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The revolt of the white working class
The Longboat Key News ^ | October 28, 2010 | Tom Burgum

Posted on 10/29/2010 9:14:35 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Many Democratic candidates trying to survive the 2010 midterm elections know they must distance themselves from Mr. Obama and Nancy Pelosi, who are viewed as the authors of health care reform, cap and trade, and other legislative initiatives that are generally unpopular. While some Democratic candidates go so far as to attack parts of the president’s agenda, others take it a step further.

The Democratic candidate for Rhode Island governor told a local radio station that Obama can “take his endorsement and shove it.” Mississippi Democratic Rep. Gene Taylor told his local newspaper, “I did not vote for Obama. I voted for Sen. McCain. Better the devil you know.” When you remember that many Democrats currently serving in Congress were carried there on Mr. Obama’s coattails, the turn around this year is beyond remarkable. Mr. Obama’s job approval rating according to Gallop is riding around 43 percent. Among white voters it has recently been as low as 34 percent.

The press and the nation’s chattering class (pundits if you prefer) have made the Tea Party activists the default story in this election. They are not entirely wrong. Tea Party activists sounded the first clarion call against health care reform and deficit spending in the summer of 2009. But, they are not the only source of opposition to the policies advanced by Mr. Obama and Ms Pelosi; in fact, they may not be the most consequential, at least in regard to the midterm elections.

According to Henry Olsen of the American Enterprise Institute, Mr. Obama and the Democrats have once again lost the white working class voter, just as they did in 1980 when the term “Reagan Democrats” was first coined. Olsen believes that voting in the midterms will be polarized by race. Olsen, according to The Economist, thinks, “The revolt of [the white working class] could be the defining characteristic of the election, counting more even than the rise of the (also mostly white, but mostly more affluent) tea-party movement.”

Obama obviously feels no great empathy with the white working class. His comment in San Francisco about the folks who cling to their guns and religion and feel uncomfortable with folks who don’t look like them reveals a basic misunderstanding of a significant number of his countrymen.

Another problem for Democrats is that white working class voters have understood progressive code since the institution of the New Society in 1966. When these voters hear Democratic leaders speak of “economic fairness,” “economic justice,” “distributive justice,” “affirmative action,” et al., they fully understand that it is code for transferring money, power or both from them to someone in what Jonah Goldberg calls “the Coalition of the Oppressed,” which includes blacks, Latinos, Muslims, gays, lesbians, transsexuals and anyone else who doesn’t happen to be a white male.

It is therefore no coincidence that a disproportionate number of endangered Democrats are in the states where white working class voters still have sufficient numbers to exercise political power. The states of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee are in that category along with Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North and South Dakota. Added together, the states included in the revolt of the white working class includes the Ohio River Valley and the upper Midwest, and it is easy to see why Olsen thinks the revolt of the white working class might be the defining characteristic of the election.

The Economist asks the relevant question: “The prospect of a Democratic rout prompts an inevitable question. Have such voters turned on the Democrats because Mr. Obama is black.” It is the right question because race was a factor in 2008 and still is. Black support for Mr. Obama remains above 90 percent while white American support has dropped into the mid-thirties.

The Economist’s answer to the question is no, race may be a factor but is not the reason: “A wrecked economy and the feeling that their president is out of touch are reason enough. It has, after all, happened before. In two short years from 1992 to 1994, when Bill Clinton was president, white working-class support for the Republicans soared like a rocket from 47 percent to 61 percent. Nobody blamed that on skin colour.”

What to watch on Election Night

Indiana polls close early. There are three contested congressional seats, Districts Two, Eight and Nine. Republicans are predicted to take District Nine but if they win in both Districts Nine and Eight, it could foretell a really long night for Democrats. If Indiana District Two goes Republican, evacuate Democratic National Committee headquarters—it’s a tsunami. On the other hand, should they win only District Nine, it will be evidence that the Democrats’ and Mr. Obama’s efforts to rally the Democratic base have been largely successful.

West Virginia also comes in early. The Senate race will be an indicator but if the Third District throws out longtime Congressman Nick Rahall, even the word tsunami won’t be sufficient to describe the Republican wave.

As to the Senate, West Virginia is the key. Connecticut is going Democrat and if the Democrats also hold West Virginia, the Republicans would have to sweep all remaining races including Washington and California; this would mean the Republicans would not have a realistic chance of taking the Senate.

Enjoy the moment: Watch CNN, FOX, MSNBC and Public TV, and always look for the ridiculous—there will be many such moments next Tuesday night.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2010; 2010midterms; angrymob; democrats; obama; polls; whitevote

1 posted on 10/29/2010 9:14:37 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; unkus; MamaDearest; RushIsMyTeddyBear; seekthetruth; onyx; nutmeg; freekitty; ...

