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GOP Sees Opportunity With White Voters After Gates Saga
Washington Examiner ^ | August 7, 2009 | David Weigel

Posted on 08/09/2009 5:02:37 AM PDT by reaganaut1

Two weeks after President Obama said that Cambridge, Mass., police had “acted stupidly” by arresting Harvard University Prof. Henry Louis Gates for arguing with them inside his home, Republicans are still taking stock of their unexpected political gift.

A Pew Research poll released on July 30 found the president’s approval rating among white voters slipping seven points, from 53 percent to 46 percent, explicitly because of their disappointment in the Gates remarks. A CNN/Opinion Research poll released on August 4 found that six out of 10 white voters disagreed with the president’s remarks. A Quinnipiac poll released on August 6 found that white voters, by a 2-1 margin, believed that the president had “acted stupidly” in talking about Gates.

“He would have been a whole lot wiser to shut up,” said Roy Fletcher, a Republican strategist based in Baton Rouge, La. “He got really close to losing the image he has as a post-racial president. For a few days, the question for a lot of people became, ‘Wait a minute. Is he the president of the United States? Or is he just the president of minorities?’ And that was a really unfortunate thing.”

As the Gates saga finally fades from the news cycle–few pollsters or strategists reached by TWI thought it had lasting power, and one compared its short-lived nature to the frothy Gary Condit scandal of 2001–it’s left Republicans encouraged about their chances of whittling down the Democrats’ House and Senate majorities in 2010. The mini-controversy put into focus a fact about the 2009, 2010 and 2011 electorates that Democrats don’t enjoy talking about and Republicans don’t enjoy bragging about. They will be, as Fletcher put it, “older and whiter” than the electorate that put Obama and most Democrats on the Hill into office in 2008.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonindependent.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2009polls; gopcomeback; henrygates; mrskippy; obama; race; rebuilding; stupidly; whites; whitevote; whitevoters
Republicans needs to explain that Obama is racially biased, although the word "racist" is probably too "hot" -- it did not work against Sotomayor. They can cite

(1) The "stupidly" comment
(2) Failing to prosecute the New Black Panthers for intimidating white voters
(3) Nominating a "wise Latina" who supported racial quotas (Ricci)
(4) His decades-long affiliation with Rev. Wright.
(5) His racially polarized public approval -- already his disapproval is pretty high with whites, but his black support is almost unanimous (I know there's Sowell, Walter Williams).

Freepers can probably supply more examples.

1 posted on 08/09/2009 5:02:37 AM PDT by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

People are waking up to the fact that we have the hate whitey husband and wife team in the big house.


2 posted on 08/09/2009 5:04:37 AM PDT by JohnLongIsland
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To: reaganaut1
Opportunity? The GOP freed the slaves and did more
against racism than the Dems (who still wear the "sheets").

The problem is the GOP have not a single gonad amongst them.

3 posted on 08/09/2009 5:06:52 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Those who go below the surface do so at their peril" - Oscar Wilde)
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To: reaganaut1

People have already forgotten all about the GATES incident


4 posted on 08/09/2009 5:07:54 AM PDT by uncbob
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To: reaganaut1

Opportunity is good, but they need to step carefully on this one so that they aren’t seen as reinforcing the racist stereotypes some have against the GOP.


5 posted on 08/09/2009 5:09:06 AM PDT by Amelia
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To: uncbob
People have already forgotten all about the GATES incident

Correct!!!

6 posted on 08/09/2009 5:09:24 AM PDT by org.whodat (Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
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To: reaganaut1
"GOP Democtaps See Opportunity With White Voters to accuse GOP of racism After Gates Saga"

There...fixed it

7 posted on 08/09/2009 5:10:11 AM PDT by Mr. K (THIS ADMINISTRATION IS WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY DAMMIT DAMMIT DAMMIT!!!!!)
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To: reaganaut1

I actually have a theory that Black voters are the next big conservative group.


8 posted on 08/09/2009 5:16:33 AM PDT by omega4179 ((/) Happened)
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To: reaganaut1

Typically don’t like to dwell on race that much but when I saw an approval rating for Zero of 97% among blacks it really got me to thinking. You couldn’t get 97% of the general population to agree on what time it is. Does this popularity arise from his racial makeup or is this a function of superior job performance? s/


9 posted on 08/09/2009 5:18:55 AM PDT by RU88 (Bow to no man)
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To: Amelia

So true!

When I first saw this headline, I thought it was the State Run Media’s backhanded attempt to call the GOP racist.

When your opponent has no shame in lying, then they’ll lie to attack you every time.


10 posted on 08/09/2009 5:19:25 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Alas Babylon!

I thought the same as you.


11 posted on 08/09/2009 5:23:30 AM PDT by Amelia
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To: reaganaut1
The American public has AAD (attention deficit disorder). They can't remember anything for more than a few days. It has to be continuously pounded in their heads, which was what the MSM was doing when Bush was POTUS. If the Gates' comment is not reinforced to ad nauseam, the public won't remember it ever happened.
12 posted on 08/09/2009 5:29:53 AM PDT by Nosterrex
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To: Mr. K

Truth.

The GOP needs to treat it as the radioactive issue it is.


13 posted on 08/09/2009 5:31:57 AM PDT by MontaniSemperLiberi
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To: Nosterrex

The picture of the three of them walking out of the White House speaks volumes. Obama is the biggest racist of all...


14 posted on 08/09/2009 5:32:37 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Diogenesis

“The problem is the GOP have not a single gonad amongst them.”

The craziest thing is the two best hammers the GOP have were born without them (which is perfectly fine with me). Palin/Bachmann!


