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  •  I keep hearing this repeated. (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, tomephil

    So I'll just try and address it. Again.

    This race isn't close because of all that stuff you talk about. If the economy were booming, all those folks would still be saying the things they say and believing the things they believe. If Obama were white and the economy were booming, they'd still hate him. They hate everyone who isn't like them and performance in office has nothing to do with it. Bill Clinton was a white Southern male protestant with a booming economy and they couldn't wait to impeach him. That is just how these people are.

    The reason this race is close is because Obama didn't deliver on unemployment and growth. Therefore some of the folks who were a part of his majority coalition in 2008 are wavering in their support for him now. It really is that simple.

    •  I was very clear that racism is a significant part (0+ / 0-)

      of the Republican strategy; however, this simplistic view that if the economy was fine the President would be cruising is refuted by your own comment.  Clinton was impeached in a paroxysm of Republican rage in order to gain political advantage and discredit the Democratic Party by destroying the public persona of its leader, regardless of an economy that was rising and employment numbers that the past two presidents would kill for...

      Democratic support is solid for the President, this is not about "wavering supporters," it is about people that are not being served by the current political system and their anger against an unjust government.

      "Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are..." George Santayana

      by KJG52 on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 06:25:02 PM PDT

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      •  Obviosly there is a majority of Americans (0+ / 0-)

        who voted for Obama, assuming all seven million of his majority hasn't suddenly dropped dead.

        My point isn't that there is racism or whatever. The point is that those folks are going to vote for any Republican and are not persuadable. Therefore it is pointless to bring them into a discussion about why the president isn't at 60% versus Mitt Romney. Guess what? John McCain got 47%. Mitt Romney has about the same. Mitt Romney would have that number if he were a ham sandwich.

        The question we should be asking is why isn't that 53% that voted for Obama now down to 47%? Did six points of his vote suddenly become racist over the last four years? Unlikely. Those folks never would have voted for him in the first place. So why?

        All the polling seems to indicate that they don't like his handling of the economy. Find me a poll that refutes this.

        •  Because the injustice of this political system is (0+ / 0-)

          apparent to anyone with eyes to see. When Jon Corzine can "lose" $2 billion and remain at liberty, when Goldman Sachs can "lose" $9 billion  and literally get feted by the Congress that's supposed to be investigating him, when maniacs with guns can kill you for going to the theatre and there is no discussion of serious gun control, when a country is being crucified on a cross of greed and fear and no one is held accountable, either in the political or financial system, while apologists like David Brooks ascribe the "problem" to a lack of "bipartisanship" and the Left is ignored while the Right rampages, people get disgusted. The 6% were looking for solutions, not the same old thing and their lives have not visibly improved. It is not totally about the economy, or Mitt Romney would be winning by 20 points, it is about inequity and corruption, with no one demonstrating the political courage to address the issues of the people, who are suffering or at the very least, demonstrably punishing the venal, greedy and corrupt.

          "Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are..." George Santayana

          by KJG52 on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 08:23:58 PM PDT

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