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Robert Reich: Why Romney is going down
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | September 18, 2012 | Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert B. Reich

Posted on 09/18/2012 3:48:53 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

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 by a larger margin than they did six months ago.

Why? In February's Republican primary debate, Romney dubbed Arizona's controversial immigration policy, which authorized police to demand proof of citizenship from anyone who looks Hispanic, a "model law" for the rest of the nation.

Romney then attacked GOP rival Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, 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...

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


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KEYWORDS: aliens; hispanics; meandwarf; obama; polls; romney; smallmind
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1 posted on 09/18/2012 3:49:01 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama goes down, if you believe a certain Chicago rent-boy.


2 posted on 09/18/2012 3:51:07 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Robert Reich, avid supporter of Obama’s Fourth Reich.

What a pile of garbage “Romney is alienating everyone apart from white men” Can they explain why married women support Romney? I suppose the minority of blacks, Jews and Hispanics who support Romney don’t count for anything. Liberalism = mental disorder.


3 posted on 09/18/2012 3:51:21 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows Mitt Romney attracting support from 47% of voters nationwide, while President Obama earns 45% of the vote.

That says it all.

4 posted on 09/18/2012 3:52:01 PM PDT by bigheadfred (evry day i'm shufflin')
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
And yet, according to most polls, the Romney-Ryan ticket is falling further and further behind. How can this be?

Because "most polls" have now moved from oversampling Democrats by 5-6 points to oversampling them by 9, 10, 11 and even 13 points.
5 posted on 09/18/2012 3:52:10 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How exactly are they alienating Hispanics? Just by being white themselves? Smacks of “reverse” racism to me. I hear/read crap like this all of the time but never see any tangible proof of this “alienation.”


6 posted on 09/18/2012 3:52:10 PM PDT by cld51860 (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hardee har har.

Looney ideas from a looney man.


7 posted on 09/18/2012 3:53:14 PM PDT by Hero
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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8 posted on 09/18/2012 3:53:14 PM PDT by bigheadfred (evry day i'm shufflin')
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Robert the Dwarf doesn’t know what he is talking about.

Obamugabe is going to lose because he is ignoring the white vote and is unable to provide true prosperity for anyone of any race.

Obamugabe is the racist, not Mitt Romney.

The Republican convention, if the Dwarf hadn’t noticed, was chock full of Hispanics, women, blacks, and other so-called minority LEADERS...not people demanding a hand out.

The rest of America is slowly (but surely) coming to see the party of Obamugabe is not the party of John F. Kennedy...Bill Clinton is trying to keep up the facade, but most folks are waking up.

So the Dwarf is wrong.


9 posted on 09/18/2012 3:54:55 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Comments?

None that wouldn't get me banned.

10 posted on 09/18/2012 3:55:21 PM PDT by JaguarXKE (If my Fluffy had a puppy, it would look like the puppy Obama ate!)
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11 posted on 09/18/2012 3:56:44 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm not voting for Obama, so therefore I must be helping Romney!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why Romney is going down isn’t because of his “tough stances” on immigration, illegals, or anything else. It is his total lack of TOUGH and CONSISTENT stances on ANYTHING AT ALL...

Why did conservatives push for someone who has no inner compass for conservative values? People may get upset at a certain policy or position that may not favor them personally, but they will respect someone who takes that position unapologetically, and doesn’t waiver with the political winds.

We have tough, smart consistent political voices among conservatives... why haven’t they been supported by the Repubs? I don’t want to whine, but at the moment am not in a good mood. Maybe later...


12 posted on 09/18/2012 3:57:57 PM PDT by PauldArco
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama voters of all races are unintelligent and/or lazy. They will take the fruits of the labor of white men by force.


13 posted on 09/18/2012 4:02:16 PM PDT by Wage Slave (Army Mom!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
And yet, according to most polls, the Romney-Ryan ticket is falling further and further behind. How can this be?

Right out of the gates: bullsh*t. The article depends on a false notion.

they're relying largely on one slice of America -- middle-aged white men -- and alienating just about everyone else.

This is just the standard Dem tripe that they love repeating. Paint the Republicans as a bunch of crotchety old men, to contrast with their hip Man of the People. Whatever.

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

Enthusiasm amongst young voters for Obama is waaaaay down from 2008.

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

Which is why Obama has lost some of the black vote. They go to him by default, but are generally religious, and many are having trouble stomaching gay marriage.

Romney dubbed Arizona's controversial immigration policy, which authorized police to demand proof of citizenship from anyone who looks Hispanic, a "model law" for the rest of the nation.

That's not what the law requires, and it isn't an unpopular law.

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

Voter ID laws are supported by a majority in effectively all demographics, including blacks and Democrats!

According to polls, the political gender gap is widening.

The gender gap has actually been narrowing some, but Obama still has the female vote in the bag. Just wanted to point out another falsehood.

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

It's Obama that's doing the cutting, actually. Anyone who pays attention can see that R&R are the one's that are right, and that the Dems are (gasp) straight up lying.