Every Democrat is tied to their Muslim Messiah; their words “now” mean nothing! Every one of them knowingly and arrogantly cast their votes against the will of the American people. Let them go down with their ship of fools and traitors. They cast their fate with the Devil.


2 posted on 10/29/2010 9:21:21 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead (LET'S ROLL; DEFEAT THE ENEMIES OF FREEDOM ON TUESDAY)
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To: ExTexasRedhead
Every Democrat is tied to their Muslim Messiah; their words “now” mean nothing! Every one of them knowingly and arrogantly cast their votes against the will of the American people. Let them go down with their ship of fools and traitors. They cast their fate with the Devil.

Very well said!

3 posted on 10/29/2010 9:23:02 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thanks for posting this.


4 posted on 10/29/2010 9:26:52 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (Had God not driven man from the Garden of Eden the Sierra Club surely would have.)
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To: All

It’s not the white working class. It’s the entire working class as defined by people who want to work and who do work at anything to not take unemployment or foodstamps. It’s a diverse group.


5 posted on 10/29/2010 9:35:32 PM PDT by liberty or death
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

6 posted on 10/29/2010 9:38:46 PM PDT by I see my hands (How's that ballot box thing working out for you?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Have such voters turned on the Democrats because Mr. Obama is black.”

To the best of my recollection, he was also black in 2008.

7 posted on 10/29/2010 9:41:23 PM PDT by Interesting Times (SwiftVets.com. WinterSoldier.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: liberty or death

It’s not the white working class. It’s the entire working class as defined by people who want to work and who do work at anything to not take unemployment or foodstamps. It’s a diverse group.


Exactly right.

0bama and his minions do not understand anything “American”. They do not understand our spirit.


8 posted on 10/29/2010 9:43:39 PM PDT by unkus
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To: liberty or death

Very true.


9 posted on 10/29/2010 9:44:35 PM PDT by taxtruth
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To: I see my hands

The hell with that.


10 posted on 10/29/2010 9:44:36 PM PDT by unkus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There’s a commercial running every half hour on my local talk radio station, supporting PA Senate candidate Democrat Joe Sestak, slamming Republican candidate Pat Toomey as a tool of Wall Street. The nerve! Everybody knows that Wall Street and Obama are hand in glove.


11 posted on 10/29/2010 9:49:03 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: ExTexasRedhead
Let them go down with their ship of fools and traitors. They cast their fate with the Devil.

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The foreign occupier is a menace to our nation and damn near everyone living here.

He and his Rats are shovel-ready for the dust bin of history.

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12 posted on 10/29/2010 10:00:53 PM PDT by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What is wrong with my fellow CT residents who will vote for this idiot who has done nothing but sue everyone who he dislikes, including utilities trying to help residents with competitive electric rates.

His idea to create a job is to sue companies into not firing people.


13 posted on 10/29/2010 10:12:55 PM PDT by matt04
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To: BobP
Ever since the Democrats became obsessed with identity/racial politics, whites have left the Democratic party. Every time Jesse Jackson opens his mouth, Democratic politicians jump to accommodate him. When Clinton told Sister Souljah to shut up was when they got them back in 1992. Unfortuantely, Clinton just turned out to be playing the race card, an reverted back to the progressive liberal that he really was. Sound familiar?
14 posted on 10/29/2010 10:14:52 PM PDT by gman992
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To: BobP
Ever since the Democrats became obsessed with identity/racial politics, whites have left the Democratic party. Every time Jesse Jackson opens his mouth, Democratic politicians jump to accommodate him. When Clinton told Sister Souljah to shut up was when they got them back in 1992. Unfortuantely, Clinton just turned out to be playing the race card, an reverted back to the progressive liberal that he really was. Sound familiar? I keep telling my friends when the Democrats start being for white guys again, I'll join them...Hey, I have worries too...just because I'm white doesn't mean I don't worry about my job or my health or crime--white on white crime--taxes, abortion, etc. What's also stupid is that the Democrats still think that this country is still in the 1960s...
15 posted on 10/29/2010 10:17:34 PM PDT by gman992
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To: Interesting Times

Did one of Obama’s friends give a speech where he extolled on “killing cracker babies?”


16 posted on 10/29/2010 10:18:54 PM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

“Thou hast said it!”


17 posted on 10/29/2010 10:21:03 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: matt04

“His idea to create a job is to sue companies into not firing people.”

Hey, something like that worked pretty well in France, didn’t it?/s;)


18 posted on 10/29/2010 10:38:14 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What exactly has Obama done to benefit Black Americans other than some feel good goo emotions? Black Americans who are part of ‘ALL Americans’ (legal, that is), suffer under the same economic woes fostered by Obamanomics and liberal socialist ideology. Too bad there is still so much blind allegience to Obama and the Dem party despite their epic failures.


