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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:59 PM

Values, Not Demographics, Won the Election ~ JOEL BENENSON NYT

MUCH of the coverage of Tuesday’s results has focused on the strength of Barack Obama’s coalition — minorities, women and young voters. But that analysis misses the real point. The contours of the 2012 presidential race were shaped less by the country’s changing demographics than by the underlying attitudes and values of American voters, who are always far more complex than they appear to pollsters.

The president’s victory was a triumph of vision, not of demographics. He won because he articulated a set of values that define an America that the majority of us wish to live in: A nation that makes the investments we need to strengthen and grow the middle class. A nation with a fair tax system, and affordable and excellent education for all its citizens. A nation that believes that we’re most prosperous when we recognize that we are all in it together.

From the 2012 campaign’s earliest days, analysts focused on historic economic and political metrics to explain the steep uphill climb Mr. Obama faced in his re-election bid: no sitting president had been re-elected with unemployment higher than 7.2 percent; or the Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index below 78 percent; or the “right track” rating for the country as low as it was.

Such conventional indicators failed to capture the mind-set of the American people who always had a broader view of the nation’s economic situation and what had happened to their lives. A national survey of 800 voters conducted by our firm — not for the Obama campaign — during the final weekend before Tuesday’s vote, confirmed that a clear majority of Americans viewed this election in the context of the scale of the economic crisis we faced and the deep recession that ensued.

More: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/08/opinion/obama-won-on-values-not-demographics.html?ref=politics&_r=1&&pagewanted=print


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mzmolly Nov 2012 OP
freshwest Nov 2012 #1
SubgeniusHasSlack Nov 2012 #2
mzmolly Nov 2012 #5
seabeyond Nov 2012 #3
mzmolly Nov 2012 #4
ahlnord Nov 2012 #6

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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:01 PM

1. Love it and agree 100%.

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Response to mzmolly (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:02 PM

2. The racist meme that The President won only because people of color voted for him

 

is reprehensible.

Benenson is spot on here.

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Response to SubgeniusHasSlack (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:08 PM

5. Reprehensible

indeed.

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Response to mzmolly (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:04 PM

3. values. yes. THIS is what the repugs have to understand. all kinds of reasons, but it is the

values they claim, yet lack. that the democrats have.

they really think they get away with a campaign of constant lying.

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:08 PM

4. It's pathetic isn't it?

One can only hope they remain out of touch, so they keep losing elections. I may start cheering on Faux and Limbaugh!

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Response to mzmolly (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:09 AM

6. Yes!

Yes! Yes! Yes! Thank you for putting this out there. The GOP thinks that if you have the right game plan, the right strategy, the right demographics, the biggest war chest, you can win. It's all just a game, bankrupt of ideals, values, vision. It needs to be said loud and clear that Pres. Obama won because of his ideals, values and vision. We recognize that in him. He really STANDS for something. Crediting his win to "demographics" demeans his supporters and and fuels racial fear and resentment in the right wing.

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