See the pattern here? This article relies on a lot of stretches, outdated info, and simple lies.

And of course, this totally ignores 2 things: in the latest Rasmussen poll, Obama has fallen behind on foreign policy due to his idiocy of late. And, most importantly:

"it's the economy, stupid"

14 posted on 09/18/2012 4:03:27 PM PDT by verum ago (Be a bastard, and Karma'll be a bitch.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bobby is still around? Hey Bob, 1910 called. They want their ideas back.


15 posted on 09/18/2012 4:08:46 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gallop now has Obama ahead by 1. They had him up by 6 or so a week ago. So that’s a five point move towards Romney. How is Romney falling further and further behind?

Maybe a few more “gaffes” will give him the lead.


16 posted on 09/18/2012 4:15:35 PM PDT by TomEwall
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I could care less what that moronic dwarf says.


17 posted on 09/18/2012 4:17:59 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("On the ascent of Olympus, what's a botched bar or two?" -Artur Schnabel)
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To: blueunicorn6

I guess Robert Reichhhhhhhhhhh hasn’t seen Obama’s poll numbers with Independents.

So low they are at eye level.


18 posted on 09/18/2012 4:18:43 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: cld51860
Yes that is it. What we have is an alliance of people who went to or wished they had gone to ‘elite universities’ who were taught and believed what Limbaugh correctly calls ‘a bunch of nonsense’ about everything revolving around race, class and gender grievance forming the political overclass of a collection of constituencies of parasites, lunatics and losers. These people are mostly colored minorities, feminazis,queers, environuts and government employees. So that is what it boils down to the white (mostly) middle class versus the rest. The rest collectively want things done that are damaging to smaller businesses and destructive of normal morality and family cohesion. This is an existential fight by the middle class although they are not allowed to say so by their ‘betters’ in the GOP.
19 posted on 09/18/2012 4:19:06 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Reich is a dolt:
20 posted on 09/18/2012 4:20:22 PM PDT by NowApproachingMidnight (47%, pull off the leeches in 2012!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t like Obama but I can’t bring myself to vote for Romney, I’ll find whatever write-in candidate best suits my preferences for this election.


21 posted on 09/18/2012 4:20:26 PM PDT by O_Lazar
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22 posted on 09/18/2012 4:22:23 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Robert Reisssssssssssssssssscccccccccccccccchhhhhhhhhh is an idiot-savant dwarf whose opinions should ALWAYS be ignored. He is a knee-jerk leftist and never has an original idea, ever.


23 posted on 09/18/2012 4:22:46 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If it’s not ok to be cruel to certain groups, why is it ok to be cruel to white men? I’ve got news for you, Robert Reicccccccch, white men are not The Man any more. The Man is now gay and brown and possibly transgender. You are a middle aged white man. You are now your own hated group.


24 posted on 09/18/2012 4:24:05 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: cld51860

Here’s a dirty little secret. Among hispanics there is a considerable amount of infighting (Mexicans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, etc) Not to mention light vs dark skinned Hispanics. There seems to be more resentment among each other than across racial lines. But then again, doesen’t this sort of thing exist, to a certtain extent in any other racial/ethnic/religious groups?


25 posted on 09/18/2012 4:30:23 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I cannot think of a single time that Robert ReichCHchCHchCHchCHchCHchCHchCHchCHchCH was right about anyting.


26 posted on 09/18/2012 4:31:56 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Reich is never right about anything, so supporters of MYTH should take cheer.


27 posted on 09/18/2012 4:35:18 PM PDT by Rome2000 (WILLARD ROMNEY -- MORMON MELCHIDEZEK BISHOP -HIS FAMILY HAS AVOIDED MILITARY SERVICE FOR GENERATIONS)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’ll have to go down a long way to see eye to eye with you, Reichhhhhhhhh.


28 posted on 09/18/2012 4:40:13 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: NowApproachingMidnight

LOL! Hornswaggle, from the WWE looking like he’s getting ready to kick CM Punk in the shins. Reich vs Hornswaggle in a Hell in a Cell match, THAT would be something to see;)


29 posted on 09/18/2012 4:40:31 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Col Frank Slade

“I guess Robert Reichhhhhhhhhhh hasn’t seen Obama’s poll numbers with Independents.

So low they are at eye level.”

Well,,,, not at his eye level yet. That’s why he comes up short in his reasoning. He’s stumped!


30 posted on 09/18/2012 4:47:52 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: O_Lazar

Well, isn’t that special. Thanks for sharing.


31 posted on 09/18/2012 4:58:21 PM PDT by Lucas McCain (Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen for the rest of the day.)
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To: O_Lazar

Not a problem. My libtard neighbors are letting me fill out their absentee ballots in exchange for a bottle of cheap wine. SO, it’s a wash.

BTW, Welcome to FR.


32 posted on 09/18/2012 5:10:47 PM PDT by 1035rep (Obama: "I killed Bin Laden" ...you didn't do that. Somebody else made that happen.)
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To: Lucas McCain

O’lefty just signed up to today to share that with you. Super special!


