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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-30-08 04:12 PM
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5. Not too worried, for reasons explained below
1) I think more people vote for the first name on the ticket than the second. Usually, anyway. (I once voted for a ticket based on the First Lady.)

2) I also feel that Obama's ticket has far more charisma and personality and while that may be superficial, the Kennedy/Nixon TV debates made clear that this matters in American politics.

3) Additionally, I think Obama's platform and way of reaching out resonates with a lot of people, especially those in the "center." Moreover, there is always a backlash against the incumbent's party when they have governed poorly (or are even just perceived as having done so.)

4) Yes, this choice will shore up _some_ of the conservative evangelical vote, but not all. There are plenty of Southern Baptists, for example, who may well have a problem with a woman being on the ticket. Either way, he is not adding any _new_ voters there. He is regaining possible lost voters.

5) Finally, looking at the demographics are there really more undecided, formerly apathetic, or outright disgruntled women who will flock to the GOP ticket than there are African Americans and other minorities who will come out to support Obama? (Unfortunately, with the voter rolls being purged and all the other election hijinks that go on we may not get to see the true number out in favor for Obama.)
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