Gallup: Economy, not immigration, key to Hispanic vote

posted at 11:21 am on June 25, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Ten days ago, Barack Obama tried to solidify his standing among Hispanic voters by taking executive action to offer a temporary decrease in deportations, along the lines of his DREAM Act proposal.  Clearly, the President wants to gain votes and stoke enthusiasm with this end run around Congress in this traditional Democratic constituency — but will it work?  A new poll of Hispanic voters from Gallup shows that immigration falls to a low priority in this election cycle, and that like most other voters, they’re much more concerned about the economy:

U.S. Hispanics prioritize immigration, healthcare, and unemployment to equal degrees, according to a new USA Today/Gallup poll asking about the importance of six national policy issues. Twenty percent of Hispanics each mention one of the top three issues as mattering most to them, while 17% name economic growth, 11% name the gap between the rich and poor, and 7% name the federal budget deficit. Hispanic registered voters, however, put healthcare and all economic issues before immigration, which 12% name as their most important issue. …

USA Today/Gallup asked the same issue-importance question of all Americans in Gallup Daily tracking interviews from June 13-14. Among all Americans and U.S. registered voters, healthcare, economic growth, and the federal deficit roughly tie as the most important issues, while immigration ranks last among both groups of Americans.

The good news — so far — for Obama is that he gets 66% of registered Hispanic voters, to 25% for Romney.  In 2008, Obama got 67% of the Hispanic vote.  At the very least, he’s not losing ground in this critical demographic.

That support was calculated prior to the announcement earlier this month, but the question from this survey is whether Obama will end up with any kind of a bump at all — and whether it might result in some damage to his standing.  Most Americans are concerned about jobs and the economy (36% in the aggregate in this poll, but regularly north of 50% in WaPo/ABC and Rasmussen polls) than immigration (a paltry 5% overall, and only 12% of registered Hispanic voters).  A candidate who dodges this question on the campaign trail leaves himself open to the perception that he’s out of touch; an incumbent who seems to be working to look busy on a low-tier issue like immigration while simultaneously saying and doing nothing on jobs and the economy risks looking clueless and incompetent.

The reward on this move looks small, while the risk of failure high.  And since we still have more than four months to go before the election, it’s difficult to imagine that this policy change will resonate long enough for the reward to be anything but ephemeral if another bad jobs report comes out between now and the election.


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Then why does obama have a commanding lead if the economy is most that matters?

rubberneck on June 25, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Don’t believe it. What they care most about is la raza.

Mark1971 on June 25, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Then why does obama have a commanding lead if the economy is most that matters?

rubberneck on June 25, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Exactly.

Mark1971 on June 25, 2012 at 11:26 AM

In 2008, Obama got 67% of the Hispanic vote. At the very least, he’s not losing ground in this critical demographic.

But the Hispanic voters were only 9.5% of the total voters in 2008.

Dr Evil on June 25, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Then why does obama have a commanding lead if the economy is most that matters?

rubberneck on June 25, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Take your meds bro, you are delusional.

VegasRick on June 25, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Blacks have a high unemployment rate and will still vote for him in droves. So will Hispanics. They just can’t help themselves.

a capella on June 25, 2012 at 11:27 AM

The economy is everyone’s first priority.

Mord on June 25, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Gallup: Economy, not immigration, key to Hispanic vote

…so…they’re smoking what they’re growing?

KOOLAID2 on June 25, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Gallup: Economy, not immigration, key to Hispanic vote

So does it look like El Presidente Downgrade won’t be able to bribe his way back into office?

I guess it’s time for a much vaunted speech blaming it all on Bush – that’ll do the trick.

Chip on June 25, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Blacks have a high unemployment rate and will still vote for him in droves. So will Hispanics. They just can’t help themselves.

a capella on June 25, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Voting/Society is still very tribal isn’t? Things haven’t changed that much in history.

Oil Can on June 25, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Most Hispanics are in Texas or California and the electoral votes for both are pretty much figured out already.

