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  •  What is truly shocking. (24+ / 0-)

    I disagree completely that it should be shocking that Asian Americans voted for Obama by 73%-26%.  Just as I disagree that it should be any more shocking that 71% of all Hispanics voted for Obama or over 90% of all African Americans did.

    What I find truly shocking is that so many WHITE MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE voted for Rmoney and the GOP.   Their policies were and are written by the wealthy elites, for the wealthy elites to benefit the wealthy elites and ONLY the wealthy elites.  Everyone else frankly should be voting for the Dems.  But yet there are so many voting against their own self interests.  

    The fact that close to 4/5ths of all minorities voted for a guy who has their best interests at heart is not shocking.  It's the fact that so many in the majority voted against that same guy who also has their best interests at heart.  

    IMO racism has a lot to do with it, which is why I think minorities overwhelmingly get it when it comes to Obama and the overt racism he has dealt with.  I think racism is why so many whites have voted against their own self interests.  I also think the GOP has no future on a national level in the near future because of racism.  Minorities will not soon forget the overt racism exhibited these last several years by the GOP but white will be more likely to vote for a Democrat and their own self interests if that Democrat is also white. Without the rapidly growing Asian and Hispanic communities, the GOP  is finished as a national party.

    This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

    by DisNoir36 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 04:08:19 PM PST

    •  AMEN (5+ / 0-)

      The fact that Romney got 47% of the vote instead of like 27% overall is disturbing and troubling.  

    •  Really Was Shocking How White Americans Rejected (5+ / 0-)

      Obama and his platform. And the attempt by liberal/progressive Whites to try to paint this rejection as a "Southern" thang , when the majority of Whites in CA, CO, NV, NM, IL, MI, WI, OH, PA, NJ, and MD voted for (R)money, is indicative of the denial by White people of how deep racism remains in the USofA.

      So the GOP is waging War on Women. Really? Then how come 56% of White women voted for (R)money?

      So the GOP is not popular with young people. Really? Then how come (R)money won the 18-29 y.o. White vote 51% - 44%?

      Yet liberal/progressive Whites go on-and-on about how Obama won Women and young people.

      What liberal/progressive Whites have to accept is that this country is still center-right, it's just less White.

      I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the Republican Party.

      by OnlyWords on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 06:18:47 PM PST

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      •  well said (2+ / 0-)
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        Nothing could be more clear, except for racism and the other 'phobias (sexism, homophobia etc) the GOP would consist of the 1% only. Racism and hate is the glue which hold their coalition together and has since Nixon/Reagan perfected the GOP "southern strategy".

        I keep seeing our own good dkos pundits write their eulogys of the campaign without even mentioning the main factor of "why Rmoney lost". As you make clear the principle reason Rmoney and five of the last six GOP candidates lost the popular votes is that racism no longer works as a national strategy, period.

        It wasn't because Rmoney ran a bad campaign or the 47% video or anything else but the simple fact that racism no longer works as a national campaign strategy. Pure and simple.

        America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

        by cacamp on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 07:24:10 PM PST

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      •  it is useful to differentiate betw Southern whites (1+ / 0-)
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        and non-Southern whites, in my opinion.  In states where the law REQUIRED that all non-whites be legally treated differently - separate (way underfunded) schools, separate hospitals, back of the bus, separate water fountains and bathrooms, separate churches (and the ministers were as racist as the politicians, even Rev. Billy Graham), no right to vote - In Louisiana the law required that textbooks from white public schools could not be stored in the same warehouse as textbooks from black public schools, etc. - those ingrained cultural norms dating back many generations do still have an effect on voting preferences.  The party "that supports the blacks" will not get their votes, period, regardless of the skin color of the nominee.  

        I think it is useful to study the voting patterns of those white voters separately from white voters from the other states, the states that do not have a history of racial discrimination.   In Alabama and Mississippi, Obama got about 10% of the white vote.  I don't think the white voters of AL and MS are motivated by the same factors as white voters in, for example, Wisconsin, Iowa or Montana.

        I think Southern whites ARE different (at least my extended family is).

        •  Not so much different (0+ / 0-)

          The reality is that there is fluidity among the white people.  A friend I grew up with, parties with and held her head while we were in high school in NJ moved to Georgia.  now she's a fucking racist wingnut loon.  Conversely many southerners move north.  They take their prejudices with them.  I think the culture in the south has something to do with the racism, case in point my friend.  However, I also believe that there is a deep racism in the north as well.  it's just more concealed.  My dad lived in NJ for close to 40 years and the last vote he cast before he passed 4 weeks later was for Democrats, all except one.  He REFUSED to vote for Obama because he couldn't vote for that 'macaco' or 'monkey'.  Sadly his sentiments were shared by many in the Portuguese community in NJ.  Here in CT it's no different.  They use code words like socialism and marxism but it all boils down to racism.  They don't want to see their tax dollars being used by a negro to prop up other negroes.        If you look at the voting breakdowns by race you'll see that Obama underperformed with whites across the whole country.  Of course in the south it was more pronounced but the reality is the whites did not vote for him due to his color.  That's one of the main reasons why I think that the next Dem candidate will overperform Obama so long as that candidate is also white.  The minorities will not soon forget the racism exhibited by the GOP towards themselves and Obama.  The white, many who don't even realize consciously that they're racists or have racist tendencies will be more likely to cross back to the D side.   The deep south will always be tough because of the culture that is so deeply ingrained in many of them and the history of the Democratic Party but many states along the fringes will be alot closer or flip.

          This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

          by DisNoir36 on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 05:53:04 AM PST

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      •  It is mainly a Southern and rural thing, though. (0+ / 0-)

        Obama polled somewhere around break even with whites in all regions except the South, where he was 22 points behind Romney.  Subtract the South and Appalachia and Obama is ahead with whites.

        That being said, yep, racism plays a big role in how many whites across the country make their voting decisions.

        "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

        by Lawrence on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 07:12:51 AM PST

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