Response to CTDem44 (Original post)
Thu Nov 8, 2012, 02:46 AM
OmahaBlueDog (9,536 posts)
17. You hit the nail with "their radio and their news."
I'll admit that their confidence had me wondering if they knew something we didn't, or if the fix was simply in. When Ohio was called, I saw the number of votes outstanding and thought they could make it up....but in the end, Political Scientists like Nate Silver and pollsters like PPP were right -- again. Rasmussen was wrong; FAUX was wrong; Dick Morris was wrong. Conservatives have become so obsessed with the notion of a "liberal media" that they now live strictly in the FAUX News universe. That universe is increasingly separated from reality.
You mentioned, "watching old White guys use code words and say horrible, vile things for four years." I'm not saying race is not part of the equation with their treatment of Obama (it certainly is), but I'll remind you that from day 1 in 1993, they said vile, hateful things about the Clintons. They led a multi-million dollar fishing expedition to find evidence that the Clintons had been involved in financial malfeasance with regard to Whitewater, and found nothing more than the fact that Bill Clinton had a mistress and lied about it. Conservatives continually spewed crazy conspiracy theories about the Clintons-- they had Vince Foster whacked; they were smuggling billions of dollars worth of drugs into the US; they were going to lead the charge to one world government.
Obama, Plouffe & Axelrod mastered the two key elements. One was raising lots of money in small increments (the lesson learned from Howard Dean in 2004). The second was mobilizing. Romney supporters were enthusiastic, and put up a helluva lot of yard signs, but ultimately underestimated support for Obama. I think they also vastly underestimated the degree to which they've alienated the Latino community, and the degree to which they decided to express their displeasure at the polls.
Great post. Thanks!
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You hit the nail with "their radio and their news."
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