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January 17th, 2012
09:15 PM ET

Letters to the President #1093: 'The Democrats rally'

Reporter's Note: Some people exercise every day. Some go fishing. I write to the president.

Dear Mr. President,

I was looking at some of our latest polling and I noticed something that ought to make you breathe a sigh of relief: Enthusiasm for the upcoming election has risen sharply among your Democrats. It’s not yet on par with the energy on the Republican side, but it is much closer.

Frankly, the news rather surprised me. For months, everywhere I’ve gone, I’ve encountered Republicans who are salivating for the upcoming vote; all but collecting cardboard boxes, and volunteering their pickups to help you move out of the White House.

On the Democratic side? Let’s just say some of the Dems I’ve met have given a new definition to the words “great depression.” Many of them have seemed like Republicans were before your election; dispirited, melancholy, giving up before the race is even run.

But now that seems to be history. Your legions are rising to the challenge! I’m not sure what is motivating them. Maybe they’ve taken a second look at your leadership (which, as you know, was leaving even many of your fans underwhelmed) or maybe they’ve just grown so concerned about a Republican resurgence, that they’ve decided they’d better get excited or suffer the consequences.

It shouldn’t matter to you. No matter how you slice it, those polls sound like the horns of a Democratic cavalry charge in the distance. Whether it will be enough for you to win re-election remains to be seen, but tonight you can certainly rest a little easier, and your Republican challengers can ponder what the battlefield will look like closer to Election Day. Heaven knows, the path ahead won’t be the walk down the golf course that we’ve seen for them so far.

Btw- Happy Wife’s Birthday! Hope the celebrations went well. I assume my invitation was lost in the mail?

Regards,
Tom

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