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"To squeak out a majority, Mitt Romney probably needs to win at least 61 percent of the white vote — a figure exceeding what George H.W. Bush commanded over Michael Dukakis in 1988."

Mitt Romney campaigns in Holland, Michigan, 06/19/12. (photo: Evan Vucci/AP)
Mitt Romney campaigns in Holland, Michigan, 06/19/12. (photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

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+39 # Billy Bob 2012-08-27 11:57
"Romney’s campaign has been floating word of late that it sees a potential presidency as following the mold of James K. Polk — fulfilling dramatic policy change, and leaving after a single term"

Remember where you heard that ADMISSION.


bush jr. floated the same idea of "doing all he could in 4 years because he'd probably not be re-elected". AND LOOK WHAT HAPPENED...! Before repugs denounced bush jr. as being "too liberal" (since he was so WILDLY unpopular), they VOTED FOR HIM - TWICE! They secretly LOVED everything he did to this country.

Now, romney wants to GO FURTHER! This isn't about ANY current issues:

1. This is about the coming WAR WITH IRAN,



THAT is their plan. Right now, the ONLY things standing in their way are a Democratic President and a Democratic Senate.

They're projected to flip the Senate with about 53 repugs.

That leaves PRESIDENT OBAMA, as the ONLY thing left to stop them.

THINK ABOUT THAT, when you make the false-equivalen cy required to vote for a 3rd party candidate who didn't bother to challenge the President in the primaries.
+11 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-27 15:54
You are stopping far toooo soon. He will continue to see that Corp go overseas with no significant job changes in Manufacturing on any level.
He and his bud will see that Corps go back to polluting by bringing standards down. He will back Monsanto and no labeling.
Then we will discuss Buffalo and Wolves slaughter as the NRA and major outlets for sporting give rewards for wolf hides etc. So where could we possibly go wrong with two men who represent the Church Community, Political Greatness?

