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Why the Obama Bubble Still Hasnít Burst
Townhall.com ^ | October 8, 2012 | Star Parker

Posted on 10/08/2012 3:21:44 AM PDT by Kaslin

Can there be political bubbles like financial bubbles?

Financial bubbles, inflated by hopes and dreams, burst when reality negates any possibility that those hopes and dreams will be realized. At that point, sky high stock or bond or real estate prices come crashing down to earth.

Can the same thing happen in politics? Can a skilled politician, who has become popular with soaring rhetoric and promises, deflate when it starts becoming clear that he is not going to deliver?

Of course, I am thinking about our president.

Mitt Romney demonstrated in the first presidential debate that the considerable gap between President Obama’s rhetoric and his performance makes him a vulnerable candidate.

Yet, the president’s bubble is far from bursting.

Romney, in the debate, was aggressive but deferential toward Obama. He was deferential because, despite the poor state of the country after almost four years of the Obama administration, Barack Obama is still a popular president.

Recent polling shows his approval remains around 50 percent. At similar stages in the presidencies of the last two presidents voted out after one term, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, their popularity ratings were in the thirties.

What accounts for Barack Obama’s Teflon? How is it that, after almost four years of terrible economic results – high unemployment, sluggish growth, huge deficits and mounting national debt – that Obama’s persona is not more tarnished?

Shouldn’t today’s economic facts on the ground be sufficient to puncture the Obama bubble?

One part of the answer to this puzzle is the changing demographics of the country.

The United States today is a nation that is much less white, much less married, and less traditional than it once was. These are growing trends and each reflects in at least some large part constituencies with values supportive of Obama’s world view - activist government and moral relativism.

What was once the exception to the rule in America – not being white, not being married, not having traditional views on family, sex, and abortion – is now becoming the rule. And these constituencies are becoming sufficiently large to elect a president.

National Journal released a poll right before the debate showing Obama and Romney dead even nationwide – 47 percent each – among likely voters.

The poll shows Obama’s white support at just 38 percent.

Obama was elected in 2008 with 43 percent of the white vote. It appears that he could be re-elected with even less.

In Gallup’s polling of last week, Obama’s approval among white voters stood at 39 percent.

He gets 38 percent approval among those who attend church weekly compared to 55 percent among those who attend church seldom or never.

And his approval among married voters is 40 percent compared to 57 percent among those not married.

According to data compiled by the Tax Foundation, the large majority of those now filing tax returns in the U.S. are single. In 1960, 65 percent of all tax filers were married and 35 percent single. In 2010 it’s reversed - 61 percent of filers were single and 39 percent married.

When Barack Obama pushes for taxing the rich, he’s not just pitting those with the highest incomes against everyone else. He’s pitting married against singles. Eight of ten tax filers in the top twenty percent of earners are married. The majority of middle income and below filers are single.

It’s really a cultural divide, one you can be sure that Barack Obama is very aware of, that is keeping his bubble inflated.

The fact that Obama’s support is still this strong despite his terrible record sends a clear warning to those looking for a new birth of American freedom.

Romney and Ryan should consider taking these constituencies on directly – blacks, Hispanics, singles – explaining why America’s future hinges on shutting down the government plantation.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012campaign; acultureoflife; america; barackobama; elections2012; mittromney; obama; popularity; socialissues

1 posted on 10/08/2012 3:21:55 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I believe a lot of this is true...

Also of note is that America is a politically bulimic society. We load up and ingest all things socialistic, nihilistic and entitle-istic for four years, sometimes 8. Then, for four years sometimes 8, we barf it out. Somehow, after each cycle of 8, 12 or 16 years, we find ourselves a bit... or a lot... fatter.


2 posted on 10/08/2012 3:39:10 AM PDT by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: C210N
Also of note is that America is a politically bulimic society. We load up and ingest all things socialistic, nihilistic and entitle-istic for four years, sometimes 8. Then, for four years sometimes 8, we barf it out. Somehow, after each cycle of 8, 12 or 16 years, we find ourselves a bit... or a lot... fatter.

