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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-16-07 12:18 PM
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Here they go with the "educated elite" stuff again...using it on Obama just like they did Dean in 04
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For too long that "educated elite" theme has been allowed to go on. They must find it easy to dumb down education systems when all the while calling educated people elite.

We must not allow them to use the two words together in a negative way against any candidates.

August 16, 2007
Support from Academic Elite Not Key to Winning
A new Gallup poll found that Sen. Barack Obama has much higher support among the most educated voters while Sen. Hillary Clinton receives more support from those with a high school diploma or less.

However, while support among educated elites may be responsible in part for Obamas excellent fundraising, it will not necessarily translate to electoral victory. Gallup points out that in the previous three election cycles the democratic candidate receiving the most support from the most educated -- Howard Dean in 2004, Bill Bradley in 2000, and Bob Kerrey in 1992 -- did not go on to win the partys nomination (despite a boost in fundraising). The last democrat to win the nomination with similar skewing in support by education was Michael Dukakis in 1988.
Support from academic elite not key to winning


I remember when the Pew Research study on 11,000 supporters of Howard Dean showed high levels of education. Educated people supporting a candidate...can't have that. Even at Democratic forums that study was used in a negative way. People never stopped being insulting about that poll. I have had posters here use it frequently to attempt to show we are "out of touch".

Recently a Washington Post reporter referred to that Pew study to justify some statements he made about Howard Dean's supporters. He said the Pew study justified these statements he made in an article.

Obama campaign advisers -- many of them campaign veterans who watched Dean's slow rise and rapid descent at close range -- reject the comparison, arguing that their candidate and organization won't repeat the mistakes of the former Vermont governor.

But as Obama has shattered fundraising records over the past few months while continuing to trail Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) by double digits in polls, the challenge for the senator from Illinois has become clear: He must turn the intense devotion of his backers into a force that can win primaries, expanding his base of support beyond the narrow band of Democratic elites who backed Dean.

Obama Faces the Test Dean Failed: Broadening Support


The reporter did not use "educated elite" in the article, but he did justify his use of the word "elite" by the Pew Poll.

The Dean Activists: Their Profile and Prospects

It is not okay to play down the role of educated people. The word "elite" should never be used in conjunction with the word "educated".

DFA responds to the WP article that speaks of the "narrow band of Democratic elites"...

We ought to speak up when they do that.


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