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To win, Obama needs to get white voters to stay home

posted at 1:41 pm on August 3, 2012 by

President Obama has met the enemy, and they are us (us, that is, if you are Caucasian). So reads the handwriting on the wall, according to BuzzFeed, which reports:

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign has spent more than $100 million on advertising over the last 3 months. Much, if not most, of it has been produced to shred Mitt Romney’s reputation and suppress turnout among white voters who might vote for Romney.

That last sentence is worth re-reading. It links to a New York Times op-ed that notes with equal candor, not to mention nonchalance:

He is running a two-track campaign. One track of his re-election drive seeks to boost turnout among core liberal groups; the other aims to suppress turnout and minimize his margin of defeat in the most hostile segment of the electorate, whites without college degrees.

It’s a simple matter of arithmetic, the BuzzFeed article goes on to note. In 2008, black voter turnout reached its highest level ever. Hispanic and “youth” voters (ages 18 to 29) also turned out in record numbers. Obama captured 43% of the white vote, cinching a victory.

But with black unemployment reaching 14.4% in July and unemployment among  millennials at 12.7%, enthusiasm is down. The dreaded “white vote” is now expected to account for 75% of ballots cast.

By most analysts’ lights, Obama needs to capture 40% of that voting bloc to win a second term. But a Quinnipiac poll released on July 12 shows him attracting just 29% of non-college-educated white males. Taken together with other recent polls, Obama’s share of the white vote as a whole is well shy of the 40% threshold.

The BuzzFeed piece predicts a “chemical warfare campaign, the war to end all wars” but doesn’t offer specifics on what that might translate to.

In the meantime, one might wonder how Obama supporters countenance speaking in such matter-of-fact terms about voter suppression, which Democrats consider the ultimate sin. The answer is provided in the Times op-ed by Thomas Edsall, who asserts that Obama is merely taking a page out of the Republican handbook. “Over the past two years,” he writes, “Republican-controlled state legislatures have been conducting an aggressive vote-suppression strategy of their own through the passage of voter identification laws and laws imposing harsh restrictions on voter registration drives.”

It is a fascinating admission. He imputes the basest possible motive to supporters of voter IDs laws, and one that is unprovable, to justify behavior that can’t rationalized as anything other cynical and anti-American. Just imagine the reaction if the tables were turned.

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Me thinks that this election the ‘white’ voters will be out in such numbers it might be a landslide for the numbers? bho/team has/have slammed the light shade skin almost daily and WE DO NOT like it! Any shade of skin, but light, seems to be getting ALL bho’s attention and HE is putting the race thing into this electon, not us!

letget on August 3, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Anything even slightly associated with the Democratic Party is either a lie or a sham. Anyone who listens to anything that comes out of a Democrat’s mouth is an idiot and hence already voting Democrat.

NoDonkey on August 3, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Stop sending traffic to Buzzfeed.

Just stop.

TheLastBrainLeft on August 3, 2012 at 2:10 PM

I’ll be out AND voting this November. And it won’t be for Dear Leader Obamao, either. I wasn’t fooled the first time.

rpjkw11 on August 3, 2012 at 2:16 PM

That Tom Edsall piece had liberal heads exploding. The comments section there was raving and ready to kill him for even suggesting an equivalence between the Obama campaign strategy of suppressing white voters and Republicans using voter ID to suppress minorities. It’s an article of faith now on the Left that “the only way Republicans can win is to keep blacks and Latinos from voting,” while they completely ignore their Dear Leader’s obvious and cynical campaign to turn off white voters.

The blowbakc from “You Didn;t Build That” has swamped any effect those Obama ads may have had with white middle-class voters.

rockmom on August 3, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Hmm, get white voters to stay home? hmmm would that be where barry’s chums in the ‘black pansies’ oops ‘panthers’ and little tony (minivan) jonses ows turds come in? Remember he said he was putting together a group to rival the Tea Party. Anyone know what became of that?

keithofboston on August 3, 2012 at 2:36 PM

No problem. He’ll just issue an executive order that white people can’t vote.

The Rogue Tomato on August 3, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Howard O/T,
Here is something you might want to get those here involved in? This is funny, IMO.

letget on August 3, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Leaving aside the issue around it, the turnout Team Obama saw across the country on Wednesday in support of Chick-fil-A has to be a little unnerving. While they can decry those people as bigoted yahoos, they also saw large groups of people willing to stand on line or wait in the cars for long periods of time to make a point as much as they were there to eat a sandwich.

