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 Our Elections Are No Longer Based on the Will of the People


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 Our Elections Are No Longer Based on the Will of the People

Dr. Bastiat

July 24, 2022 (1 Hour Ago)

171645I just read a fascinating article on National Review by Dan McLaughlin.  It’s a long, detailed examination of the way modern elections are won.  All the subgroups, from soccer Moms to rural high school dropouts.  All the careful distribution of resources to precisely the places where it can have more impact, not in terms of votes, but in terms of electoral votes.  Avoiding principles and ideology, while creating conflict and divisions that can be exploited.  It’s fascinating.  Horrifying, but fascinating.  He suggests that many of these techniques were either created or refined by Obama’s campaign team:

Moreover, if you believe the post-election exit polls (more on that below), Obama was the first winner since Jimmy Carter in 1976 to lose voters age 30 and over. He lost independents. He lost white women by the largest margin of any candidate since Walter Mondale’s 49-state rout in 1984, even losing white women under 30. He lost suburbanites. He lost white Catholics by 19 percentage points. He lost married voters by 14. You name the group assumed to be swing voters in 2012, and Obama floundered.

He also lost on the historic swing-voter issues. A clear majority said the country was on the wrong track. Obama lost by 22 points the 77 percent of voters who saw the economy dimly, and by 50 points the 60 percent who saw no economic improvement. Seventy-four percent said that the most important candidate quality was “vision for future,” “shares my values,” or “strong leader,” and Obama lost those voters collectively by 14 points. But he rolled up a lopsided 81-to-18 margin with voters who cited “cares about people.”

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