15 posted on 08/09/2009 5:35:31 AM PDT by mazda77 (Rubio for US Senate)
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To: reaganaut1

“... .. The point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn’t. But she is a typical white person who, uh, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn’t know there’s a reaction that’s been been bred into our experiences that don’t go away and that sometimes come out in the wrong way and that’s just the nature of race in our society. We have to break through it...” - Senator Barack Obama

Obviously there are a lot of folk from Asian ancestry in Hawaii, generally the teams aren’t as tall…”
– Barack Obama

It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names. - “Dreams from My Father”


16 posted on 08/09/2009 5:42:34 AM PDT by maggief
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To: uncbob; All
"People have already forgotten all about the GATES incident"


17 posted on 08/09/2009 6:06:05 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: reaganaut1

The GOP has the greatest opportunity to gain voters, ever in this Health care death bill, but I am not hearing much from them.

Americans of both parties are up in arms over this thing and Republicans seem to be out to lunch.


18 posted on 08/09/2009 6:16:21 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: JohnLongIsland

I like this comment from Baton Rouge. “He got really close to losing the image he has as a post-racial president.”

Really close? He lost his image as a post-racial CANDIDATE long before the election with anyone who was paying attention. If Americans had pulled their heads out of the nether regions and listened to what Obamalamadingdong was saying they would have voted for either John McCain or Mickey Mouse but not this Muslim racist.


19 posted on 08/09/2009 6:21:14 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Change has come to America and all hope is gone.)
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To: reaganaut1
A Pew Research poll released on July 30 found the president’s approval rating among white voters slipping seven points, from 53 percent to 46 percent, explicitly because of their disappointment in the Gates remarks.

I believe you're closer to the truth the posters who say the American public has already forgotten the Gates incident. These things are cumulative, and your list shows a string of incidents that illustrate Obama's bigotry and bias.

By gaining a few additional percentages of the white vote, the Republicans can wipe out all the Dem. gains among minorities. Obama might be doing much of their work for them, but talk show hosts and writers and others can provide reminders of his record of bias.

And Republicans can still make gains among Hispanics and Asians if they ignore those who think pandering to groups is the answer. They won't gain anything among blacks as long as Obama is on the picture.

20 posted on 08/09/2009 6:24:34 AM PDT by Will88
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To: uncbob
People have already forgotten all about the GATES incident


In scanning through the tv stations I've came across two occasions in the last couple of weeks where Gates was on for an extended time. Both were on C-Span, one was about an encyclopedia he helped develop and the other I heard was about Lincoln, etc. For some reason he is being kept out in public view it seems to me.

21 posted on 08/09/2009 6:31:43 AM PDT by deport
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To: omega4179

Expand on that please as I live in Cincinnati, which is about 40% hyphenated-Americans (with a gay black mayor, clueless thug-ette Cole on council) and let me tell you, the kool-aid flows freely in this town.


22 posted on 08/09/2009 6:36:35 AM PDT by Finatic ("you see kids were so much wiser after the wars")
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To: omega4179

Actually many black voters are more conservative than most whites if you talk to them about basic attitudes concerning the role of government. Unfortunately most of them seem unable to sort out the truth from the constant barrage of lies coming at them from the Democrats. I can testify from direct knowledge that the majority of black people in my area think that Abraham Lincoln was a Democrat and that every piece of legislation that ever benefitted black people was passed by Democrats who had to overcome Republican resistance. They think Strom Thurmond was a Republican when he was a staunch segregationist, they don’t know he was ever a Democrat and they never heard of the “Dixiecrats”. They also think George Wallace was a Republican when he was standing in school house doors to stop black children from entering. If they ever heard of “Bull” Connor they think he was a Republican. It seems that the majority of what they KNOW about politics is dead wrong. If black people ever start living in the real world the Democrats will be a fringe party that will never win another election.

What I don’t understand is the willingness of black people to disregard any black person who tells them the truth about politics. Alan Keyes, Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams and many others who are revered by white people are thrown under the bus by blacks.

One black conservative that I have known for years spoke at the recent tea party near my home and was very well received but if I mention his name to other black people around here they speak of him with contempt. They cannot stand it when he asks them why do they keep voting for a party that wants to keep them in bondage.


23 posted on 08/09/2009 6:38:20 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Change has come to America and all hope is gone.)
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To: reaganaut1

The president said: “I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry.”

Pretty angry because a private citizen saw a possible burglary and the police response was rapid?

I think it’s fair to say, number one, how great to live in a good community. And number 2) how stupid of Harvard Professor Gates not to understand the misunderstanding. Eh? What? Me a burglar?! No I live here, look (shows ID and has a jolly good laugh with white cop). Now that’s how racism is transcended (things like racisim don’t “end” they just fade away).

It’s called morality, common sense, humor, virtue...

The president’s statement: “I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry” - is absolute proof of indecent values and of how UNAMERICAN he is to the core.

Dr. Gates couldn’t have asked for better. A private citizen and the local law RUSHED to protect his property. He was a beneficiarly of GOOD and he reacted like a wet rooster on LSD.

That situation was literally made by God for smiles, handshakes, an offer of a cup of coffee, good feeling and jollity. Anything else simply doesn’t make sense (in a moral world).


24 posted on 08/09/2009 6:43:53 AM PDT by Youaskedforit
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To: Diogenesis
"GOP Sees Opportunity With White Voters After Gates Saga "

That title clearly says it all!

The morons running the GOP ignore all the outrage in this country among the base over taxes, cap and kill, and obamanation deathcare and, instead, plan on jousting at windmills! What a hopeless group of misfits!

"The problem is the GOP have not a single gonad amongst them. "

Amen!

25 posted on 08/09/2009 7:39:39 PM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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