Another explanation lies in the Democrats’ Balkanization of the voting population. As has become customary, this presidential election has seen an effort to divide up the electorate into special interest groups. There are different messages (some of which even contradict one another) for different groups — one for gays, blacks, the elderly, women, immigrants, etc. And with each customized message comes a customized hand-out — President Obama has presented a veritable cornucopia of goodies and giveaways for every special interest group imaginable. Never mind that for four years he’s done next to nothing to reform social security and medicare; if re-elected, he will save the elderly from certain destitution and death at the hands of Republicans. Never mind that for four years he’s done next to nothing on longterm immigration reform; if re-elected, he will save illegal immigrants from certain deportation. Never mind that for four years he’s done nothing to actually legalize gay marriage; if re-elected, he will save gay America from the puritanical Republicans who are coming for their heads.

A broad economic message that promises to work no matter your race, gender, ethnicity, age or sexual orientation would render all of these group meet-ups unnecessary, and would reach all voters, including white ones. But with every special interest group represented in Obama’s campaign message except the majority — white voters — is it any wonder they’re not feeling particularly spoken for?