NoDonkey on June 25, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Obama’s announcement wasn’t about widening the margin, rather about stiring up enthusiasm and turning out the vote.

joana on June 25, 2012 at 11:31 AM

VegasRick on June 25, 2012 at 11:27 AM

I think what he’s suggesting is that Obama has 67% of the Hispanic vote, while Romney has only 25% of the vote.

If the economy is such an important matter to the Hispanic community, then these numbers shouldn’t be so far apart.

The Hispanic community may say that the economy is important – but their poling numbers don’t necessarily reflect that.

Hill60 on June 25, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Then why does obama have a commanding lead if the economy is most that matters?

rubberneck on June 25, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Take your meds bro, you are delusional.

VegasRick on June 25, 2012 at 11:27 AM | Delete

I believe he means “commanding lead” among Hispanics.

Bitter Clinger on June 25, 2012 at 11:32 AM

If every voter was a single-issue first priority voter, Romney would be winning by 30 points.

joana on June 25, 2012 at 11:33 AM

All Southern states should erect a flaming middle finger in Holder’s direction, introduce powerful Voter ID laws, and see what it does to Latino

citizens

turnout (the answer is “nothing to slight increase”). The illegal vote, however, will drop sharply. That alone will see some corrupt scumbags like Grijalva out of the Congress, not to mention the effect in general election.

Archivarix on June 25, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Wait! You mean the entire Hispanic voting community is not all giddy over granting a million or so illegals two years’ of prosecutorial “discretion” in exchange for their names, addresses, contact information, school transcripts, Social Security numbers, driver’s licenses, and every other fake i.d. they may own, plus the names of their parents and siblings and their information, too– all to be handily compiled in Federal databases– in exchange for maybe, maybe some kind of work permit? In other words, risk exposure for a possible permit and a possible job for an Obama promise?

Obama didn’t get a bump in the polls at all for this.

And what’s the point of a work permit if there are no jobs?

de rigueur on June 25, 2012 at 11:33 AM

MSNBC grasping for straws saying because of the Supreme Court ruling that North Carolina and Arizona are in play for Obama. Spinning like tops, dragging out every liberal latino and latina they can get on camera. Which I’m sure was well planned ahead in coordination with the White House no matter what the ruling.

(Before you ask, North Carolina has had a “flux of Hispanics moving there”.)

It’s sort of comical.

Marcus on June 25, 2012 at 11:33 AM

I think what he’s suggesting is that Obama has 67% of the Hispanic vote, while Romney has only 25% of the vote.

If the economy is such an important matter to the Hispanic community, then these numbers shouldn’t be so far apart.

The Hispanic community may say that the economy is important – but their poling numbers don’t necessarily reflect that.

Hill60 on June 25, 2012 at 11:32 AM

A lesson in life: If people think you don’t like them, nothing else matters. They won’t vote for you — even if that means going against their own self interest.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/06/12/jeb-bush-is-right-about-the-gops-immigration-problem/#ixzz1yosa8ESf

joana on June 25, 2012 at 11:34 AM

But the Hispanic voters were only 9.5% of the total voters in 2008.

Dr Evil on June 25, 2012 at 11:26 AM

so 67% of he 9.5 is about 6%, a significant number…if he loses just half that, he loses the election.

right2bright on June 25, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Advocating amnesty in a national election is a political loser.
Just ask the Republicans from 2006.
Pres. Bush and Mr. Reach Across The Aisle McCain tried to push this and the party lost the House.
Nothing gets the voter riled up more than the thought of politicians putting foreigners ahead of citizens.

He shouldn’t have went there.
He will lose more votes than he will gain.

NeoKong on June 25, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Obama’s announcement wasn’t about widening the margin, rather about stiring up enthusiasm and turning out the vote.

joana on June 25, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Exactly the bloom is off the rose, and the enthusiasm has been replaced with voter malaise.

Dr Evil on June 25, 2012 at 11:35 AM

if another bad jobs report comes out between now and the election.

if…???

PatriotRider on June 25, 2012 at 11:37 AM

A new poll of Hispanic voters from Gallup shows that immigration falls to a low priority in this election cycle, and that like most other voters, they’re much more concerned about the economy:
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In Bill Clintons voice,

its the economy…stupids!
(sarc)

canopfor on June 25, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Take your meds bro, you are delusional.

