"Fire Karen Thurman now" website up and running

CL plans to soon write up an analysis of the Sink campaign, but we can clearly say that Sink did not appear to inspire black voters, a critical piece of the Democratic base.  But then again, Democrats since 2008 have never approximated the energy  that conservatives have since the election of Barack Obama.  Conservatives, led by tea party activists, created rallies early in 2009, and were at the forefront of the public anger against the federal health care bill, a bill that still is unpopular amongst most Americans surveyed.

Speaking to CL this morning, Schorsch said that the Democrats had "an absolutely horrible get out the vote effort," and called their Campaign for Accountability program "too reactive,"  and says even the message on the party's website ("Putting Floridians First Because Security Begins At Home ") is hardly the inspiring message to turn out the troops.

Schorsch also criticized party leadership for their part in the debacle that was the Florida Democratic Primary in 2008 (that election as you'll recall was ultimately boycotted by the candidates and the delegates won in that race initially didn't count).  He says he fully expects to be denounced by Karen Thurman supporters for acknowledging his involvement with the site, but says somebody got to say it.

And incidentally, although he is criticizing those being critical of Karen Thurman, Palm Beach County Democratic Chairman Mark Alan Siegel tells the Palm Beach Post that if there's actually an opening there, he'd like to be a candidate.

Party spokesman Eric Jotkoff says about all this speculation that:

“Chair Thurman is focused right now on personally thanking everyone who volunteered at our Campaign for Accountability offices across Florida, the grassroots activists and elected leaders who work so hard to make the Sunshine State a better place to live, and all of the Floridians who contributed to the Florida Democratic Party over this last several years.”

A new website called "Fire Karen Thurman now" has been created by Saint Petersblog 2.0 blogger Peter Schorsch.

We're not surprised that in the aftermath of the electoral white-out that state Democrats suffered through on Tuesday night that dissatisfaction with party leaders is growing, and Thurman, as the literal head of the party, is the logical person that some disgruntled Dems will point fingers at.

David Royse with the News Service of Florida quoted state Senator Jeremy Ring earlier this week:

“It’s remarkable (Florida Democratic Chairwoman) Karen Thurman hasn’t resigned by now,” state Sen. Jeremy Ring, D-Margate, said just after Democrat Alex Sink gave a concession speech in the governor’s race Wednesday morning. “There needs to be new leadership of the party….All the success we had two years ago, they just let that die.”

Whether that's fair or not can be left to others to decide.  This is all very deju-vuish of exactly 8 years ago, when Alex Sink's other half, Bill McBride, got skunked by Jeb Bush, losing by 14% after primary Democratic voters narrowly voted him in over Janet Reno.  The party chair at that time was Bill Poe, who was soon ousted.

One Democrat who lost on Tuesday and thinks its totally a bum rap to blame Thurman for the GOP hurricane, tsunami, pick your weather metaphor is Dan Gelber, who told Royse:

"There were trend lines far broader than the state of Florida that affected this election.  I don’t think Karen had the ability to do anything that would have stopped the headwind we were facing. The voters are so angry at Washington, they didn’t really care about anything else."

Democrats statewide have other theories as well.  Democratic party strategist Screven Watson seemed to be putting some blame on Alex Sink in the Palm Beach Post:

Gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink didn’t inspire the Democratic voter turnout she needed to win Tuesday’s election, and she wasn’t helped by a weak slate of statewide candidates, says Democratic strategist Screven Watson.

He pointed to “abysmal” voter turnout by black voters and a lackluster showing by Democrats in general.

“Was there an enthusiasm gap? Yes, there was,” Watson said. “But I don’t believe a gubernatorial candidate can make up that gap.”

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