President Obama addressed the critical importance of a big progressive Democrat turnout at the polls during the November elections on Michael Baisden’s radio show.
“The reason we won [in 2008] is because young people, African Americans, Latinos — people who traditionally don’t vote in high numbers — voted in record numbers. We’ve got to have that same kind of turnout in this election,” Obama said. “If we think that we can just vote one time, then we have a nice party at Obama’s inauguration, and then we can kind of sit back and suddenly everything’s going to change – that’s just not how it works.”
Obama also stressed what it would mean if those evil Republicans were allowed to gain a majority on Capital Hill.
“They are fired up. They are mobilized. They see an opportunity to take back the House, maybe take back the Senate,” he said. “If they’re successful in doing that, they’ve already said they’re going to go back to the same policies that were in place during the Bush administration. That means that we are going to have just hand-to-hand combat up here on Capitol Hill.”
We understand that the President was measuring his words carefully. I am sure that his choice of the words ‘hand to hand combat’ was an understatement. He is from Chicago after all, and we have all become familiar with the ‘Chicago Way’.