Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Voters That Mattered

Stuart Stevens, the chief strategist of the Romney campaign, tried to make chicken salad out of chicken shit in an op-ed in the Washington Post yesterday.

On Nov. 6, Romney carried the majority of every economic group except those with less than $50,000 a year in household income. That means he carried the majority of middle-class voters. While John McCain lost white voters younger than 30 by 10 points, Romney won those voters by seven points, a 17-point shift. Obama received 4½million fewer voters in 2012 than 2008, and Romney got more votes than McCain.

Oh, and Barack Obama wouldn’t have won if he hadn’t been… y’know… black.

There was a time not so long ago when the problems of the Democratic Party revolved around being too liberal and too dependent on minorities. Obama turned those problems into advantages and rode that strategy to victory. But he was a charismatic African American president with a billion dollars, no primary and media that often felt morally conflicted about being critical. How easy is that to replicate?

Well, they’re not going to let that happen again.

One bark on “The Voters That Mattered

  1. They make me sick. I am white, I voted for Obama three times, once in the primary in 2008, and twice for president. I did it because I thought he would be the best man for all of the people, not just the rich people. Mr. Stevens can put that in his pipe and smoke it.

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