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Why Romney and Ryan are Going Down

Foxy Warrior Guru 2012/09/16 20:59:42

This writer puts it rather succinctly.

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Why Romney and Ryan are Going Down


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2012

Unemployment is still above 8 percent, job gains aren’t even keeping up with population growth, the economy is barely moving forward. And yet, according to most polls, the Romney-Ryan ticket is falling further and further behind. How can this be?

Because Republicans are failing the central test of electability. Instead of putting together the largest possible coalition of voters, they’re relying largely on one slice of America — middle-aged white men — and alienating just about everyone else.

Start with Hispanics, whose electoral heft keeps growing as they become an ever-larger portion of the electorate. Hispanics now favor President Obama over Romney-Ryan by a larger margin than they did six months ago.

Why? In last February’s Republican primary debate Romney dubbed Arizona’s controversial immigration policy – that authorized police to demand proof of citizenship from anyone looking Hispanic — a “model law” for the rest of the nation.

Romney then attacked GOP rival Texas Governor Rick Perry for supporting in-state tuition at the University of Texas for children of undocumented immigrants. And Romney advocates what he calls “self-deportation” – making life so difficult for undocumented immigrants and their families that they choose to leave.

As if all this weren’t enough, the GOP has been pushing voter ID laws all over America, whose obvious aim is to intimidate Hispanic voters so they won’t come to the polls. But they may be having the opposite effect – emboldening the vast majority of ethnic Hispanics, who are American citizens, to vote in even greater numbers and lend even more support to Obama and other Democrats.

Or consider women – whose political and economic impact in America continues to grow (women are fast becoming better educated than men and the major breadwinners in American homes). According to polls, the political gender gap is widening.

Why? It’s not just GOP senatorial candidate Todd Akin’s call to ban all abortions even in the case of “legitimate rape” (because he believes women’s bodies somehow reject violent sperm). The GOP platform itself seeks to bar all abortions, with no exception for rape or incest. And on several occasions Paul Ryan has voted in favor of exactly such legislation.

Meanwhile, Republican legislators in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Idaho, and Alabama have pushed bills requiring women seeking abortions to undergo invasive vaginal ultrasound tests. All told, over 400 Republican bills are pending in state legislatures, attacking womens’ reproductive rights.

Republicans have repeatedly voted against legislation giving women equal pay for the same work as men. Republicans in Wisconsin have even repealed a law designed to prevent employers from discriminating against women.

Or consider students – a significant and growing electoral force, who voted overwhelmingly for Obama in 2008. What are Republicans doing to woo them back?

Paul Ryan’s budget plan – approved by almost every House Republican and enthusiastically endorsed by Mitt Romney – would have allowed rates on student loans to double, adding an average of $1,000 a year to student debt loads. (Under mounting political pressure, House Republicans came up with just enough money to keep the loan program going safely past Election Day by raiding a fund established for preventive care in the new health-care act.)

Now Romney wants to hand the federal student loan program over to the banks, which will charge even more. Earlier this year he argued subsidized student loans were bad because they encouraged colleges to raise their tuition, and suggested students ask their families for money.

Republicans have even managed to antagonize seniors by seeking to turn Medicare into vouchers whose value won’t keep up with rising healthcare costs, and cutting $800 billion out of Medicaid (which many seniors rely on for nursing home care).

And, of course, they’ve come out against equal marriage rights for gay couples.

Romney, Ryan, and the GOP don’t seem to know how to satisfy their middle-aged white male base without at the same time turning off everyone who’s not white, male, straight, or middle-aged. Unfortunately for Romney and Ryan, the people they’re turning off are the majority.


ROBERT B. REICH,
Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, was Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration. Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the last century. He has written thirteen books, including the best sellers “Aftershock" and “The Work of Nations." His latest, "Beyond Outrage," is now out in paperback. He is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine and chairman of Common Cause.

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  • RoadRunner 2012/09/17 00:35:56
    RoadRunner
    +74
    LOL,LOL you have been socialised with the free stuff obama has promised to steal from others and give to you, and you are hoping that will not give Mitt a chance in winning the election. You are wrong because obama is through, he is finished, and I see you know nothing about the middleclass seeing you know nothing about obama. Tell us why the people would be that stupid to vote for obama again after all the destruction he has done to our country? He say's forward good like a Marxist would, LOL Look for a landslide win for Mitt, you can stick 0bama's change. ROTFLMAF...
    Watch what people are seeing and having second thoughts on obama.

