Despite the candidates’ respective performances and the more than $1 billion spent on the presidential election, the basic contours of the election haven’t changed since Romney became the inevitable nominee in February...
While Democrats have been vulnerable on defense since theVietnam War, Obama has consistently received high marks for his handling of foreign policy.
The country is veering further and further away from the socialmovement litmus test issues that currently dominate the Republican Party. Goneare the days when Republicans used these wedge issues to put Democrats on thedefensive.
While Democrats remain vulnerableon taxes, the vast majority of Americans perceive Republicans as supporting tax cutsfor the wealthy and Democrats as fighting for the middle class.
On the question of which candidate people would most like to have over for dinner, Obama beats Romney by 19 points (53%/33%).
Well, yeah. Romney's not going to beat a guy who likes Ray's Hell Burger.
But then something really, really weird happened in 2009 which I don't think we're going to get the details about for a few years: namely, the entire infrastructure was shut down and demobilized. That left a big power vacuum for the right wing to get organized, making them look like they had all of the energy in the absence of any Democratic party activism. And that's why the Dems got wiped out in 2010. The weird thing was that it wasn't like the White House couldn't have seen that possibility coming and couldn't have realized the necessity of ensuring that there was a strong back bench.
What I'm trying to do is point out what the dynamics really are.
There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.
who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it
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