33 posted on 09/18/2012 5:15:06 PM PDT by 1035rep (Obama: "I killed Bin Laden" ...you didn't do that. Somebody else made that happen.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hey Robert, vertigo? Shirley you’re sick and have been puking after all that spinning.


34 posted on 09/18/2012 5:18:45 PM PDT by upchuck (If nobama is reelected and gets to choose more SCOTUS judges, this country is finished.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

More nut busting from the left...they do not want the feeble minded unsure voters going to the polls to vote the magic negro out. Feeding the lie that Omoron will win in a landslide is all they got...I REPEAT, IT’S ALL THEY GOT!

Don’t fall for it.


35 posted on 09/18/2012 5:28:07 PM PDT by oust the louse (Obamacare has morphed into a tax on staying alive.)
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To: O_Lazar
I don’t like Obama but I can’t bring myself to vote for Romney, I’ll find whatever write-in candidate best suits my preferences for this election.

Troll alert.

36 posted on 09/18/2012 5:47:42 PM PDT by Hero
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To: O_Lazar
Clean yourself up before coming out, heh?

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37 posted on 09/18/2012 5:51:36 PM PDT by IrishPennant (Are you behind a "Blade of Grass?")
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To: COBOL2Java
JOBS...a 3 letter word.......lol
38 posted on 09/18/2012 6:49:56 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Being short and stupid is no way to go through life.


39 posted on 09/18/2012 7:05:30 PM PDT by Big Mack (I didn't claw my way to the top of the food chain to eat VEGETABLES!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vwkppykOB0


40 posted on 09/18/2012 8:21:47 PM PDT by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass
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To: O_Lazar

So many people are signing up to say exactly what you are. Wow, I guess I better start re-thinking my Romney vote.

/s


41 posted on 09/18/2012 8:24:58 PM PDT by Cruising For Freedom (Don't be the proof that MSM PsyOps works.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is this malignant dwarf STILL around? Why does anyone care what this loser thinks?


42 posted on 09/18/2012 8:32:58 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: tanknetter

And yet, according to most polls, the Romney-Ryan ticket is falling further and further behind. How can this be?

[i]Because “most polls” have now moved from oversampling Democrats by 5-6 points to oversampling them by 9, 10, 11 and even 13 points.[/i]

That’s a good one.


43 posted on 09/18/2012 9:11:08 PM PDT by TomEwall
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I see that this sawed-off little twirp finally found a somewhat real job at the University of California. I guess Harvard just could not bring itself to hire this shrimpish clown. I would say there is only a very small chance that he could be right about anything.
44 posted on 09/18/2012 9:13:19 PM PDT by Jay Redhawk (Zombies are just intelligent, good looking democrats.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It would be tragic if Lil Bob was found hanging from a crossbeam in his basement on the morning of 11/7.
45 posted on 09/19/2012 2:51:36 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama's Reelected Imagine The Mess He'll Inherit!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We're not exactly dealing with the brain trust of the outfit here, that'd be Joe Biden.

Cheers!

46 posted on 09/19/2012 5:27:02 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
...according to most polls, the Romney-Ryan ticket is falling further and further behind. How can this be?

I hung up on a pollster today because they asked me who I voted for in 2008. It's really none of their damn business.
47 posted on 09/20/2012 1:25:07 PM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: verum ago

About relying on one slice, since FDR Democrats have lived off what’s known as Identity Politics. Since they assume everyone does what they do (like how they immediately assumed teapartiers were “astroturf” because tgey pay people to protest), it seems Republicans are bad at it. They’re not; they’re just mostly playing a different game.

Not that Pubs don’t hunt their identity groups. Everyone’s after the holy grail of the noddle class. There’s been a whole lot of talk about inroads into hispanics. Only they don’t do it as exclusively.


48 posted on 09/27/2012 12:44:07 AM PDT by Tublecane
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To: NowApproachingMidnight

Noting the the minimal stature of the future Labor Secretary the morning after the 1992 Inaugural Ball, Rush commented that they should have strapped a platter of hors d'oeuvres onto his head and had him circulate amongst the guests.

49 posted on 09/27/2012 1:00:29 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: PauldArco
>”Why did conservatives push for someone who has no inner compass for conservative values?”<

To answer your question, “Conservatives” did not Vote for Romney in the Primaries. Republicans Voted for Romney and he is the 2012 Republican Presidential Nominee.

If you are asking why “Conservatives” will support Romney now, the obvious answer is the alternative choice is Pharaoh Obama. Four more years of the Commie Bastard and the Republic will never recover. The Supreme Court will be lost for Generations and the Welfare State that we have all railed against our entire lives will be the new norm.

There will be no magic Conservative groundswell in 2016 should Obama win Reelection as some here predict. If we can't beat someone like Obama now, welcome to the new and improved USSA...

50 posted on 09/27/2012 1:05:01 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (How do you insult an Obama Voter? Call them an Obama Voter.)
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