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The President Cannot Win Reelection with White, Working Class Voters

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RUSH: The story is now across the pond, UK Daily Mail: "President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign will be the first in modern political history to abandon white working class voters, strategists claim.  For decades, Democrats have been losing more and more blue collar whites. Their alienation helped lead to the massive Republican wave in 2010," the midterms, "when the GOP wooed 30 percent more of them than the Democrats could. Democratic strategists say President Obama is focusing his attention, instead, on poor black and Hispanic voters and educated white professionals." They're just recycling Thomas B. Edsall's piece that was now three weeks ago old.  It was in the op-ed section of the New York Times.  Edsall used to write in the Washington Post, now he's a big liberal muckety-muck at the Huffing and Puffington Post.  And when I saw that piece on that Monday in the New York Times, remember, I told you this is big; it's not getting anywhere near the attention it ought to be getting from the Republicans.

It ought to be a staple of the Republican primary campaign. Newt, Mitt, Perry, Bachmann, they all ought to be talking about this.  You have the first black president admitting, his campaign admitting, they're not interested in the votes of white working class Americans.  They're not interested.  They're going after poor blacks and Hispanics, minorities, and the educated white elite, which would be professors, Hollywood types, Wall Street types, CEOs, this kind of thing.  Now, I think, folks, it is paramount to keep this front and center.  This is a divisive approach.  This is an approach by the president of the United States to divide the people of this country as we watch the campaign roll out.  And there is also now a couple stories I have in the Stack about how the regime plans on using women in the campaign.  In fact, there's a phrase in one of the stories that women will actually be the canaries in the coal mine in terms of deciphering which policies will work and which ones won't, which campaign strategies will work and which ones won't. 

Now, this UK Daily Mail piece is from November 28th.  Not a big deal was made of it at the time, but I ran across it, and I just want to point out to you that the story has found its way across the pond.  Now, I always trust my instincts.  My instincts have never failed me.  I think this is huge.  Can you imagine running around, if you're Republican, the ammo this gives you?  The president of the United States, one of his top strategists admitting they can't get, and are not interested in getting, the votes of white working class voters?  I don't even mean to make it racial.  Take white out of the equation. 
Just working class voters.  Not interested in 'em.  The fact they happen to be white is incidental.  No, not to the Obama people, but I mean you gotta be careful how you go about this if you're gonna use it. 

"The 2012 approach treats white voters without college degrees as an unattainable cohort," says Thomas B. Edsall.  "The Obama campaign has not explicitly announced this strategy. However, strategists point to it as the likely path of the president's victory, given demographic data from previous elections." Meaning he can't win with them.  What does it tell you?  The president of the United States cannot win the election with the votes of working class white families.  "Ruy Teixeira, a strategist at the liberal Center for American Progress, wrote in 1995 that if President Clinton couldn't win white blue collar workers, his re-election bid would be doomed."

That was 1995.  Fast forward 15 years, and they've made an about-face.  The Republican Party has become the party of the white working class, says the same guy, Ruy Teixeira.  "However, he warns that losing whites without college degrees altogether would be disastrous. There simply are not enough college-educated whites, Hispanics and blacks who will make a Democratic majority. President Obama can still get away with losing white Americans by 17 percent, as Senator John Kerry," who served in Vietnam, by the way, did in 2004.  That's the lay of the land.

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