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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Grasping for controversy

We've hit a lull in the pundit season -- the GOP primary is over and the big guns of the fall campaign are yet to be drawn.  The crunch to keep newspaper columns (and blogs) full is on.

But amid the endless analysis of campaign contributions and nationwide polls (when we count electoral votes by states to determine a winner) one story really grabs me as reaching: Barack Obama is not winning Democratic primaries by record-shattering numbers.

His margin over victory over minor candidates in two Southern states was attributed to one obvious factor:
Obama’s struggles in Appalachia and portions of the South is simply that some white voters will not vote for an African American for president.
But there's another reason too -- beyond "the broader cultural disconnect that many of these voters feel with the Democratic Party."

Anyone check on how many Democratic voters, let alone Obama voters stayed at home rather than bother to leave the house to cast a ballot in a contest where the outcome is a forgone conclusion?

Just sayin'.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to see some stories about how race is playing a factor in voting. Do you think the percentage/raw numbers of voters who won't vote for Barack because he's black is more than the percent/raw numbers of voters who vote for Barack solely because he's black? What do you figure he gets 90-95% of the black vote(only the Herman Cains won't vote for him). Personally I think 10% of the white voters simply wanted to vote for Barack to be able to tell their grandchildren they "voted for the first black POTUS". Credible polls would make some interesting discussions possible about the state of race relations.

May 23, 2012 6:46 AM  
Blogger Bryan Scrafford said...

There's a difference between wanting to voice your opposition to some of the policies of the administration and refusing to support Obama in the general election. I have organized community events that voiced opposition to some of his policies (around wanting single payer health care and opposition some aspects of his education policies -- especially in regards to charter schools), for instance, but I still fully intended on supporting his campaign this fall. The people who want to vote in a democratic primary, but select "uncommitted" are likely just giving Obama a little reminder that he can't abandon his base.

May 24, 2012 8:34 PM  
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