VegasRick on June 25, 2012 at 11:27 AM

He was referring to the poll showing support among this particular group at 66%. How is that “delusional”?

HB3 on June 25, 2012 at 11:38 AM

****************** PANDERMANIA ***********************

canopfor on June 25, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Coming headline and campaign theme:

Gasoline prices down nearly a 1/3 from this time last year; President “I can’t control the price of gas” takes credit

BobMbx on June 25, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Obama’s announcement was about holding onto and motivating (after almost 3 years of neglect) what he already had: the same percentage of Hispanic vote as he got in 2008. He’s gained nothing. He’s merely clinging bitterly.

de rigueur on June 25, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Pew Research Center: Dissecting the 2008 Electorate: Most Diverse in U.S. History.

Does anyone remember the fever and the saturation on the internet this same time running up to the 2008 election? The Obots were every where.

Now in the run up to the 2012 election not so much.

The democrats had a lot of volunteers -help with their ground game last go around. Knocking on doors registering people etc…There just isn’t the same level of interest.

Dr Evil on June 25, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Advocating amnesty in a national election is a political loser.
Just ask the Republicans from 2006.
Pres. Bush and Mr. Reach Across The Aisle McCain tried to push this and the party lost the House.

Nominating a dinner pal and former lottery chief to SCOTUS helped with that too.

BobMbx on June 25, 2012 at 11:42 AM

At this point immigration doesn’t matter. Texas will become a blue state in short order and at that point the GOP will no longer be able to win elections. The sooner it happens the better, because then whatever comes next can finally begin.

Ostrich Egg on June 25, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Many Hispanics are falling for the same garbage that the political parties in Mexico put out. Vote for us and we will make your life better, only to get crumbs when the count is over.

The Democrats could have easily passed imigration reform with a large majority in the House and sixty seats in the Senate. Add a few RINO Republicans in the Senate and the work is done. The seats in the Senate would have allowed Closure and with fifty seats and the VP could have passed the bill. The few Dems and RINOs who were against the bill could have voted against it.

The EO by Obama will keep the Hispanics dependent on keeping a Democrat in the White House or you might get deported.

banzaibob on June 25, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Does anyone remember the fever and the saturation on the internet this same time running up to the 2008 election? The Obots were every where.

Now in the run up to the 2012 election not so much.

The democrats had a lot of volunteers -help with their ground game last go around. Knocking on doors registering people etc…There just isn’t the same level of interest.

Dr Evil on June 25, 2012 at 11:42 AM

I’m not seeing a lot of the Pepsi/Obama bumper stickers this time around, either.

BobMbx on June 25, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Then why does obama have a commanding lead if the economy is most that matters?

rubberneck on June 25, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Because the press isn’t ministry of propaganda is doing its job.

The Rogue Tomato on June 25, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Thanks Marcus

Ilm sure tingles will be ecstatic this afternoon

cmsinaz on June 25, 2012 at 11:46 AM

The general malaise, isn’t’ just going to effect the Presidential election a lot of democrats swept into office in 2008 because of Obamamania.

Even if Romney taps Rubio, there still isn’t going to be “Mania” this election cycle go around. A lot of Americans – Voters have sobered up.

Dr Evil on June 25, 2012 at 11:46 AM

I’m not seeing a lot of the Pepsi/Obama bumper stickers this time around, either.

BobMbx on June 25, 2012 at 11:44 AM

So far I’ve only seen ONE Obama 2012 bumper sticker. I saw a gazillion Obama ’08 stickers in 2008.

The Rogue Tomato on June 25, 2012 at 11:47 AM

The good news — so far — for Obama is that he gets 66% of registered Hispanic voters, to 25% for Romney. In 2008, Obama got 67% of the Hispanic vote. At the very least, he’s not losing ground in this critical demographic.

That’s the entire point. Obama is not worried about Hispanic voters defecting to the GOP (and the GOP should give up trying to attract those votes by pandering). He’s worried about Hispanic voters staying home, which is an entirely different animal.

