Erase the race card for Obama
Chris Cillizza’s article in the Washington Post today talks about Obama’s letting his white vote slip away. The polls indicate that, but it has little to do with Obama’s being an African-American. It has everything to do with his managerial effectiveness and alignment or misalignment between deeds and accomplishments and his elected agenda.
The priority now is private sector business growth and prosperity. I noted that Zakaria today criticized that Obama needs to get more in step with corporations to right the economy. Too much regulation might dampen business growth. It is a balancing act isn’t it?
It is a high wire act without the net.
“Democrats hope Obama 2008 model will help stem midterm losses
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, July 5, 2010
To become the nation's first black president, Barack Obama not only won heavy percentages of the black and Hispanic vote but also managed to trim the Democratic Party's traditional deficit among white voters.
Four years after Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) lost the white vote by 17 percentage points, Obama lost it by 12, according to exit polls. While the 2008 gains were generally attributed to Obama's strength with young voters -- he won by 10 points among whites 18 to 29 years old -- he managed to improve on Kerry's showing with white voters across every age demographic.
Fast-forward to today. With the November midterm elections less than four months away, Obama's standing among white voters has sunk -- leading some party strategists to fret that the president's erosion -- and the party's -- could adversely affect Democrats' chances of holding on to their House and Senate majorities.
"Since in the past House elections white voters tended to represent the independent vote, [the midterms] will surely be devastating for Democrats running in an election that will be a referendum on the Obama agenda," predicted one senior Democratic operative who closely tracks House races.
In Washington Post-ABC polling, Obama's approval rating among white voters has dropped from better than 60 percent to just above 40 percent. In a June poll, 46 percent of white voters under age 40 approved of how Obama was doing, compared with just 39 percent of whites 65 and older.”
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