Great analogy!

3 posted on 10/08/2012 3:48:12 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Kaslin

Wasn’t there supposed to be a media bombshell report on Obama released sometime Friday or today? We were all guessing the donor story but it could be something else. Anyone know what happened?


4 posted on 10/08/2012 3:52:14 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Kaslin
Why the Obama Bubble Still Hasn’t Burst?

I suspect it has.

5 posted on 10/08/2012 4:00:05 AM PDT by stevem
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To: stevem

The key here is “BLACK IS THE NEW TEPHLON” The race card lives! No matter how bad it gets he will play the victim


6 posted on 10/08/2012 4:18:46 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (bb)
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To: Kaslin
The fact that Obama’s support is still this strong despite his terrible record sends a clear warning to those looking for a new birth of American freedom.

Star is right about this. Romney does need to address blacks, hispanics, women, etc. and show them that he is the better choice.

7 posted on 10/08/2012 4:18:50 AM PDT by sauropod (Only two of God's creatures can employ the term "we": newspaper editors and men with tapeworms-Hayes)
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To: Kaslin

Changing demographics counts for some of it but it is NOT the biggest reason the bubble has not burst. If is was not for the hard core, 24/7 propaganda effects by the MSM, many Obama voters would realize that his policies are actually BAD for them.


8 posted on 10/08/2012 4:19:30 AM PDT by MrDem (Founder: Democrats for Cheney/Palin 2012)
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To: Kaslin

The article places all the blame on demographics.

While demographics are a contributing factor, they are by no means the entire story.

We are witnessing a heavy amount of propoganda in the MSM, a far higher degree than what has been used before. Public unions have become increasingly bold and dangerous (which is why Wisconsin was so important). Public schools and colleges have become institutions of leftis indoctrination.

We are watching BOTH parties drift to the left. The present-day Democrat party is decidedly Socialist. The present-day GOP is, politically, about where JFK was in 1961.


9 posted on 10/08/2012 4:20:05 AM PDT by kidd
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To: Kaslin
I think the bubble already has burst--though the MSM doesn't know it.

Besides the debate debacle, many in the MSM were openly puzzled by the unemployment numbers, especially when they realized the numbers have been "cooked" by counting increased Federal employment--if we were using 2008 criteria, the real unemployment rate would be over 11%!

10 posted on 10/08/2012 4:26:49 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: Kaslin

It’s not just the MSM. Libs have a hard time admitting they made a mistake. And voting for Obama was a HUGE mistake. He bamboozled so many. I have heard many mature ones on Mark Levin’s show call in with their regrets, the rest don’t want to see what’s right in front of them.


11 posted on 10/08/2012 4:33:53 AM PDT by MomwithHope (Buy and read Ameritopia by Mark Levin!)
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To: Kaslin

The only evidence that the bubble hasn’t already burst is the current polling. Based on 2008 turnout models, they are all a pipe-dream.

If one merely looks at the 2010 mid-terms, it can be clearly seen that the upward trajectory of Republican turnout is steep. What has changed since 2010? Obama has doubled down on the policies that brought the Dems such a monumental thrashing.

2010 was a referendum on Obama, and he wasn’t even running. The bubble burst long ago, the polls are only providing an illusion that the implosion is still to come.

Obama’s support has been feeling ashamed by him. The debate merely caused them to become ashamed FOR him. They want him off the stage. They’ll stay home in droves.