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  • MonaDeMark 2012/09/29 20:58:36
  • zbacku 2012/09/29 06:05:27
    zbacku
    +1
    The true Stooges the three stooges obama
  • aherbert 2012/09/27 23:40:19
    aherbert
    +5
    Mittens and company sucks just like the GOP!
  • Soundstorm 2012/09/21 05:28:43
    Soundstorm
    +1
    Going down or gettin' down?
  • Soundstorm 2012/09/20 00:29:16
    Soundstorm
    +2
    Who told you the Romney/Ryan ticket is falling behind? One of those MSM polls that over sample upper west side Democrats?
  • sean 2012/09/19 13:10:37
    sean
    +5
    romney should be in jail right now..he went to foreign countries and got millions in campaign money from england..france and israel..all of these mutts are all breaking the law..including obama.
  • akgold 2012/09/18 16:38:41
    akgold
    +3
    What Reich is saying is that Romney and the Republicans do not have any skill at buying voting blocs.
  • leslie 2012/09/18 05:19:50
    leslie
    +4
    ignorance, ineptitude, greed, hateful, chauvenistic, take your pick!
  • Gracie - Proud Conservative 2012/09/18 00:34:49
    Gracie - Proud Conservative
    +4
    Robert B. Reich...no bias there! I guess he believes those polls where they sample 16% more Democrats! LMAO!
  • SmittenKitten 2012/09/17 23:17:05
  • Adam 2012/09/17 22:32:59
    Adam
    +3
    Romney isn't doing bad because he isn't moving towards the center. Actually it is the opposite he is doing bad because he is to center if not progressive. People like me aren't voting for Romney because he refuses to stand for conservative values. This is his base he is betraying. You can't win without your base.
  • akgold Adam 2012/09/18 16:43:09
    akgold
    +5
    I see you are from Texas, a state safe for Romney. You could safely vote for Johnson or sit at home and not effect the race. If you were in a battle ground state your refusing to vote for Romney will really support your values if Obama is re-elected.
  • Adam akgold 2012/09/20 13:40:57
    Adam
    +2
    My allegiance is to God, and since it is to God I am not to fear what man can do to me but he who has control of both body and soul. Therefore I will stand for what is right, rather than what I fear will happen if I do not cater to what is evil.
  • akgold Adam 2012/09/20 16:55:03
    akgold
    +2
    So are you saying that to do nothing is fighting evil?

    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

    Edmund Burke
  • Adam akgold 2012/09/21 00:04:45
    Adam
    +1
    So where in my comment did you get do nothing? Stop making assumptions that aren't implied.
  • akgold Adam 2012/09/21 05:01:39
    akgold
    That is most definitely what you implied.
    " People like me aren't voting for Romney because he refuses to stand for conservative values"
    So no vote for Romney from you.
    Certainly not Obama from how you describe yourself.
    You seemed to reject my suggestion of Johnson.
    So that pretty much leaves not voting= doing nothing.
    If that is not what you meant to imply you might want to be a bit clearer in your intent.
  • Adam akgold 2012/09/22 12:34:35
    Adam
    No it does not imply not voting at all. Especially since I believe strongly in going out to vote. Those aren't the only people to vote for. And even if no one shows up on the ballot that is votable there is always write in.
  • Sissy Adam 2012/09/19 13:01:08
    Sissy
    +5
    That's ironic because to most of us that's exactly what he's been doing - or trying to, to play to the right's base. The problem he has in my opinion, is that you who are true conservatives don't trust him because he really has no core values. He only says what he thinks you want to hear and you really don't have any idea what he believes because he doesn't know himself.
  • Adam Sissy 2012/09/20 13:44:19
    Adam
    Oh you mean when he said chick-fil-a was a non-issue, or when he refused to sign pro-life pledges, or when had a pro-sodomy guy as part of his campaign for a short. This guy is not adhering to anything that is important to us. Now he has gone as far as saying he is willing to keep some portions of Obamacare that he likes, he believes in exceptions on abortion, and that abortion is a non-issue because it was already decided in the courts. You are only fooling yourself if you think he is catering to people like me. He tried to tell Todd Akin to leave the campaign and Todd Akin is still likely to win.
  • Sissy Adam 2012/09/21 16:34:47
    Sissy
    +1
    Yes, but earlier he said that women had the right to choose, and he backed off the next day from "portions of health care he would keep". You seem to have followed and listened far better than a lot of conservatives who care only for the defeat of the President for no other reason than they hate him.

