October 5, 2011
THE DANGER FOR THE UR...:Obama's Strategy at Odds with His Message: By trying to become a bold populist, the president is at risk of chasing away independent voters he badly needs in 2012. (Josh Kraushaar, October 4, 2011, National Journal)
The president's team has been arguing that the path to reelection lies in winning diverse, white-collar battleground states like Colorado, Virginia, and North Carolina--more-affluent states with growing numbers of independents. But the president's latest rhetoric, pitting the affluent against the middle class, threatens to turn off the very independents he's seeking to win back. It's the type of populist message that's better geared toward blue-collar voters in the Rust Belt, which the campaign is viewing as close to a lost cause.
Listen to Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, who maxed out to Obama's 2008 campaign and is a reliable contributor to Democratic candidates and causes. "Someone needs to talk our president down off of this rhetoric about good vs. evil; about two classes and math," Leonsis wrote on his blog.
Polling data indicate that the situation isn't encouraging for Team Obama. If the president's advisers are optimistic that his path to reelection lies in the college-educated white electorate, he has a long way to go. Even after his jobs speech and campaign-style promotion, his numbers have been sagging.
...is that even white guilt has its limits.
Posted by Orrin Judd at October 5, 2011 8:04 AM