Posted by TRB on Tuesday September 04, 2012 - 9:22 am (7 years, 4 months ago)
By Columnist, TRB - First let's get one thing out of the way - many people do vote based on the color of a candidate's skin. For example Obama needs approximtely 40 percent of the White vote to win. At the present moment he is expected to reach that forty percent. Then he needs 95 percent of the black vote and maybe 70 percent of the Latino vote. There is also the elderly vote and the youth vote, both expected to go Obama's way. He also needs more than 50 percent of the woman's vote. Of course these numbers are entirely elastic because one can never predict how many of these people will decide to sit this one out. In various some Republicans are trying to surpress the vote, make it more difficult for Obama's base to vote. They do this by requiring more personal identification than voters have had to provide in the past' Or they change the voting times. taking time away, making it more difficult for people who work to cast their ballot.
But times have changed. The White vote is still the largest voting block, but many believe we are looking at its final days as the Great Determiner of most everything. Many elderly people and students of all colors have moved over to the Democrat Party and chances are very slight they will go back. Women are moving over by the thousands. And Latino voters are making this journey. The Democrat Party is the only significant political party in the U.S. that can accurately be called "multi-cultural." It is flat-out representative of all colors and cultures in America. Including White culture.
What we have on the other side is an increasingly elderly, White Republican Party that cannot even determine its own future. Like a wounded animal the Republican Party's weakness was sensed by the toxic Tea Party who quickly jumped on it and claimed it as its own, weighing it down with post-racist racists, gun nuts, people who don't want to pay taxes, the craziest of the crazy. People like Sarah Palin who really believed she could see Russia from her kitchen window in Alaska, did not believe in evolution and doubted global warming. Mitt Romney's running mate, pathological liar, Rep. Paul Ryan, is one of these fools. The Republicans are on the road to nowhere. But don't kid yourself. This all began with color, skin color. And that is how it will end. The news media will never explain it as having been that way, but that is the way it has been.
Note: Two things struck me as odd this week. First, Miami went from a Cuban Latino voting block to a Latino voting block. The Cubans are no longer the majority Latino voting block in that area, and consequently the worth of their Republican loyalty has been downgraded.
The Death of Logic - I also had a long talk with a man who had lost his home to foreclosure and blamed it on Obama. It turned out that he had purchased the house during the Bush Administration, when credit regulations for mortgages were relaxed. The result was foreseeable. Many people purchased homes they could not afford. The man with whom I spoke could just barely afford the annual taxes on the house he once owned. He blamed Obama because the mortgage stimulis could not get him back in the door. "Maybe you just couldn't afford the house," I offered. He looked me up and down as though I had insulted him in some way. "I could afford it under Bush," he explained.
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