Obama’s support is cratering among swing voters, independents, so-called Reagan Democrats who voted Democrat the last election, and Republicans who voted for him because they wanted to send the GOP a message. To have a chance of victory, he can’t afford to lose a single base vote, which is why he is spending all of his precious political capital shoring up that base. It’s a bad position to be in for any candidate, let alone an incumbent, and one not likely to lead to a second term.

Those commenters pointing out the absurd paradox of Hispanic voters prioritizing economic issues while still giving Obama 66% support are on the money. Republicans will never gain a big chunk of the Hispanic vote. Republicans are better off working to make Obama look bad/ineffective to Hispanic voters, in the hope that they withhold their vote in the upcoming election.

The simple fact is is that the push for amnesty by both pary establishments has very little to do with votes per se. It has to do with getting millions more young, healthy workers documented and in the system so that that they can be taxed to shore up the bankrupt Medicare/Social Security systems.

Think about it.

Mr. Arkadin on June 25, 2012 at 11:48 AM

I guess now Obama will start asking for Hispanics to send their Quinenera gift funds to his campaign. That and the wedding gift monies will put him over the top *sarc*

neyney on June 25, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Quincenera dang it!

neyney on June 25, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Lo Siento, El Presidente.

portlandon on June 25, 2012 at 11:49 AM

I’m not seeing a lot of the Pepsi/Obama bumper stickers this time around, either.

BobMbx on June 25, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Voting for Obama back in 2008 was like a “Fad” and the “Fad” is over.

That’s what happens when people choose style over substance – the Fad fizzles out over a period of time. Obama really has been over exposed. I am guessing that running him as a celebrity was the strategy, but his brand isn’t fresh anymore.

Dr Evil on June 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM

LEFT: “Gays!” “Hispanics!” “Women!”

RIGHT: “Jobs!” “Jobs!” “Jobs!”

mankai on June 25, 2012 at 11:51 AM

U.S. Hispanics prioritize immigration, healthcare, and unemployment to equal degrees, according to a new USA Today/Gallup poll asking about the importance of six national policy issues.

You know this could mean they are worried about not getting their Medicaid/TANF and Unemployment benefits, not actually finding a job. In that case they would vote for someone who promises to expand or at least keep those nanny state handouts…Obama.
But then they would have to give up their silverware, LOL

Deanna on June 25, 2012 at 11:52 AM

At this point immigration doesn’t matter. Texas will become a blue state in short order and at that point the GOP will no longer be able to win elections. The sooner it happens the better, because then whatever comes next can finally begin.

Ostrich Egg on June 25, 2012 at 11:42 AM | Delete | Delete and Ban

I live in Texas bro and let me assure you that Texas isn’t turning blue anytime real soon. The blueys tend to go to Austin and Houston like the good little cowards they are. In the rest of the state they are skeered to come out and play.

neyney on June 25, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Why is it assumed that legal Hispanics are all pro illegal-immigration? That to me seems more racist than any possible way to construe attempts at securing the borders.

MechanicalBill on June 25, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Yo quiero food stamps.

They are stuck in their ideological prisons. May they suffocate in his anal cavity…

hillsoftx on June 25, 2012 at 11:56 AM

I live in a state that has many Hispanic Americans and NONE of the ones I know like having illegals around. They complain that they crowd schools, hospitals, etc, and take away jobs from citizens.

Major miscalculation by the Panderer in Chief.

dukecitygirl on June 25, 2012 at 11:56 AM

The blueys tend to go to Austin and Houston like the good little cowards they are. In the rest of the state they are skeered to come out and play.

neyney on June 25, 2012 at 11:53 AM

In what bizarro world is it an act of cowardice to move to Austin Texas? What are you all doing in west texas, gladiator tournaments to the death?

libfreeordie on June 25, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Yo quiero food stamps.

