Researchers are tracking a new demographic entity for 2014 — a noticeable group of vexed voters who will arrive in the poll booth motivated by irritation and possibly payback. “Three in 10 registered voters say when they vote for a candidate in the fall midterm elections, it will be to send a message that they oppose President Obama,” reports Andrew Dugan, an analyst with Gallup, one of several pollsters that is following the phenomenon.
“Obama prominently figures in to the message self-identified Republican voters are trying to send. More than six in 10 Republicans (64 percent) say their vote will be a message of opposition to the president. This is on par with the situation in November 2010, illustrating that Republican resistance to the president is as strong today as it was before that pivotal election,” Mr. Dugan observes.
About a quarter of voters overall, say their vote is a message of support for Mr. Obama; 2 percent of Republicans and 54 percent of Democrats agree.
“This also indicates one of Obama’s problems: Only slightly more than half of Democrats are motivated to vote in support of him, while almost two-thirds of Republicans are willing to vote against him. More independents say they will vote to oppose the president (31 percent) than to support him (11 percent),” Mr. Dugan adds.
Maybe a nice summer ale could soothe the savage Congress. The nation’s craft brewers think so. “Brewnited we stand” is the motto among the many independent makers of beer described as hoppy, earthy, malty, bready and nutty, among other things. These brewers are bustling, and their presence will soon be known in the nation’s capital.
Savor, an “American craft beer and food experience,” opens in the massive National Building Museum on Friday, showcasing 76 craft brewers, plus the foods that are paired with their artisanal beverages. We’re talking duck confit, thyme-roasted quail legs, espresso-coated bison on black bread, pork belly brioche and pecan hush puppies here. Fancy, fancy. Then it’s on to American Craft Beer Week, which begins Monday and includes at least a dozen festivals around the nation.
The craft beer phenomenon could even quell partisan politics, organizers say.
“We can all get along. For centuries beer has been the common denominator beverage bringing adult appreciators and foodies together in a way that far surpasses even wine. Exciting today is the momentum small and independent craft brewers have in bringing together the red and the blue — and yes — the donkey and the elephant, the Democrats and the Republicans,” Julia Herz tells Inside the Beltway.
She is publisher of CraftBeer.com and craft beer program director of the Brewers Association, a not-for-profit trade association.
“Small business brewers are helping us find common ground, all the while contributing $34 billion to the U.S. economy, more than 360,000 jobs, with 108,440 jobs directly at breweries and brewpubs. Surely that is something both sides of the isle can applaud,” she adds.
HERITAGE FOUNDATION GETS HARD NEWS
Arriving in less than a month: That would be the Daily Signal, an aggressive and straightforward news site created by the Heritage Foundation and aimed at the computers, tablets and mobile devices of an increasingly alarmed public.
“The goal here is to fill a void we see in the media landscape,” Geoffrey Lysaught, group vice president of strategic communications, tells The Beltway, noting that coverage will be driven by original investigative reporting that he says is vital in explaining policy and politics to the public.
“There’s a massive audience who are underserved. They deeply care about the future of the country, but they have no resources to turn to,” Mr. Lysaught says. “We want straight news that is accurate, fair and trustworthy. We’ll feature conservative analysis. The news team, however, will be walled off from the analysis side.”