opinion piece.


1andersonathan(687 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Here is a theory, lets give more money to the poor taxed from the rich. Then maybe the poor will will create jobs and we can consider this the trickle up theory? Or throw out the crap [anyone in office]

When Youngstown Schools were [are] failing a lot of people wanted the Superintendent out yet no one has called for City Council to quit, Hagan, Brown, Ryan, Boccieri and the rest?

Maybe just maybe in 2012 make a change for your self aim low maybe get out of the top 10

Heck maybe I should start printing T-shirts supporting being number 1 and make a dollar off of your misery.

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2doubled(210 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

andersonathan -- do you mind if i ask if your other 462 comments are as unintelligible as #463?? Just curious.

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3andersonathan(687 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

OK what part do you not understand.

The Dems do not have a clue anymore. The shape of the valley reflects their leadership over the past few decades and that would be 47.9 poverty rate & number one in the country. Thank your Dems for that.

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