Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Flashback: Obama campaign abandons white working-class voters

From the Daily Mail - UK - November 28, 2011:
President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign will be the first in modern political history to abandon white working-class voters, strategists claim.

For decades, Democrats have been losing more and more blue collar whites. Their alienation helped lead to the massive Republican wave in 2010, when the GOP wooed 30 percent more of them than the Democrats could.

Democratic strategists say President Obama is focusing his attention, instead, on poor black and Hispanic voters and educated white professionals.

"All pretense of trying to win a majority of the white working class has been effectively jettisoned in favor of cementing a center-left coalition made up, on the one hand, of voters who have gotten ahead on the basis of educational attainment... and a second, substantial constituency of lower-income voters who are disproportionately African-American and Hispanic," [says] longtime political reporter Thomas B. Edsall...

In the era of President Bill Clinton, Democratic strategists focused ravenously on winning over white industrial workers.

Ruy Teixeira, a strategist at the liberal Center for American Progress, wrote in 1995 that if President Clinton couldn't win white blue collar workers, his re-election bid would be doomed.

Fast forward 15 years and Tiexeria has made an about-face: 'The Republican Party has become the party of the white working class,' he [said]...

President Obama can still get away with losing white Americans by 17 percent, Tiexeria says...

The new coalition President Obama is putting together potentially relies less on middle Americans than either Sen Kerry or Vice President Al Gore in 2000... Instead..., the president's 2012 re-election campaign will likely rely on winning over new 'young people, Hispanics, unmarried women and affluent suburbanites....
Speaking at a private fundraiser, during the 2008 Presidential campaign, Barack Obama uttered his infamous remarks ridiculing working-class voters.

"They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them," he said.

Fast forward to 2012, and, according to the aforementioned political strategists, Obama has decided to abandon all white-working, blue collar voters - whether they "cling to their guns and their religion", or not; they are not worth his time and effort.

But what about those people who not only cling to their guns and their religion, but who actually wield their guns, and their rocket propelled grenades, and their cold-blooded, extremist ideologies, to wreak death and destruction upon Americans? Like the people, last week, who planned - well in advance - the attack on the U.S consulate in Libya to coincide with the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Well, shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks, [then-Illinois State Sen.] Obama stated that, "Most often", tragedies like 9/11 "grow[s] out of a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair", and that "We will have to devote far more attention to the monumental task of raising the hopes and prospects of embittered children across the globe."

Hence, it's safe to assume that Obama will continue to expand his time and energy on "raising the hopes and prospects of [these] embittered" terrorists.

For ultimately, he can not, in good conscience, abandon these hapless fiends.

But the blue-collar, gun-clinging Americans, well, that's a different story altogether.........