Thomas Edsell writes “For decades, Democrats have suffered continuous and increasingly severe losses among white voters. But preparations by Democratic operatives for the 2012 election make it clear for the first time that the party will explicitly abandon the white working class.” New York Times: Nov 27, 2011
According to the think tank The Third Way, a significant number of Democrats have left the party and are registered as independents. “People are frustrated and the way you tune out in American politics is that is you drop the label of the two parties,” said Steven Jarding, a Harvard public policy professor and Democratic campaign strategist. “The danger for Obama in this is he is not only going to have to capture them but capture more of them because there are less Democratic voters.”
The Third Way analyzed partisan voter registration in eight battleground states and how that has changed since 2008. In addition to Colorado, they looked at Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
They found, overall, that there are 825,708 fewer Democrats and 378,835 fewer Republicans. There are 254,310 more independent voters.
The states that saw the biggest increase in registered independent voters were North Carolina, 125,094; Florida, 99,841; and Colorado, 92,539. Pennsylvania lost the biggest number of Democrats, 339,139, and also saw the biggest decrease in its registered Republicans, 215,725. National Journal, December 7.
Politico reports that the numbers, compiled from data in eight key swing states for which voter registration information is available — Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina and Pennsylvania — reveal that in seven of those states, independents’ share of the electorate increased relative to both Democrats and Republicans.
The Democrats plan to concentrate on building a new majority coalition out of upwardly mobile white professionals, single women who are dependent upon government services, and “lower-income voters who are disproportionately African-American and Hispanic.” In the run up to the 2012 election, you can be sure there will be a drumbeat of accusations of White racism to turn out the vote among the Obama coalition of upper class white liberals and “communities of color.”
In other words, the new Democratic coalition boils down to shrill accusations of racism, EPA regulations, the case for gay marriage, welfare, and foodstamps. Reportedly, there is a “path to 270? for this new Democratic coalition.
Some of you might remember the Barack Hussein Obama of 2008 who said there wasn’t a “Red America” or a “Blue America.” There was only a United States of America. Obama was going to be the first “post-racial” and “post-partisan” president. Like Abraham Lincoln, Obama was going to “bind up our nation’s wounds.” He even possessed god-like powers to heal the planet, create good jobs for the jobless, and make the oceans recede. Now Obama is going to run for reelection as the Rev. Jeremiah Wright! William Houston, YWC.
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