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Four Advantages Obama Has in the 2012 Election
Christian Post ^ | 09/28/2012 | By Wallace Henley

Posted on 09/28/2012 7:58:26 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

If the economy is so bad, unemployment so high, foreign relations in such disarray, national security apparently so full of holes, the President's positions on key social issues so opposite traditional values, why is about half the American electorate still supporting Obama?

That's the question many are asking as polls continue to indicate a neck-to-neck run for the presidency. One explanation is that in a tight political race the candidate with the most strategic advantages wins the toys. Barack Obama seems to be outpacing Mitt Romney in the subtle factors that often determine victory or defeat.

Consider some Obama strategic advantages:

1. Advantage Obama: The incumbency

A September 13 headline at CNBC.com announced: 'Fed Pulls Trigger, to Buy Mortgages in Effort to Lower Rates.' Even though "the Fed is ostensibly independent, the decision comes at a ticklish time with the presidential election less than two months away," noted CNBC reporter Jeff Cox.

Fed decisions can have hefty impact on election outcomes. In 1960, Richard Nixon accused the agency of costing him the presidency through implementation of a tight-money policy that limited growth while Nixon's Republican boss, Eisenhower, was in office. This, thought Nixon, gave Democrat challenger John Kennedy a strategic advantage in being able to attack Republicans for casting the economy into a stupor.

Kennedy's victory showed that the best way to overcome the strategic advantage of incumbency is to make it a disadvantage. If Mitt Romney is to win the presidency he will have to drape the incumbency around President Obama's neck like the rotting albatross that dangled on the chest of the Ancient Mariner.

Does Romney have the political craftiness to pull this off? We will know soon.

2. Advantage Obama: The Establishment Elites

The consensus-forming and promoting Elites in contemporary America are the Establishments of Entertainment, Information, Academia, and Politics-Governance. This is a formidable force, almost all rallied behind Obama, and eager to expose every pimple on Romney's political face.

The Establishment Elites have the power of consensus and the juggernaut capacity to propagandize around it. The Elites are in consensus on many positions promoted by Obama.

A Pew Research Center study earlier this year found that 43 percent of Americans get their news from networks many perceive as tilting toward Obama and the Democrats, with only 30 percent watching a conservative-leaning cable network, Fox News.

Propaganda is the means of permeating a culture with the consensus set by the society's influencers. Propagandizing is used by those on both sides. The advantage will go to the side with the greatest capacity for delivering their message.

3. Advantage Obama: A reactive rather than a reflective electorate

As numerous studies have shown, television changed the nature of political campaigns. The new media are altering the voters as well. Now candidates must go far beyond mere TV in their drives for office, into the highly reductionist world of social media.

Rather than reflecting on policy, and connecting the dots regarding, say, a populist promise and its cost, many voters are reactive, responding to charisma and soundbites.

The New Republic said in a September 13 report that while most voters (53 percent) surveyed for a Gallup Poll believed Romney could handle the economy better than Obama, Romney, at this writing, was having a hard time gaining or sustaining a lead over the President. The same poll revealed that Obama is 23 points ahead on "likeability." In a tight election in which most voters are reactive rather than reflective, meaning they are more susceptible to charisma and propaganda, "likeability" is a significant strategic advantage.

4. Advantage Obama: A nation without a cohering identity

Americans are characterized with "uncertainty as to the substance of (the nation's) identity," wrote Harvard Professor Samuel Huntington in his book, Who Are We? "National interests derive from national identity," Huntington said. "We have to know who we are before we can know what our interests are."

As far back as 1963, researchers asked: "To what does one assimilate in modern America?" In 1900, they noted, immigrants assimilated to Americanization. By 2000, writes Huntington, many among the nation's elite "were no longer confident of the virtue of their mainstream culture and instead preached a doctrine of diversity and the equal validity of all cultures in America."

To many people, the face of the President is the face of the nation. For a hefty swath of the electorate – and this plays into Obama's "likeability" factor – Obama's face, a meld of African and Caucasian, is the perfect countenance to display what they perceive as America's new pluralism.

Despite these four strategic advantages, there are unseen forces that can place Obama in great disadvantage.

October surprises can happen to incumbents as well as challengers, as the assault on American embassies shows. Such unexpected events can turn the incumbency into the albatross.

And, when all is said and done, there is really only one Voter who makes the difference. "It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings…" (Daniel 2:21)

If President Obama is re-elected, what might be the spiritual implications, in light of Daniel 2:21? What will his next term look like? What will be the impact on churches and other religious institutions, as well as voters whose values oppose Obama's? The recent Democratic National Convention gave us many clues. We examine these questions in the next article in this series.

-- Wallace Henley, a former Birmingham News staff writer, was an aide in the Nixon White House, and congressional chief of staff. He is a teaching pastor at Second Baptist Church, Houston, Texas. He is a regular contributor to The Christian Post


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; obama

1 posted on 09/28/2012 7:58:32 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

He did not mention one huge factor -— THE OVERWHELMING SUPPORT OF THE MAIN STREAM MEDIA.


2 posted on 09/28/2012 7:59:31 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

6. The 47% with free cell phones and lots of other “free stuff”.


3 posted on 09/28/2012 8:00:07 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Vote early and vote often.)
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To: SeekAndFind

He did he mentioned the elites in Entertainment and media


4 posted on 09/28/2012 8:02:59 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Exactly. Nice to have a huge propoganda machine in your corner.

Their due is coming.


