Obama Strategist: The Forgotten Man Is A Republican Now, Anyway

FDR Would Be So Proud

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So, Barack Obama has this little problem: he can't seem to win working-class white voters. With rare exception (Iowa, Missouri), he basically only wins states - and in particular only wins primaries - where all the working-class white voters are already Republicans, leaving the Democrats a stripped-down shell of African-Americans and college towns. Obama's biggest victory in the past two months was in Mississippi. But if Obama wants to win a national election, he's going to have to win the states where the Democrats are in better shape than they are in Mississippi.

Time was, working-class whites were the backbone, the very reason for the existence of the Democratic Party, FDR's "forgotten man." What Obama is running on instead is, essentially, the McGovern coalition. But even in its headiest days, most of the old McGovernites realized that it wasn't such a great idea to just kick FDR's old stalwarts to the curb.

The smart play for Obama at this point is to run out the clock, squeeze out the delegate margin he needs, say nothing bad about these folks for supporting Hillary, and try like heck to win them back in November. As we saw with the now-infamous San Francisco fundraiser, Obama forgot that lesson when he thought nobody was listening, and Pennsylvania voters were understandably, er, bitter about that. But this is a new one even for the Obama campaign: his chief strategist now says that Obama doesn't need those people because, nationally, FDR's old Forgotten Man is a Republican anyway:

"The white working class has gone to the Republican nominee for many elections, going back even to the Clinton years. This is not new that Democratic candidates don't rely solely on those votes"

(Audio here). As the Politico's Ben Smith notes, this ignores the fact that "[t]he whites getting surveyed in exit polls are people who voted in a Democratic Primary." In any event, it's nice for white working class voters to know where they stand with Obama's campaign. Not to worry, though: the GOP is happy to have your votes. And we're perfectly happy to see the national Democratic Party achieve the success it has had in, say, Utah or Wyoming or Mississippi.

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Hmmmmm...who to vote for this fall....well on one side, you have a bitch who is a lawyer, married to a lawyer, and a lawyer who is married to a bitch
who is a lawyer....on the other side, you have a war hero married to a
total babe who owns a beer
distributorship....where I come from that is known as a 'no brainer'.

but honestly, that comment cracked me up. Just don't do it again.

"No compromise with the main purpose, no peace till victory, no pact with unrepentant wrong." - Winston Churchill

"There is not in all America a more dangerous trait than the deification of mere smartness unaccompanied by any sense of moral responsibility." Teddy Roosevelt 1903

would saying 'we don't need working class whites anyway" be called "jumping the shark", or would the old standby, "sour grapes", still apply?

Gone 2500 years, still not PC.

You bet I'm bitter. All I got left is my love of guns, kick-ass devotion to God, and an enduring faith in the absolute certainty that permanent tax cuts for the wealthy will someday trickle down to me and Becky Sue.

Just sayin'.

All except flies are more clever.

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
-Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

BTW Greater than what ?
Greater than nothing ?
Greater is a relative concept it needs to be specified with a reference other wise it is meaningless.

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"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
-Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

Because historically, that's how the Democrats have operated.

And Obama out-machined the Chicago machine to weasel his way into office.

Come to think of it, it's wonder Democrats like him so much.

Gone 2500 years, still not PC.

Finrod's First Law of Bandwidth:
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but it takes the bandwidth of ten thousand.

Figured he was worth mentioning if just for the language.

Finrod's First Law of Bandwidth:
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but it takes the bandwidth of ten thousand.

I was the Republican voice on a Dem/Replican panel this morning to discuss Tuesday's Primaries in Penn. It should be active until around 1pm tomorrow.

Have a listen at http://www.cbc.ca/eyeopener/

Katie W. Robinette
Calgary, Alberta

A sincere economic populist with progressive credentials, charisma, likable family, and a demeanor endearing to all classes of Americans prone to vote Democratic. Not a perfect candidate, but one more than capable of uniting the party and maximizing turnout I think Hillary's "inevitability" drove her opponents to rally around one candidate, and they chose Obama over Edwards. Good for us, I suppose.

"Many of us are quite disposed to barter [freedom] away for what we call energy, coercion, and some other terms we use as vaguely as that of liberty - There is often as great a rage for change and novelty in politics, as in amusements and fashions." ~ Federal Farmer

Obama was the early most promising candidate. The MSM mostly give Dems a pass, and as the first post-racial candidate, he was getting more passes than most. His early work projected a likable guy who wasn't explicitly pimping race, and if we finally elected a black man president, maybe reparations would be paid and we could finally get past this whole black-white divide. Closer examination showed his policies were pretty much straight up Marxist, put only political dweebs like us were paying attention to that. Of course, once the mask was off he becomes a much weaker candidate in the general.

Edwards is the rich trial lawyer living in the McMansion and irritating his neighbors. He was always going to alienate the same base Obama has now alienated. Sure he was going to go for the "I fought for the little people against those nasty obstetricians who weren't performing cesareans often enough," but the clear comeback to that was, "Yep, he's one of the people who made it almost impossible to find an obstetrician in small towns these days, and the science has proven his novel theory wrong to boot." Puts those small towns right back in the Republican camp.

Hillary seems to have a reliable lower limit of 45% in all the polling done about her. Granted her high negatives have always meant the general election would be an almost impossible win, but that doesn't change the fact that after taking into account the possibility that the mask would come off Obama, she was the strongest.

...how else can you describe Michelle Obama? When expediency counts....

What he also making reference to Hillary and the dis-barred Bill

of deleterious disaggregation and imbalance, thus interrupting the promised tranquility of the Obamites.

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