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November 14, 2012

Who Voted for Obama?

Why President Obama was Re-elected

There is a rational explanation for the President's reelection which doesn't invoke a deep or complex meaning. The only way to explain the outcome is in the simplest and direct prose: the moochers prevailed.

Obama's winning tactic was to do what any respectable man does when he wishes to have something; he bought it. From cell phones and contraceptives to food stamps and unemployment benefits, the Obama administration kept the money flowing to ensure a steady turnout on Election Day. The coup de grace was painting his opponent as a second coming of Dickens' Scrooge that was ready to cut the voters from their trust funds.

That's a good article and it's worth reading, but I think he misses the mark. I think the majority of those who voted for him are people who had jobs and feel that they aren't receiving anything in welfare.

If his argument is that without the people he describes, Obama couldn't have won, I agree. However, if all of the Ron Paul people (and others on the right not satisfied with Romney) had voted for Romney instead of staying home or voting 3rd party, Obama couldn't have won either. Also, the only two Obama voters I've discussed this with said, outright and in the first 15 seconds of conversation, that they were afraid of what Romney "was going to do to women". Take away the phony-baloney "war on women" propaganda from the Obama campaign, and Obama also could not have won.

But the largest issue, in my opinion, had to do with none of those things. I think it was racism, pure and simple. I think that a large portion of the non-whites in America are just plain sick of looking up and seeing white people sitting in the positions of power in this country - and there is no one more white than the Romneys. I think that the literal mood that these people felt when they thought of putting a white Romney into office was sullen and negative, and the mood that they felt when they thought of having non-white Obama in office was of empowerment and positive. Every argument any one of these kinds of voters would make for re-electing Obama would really be just rationalizations their feelings. It was pure, ugly, unadulterated, racism...and you can't get past that kind of irrational bigotry.

By the way, no single group has been mentioned more than women in the last vote - aka "the gender gap" - but white women went overwhelmingly for Romney, not Obama. The point being: it was minorities who went for Obama, in spite of his policies devastating their opportunities economically and hurting them more than he's hurt whites economically since he's been in office.

For some exposure to this, just watch MSNBC for a while. The business model of that station seems to be based upon an ethnic hatred of Republicans. Any darkness of skin, whether black, or Hispanic, or Egyptian, or Latino, or Arab, or Persian, or Mediterranean, etc., will be combined, whether in host or guest, with an obvious anger at Republicans and/or an accusation of Republican dishonesty or hypocrisy. Also notice that when MSNBC broadcasted the Republican national convention, that they surgically removed any minority speakers from their broadcast. Democrats are very successfully branding the Republican party as being white, male, racist, and misogynist. It's an untrue and unfair accusation - but you can't argue with success.

Posted by Jeff at November 14, 2012 04:38 PM

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