They are stuck in their ideological prisons. May they suffocate in his anal cavity…

hillsoftx on June 25, 2012 at 11:56 AM

If I was latino this would so persuade me to vote Republican!

libfreeordie on June 25, 2012 at 11:58 AM

In what bizarro world is it an act of cowardice to move to Austin Texas? What are you all doing in west texas, gladiator tournaments to the death?

libfreeordie on June 25, 2012 at 11:58 AM | Delete | Delete and Ban

Doing good things for society by ridding us of pedophile illegals (the latter being your kind of hero).

dukecitygirl on June 25, 2012 at 12:01 PM

If I were the GOP, I would pour money into purely negative Spanish language ads deriding Obama’s performance on the issues that matter to Hispanic voters. Never once mention the GOP or Romney. Just make Obama and the Democrats look bad. The best strategy for the GOP regarding the Hispanic vote is to make them apathetic towards Obama, and increase their likelihood of withholding their vote in the general.

In fact, I’d do a lot of this, targeting various components of Obama’s base. Stir up feelings of disappointment, resentment, anger at failed promises, bitterness at hope thwarted. Unhope and non-change. Failure. Loser. Compromiser.

The left is already pissed at him. Help them be more pissed.

Mr. Arkadin on June 25, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Dr Evil on June 25, 2012 at 11:35 AM

……..(Dr …don’t be Evil…and feed it!)
(:->)

KOOLAID2 on June 25, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Gee, I wonder what the reaction in the Hispanic community will be when they learn that 0′s DOJ handed the drug cartels a couple thousand weapons, which were used to to kill hundreds of Mexicans, and two federal agents, one of whom was himself Hispanic?

The DOJ was arming a group that is effectively at war with the Mexican government, so F&F could certainly be construed as an act of war against Mexico.

Would that sway any votees?

iurockhead on June 25, 2012 at 12:06 PM

That’s what happens when people choose style over substance – the Fad fizzles out over a period of time. Obama really has been over exposed. I am guessing that running him as a celebrity was the strategy, but his brand isn’t fresh anymore.

Dr Evil on June 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Barak Obama, The Beanie Baby of politics.

Happy Nomad on June 25, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Why is it assumed that legal Hispanics are all pro illegal-immigration? That to me seems more racist than any possible way to construe attempts at securing the borders.

MechanicalBill on June 25, 2012 at 11:54 AM

You saw the way Obama was treated like a rock star at that fork-free speech last week, right?

Happy Nomad on June 25, 2012 at 12:09 PM

……..(Dr …don’t be Evil…and feed it!)
(:->)

KOOLAID2 on June 25, 2012 at 12:05 PM

She was right though. Obama’s pandering for the Hispanic vote is about trying to gin up the base so they will turn out.

Dr Evil on June 25, 2012 at 12:09 PM

libfreeordie on June 25, 2012 at 11:58 AM | Delete | Delete and Ban

….I have a dream!…I can click on from here…and just like that!… it’s flushed down the toliet where it belongs.

KOOLAID2 on June 25, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Texas isn’t turning blue anytime real soon.

neyney on June 25, 2012 at 11:53 AM

I second this! We got a filibuster-proof majority in the 2010 elections and favorable redistricting as a result.

RushBaby on June 25, 2012 at 12:15 PM

it’s difficult to imagine that this policy change will resonate long enough for the reward to be anything but ephemeral if another bad jobs report comes out between now and the election.

However, the Obamas Monarchy was fully exposed and the folks don’t like it, not even from the center left.

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2012 at 12:15 PM

I live in Texas bro and let me assure you that Texas isn’t turning blue anytime real soon. The blueys tend to go to Austin and Houston like the good little cowards they are. In the rest of the state they are skeered to come out and play.

neyney on June 25, 2012 at 11:53 AM

“Let me assure you that California isn’t turning blue anytime real soon. The blueys tend to go to San Francisco and Los Angeles like the good little cowards they are. In the rest of the state they are skeered to come out and play.”

Sorry, but you’re naive if you think Texas isn’t going to become a blue state. Demographics is destiny.

Ostrich Egg on June 25, 2012 at 12:18 PM

If I was latino this would so persuade me to vote Republican!

libfreeordie on June 25, 2012 at 11:58 AM

If the blacks and Latinos would wake up and realize that your looters keep them as modern day plantation voting fodder, and no more, exploited and down, they’d pitchfork them/you, for good reasons.