12 posted on 10/08/2012 4:49:27 AM PDT by wayoverontheright
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To: MomwithHope
No Lib that I have ever known has ever ever ever ever admitted a mistake or failure. It is ALWAYS somebody else's fault. ALWAYS
13 posted on 10/08/2012 5:35:10 AM PDT by Thom Pain (U.S. Constitution is a CONTRACT!)
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To: Kaslin

14 posted on 10/08/2012 5:35:16 AM PDT by arasina (Communism is EVIL. So there.)
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To: Kaslin; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; Impy; stephenjohnbanker; NFHale; ...
RE :”Yet, the president’s bubble is far from bursting.
Romney, in the debate, was aggressive but deferential toward Obama. He was deferential because, despite the poor state of the country after almost four years of the Obama administration, Barack Obama is still a popular president.
Recent polling shows his approval remains around 50 percent. At similar stages in the presidencies of the last two presidents voted out after one term, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, their popularity ratings were in the thirties.
What accounts for Barack Obama’s Teflon? How is it that, after almost four years of terrible economic results – high unemployment, sluggish growth, huge deficits and mounting national debt – that Obama’s persona is not more tarnished?
Shouldn’t today’s economic facts on the ground be sufficient to puncture the Obama bubble?
One part of the answer to this puzzle is the changing demographics of the country.
The United States today is a nation that is much less white, much less married, and less traditional than it once was. These are growing trends and each reflects in at least some large part constituencies with values supportive of Obama’s world view - activist government and moral relativism.
What was once the exception to the rule in America – not being white, not being married, not having traditional views on family, sex, and abortion – is now becoming the rule. And these constituencies are becoming sufficiently large to elect a president.
National Journal released a poll right before the debate showing Obama and Romney dead even nationwide – 47 percent each – among likely voters.
The poll shows Obama’s white support at just 38 percent.
Obama was elected in 2008 with 43 percent of the white vote. It appears that he could be re-elected with even less.
In Gallup’s polling of last week, Obama’s approval among white voters stood at 39 percent.
He gets 38 percent approval among those who attend church weekly compared to 55 percent among those who attend church seldom or never.
And his approval among married voters is 40 percent compared to 57 percent among those not married.

This is much more realistic view of things than much RNC/GOP cheerleading points “We are winning, it's all media lies”, or Romneys 47% secret recording comment.

This is certainly what I see here in Maryland. In fact in Maryalnd we have a huge south Korean immigrant population (all the last decade or so) and I dont see the majority of them ,the ones that are citizens, voting Republican here.

This is why I keep saying the GOP needs low turnout of these groups.

15 posted on 10/08/2012 6:12:08 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: wayoverontheright

Watch those videos of the people babbling about free stuff. Watch the Occupy Wall Street videos. There are so many people in this country who are Socialists — they want the government to take from the rich and give to everyone else. That is the “47%” base that Obama has. Its not necessarily demographics although blacks and Latinos and single people tend to fall into the trap of Socialism moreso than married whites.


16 posted on 10/08/2012 6:15:16 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: kidd

THIS HOPE AND CHANGE FRAUD IS JUST A CHEAP BEER..

The bubbles are really foam.. He is surrounded by the media foam, kinda like a good or bad beer, you don’t get to taste it until you get through the head.. The media build a thick foam head around this cheap beer..

The media placed a label on this cut-rate brew, but like all bargains, it isn’t anything like the promise of the advertising..

The debate was a tipping point when the general public got a mouth full of the rot-gut pi$$ that has been disguised under the myth of hope and change foam..

Bottoms up sucker.. You can spit it out in November.. :)


17 posted on 10/08/2012 6:43:07 AM PDT by carlo3b (Less Government, more Fiber..)
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To: sickoflibs

I wonder why religious S. Koreans would vote for the D?


18 posted on 10/08/2012 6:47:33 AM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: ronnie raygun

This is exactly why the communists groomed this guy for the presidency. His skin color makes him nearly immune from criticism. His “historical” aspect is exactly what they needed to advance their agenda.


19 posted on 10/08/2012 6:54:02 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Cronos
RE :”I wonder why religious S. Koreans would vote for the D?

That is hard group to analyze because they invaded the East coast with such numbers they tend to stick with their own cliques and language. I see many of their kids who do assimilate wit their peers benefit from their hard work (and yes the immigrants appear to be industrious) , being given expensive cars and playing Rap music and smoking. But they may not vote.

