Democrats and liberals don’t have a very positive view of the Democratic party, which could spell doom in the 2010 midterm elections.
Greg Sargent’s Plum Line blog says previously unreleased numbers from an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll show that less than 1/4 of Democrats and liberals are very enthusiastic about their party.
One of the pollsters who took the survey tells me that if current trends continue, the 2010 elections could shape up as a national version of the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial elections, which Republicans won in part due to lack of Dem enthusiasm. The new numbers suggest Dems could pay a heavy political price for jettisoning liberal priorities in the quest to get moderate Dems to support health care reform.
The danger here is that lack of enthusiasm could mean Democratic areas could fail to turn out to the polls while Republican strongholds push the GOP to victory.