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FLASHBACK: The Mood of the Voter
CNN-TIme ^ | 11/15/1980 | CNN

Posted on 11/16/2011 5:33:15 PM PST by justsaynomore

As the race begins in earnest, the public is wary, worried -- and waiting (TIME, September 15, 1980) -- Disenchanted, but not apathetic. Caring about issues, although much more concerned about character. Longing for a strong person to trust, but fearful of strength lacking sound judgment. Leery of weakness, but edgy about brashness. All too mindful of the disappointments of the past, but seeking hope in the future. Leaning toward one man, but often out of desperation and a sense of disdain for the others. Uncommitted. Unpredictable.

As the 1980 presidential campaign swings into full stride, the American voter is displaying a show-me attitude as perhaps never before: wary, worried and waiting to see how the candidates perform. This unwontedly watchful and volatile electorate has already turned the race into a highly personal, potentially nasty, intensely competitive -- and, yes, exciting -- contest.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: jimmycarter; ronaldreagan

1 posted on 11/16/2011 5:33:19 PM PST by justsaynomore
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2 posted on 11/16/2011 5:53:27 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: justsaynomore

This will be a repeat of 1980 on steroids. The OWS movement will energize moderate to right Dems most Independents and virtually all GOPers to abandon Zero and leftist weenies.

3 posted on 11/16/2011 5:59:35 PM PST by DownInFlames
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To: justsaynomore

From the article:

...Despite his speaking skills, Reagan has of course, been too busy trying to explain away a series of bloopers either to maintain a consistent attack on Carter’s performance or to attract attention to the Republican policies that he has proposed.

Not only has Reagan fallen into uttering such needlessly provocative comments as advocating “official” governmental contacts with Taiwan, praising the Viet Nam War as “a noble cause,” suggesting that Darwinism be countered by teaching the biblical story of creation as well, and terming the current recession “a severe depression,” but his own advisers have jumped readily into the ensuing fray, like a Greek chorus of mourners, to concede in most cases that Reagan was wrong. Says Dean Burch, the senior adviser to Bush: “There is a possibility that the caricature of Reagan will become a reality. We have to guard against it.”

While some of the impulsive Reaganisms may have pleased his more conservative supporters, they feed the doubts about his judgment that bother other voters. Thus the tense staff is trying to set up “fail-safe” systems to protect Reagan against Reagan.


And he went on to become the best president of our lifetime.

4 posted on 11/16/2011 6:02:40 PM PST by justsaynomore (
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