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Blacks have a high unemployment rate and will still vote for him in droves. So will Hispanics. They just can’t help themselves.

a capella on June 25, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Voting/Society is still very tribal isn’t? Things haven’t changed that much in history.

Oil Can on June 25, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Don’t believe it. What they care most about is la raza.

Mark1971 on June 25, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Amen. If blacks and Hispanics weren’t so easily led by the tribal nose, Democrats wouldn’t be so eager to see their percentage of the population increase while that of whites decrease. This is one area where leftists have a better grasp on reality than do far too many so-called “conservatives”…who would rather believe all races are equally fair-minded when it comes to transcending tribalism rather than risk being smeared as “racist” by the disingenuous cretins on the left, or the sackless idiots on the right.

This poll is merely a variant of the Bradley effect. It’s a red herring. The question is not one of Latino loyalty; their affinity group known as “The Race” says it all. The only question is their diligence with getting out the vote this time ’round.

ex_machina on June 25, 2012 at 12:25 PM

I guess the heavily-Catholic Latino community doesn’t mind Obama telling them how to practice their religion. Sad.

SnarkySam on June 25, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Obama doesn’t even trust the Latinos with forks, and had 300 of them killed in Mexico, for political anti-guns gain.

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2012 at 12:30 PM

This is one area where leftists have a better grasp on reality than do far too many so-called “conservatives”…who would rather believe all races are equally fair-minded when it comes to transcending tribalism rather than risk being smeared as “racist” by the disingenuous cretins on the left, or the sackless idiots on the right.

#Stormfront!

libfreeordie on June 25, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Doesn’t skin color trump immigration OR the economy? What other explanation for the polls?

rhombus on June 25, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Well after his speech his approval went up with Hispanics 5 points, so it means something.

ok think about this, Est says we need the middle to win ok ill go with it, now realize we have no Immigration plan, health care plan, but 59 points of trimming. This is how you win the middle?, Obama has a bad week, all of this will go away by the convention. MSM will find something else obsess on.

boogaleesnots on June 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Did everyone else notice that Obama’s gained three points in Rasmissen is above 50% in approval on Gallup and that immigration is still a very important issue for Hispanic voters. Outside of Rasmussen Romney’s behind in nearly all of the polls in the last few days. Why are you all convinced things are going poorly for the President again?

libfreeordie on June 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM

#Stormfront!

libfreeordie on June 25, 2012 at 12:31 PM

#Reality!

MelonCollie on June 25, 2012 at 12:46 PM

#Stormfront!

libfreeordie

I suppose, to your mind, this suffices as an “argument.”

Did everyone else notice that Obama’s gained three points in Rasmissen is above 50% in approval on Gallup and that immigration is still a very important issue for Hispanic voters.
libfreeordie

Learn to grammar. Then read up on the news sometime.

ex_machina on June 25, 2012 at 12:48 PM

If the blacks and Latinos would wake up and realize that your looters keep them as modern day plantation voting fodder, and no more, exploited and down, they’d pitchfork them/you, for good reasons.

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2012 at 12:22 PM

I imagine a scene out of “The Matrix” where there are thousands of humans hooked up to a machine, providing energy if I recall correctly. Dems are exploiting all their single issue constituencies to prop up the zero.

freedomfirst on June 25, 2012 at 12:52 PM

By the way…not another aura picture!
What on earth is coming out of dopey’s mouth? I suppose its brilliance surpasses the noonday sun!

freedomfirst on June 25, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Coming headline and campaign theme:

Gasoline prices down nearly a 1/3 from this time last year; President “I can’t control the price of gas” takes credit

BobMbx on June 25, 2012 at 11:40 AM

The palantir for the economy….At a time of the year when gasoline demand usually skyrockets, with corresponding increases in prices for crude and gasoline, prices for both are dropping like rocks.
Diesel prices are fallign as well.

This does not bode well for the health of the economy, no matter what your political aspirations.

Be afraid, be very, very afraid.

Tenwheeler on June 25, 2012 at 1:10 PM

This does not bode well for the health of the economy, no matter what your political aspirations.

Be afraid, be very, very afraid.