For those who think OB is bad I will not see ya again on any internet site unless we are buying foreign made goods, reading some hypocritical religious nonsense....Int ernet will go so over board on finding out who you are it will make OB's failure to say not to more Homeland Crap a walk in the Park
Big Brother is Waiting to take over your lives...enjoy them while you still have them
+47 # margpark 2012-08-27 12:04
If there are enough people to vote Republican in this election the country is doomed. I think Romney/Ryan has lost a good part of the white female vote though I could be wrong, I hope I am right. We ladies live longer and vote more often than men.
+21 # BeaDeeBunker 2012-08-27 14:00
You might live longer and vote more often, but if you happen to fall victim to the GOP's latest version of "How To Steal an Election Without Getting Caught," you might be forbidden from voting at all.
I think the latest count is 32, for the number of states that have adopted some form of 'voter suppression' through ID requirements.
Under the utterly false claim that voter fraud is rampant, voters who have voted for half a century at the same polling place, but do not have a 'valid' ID, will not be allowed to vote, according to these new laws. If you are a student, with a, student picture ID, paying $25,000 a year tuition, that student ID is not good enough for the election board in these states. But, if you have an ID from the NRA, that's okay, please go right in.
There have been many legal challenges to these new laws, but in most cases the results will not come in time for this election. The GOP machine knows that just like a jury is told to disregard a false statement is like trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube, they are counting on denying enough non GOP voters to make the critical difference.
-41 # cordleycoit 2012-08-27 12:05
I did not belive there was a Liberal race card until this article. I've seen the elephant! Sort of like walking intoa suburban home and meeting a room full of White Rastas talking Creole English. What vote does the author think will vote for Romney? Dude are you doing what Warren Zevon called "Telling us things we all ready know." I bet you wonder where the lipstick came from for the nasty bite on your butt. Watch out you're trespassing in Palin Country. wish you well Dude.
+16 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-27 15:56
Country...hell she couldn't even run a state...she is out of here.
+34 # Barbara K 2012-08-27 12:06
Romneyhood and his merry band of thieves wants to take away all the things Americans depend on for survival. Millions are without jobs and need Unemployment Insurance and food stamps to survive. Most have already lost their homes. We must help them to fight this battle too, and see that they are registered where they are and that they get out and VOTE, there are 25 MILLION without jobs. To Romneyhood it is and never was about us. That is not okay. He is a soulless empty suit who has spent his life in an Ivory Tower and knows nothing about how ordinary Americans live from day to day. Want to keep your Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid? How about women, want them to keep invading your bodies with their "laws"? Vote straight Democratic at all levels, the states need cleaning out too. Don't vote Republibagger at any level. Vote as if your livelihood depends on it, as it certainly does. Or be governed by the Lunatic Party.
+29 # stonecutter 2012-08-27 12:10
This is IT. Mr. Chait has distilled the whole deal down to its core elements. It's now or never; the "swan song" for White Supremacy in the U.S. Everything else written or said about this election going forward is either irrelevant spin or will key off this version of the truth. Question: Will Obama have the cujones to challenge Romney about any of this in the debates? Probably not, but it would be something to see.
+39 # Todd Williams 2012-08-27 12:46
This past weekend a conservative person I know told me he thinks there will be a race war brought on by blacks if Obama wins. I told him that is unlikely to happen. More likey, I believe would be a race war started by KKK/Skinhead types. The Far Right sees its precious stranglehold on American being torn away by persons of color and they hate it. Makes them dangerous, kinda like cornered rats.
+44 # Old Man 2012-08-27 12:18
Romney will tell anybody anything they want to hear....just for a vote.
As far as the white vote I'm not so sure he can get it. The middle class is dwindling and have had enough of the so called trickle down theory.
Romney hasn't built anything except destruction of American industries.
+28 # vgirl1 2012-08-27 12:57
It is amazing that so much of that needed white vote (which must come from the middle and working class of the 99%) seems willing to put their persoanl financial future in jeaopardy to let this man take away every chance at a strong financial future for themselves and their children that would even come close to allowing them to achieve the American dream. Minorities seem to get it. Is it pure bias that makes so many whites unable to see what this 1%er and his billionaire and millionaire supporters are trying to do?
+10 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-27 16:01
Too many minorities are being bushwacked to vote GOP I cannot understand how they would in 2012 want to revert back to Slavery. Scares me.
+9 # soularddave 2012-08-27 21:05
Voter suppression happens in less affluent areas, and now election boards are caging voters (like deployed, active duty soldiers) to knock them off the roles.

Here's where we must concentrate efforts to keep all voters properly registered. Do check with your neighbors and friends who may be at risk. The Rethiglicans will be out in droves at the polls to challenge voters, so we have to stay ahead of them.

Then there's the voting machines... Do you trust them? Will there be enough in the highly Democratic-voti ng precincts? Do your best to assure that everyone can vote in a timley manner and have their vote counted.
+6 # dick 2012-08-27 13:25
I don't usually engage in Racial Profiling, but why would ANYONE vote for a White Male Gun Advocate after the way they've been mowing people down lately. The WMGA is obviously inherently unstable, violent, not very bright. We need more Latino George Zimmermans to go to where people sign up to be candidates for office & thin out the WMGA pool. Most of them are religious nutcases to boot. Make that White Male Gun Advocates of Faith.
-5 # MidwestTom 2012-08-27 13:30
Several years ago a Russian think tank predicted that the US would split with the two coasts as one part, and the middle states the other part Sort of along the lines of Red/Blue state voting pattern.
-13 # MidwestTom 2012-08-27 13:35
Those who understand economics know that we have a very serious problem. How we fix it depends on who we elect. Listen for details. Make a list of what the candidates promise. I guarantee that there are many identical points. The difference will be in how they plan to pay for what they promise. Remember that every dollar of deficit spending makes the bankers richer, and the tax payers poorer.
+23 # Billy Bob 2012-08-27 16:57
Also remember that debt spending never seems to matter unless there's a Democrat in the White House and Congress.

