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davidgmills Donating Member (651 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-05 06:18 PM
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46. rBr is counter-intuitive
By the way, welcome to DU. We only mean to challenge not insult.

Since you are British, you can not possibly understand how counter-intuitive the rBr hypothesis is to most of us who have followed American politics for years.

If the hypothesis were the "reluctant Kerry responders," most of us would say "OK, I can see that."

Even Rick Brady, whom I have emailed numerous times and I know you have as well, concedes that this hypothesis is counter-intuitive. It is as if Mitofsky hit us over the head with a brick.

Democrats, by in large, are urban and except for the Democratic "elitists," (as they love to condescendingly refer to those of us who are educated), tend to be poor, tend to be minorities, tend to be products of poorly funded urban schools, tend to have to vote in precincts that are less than desirable, tend to be strapped for time, tend to be intimidated by people of higher financial and educational status (pollsters), while the reverse is true for Republicans. What you describe as despicable in Ohio has been a truism for most of us most of our lives. We are used to this kind of treatment of our disenfranchised.

I am fifty four and have been an attorney for 27 years. I represent the disenfranchised of our country far more often than I do those of the middle class or higher. I know these people. They don't rush pollsters like linemen rush a quarterback dropping back to pass. They just don't do it.

I have followed politics in America closely for 37 years or so. Many on this board are like me are incredulous of this hypothesis. We understand that poor response can mean poor polling. But we seriously doubt the poor response was by Republicans. It is so antithetical to what we witness every day.

So please forgive us, if we take you on.

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