5 posted on 09/28/2012 8:03:52 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: SeekAndFind

1. He’s cool and belonged to the Choom Gang

2. Networking skills at a gay bath house with his lifetime membership.

3. Illegal alien, so identifies with that demographic

4. Gives out phones with unlimited texting abilities that I, as a middle class American, can’t afford with my cell phone plan.


6 posted on 09/28/2012 8:10:14 PM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
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To: pops88

” Gives out phones with unlimited texting abilities that I, as a middle class American, can’t afford with my cell phone plan.”

Gee. I wonder just exactly what gets texted to all those phones election night when he loses. Somebody might wanna give that one some careful thought.


7 posted on 09/28/2012 8:15:58 PM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: SeekAndFind

If one examines facts, Bush was never as bad as Obama.

January 3rd, 2007 was the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress.

At the time:
The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77
The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%
The Unemployment rate was 4.6%
George Bush’s Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB
GROWTH

January 3rd, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House
Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate
Banking Committee. The economic meltdown that happened 15 months
later was in what part of the economy? BANKING AND FINANCIAL
SERVICES!

Unemployment... to this CRISIS by (among MANY other things) dumping 5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on the economy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FIASCOES!

Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie - starting in 2001 because it was financially risky for the US economy.

And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND Freddie Mac? OBAMA And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie? OBAMA and the Democrat Congress.

So when someone tries to blame Bush. REMEMBER JANUARY 3rd, 2007.... THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER!”

Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democrat Party.

If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself. In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January 20th.


8 posted on 09/28/2012 8:17:05 PM PDT by entropy12
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To: mo

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.


9 posted on 09/28/2012 8:32:36 PM PDT by TEXOKIE (Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. EdmondBurke)
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To: SeekAndFind

ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox


10 posted on 09/28/2012 8:34:44 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (.)
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To: SeekAndFind

DESPITE ALL THE ABOVE, running neck and neck and NOT way ahead.


11 posted on 09/28/2012 9:25:31 PM PDT by ZULU (See video: http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-first-siege-of-vienna.html)
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To: All

As I see it, here are Zero’s advantages:

1. The media - electronic and print.

2. Guilt-ridden white liberals.

3. Almost every minority group.

4. Labor unions.


12 posted on 09/28/2012 10:05:38 PM PDT by MplsSteve (General Mills is pro-gay marriage! Boycott their products!)
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To: MplsSteve

5. Polls

Polls have a self-fulfilling effect on those who are comfortable, independent and uninformed and want to ride with the winning team.


13 posted on 09/28/2012 10:07:41 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Revolting cat!

“Polls have a self-fulfilling effect on those who are comfortable, independent and uninformed and want to ride with the winning team.”

Good point. A Minnesota blogger said pretty much the same thing about these polls. Here’s what he said about the Minnesota Poll, a notoriously untrustworthy and biased poll done by the Minneapolis StarTribune:

“It’s part of the Democrat’s “Low-Information Voters” campaign; focus on voters who don’t dig for facts, who accept what the media tells them, who vote based on the last chanting point they heard.”

His commentary could well apply to many polls these days - especially those conducted my the MSM.


14 posted on 09/28/2012 10:27:46 PM PDT by MplsSteve (General Mills is pro-gay marriage! Boycott their products!)
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To: MplsSteve

This is my biggest fear. We know the polls are skewed, they oversample Democrats, and so on. We can take all that for granted. And yet, the MSM now trumpeting the Obama is the winner is frightening because it is affecting votes, no question in my mind.


15 posted on 09/28/2012 10:31:41 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: SeekAndFind

ONLY four!?

Let’s take a realistic look:

CBS;
NBC;
MSNBC;
ABC/Disney/ESPN;
CNN;
PBS;
NPR;
Comedy Central;
HBO;
BET/Viacom;
NYT;
LAT;
WaPo;
USAToday/ArmyTimes/NavyTimes/AirForceTimes/Gannett;
ChicagoTrib;
Boston Globe;
AP;
Reuters;
Time;
Newsweek;
Rolling Stone;
Cosmo;

And the hits keep comin’...


16 posted on 09/28/2012 11:39:49 PM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: SeekAndFind

John Boehner
Mitch McConnel
John Roberts
RomneyCare.

These are my four.


17 posted on 09/29/2012 12:09:32 AM PDT by itsahoot (I'll write in Palin in 2012. That is 1 vote for Palin, 0 votes for Romney and Zer0 votes for Obama.)
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To: SeekAndFind
1. Advantage Romney: The incumbent

2. Advantage Romney: The Tea Party

3. Advantage Romney: An increasingly reflective electorate

4. Advantage Romney: A nation recovering it's identity

18 posted on 09/29/2012 12:54:31 AM PDT by Slyfox
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To: SeekAndFind

ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN?


19 posted on 09/29/2012 5:59:09 AM PDT by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party of No! Nobama, No Way, No How!)
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To: pops88

For an understanding of Obama and all things that happen in a bathhouse suggest you listen to one of the many Larry Sinclair interviews that have been completedly ignored by the lamestream media, including FAUX News.


20 posted on 09/29/2012 8:09:38 AM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: entropy12
If one examines facts, Bush was never as bad as Obama.

The author indicates why your heartfelt and well-informed arguments fail to find a foothold with many voters:

"Rather than reflecting on policy, and connecting the dots regarding, say, a populist promise and its cost, many voters are reactive, responding to charisma and soundbites."

This is the fundamental quality that Romney lacks, and is the one thing that may keep him from defeating the worst president this nation has ever had.

If he needs some coaching in order to fake charisma, he'd better do it fast. He's running out of time to make an emotional connection with the voters.

21 posted on 09/29/2012 2:07:11 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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