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  •  It was the debates (5+ / 0-)

    The exit poll found 63% approved of Romney's business background, 28% didn't.  
    http://elections.nytimes.com/...

    Insider Advantage found 70% didn't think the Bain suff was relevant.

    The bitter truth of deep inequality has been disguised by an era of cheap imported goods and the anyone-can-make-it celebrity myth - Polly Toynbee

    by fladem on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 09:26:22 PM PST

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    •  Probably because they didn't understand it. (3+ / 0-)
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      "No, I'm being judged against the ideal. Joe Biden has a saying: 'Don't judge me against the Almighty, judge me against the alternative." --President Barack Obama, 12/11/11

      by smoothnmellow on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 09:56:19 PM PST

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    •  The NYTimes broke the polling down (1+ / 0-)
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      by income groups - the working class, lower and moderate income groups went by big margins for Newt. I think as more info comes out we'll see more and more that this is about the resentment against the corrupt 1% by the 99%.

      "It depends what the meaning of 'is', is"
      Platform of the "New" Neoliberal Democratic Party
      Speaking out of one side of their mouth for the little guy, their nominal constituency, and the other for the plutocracy, their real constituency.

      by Sanctimonious on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 11:10:28 PM PST

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      •  And ninety nine percent (8+ / 0-)

        were white.  Sixty percent who put religion as most important voted for Newt.  

        This isn't so much about the class thing as it was about the red meat southern strategy thing.

        "No, I'm being judged against the ideal. Joe Biden has a saying: 'Don't judge me against the Almighty, judge me against the alternative." --President Barack Obama, 12/11/11

        by smoothnmellow on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 11:41:03 PM PST

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        •  These two go hand in hand: (1+ / 0-)
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          the class thing
          the red meat southern strategy thing

          The Southern white voters didn't go Republican because they like liberal transnational capitalism so much. Quite to the contrary, they had always despised Northern industrialism. The only reason they abandoned the Democrats was the perception that the Democratic party had become an alliance of Northern liberals and ethnic minorities.

          Romney is a relict of the past, when moderate pro-business values were coupled with social liberalism by Northern Republicans.

          Gingrich fits much better with the reactionary white working class that has become the base of the Republicans, because he embodies both an opposition to the Civil Rights accomplishments and to the excesses of neoliberal capitalism.

          "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect." Mark Twain

          by aufklaerer on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 04:26:54 AM PST

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      •  Isn't Newt a 1%er too? (0+ / 0-)

        His clients certainly are, and I'd be surprised if he isn't. That $1.8 million from Freddie Mac alone puts him in the Washington elite he rails against.

        •  Yes but (1+ / 0-)
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          I don't think people object to any politician being rich. It's kind of a given.

          It's how they get rich. Romney got obscenely rich by putting people out of work and destroying companies, many of which had existed for decades, maybe a 100 yrs. and then he took advantage of every loophole to pay almost no taxes.

          Newt got rich by using his connections and selling himself. And he paid his taxes, no obscure loopholes.

          People see that as a huge difference.

      •  Yeah (0+ / 0-)

        but that may be because born again christians tend downscale.

        The bitter truth of deep inequality has been disguised by an era of cheap imported goods and the anyone-can-make-it celebrity myth - Polly Toynbee

        by fladem on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 08:10:12 AM PST

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