Skip to comments.To win, Obama needs to get white voters to stay home
Posted on 08/04/2012 12:36:33 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
President Obama has met the enemy, and they are us (us, that is, if you are Caucasian). So reads the handwriting on the wall, according to BuzzFeed, which reports:
President Barack Obamas re-election campaign has spent more than $100 million on advertising over the last 3 months. Much, if not most, of it has been produced to shred Mitt Romneys reputation and suppress turnout among white voters who might vote for Romney.
That last sentence is worth re-reading. It links to a New York Times op-ed that notes with equal candor, not to mention nonchalance:
He is running a two-track campaign. One track of his re-election drive seeks to boost turnout among core liberal groups; the other aims to suppress turnout and minimize his margin of defeat in the most hostile segment of the electorate, whites without college degrees.
Its a simple matter of arithmetic, the BuzzFeed article goes on to note. In 2008, black voter turnout reached its highest level ever. Hispanic and youth voters (ages 18 to 29) also turned out in record numbers. Obama captured 43% of the white vote, cinching a victory.
But with black unemployment reaching 14.4% in July and unemployment among millennials at 12.7%, enthusiasm is down. The dreaded white vote is now expected to account for 75% of ballots cast.
By most analysts lights, Obama needs to capture 40% of that voting bloc to win a second term. But a Quinnipiac poll released on July 12 shows him attracting just 29% of non-college-educated white males. Taken together with other recent polls, Obamas share of the white vote as a whole is well shy of the 40% threshold.
The BuzzFeed piece predicts a chemical warfare campaign, the war to end all wars but doesnt offer specifics on what that might translate to.
In the meantime, one might wonder how Obama supporters countenance speaking in such matter-of-fact terms about voter suppression, which Democrats consider the ultimate sin. The answer is provided in the Times op-ed by Thomas Edsall, who asserts that Obama is merely taking a page out of the Republican handbook. Over the past two years, he writes, Republican-controlled state legislatures have been conducting an aggressive vote-suppression strategy of their own through the passage of voter identification laws and laws imposing harsh restrictions on voter registration drives.
It is a fascinating admission. He imputes the basest possible motive to supporters of voter IDs laws, and one that is unprovable, to justify behavior that cant rationalized as anything other cynical and anti-American. Just imagine the reaction if the tables were turned.
Name one FReeper who will be staying home. Can't? Thought so.
For the record, I did vote for McCain in 2008. Back in those days, I was a good little Republican — voted for that guy with the R after his name. No more.
Principles do matter. And if Obama gets four more years, don't out the blame on me. Blame your party for forcing on you a liberal candidate.
If Romney does win, and we get federal law allowing gay marriage, confiscation of your guns and no repeal of government run health care, I will take some small consolation in the fact I didn't vote for the flim-flam man.
And Cheat!!! -— This is going to happen. The Democrats grow more evil everyday. Their lies get worse and the crimes get bigger.
Hmmm...looking for historically similar thinking to put this into perspective.
To win, Hitler relied on non-existent divisions.
That should cover it.
Are there enough new black panther party members to intimidate voters in all those mostly white precincts?
Thank GOD most freepers are grownups enough to tell the difference between Obama and Romney and will be voting for Romney
I would have loved Sarah Palin,
But Romney is 10,000 times better than Obama, I hate Romneycare but Obamacare is 1000 times worse and stupid freepers can't tell the difference.
Obama hates America, Romney loves America.
Rush, Levin ,Hannity, Palin, etc all want Romney.
Reagan, once he became a Republican, supported every GOP Presidential Candidate,Nixon(Who supported prices freezes) Does any freepers think Reagan would not vote for Romney over Obama?
Do you really think that would make a difference? To me it looks like there are the entitled/dependent for Obama and then there's everybody else.
I just don't think there's hardly any undecided/swing vote.
Your statement proves you have no principles.
“Your statement proves you have no principles.”
To win, Obama needs to get principalled Conservative voters to vote third party and starve Romney of votes. </sarc>
And if we had elected McCain, we would not have Obamacare today. There is no way even an idiot like McCain would have let Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid ram through socialized medicine midnight on a Saturday night.
Why didn’t McCain win? Because principalled conservatives stayed home rather than vote for RINO. Now you want that two elections in a row, handing our radical communist Muslim president a 2nd term, a lame duck term where he can do anything he wants, as he told the Russian president.
So you an thank your fellow conservatives who did four years ago what you are going to do this year, for Obamacare and for $5 trillion extra national debt.
Some people never learn.
From reading their posts, I'd say that there are several of them just on this thread.
I know it's hard for a MittBot to understand, but just because someone won't vote for their boy Romney and won't vote for Obama doesn't equate to not voting.
You can take your snarky MittBot reference to me and ...
If you're not voting for Romney, you might as well not be voting at all. Whoever you vote for besides Romney, that's one less vote that's needed to get rid of Obama. While I know the MittHaters here don't think that's important, I do. (And, yes, I know -- Romney = Obama, yada, yada, yada. Don't waste your breath.)
Do whatever you want, Bob. If you wish to sacrifice all of your principles keep voting for the GOP-e’s hand-picked choices. I just hope you don’t have any children, because you’ll be voting to commit them and their grand children into grinding debt slavery.
But maybe you don’t have any kids, so it doesn’t make a difference to you. All I know is, come what may, I’ll be able to vote with a clear conscience in November.
And allowing another four years of Obama won't??
Nope. Not if we contain him - and with a Republican House and Senate, we can. But I'm not going to rehash the argument with you. The strategy's been repeated, ad nauseam, over and over and over and over and over again on this forum. Look it up.