While it may be not directly related/caused by them, but I see Maryland counties go from R to D as they moved in in great numbers.
I have noticed that Rs have not been polling great with Asians. if you see polls to the contrary let me know.

20 posted on 10/08/2012 7:01:33 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: Thom Pain

That’s why I have hope after listening to Mark’s show for so many years. Over the last year he has taken so many calls from people saying they were die hard Obama supporters and they saw the light, some real accounts.


21 posted on 10/08/2012 7:13:32 AM PDT by MomwithHope (Buy and read Ameritopia by Mark Levin!)
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To: Kaslin

Anyone who calls the President a “SKILLED POLITICIAN” is either an idiot, ignorant, or flat out lying.

The man has ZERO political skill... Don’t believe me? Look for yourself.. what are his political accomplishments? Ramming through legislation when his party was in power... since then, what has he done? Nothing.. Why? because he doesn’t have an ounce of political skill.

A truly skilled politician accomplishes things in the face of adversity, builds consensus, finds common ground and gets things done. This fool hasn’t accomplished anything since losing majority, and he wasted his political capital when he had the majority on a failed and hated mandate at a time the economy was crumbling.

Obama is no skilled politician, he’s an lazy, empty suit.


22 posted on 10/08/2012 7:26:34 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: wayoverontheright

HUGE “If”s below ...

IF the reports and rumors that the pollsters are having only a 9% response rate, and If those choosing to not respond are skewed much more to disliking Obama (which I consider highly likely), we will know that in a little over four weeks when the vote occurs.

Many pollsters will realize what happened, and they will have to go into a major tizzy to try to discover polling strategies that will work.

I imagine that some very private and highly paid pollsters already have such strategies, but those polls are released only to high-paying clients.


23 posted on 10/08/2012 7:56:16 AM PDT by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: HamiltonJay

A few additions to my “IF”s post ...

That scenerio also explains why so many pollsters swear they are getting major excess of Dems and Indys polled than conservatives/GOPers, as well as the 2010 election “surprise”.

Pray for another surprise.


24 posted on 10/08/2012 8:08:24 AM PDT by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: sickoflibs; Cronos

” I have noticed that Rs have not been polling great with Asians. if you see polls to the contrary let me know. “

This mortifies me, and you are correct. Asians in California and elsewhere have voted Dem by a large margin. Chinese, Korean, and those from India must think Democrat equals “America”.... the dub s$its! Those immigrants from Russia and its outlying areas are mostly Republicans.


25 posted on 10/08/2012 11:45:16 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
there is something wrong with the way we are portraying the GOP. I read in the economist that 4 out of 5 non-whites support the Dims

Let's assume that 2 are black, but the other (i.e. 40% of non-whites) must be hispanic or asian

Asians have conservative, family-oriented values. South Koreans are strong, conservative Christians and all would hate socialism and gay marriage. We need to do more to reach out and convince these people -- I don't know what quite frankly

26 posted on 10/09/2012 1:00:26 AM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: Kaslin

“Why the Obama Bubble Still Hasn’t Burst”

Because the GOP has been hyjacked by the Extortion-Care-ites, and their installation of the Hillary of Massachusetts.

Because the Hillary of Massachusetts still embraces his signing of Extortion-Care, and has yet to declare his voiced “replacement” will not place Americans at the mercy of private insurance edicts.


27 posted on 10/09/2012 1:36:59 AM PDT by Varsity Flight (Extortion-Care is the Government Work-Camp: Arbeitsziehungslager)
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To: Cronos

“Asians have conservative, family-oriented values. South Koreans are strong, conservative Christians and all would hate socialism and gay marriage.”

Correct

” We need to do more to reach out and convince these people — I don’t know what quite frankly “

I don’t either, but our party hasn’t even tried.


28 posted on 10/09/2012 9:17:23 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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