It’s not the same sort of messianic fervor liberals displayed for Obama in 2008, and the Cathys’ store has never been part of Bain Capital. But it’s a safe bet the people who endured the lines on Wednesday match up pretty well with Mitt Romney’s voting base, and showed the same sort of passion as Obama’s backers did four years ago. That’s the type of determination the Democrats and the big media have to destroy in the next 90 days for Obama to win out.

jon1979 on August 3, 2012 at 2:51 PM

letget on August 3, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Thanks again for pointing this out. I did notice it and it’s funny.

Howard Portnoy on August 3, 2012 at 3:01 PM

“hope and change” morphed to “hope for change”? As a Wisconsinite that witnessed a very ugly election year (seems we are voting every week here lately), sanity might rule once again. Bad part is if Obama loses, we can count on twice the number of riots that we see when a team loses a major sporting event.

teejk on August 3, 2012 at 3:07 PM

You’re on a bloody roll today HP…..

Cousin pookie is hogging the couch

cmsinaz on August 3, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Trust me–white voters will be out in droves with their fellow freedom-loving Americans who showed up on Wednesday at Chik-Fil-A. In fact, we oughtta make Nov 6 Appreciation Day II–vote, then go get some chikin (and I don’t work for them)–and clog up all the parking lots.

On Thursday, Mike Huckabee said, “America ate chicken yesterday; Rahm Emanuel ate crow.”

So on Wed, November 7, we can say, “America voted conservative and ate chicken yesterday; Obama and liberals lost and ate crow.”

stukinIL4now on August 3, 2012 at 3:22 PM

The dreaded “white vote”

that about sums up the 2008 election, barry’s presidency and the state we’re in :”The dreaded “white vote”.

The Great Divider.

i think team marxist is just going to double down on all the stuff that inflames the center to right capitalist/hard work/freedom whities- their way of trying to inflame their hard core left flank who are not so thrilled with barry’s rate of destruction and will go all any means necessary if so inclined or so paid off. face it- what have they got left ? barry sucks and is a big fat failure in traditional terms applicable to an american president. barry might not due to turn out so sweep the black vote-he’ll still get most of it. all he’s got left reliably in his corner are his fellow highly narcissistic white socialists/anarchists/marxists- a fickle lot at best due to their self absorption and inability to get along even with each other.

the bloom is off barry’s rancid er peach for a lot of white people. and a lot of them are angry. a lot of them are long term unemployed. a lot of them are small business people. and a lot of them are no longer ashamed (the absurd patina of the white guilt) to vote against dear black leader. everything is not going to go barry’s way this time. they know it.

mittens on August 3, 2012 at 3:26 PM

No surprise here.

Expect to see more negative ads, more smears, more lies, more paid Obama campaign cronies trying to drive people to third party candidates on online comment boards, the works!

WolvenOne on August 3, 2012 at 5:46 PM

LOL. Good luck getting white voters to stay home this year. They’ll be at the polls in droves, as will fed-up hispanic, black, Asian, Native, and all other types of American voters.

Pack your bags and reserve your moving trucks now Barry. You’re out of our house as of January 2013. We only wish we could vote you out of the country too.

AZCoyote on August 3, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Just imagine the reaction if the tables were turned.

What? Put themselves in someone else’s shoes? Everyone that has this ability is not a Liberal. I know. I used to be one.

MrX on August 3, 2012 at 11:13 PM

If liberals had a sense of irony or the ability to view their own hypocrisy vis-a-vis voter suppression, they wouldn’t be liberals.

Unfortunately, I am the only conservative in a large family. All my brothers and sisters have college degrees and none of them an ounce of common sense. Blind, knee-jerk, fingers-in-the-ears, reflexive Obamatrons.

Ishmael on August 4, 2012 at 10:30 AM

My husband and I are both unemployed and could not afford to eat out on Wednesday but you better believe we will be there early on November 6th to help vote Obummer out.

We are surviving on my husband’s meager military retirement pay and charity from relatives and we are praying for a change in November.

sherrimae on August 4, 2012 at 11:59 PM

why is it ok to try an marginalize a whole group of people. Code word: Stupid white people.

tomas on August 5, 2012 at 11:31 AM

I was joking a bit in the post.

tomas on August 5, 2012 at 11:33 AM

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