If President Barack Obama wins, he will be the popular choice of Hispanics, African-Americans, single women and highly educated urban whites. That’s what the polling has consistently shown in the final days of the campaign. It looks more likely than not that he will lose independents, and it’s possible he will get a lower percentage of white voters than George W. Bush got of Hispanic voters in 2000.
A broad mandate this is not.
Hey, I got reblogged for once! Sure it’s been by Conservative bloggers, but hey a reblog is a reblog. And yes, please continue with your nuanced and well-thought out responses.
Look, the Gov. didn’t have to release them (and yes, he released a couple of years, but not nearly as many as any other candidate in recent memory)- it was his choice. I’m just surprised that the Obama camp and the news media, which according to you guys is in Obama’s pocket, let it become a non-issue.
I have begun a number of drafts and even a few completed essays (if you want to call them that) on this and related issues, but have not been happy with any of them as a whole. So here is my final attempt, made up of several unfinished essays of my “I’m a Left-leaning Mormon and I’m voting for Obama despite being Mormon and having issues with Obama.”
This is a unique situation for me, and perhaps that uniqueness requires far too much context. I am a Mormon. Romney and I share the same religion. However, we are culturally different. While we both went to BYU and served missions, and both wear those garments you are all so fascinated with (sorry to disappoint you but they aren’t magic. Rather they are outward expressions and reminders of promises I have made with God that are made sacred through my keeping those promises, not because of any inherent power) the similarities end after that .
One of the difficulties I have engaging with Mormon studies is that far too often it assumes a shared inner-mountain (ie. Utah ie. White) culture as Mormonism, at times superseding topics of religious concern. I felt far more at home as a Mormon in inner-city Washington D.C. than I did in Utah. Moving from suburban Portland to Salt Lake City was a bigger culture shock than moving from Brooklyn to Stillwater, Oklahoma.
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Dwelling on the possibility that a company tangentially related to the Romney family may tamper with their own product distracts from the very real and far more insidious ways that conservatives are trying to manipulate the election. For starters, the Republican National Committee and state-level Republican parties hired a voter registration firm that is openly fabricating and even destroying voter registration forms. Though the Republican Party has attempted to cut ties with this firm, its operatives are still hard at work on its behalf. Besides these operations, Tea Party group True the Vote plans to dispatch hundreds of volunteer poll watchers whose only role is to try to discredit voters before they cast their ballots. Some local classes have been caught instructing these volunteers to challenge legal voters. If they could simply flip a switch on a machine to negate a voter’s choice, there would be no reason to push voter ID laws, purge voter rolls, disseminate misleading information, or threaten to fire employees if they don’t vote for Romney.
The rigged machines myth is not only distracting, but harms the effort to get out the vote. Conservative groups have been promoting vote suppression tactics for a reason: votes count. In Ohio, for instance, despite the Republican Party’s best efforts to restrict early voting hours, voter turnout is on pace to surpass 2008, with Obama leading among people who have already voted. Spreading the myth that the system is so corrupt that these votes don’t matter tells voters they may as well sit out the election.
It is a completely different race when you look at the state by state numbers.
An instance of voting for ideology over self interest at work.
I haven’t been this struck by a contrast since the College Republicans started giving away free pizza.
Fun fact: Oklahoma actually has more registered Dems than Republicans (somehow), yet is the reddest state in the US (at least in terms of those who voted for Obama last election).
Remember when the GOP said Obama was an “elitist?” How is being an intellectual “elitist” when making probably 10 times more money in a year than I will make in my life (hey, I can be optimistic) isn’t, and somehow the guy who’s making millions off consulting and lobbying in Washington is the “outsider?”
I think once you’re making tens of millions of dollars you have less in common with Americans in general. For someone that wealthy, and by definition elitist, there are very few people in the world that you can relate to, and a great deal of them aren’t American but other mega-rich business folks throughout the world.
Need a list of the top 20 donors in the presidential race (so far)? Of course you do. But we’ll spare any suspense: 17 of 20 are Republican donors. And half the top 20 are multimillion-buck buddies of a certain GOP ex-Massachusetts governor. Golf, anyone?
More charts and intel here:
Not running. “I believe that at this time I can be more effective in a decisive role to help elect other true public servants to office,” Sarah Palin said in a statement announcing she won’t seek the GOP nomination.
I’m guessing she couldn’t let Chris Christie steal the “I’m not-running for President” spotlight. The question now is who does she “help elect.” She won’t endorse until it’s all over so she can dangle it for all the publicity she can manage, but right now I think she’d go for Cain. Seems like they’d agree on the most things right now. Would she want another veep bid? Would any candidate be that desperate?