    I too wouldn't be surprised if Akin kept his seat though its a lot closer now than it was a month ago. Missouri is totally red but the fact is, many women were really offended by those absolutely stupid remarks that were then written into the Republican platform. You can't say that it was an isolated case spoken by a fruitcake.
  • Adam Sissy 2012/09/22 12:38:09
    Adam
    You know the only way I see Akin misspeaking is in the sense of being insensitive. His values are clear that he stands on the conservatives side, and in a day where it is easy to find fault in people with the ability of our communications this day it would be hard to say that we should crucify someone over one thing in which he apologizes for. I haven't seen many of the popular democrats today apologize for any of their horrible shenanigans.
  • GOP Poison Adam 2012/10/14 17:37:06
    GOP Poison
    Serious question.Do you feel that Romney has thrown the conservatives under the bus? I cannot help but feel that many of the conservatives in here think that Mitt has moved to the center and is acting centerleft but he still is a conservative and will throw the centrists under the bus once elected.
  • Adam GOP Poison 2012/10/14 23:07:37
    Adam
    +1
    Yes, and I don't think he was ever conservative. Flip flop Romney will tell conservatives what they want to hear only when it is on the line that he must.
  • HOMBRE 2012/09/17 22:15:40 (edited)
    HOMBRE
    +5
    Hey Obama you there. LOL
    chair with hole in seat
  • beavith1 2012/09/17 22:09:26
    beavith1
    +4
    LOL!

    Robert Freaking Reich?!!

    well, what else is he going to say!

    i wonder if I posted something by Limbaugh if you lefties would find anything of value in it?

    this isn't succinct. it just sucks.

    this is 1000 words of whistling past the graveyard.

    Romney. landslide. get used to it.
  • Smitten... beavith1 2012/09/17 23:18:41
  • beavith1 Smitten... 2012/09/18 02:24:58
    beavith1
    +5
    today? it doesn't matter. 11/6 is when it matters.

    watching Obama flounder on economics, flounder on tax policy and flounder in foreign policy for another two months will do him in.
  • Smitten... beavith1 2012/09/19 17:09:15
  • beavith1 Smitten... 2012/09/19 17:28:12
    beavith1
    +1
    i don't play with crystal balls, nor do i handicap the race.
  • Smitten... beavith1 2012/09/19 20:17:52
  • beavith1 Smitten... 2012/09/21 15:20:52 (edited)
    beavith1
    +1
    oh. OK. got you.

    no. i'm not watching it minute by minute. it seems the democrat strategy is, solely, to distract from the real issue. the economy.

    with worsening jobs, growth and food stamps numbers. and no sign of any improvement, who really cares about Romney?

    its clear that Obama has failed. the democrats can put as much whipped topping on the pile of crap this administration has presided over, but it hasn't changed the basic fact.

    Obama has failed.

    two more months will only bring that reality home.
  • Jeremiah beavith1 2012/09/19 16:49:25
    Jeremiah
    +3
    What is wrong with Robert Reich? Rush Limbaugh has about one-tenth of Reich's candlepower.

    What polls have you been reading? Even Rasmussen has Obama ahead.
  • Smitten... Jeremiah 2012/09/19 17:11:36
  • beavith1 Jeremiah 2012/09/19 17:29:14
    beavith1
    +1
    Reich is just as much a democrat shill, as a Krugman. even as a Limbaugh is for the republicans.
  • Jeremiah beavith1 2012/09/19 17:46:39
    Jeremiah
    +4
    No comparison. You forgot to explain what is wrong with Reich, and now with Paul Krugman. Both are full professors (at Princeton and Cal Berkeley), which Rush definitely is not. Both write columns in prestigious newspapers and are in demand for TV appearances. Rush has only his syndicated radio show, and he is in demand at GOP functions only.
  • Smitten... Jeremiah 2012/09/19 20:19:00
  • Jeremiah Smitten... 2012/09/20 16:00:29 (edited)
    Jeremiah
    +4
    A great highlight for his resume.
  • beavith1 Jeremiah 2012/09/21 15:43:25
    beavith1
    he doesn't need one.
  • Jeremiah beavith1 2012/09/21 21:55:57
    Jeremiah
    +1
    You are probably right. Who would hire a known druggie?
  • beavith1 Jeremiah 2012/09/21 15:43:11
    beavith1
    i blundered onto Krugman on one of the sunday morning talk show while i was working in the basement and he was talking about how the gov't can't create enough money to float the economy. i was stunned. he went on to explain a few other bits of economic arcanity that i was cheering. I thought. my god. he DOES get it.

    then the questioner asked him about republican bills and policies, and it was like THAT window shut another opened and a political bloviator showed up. highly partisan (as are his columns), over the top, and complete nonsense.

    i had only known him from his columns. i'm no psychologist, but i'd say he's bipolar.

    maybe that's why lightweights like Austen Goolsbee get high ranking jobs in democrat administrations and Krugman is left to write a democrat bloody shirt column in the NYT.

    Reich is a boob. there. i said it. i listen to him spout on NPR occasionally and he's nothing more than a dyed in the wool Keynesian, who did nothing when his tenure as SecTreas ended but take a high ranking job in a Wall Street bank where he did nothing, made tons of money, until he was let go.

    he's a connected boob.

    Krugman earned a Nobel for work he did in 1981. since then, he's devolved into a scared eye political hack. Reich IS a political hack.

    that's why.

    and Limbaugh is worth more than both of them. combined. maybe he cleaned bathrooms, but he's a success.
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