Also remember that when liberals get their way, they manage to balance the budget WHILE providing social services. Conservatives can't do this, because they need A LOT MORE money for their wars and no bid government contracts.
+2 # Jim Young 2012-08-29 10:13
How did we manage to get out of situations like debt % in the past. When I look deeper in the a bit of history ( some conservative accountants try to cherry pick, and compare what we did in 1945/46 with an approach so very opposite, today, I wonder how they expect it to work by going even farther away from what worked in the past.

Debt as GDP% 121.7%, 13.1% Government, 108.7% Public, Effective tax rate on top quintile 20.7%,
Top marginal tax rate, 94% (on income over 2009 equivalent of $2.4 million)
"Public" back then didn't mean same "offshore %" as today.

2012 est
Debt as GDP% 104.0%, 30.6% Government, 74.2% Public, Effective tax rate on top quintile 20.7% (just like 1945),
Top capital gains rate, 15% (no limit on how many billions or trillions you make, less 1/6 the rates we collected on people making more than $2.4 million in 2009 equivalent dollars back in 1945).
(Did we have our most advantaged hoarding more than 2X our GDP, or somewhere between the equivalent of $21 trillion to $32 trillion, offshore, back then, not even taxed at the 15%?)

Yes I do see a problem, but a bigger problem if we keep getting farther from the old solutions.
(part 1 of 2)
+1 # Jim Young 2012-08-29 10:14
(part 2 of 2)
I personally don't want to see Dark Money taking us back to the Dark Ages that Grover Norquist's "No New Taxes" pledge is leading us to. On 60 minutes, he said he wanted to take us back to taxes he says were only 8% of GDP. I don't know how that relates to Effective tax rate or value of what was provided (something accountants often find hard to grasp), but I'll bite and see what our country looked like back then. Were we at war? No the Spanish American War had ended in 1898. What was our infrastructure like? Good Postal Service, but internal transportation was via poor roads, in a horse and buggy era for most, but monopolized railroads, mule and canal boats for much of the industrial East coast.

Even in later days, I remember Harry Truman's political career started as an honest agent trying to improve the roads for farmers in the county. My wife's uncle started out WWII as a mule skinner in the Army

A few neat pictures from back in that era (but I don't want to go back). See

Heck, I don't even want to go back to the times my mother described, trying to get around all the horse manure (and dead horses) even in the cities, though I would like some of work ethic and forward looking they did back then.
+5 # WolfTotem 2012-08-27 14:01
Barbara K speaks of "Romneyhood" - but I've been saying for years now that an updated version of the Robin Hood legend should upend it, with the Sheriff of Nottingham and King John as heroes and Robin and Richard Lionheart as evil Soshlist villains.

Robin and his merry men would all end up with their heads on pikes decorating the gates of Nottingham and the tops of Trump Towers. And the world would return to its proper order, with the rich robbing the poor and Friar Tuck starved, while Prelates and Princes feast off the fat of the land.
+9 # indianfirst 2012-08-27 14:19
It is very, very hard for those who have enjoyed privilege and status to take a step over and make room for others who are not like them. It is particularly hard for people who have spent a lifetime enjoying their privileges because they are so invisible. Not having experienced the lives of the non-privileged, how could they think anything except that those "others" must be viewed with suspicion. And why isn't it reasonable to say these others brought their miseries on themselves?

In the next generation after these elderly have died, those of privilege will be relying on the others to pay in the taxes for their Social Security and Medicare and military. There will be less questioning of the differences. There will, as time goes by, less difference. Unfortunately, in that scenario, the poor, regardless of what color they are, will be looked down on with suspicion and fear. That is the model this country was built on:privilege included first the white men, then the mostly white women, then the slaves, then the marriages of more than one color, then the Indians, then the Chinese, then the Japanese. Privilege and fear - not a good recipe for a democratic country. But it is possible we are learning.

Does Romney and Ryan have much experience outside their spheres of wealth and privilege? I personally don't think so. A Republican country will mean great limitations on those who will work to pay the social costs of the next generation. Why do that?
+5 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-27 16:03
First one must have jobs and good health to work for the Slave Masters!
+4 # mainescorpio 2012-08-27 15:25
Vgirl1,,,,I'm afraid you are right. Bias will prevail in the upcoming election.

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