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The past few days David Horsey has been running cartoons originally drawn in 2008. This one is particularly appropriate, but the other two (here and here) are equally instructive. Some things haven't changed in four years and are not likely to any time soon.
Unfortunately, the Democrats, including President Obama, apparently haven't discovered this. There are some groups who won't vote for Obama, who didn't vote for Obama in 2008, and who will never vote for Obama. Unless a major collapse of civilization occurs, they also won't vote for a Democrat, any Democrat. Here's Horsey's explanation:
Hard rocker Ted Nugent should write a new tune called "I Can't Keep My Mouth Shut." At one performance, he encouraged the president of the United States to suck on his machine gun. Now, he has issued this final judgment of the Obama administration: “Our president and attorney general, our vice president, Hillary Clinton–-they’re criminals. They’re criminals."
Nugent made the comments at the National Rifle Assn.'s annual convention in St. Louis on Saturday. He also said, “We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November! Any questions?” ...
As a group, moderate-income white males are strongly inclined to vote for any Republican candidate, but this year, Democrats hope to win over some of them by portraying Romney as a creature of Wall Street who likes firing people and would have let the U.S. auto industry drive off a cliff. The flaw in the Democrats' scheme is that they have a candidate problem of their own.
In 2008, Barack Obama was a mega rock star among many voting groups who held lofty, but unrealistic expectations about how he could transform American politics. Yet, his appeal did not extend to blue-collar white guys. They saw Obama as someone alien, as if he were a ukulele player wandering onstage at a Ted Nugent concert.
Not much has changed in the four years since. Obama has a big advantage among female voters, but he is way behind with white men. Romney doesn't excite them, of course -- he looks a bit too much like the guy in the expensive suit who comes in to announce layoffs. But, if Ted Nugent says Mitt is OK, they'll vote for the millionaire over the ukulele player any day of the week. [Emphasis added]
Pandering to groups who won't vote for them does nothing but dilute the message the Democrats should be bringing to the public. And, no matter what the polls say right now, it just might cost them.
Labels: Election 2012