Tenwheeler on June 25, 2012 at 1:10 PM

The decline in gas prices is linked to decreasing demand in Asia, China specifically and also in Europe.

libfreeordie on June 25, 2012 at 1:14 PM

#Stormfront!

libfreeordie

I suppose, to your mind, this suffices as an “argument.”

Calling out your attempt to subtely sneak in some white supremacist propaganda? I suppose its only not an argument against you if you think white supremacy has a basis in anything but folks anxieties about the loss of privilege they believe is their birth right. Or did you think people wouldn’t catch you attributing “fair mindedness” to white voters and a lack of rationality to non-whites. That’s straight out of antebellum pro-slavery playbook. No one is fooled.

libfreeordie on June 25, 2012 at 1:17 PM

What on earth is coming out of dopey’s mouth?

freedomfirst on June 25, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Silver spoons

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Did everyone else notice that Obama’s gained three points in Rasmissen is above 50% in approval on Gallup and that immigration is still a very important issue for Hispanic voters.
libfreeordie

You’re smoking something, not good for you, however.

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Obama isn’t winning any friends. In fact, he’s spent 3 years pissing people off. Now polls are showing that Hispanics and gays are the only demographics Obama is keeping at his 2008 #’s. Shocker.

txhsmom on June 25, 2012 at 1:25 PM

lol. How dare I point out the obvious.

Calling out your attempt to subtely sneak in some white supremacist propaganda? I suppose its only not an argument against you if you think white supremacy has a basis in anything but folks anxieties about the loss of privilege they believe is their birth right. Or did you think people wouldn’t catch you attributing “fair mindedness” to white voters and a lack of rationality to non-whites. That’s straight out of antebellum pro-slavery playbook. No one is fooled.

“White supremacist!”…check.
“Yay impending white dispossession!”…check
“White privilege!”…check.
“Pro-slavery!”…check.

Sounds like the standard-issue afro-studies-boilerplate-spewing leftard is a bit on the white-hating racist side to me, no?

ex_machina on June 25, 2012 at 1:38 PM

The low expectations of the first black American president make MLK cry in his grave.

The faux “racism” should drip off your backs like oil down the backs of ducks.

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2012 at 1:43 PM

That’s what happens when people choose style over substance – the Fad fizzles out over a period of time. Obama really has been over exposed. I am guessing that running him as a celebrity was the strategy, but his brand isn’t fresh anymore.

Dr Evil on June 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Obama: The Ben Affleck of politics.

BobMbx on June 25, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Sorry, but you’re naive if you think Texas isn’t going to become a blue state. Demographics is destiny

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Oh you were serious?

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landowner on June 25, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Why is it assumed that legal Hispanics are all pro illegal-immigration? That to me seems more racist than any possible way to construe attempts at securing the borders.

MechanicalBill on June 25, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Those that emigrate legally would tell you that the reason they left their country is now pouring over the border.

The illegal aliens are people who have no future, no matter where they are. If they could envision a future for themselves, that they control, they would have have already done it in their country of origin.

No matter what you hear from illegal alien supporters, this is foremost in the mind of someone who decides to sneak over the border into the US:

“You know what…..it sucks here in [insert country name]….lets sneak into the US. It’ll probably suck there too, but at least we won’t have to pay for anything.”

BobMbx on June 25, 2012 at 2:14 PM

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Oh you were serious?

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landowner on June 25, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Stick your head in the sand, it will make it all better :)

Over 70% of births in Texas in 2011 were nonwhite. Oh but don’t worry about that! Hispanics are natural conservatives! Just ask Hot Air commenters! LOL.

Ostrich Egg on June 25, 2012 at 2:16 PM

libfreeordie on June 25, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Yeah, we get it. We’re all racists. Even black conservatives are racists. yadda, yadda, yadda…

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The Left is obsessed with race.

They actually believe in a concept they’ve created called “White privilege”… it’s cover for their belief that blacks are incapable of succeeding without the help of white liberals.

mankai on June 25, 2012 at 2:19 PM

It’s still the economy and we’re not stupid!

MJBrutus on June 25, 2012 at 3:54 PM