19 posted on 10/29/2010 10:39:48 PM PDT by tflabo
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To: unkus

Considering they have no spirit at all...unless it is the spirit of Mao, Alinsky or some other person who hated everyone and wanted to rule over them...It gives these folks meaning in their lives, to rule you and push you around. Pure, plain and simple. They put their pants on one leg at a time , but somehow, they got the idea that they are better than you and they can tell you what to do.. Just like a bully on a schoolyard. On Tuesday, we are going to tell them, THEY ARE NOT BETTER THAN WE ARE.


20 posted on 10/29/2010 10:40:05 PM PDT by Semperfiwife (We are in the era of BA-ROKE Mao-bama)
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To: Semperfiwife

“...the institution of the New Society in 1966.”

The what? Doesn’t this cat mean Great Society in 1965?


21 posted on 10/29/2010 11:54:43 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: I see my hands
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22 posted on 10/30/2010 12:25:14 AM PDT by Cobra64
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To: Frantzie

He’s Obama’s ‘friend’ by extension. That “killing cracker babies” comment was from the guy who was intimidating voters in Philadelphia. You will recall the DOJ had an open and shut case, then AG Holder decided to drop the case and put him back on the streets.


23 posted on 10/30/2010 12:40:49 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Well, I will say this, that the America where race trumps every other consideration is Obama's America. Let's hang it around his neck.

The only America that will flourish is one where everyone is judged by ability and not color.

24 posted on 10/30/2010 12:43:37 AM PDT by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenario at a time.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah, thanks Vet. Good election analysis from a little Florida paper. Longboat Key has a paper. Who’d a thunk it?


25 posted on 10/30/2010 1:02:30 AM PDT by Daaave ( "The people have no bread to eat." "Let them eat brioche")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

liberals, try though they will, since its all they have, cant have it both ways. you cant be “elightened” one day, and a knuckle dragging caveman the next.
Americans voted Obamma in, because of his supposed qualifications., not because he’s black. fine, whatever.

now those same people are running his agenda, and supporters out on a rail, because they are racist?
sorry, not buying it . try reality liberals.


26 posted on 10/30/2010 4:20:54 AM PDT by tm61 (somewhere in chicago, a ward is missing it's crook)
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To: ExTexasRedhead
VOTE LIKE IT'S 1776 FREEDOM & LIBERTY DEPEND ON IT

BOOTS ON THE GROUND

TIME FOR YOU TO GO

WE THE PEOPLE BY RAY STEVENS

WHEN AMERICA IS NOT AMERICA ANY MORE

Dr. David Janda explains rationing (obamacare)

Krauthammer on Omamacare impact on the USA, (you have to put up with the commercial)

The Forgotten Man

American Hero

Marxism in America

Obamacare the Movie ---- By Freestar

27 posted on 10/30/2010 7:08:27 AM PDT by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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To: GailA

As I said to my 25 yo daughter last night...the sleeping giant in America is the White, Christian male voter. The left has been acting like a little kid, running up to it, poking it then running away...and they have poked one time too many...the giant is awake and pissed.


28 posted on 10/30/2010 7:13:18 AM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: wtc911
Don't forget us Christian women...I'm Molly Pitcher PO'd.


29 posted on 10/30/2010 7:32:10 AM PDT by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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To: Interesting Times
Actually, he was a fake black man in 2008, just as he is today.

Kenya was a home base of slave traders, not actual slaves.

30 posted on 10/30/2010 7:55:42 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Interesting Times

>>>Have such voters turned on the Democrats because Mr. Obama is black.”

To the best of my recollection, he was also black in 2008.<<<

Actually, many of the people I spoke with who voted for Obama did so specifically BECAUSE he was black. They were voting FOR the skin color of the candidate for reasons having to do with history, white guilt, and “breaking the color barrier.” A lot of those voters saw the 2008 election as a “Jackie Robinson” moment.

Well, that feeling has now evaporated. A lot of those “skin color” voters now just consider Obama to be a typical politician, and not a very good one at that, with ideas that are repugnant to American culture and America’s future. Those voters are joined by the rest of us, who didn’t care about pigment in the first place.

I still wish that the first black president would have been a Reagan-style conservative. Too bad we got Karl Marx with a sun tan.


31 posted on 10/30/2010 11:07:04 AM PDT by redpoll
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To: redpoll

I agree. A liberal couple I know blew off the early warning signs in 2009 by saying “this is the price you have to pay for being historic.” Now, they don’t seem at all interested in discussing politics.


32 posted on 10/30/2010 12:45:46 PM PDT by Interesting Times (SwiftVets.com. WinterSoldier.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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