August 22nd, 2008
10:22 AM ET
6 years ago

John King: Do the Democrats have an August curse?

August has not been a friendly month to Democrats.
August has not been a friendly month to Democrats.

(CNN) - That’s probably not the best way to put it, but in elections they have lost, Democrats often look back and view August as a wasted or just plain horrible month.

In 2004, for example, John Kerry led most national polls heading into August; his biggest lead was in the five-point range. But by early September, some surveys had President Bush up by as many as 10 points.

The Democratic collapse of 20 years ago is the stuff of legend. Michael Dukakis was up 17 points in some national polling after his July convention, but that lead started to fade in August and in the end Dukakis won just 10 states.

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soundoff (222 Responses)
  1. hillybilly

    no they are just haunted by all the mccain lies.

    August 22, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Seattle Sue

    If you believe in curses, then you probably believe John McCain does not lie in his TV ads.

    August 22, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. James Jones

    Obama is TOAST folks.....too much baggage...... read his book Audacity of hope carefully. Some paragraphs will curl your hair.
    James J
    Salt Lake City

    August 22, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. INDENPENDENT - NYC

    I think the republican party has figured that a certain percentage of the American voting public are so emotional and lets face it – lacking the ability to reason that it has been concluded if you say something enough they will believe it.

    Say your opponent is rich, elite, unpatriotic and unfeeling. Yet, he is only worth 1/3 what you are worth some 167 million combined with 7 houses. If you say it enough people will believe it even if its not true; the republicans have repeated there baseless attacks over and over and after the fact the American public becomes aware that they were deceived or lied to about that person character but the American public have a terribly short memory.

    We want to be first in the world and this is how we pick our President.

    August 22, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. ChuckinCT

    Check out this new VP Candidate..he is perfect for the job:

    Chet Edwards – (D) Texas

    August 22, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. WeBoDave

    This race has not changed that much. Your own polll of polls has been in the one to seven point Obama lead range since the nominees were known. For a race without an incumbent there should be no expectation of a huge Senator Obama lead. The underlying theme that Obama is underperforming is greatly exagerated.

    August 22, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. kenny cole

    It is just simple we not going to vote for someone who vote for war,or some one who doesn't know how many house he has truely maccain is out of touch

    August 22, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. Jack James

    Obama favors Islam/Muslim the proof is in his books...read it folks.
    Jack J
    New York

    August 22, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. Matthew

    McCain 08

    August 22, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. BK

    Obama hides from every one on one debate and refuses to do town hall meetings because when you take the prepared speech and teleprompter away Obama is lost. Does he really think the American people are going to elect him reading everything? How dumb does he think we are?

    August 22, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. John in Mlps.

    Rock on Obama! You are the cult of personality and your supporters hate everyone who does not fit your mold of a perfect society.

    August 22, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. Silence Dogood

    "mccain who is too anxious to get us into another war"

    But what about Obama? 3 of 4 caes he is war president too!
    Iraq – bring most troops home.
    Afganistan – send more troups – like McCain
    Israel/Palestine – support Israel – like McCain
    Iran – "no options off the table" – like McCain

    Do Obama supoporters just close their eyes to this?

    August 22, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. Susan

    This is totally different then when Dukakis ran. The polls are incorrect as they can only do landline. The race will end with Obama as the winner by a larger margin than predicted. People are finally seeing what a despicable man McCain truly is

    August 22, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. GeorgeW

    IF the Hillary Clinton supporters vote for John McCain JUST because Barack Obama beat her in the primararies, they will get what they deserve, and will deepen the hard feelings that most men have about women.
    Grow up. She lost. Join her to defeat McHouse, don't help defeat Obama because you want her to run in 2012.
    Bill Clinton is the main reason she isn't the nominee. He did her in in more ways than one.

    Vote for Obama. He can't allow McCain to get another house...the White House.

    August 22, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. Hey

    Yes, the curse is pundits saying there's a curse.

    Obama 08

    August 22, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  16. Ed,Fl

    It's all part of the media political game. Obama is doing fine and he will win in november. We elect president based on electoral votes not by popular vote. Obama is ahead in most battlegroud states and running strongly in some republican stronghold.
    By the way, i am very disappointed of CNN biased coverage against Obama. CNN is loosing credibility cause of journalist like Brown Campbell.

    August 22, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. Ian

    Actually I can't decide which nutjobs I find funniest, McCain's, Clinton's, or Obama's. They're all pretty sad in their own way.

    August 22, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. Saddened American

    "Bob in LA" said it best, and I agree. When all this reaches a boiling point on election Tuesday, there will be people out there who go into the booth and vote AGAINST Obama and not necessarily FOR McCain, for the main reason that they feel in their heads and their hearts, posing the question: Is America ready for a black president? That is what it will really come down to......a "not in my house" choice. Sad but true.

    August 22, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  19. Miss C

    Why don't you people get a life

    August 22, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  20. bill mullis

    john king and cnn you could only hope obama falls BUT THIS IS AUGUST wait till after convension then maybe cnn will start reporting truth about bush mcain rather be up by 2 to 6 than mcain caint even rember how many houses he owns give me a break cnn you probabll want four more years of bush but let me tell you THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL WAKE UP august poll dont mean dam thing vov fourth will tell the tell CAINT WAIT TO ESCORT BUSH OUT OF OUR HOUSE

    August 22, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. richardson for v.p

    obama will win no matter what

    August 22, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. Bobby

    The only reason this article exists is because the Republicans we're all upset that McCain wasn't getting any media attention because in all reality, few care about G W Bush's fill-in.

    I'm not a Democrat. I'm not a Republican.

    Obama will win this election, because he's the right one for the next 4-8 years.

    August 22, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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