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Friday, November 9, 2012

Voting Anomolies

For John, BLUFIn some Philly Wards President Obama won 99% of the vote.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

On Tuesday President Obama didn't do that well in this Commnwealth, at least compared with Philly and its southern environs.

For those who think this is from The Onion, this is the web presence of The Philadelphia Inquirer, which has been around since I have known about newspapers.

Regards  —  Cliff


Craig H said...

Not everything is funny enough to be confused with an Onion headline. ;-)

Machine politics make an awesome force when possible to achieve. (And you know it's not possibly achieved without a fair amount of coercion). I hear a lot about the "corruption" of it ("Chicago politics" is one particularly popular Republican epithet) but I sense jealousy about it most of all.

I guess, in this case, Romney surely did represent just the 1%...

Renee said...

The voters comments were reasonable, they wanted to give Obama a second change/do over. They even recognized he couldn't meet his promises. The quote from the Mayor of Philadelphia though was disappointing.

Cliff, From one Catholic to another this was a great read by an African American Catholic.

" Obama hasn’t improved the lives of black folks. We aren’t stupid! But when the right demonized him rather than his platform they made him a living martyr who had to be defended at all personal cost! Because what stood to be lost by delegitimizing “black” leadership was a higher price to pay than the unemployment rate!"

JoeS said...

Kad's last comment is right on. A politician cannot trash people and expect their vote. The fact that south Philly is a sanple of population that is truly included in the 99% makes the result reasonable to expect.

C R Krieger said...

Regarding Kad's last comment, humorous.

I liked Renee's link.

Regarding Joe's comment, I might agree, except my experience is that amongst my friends and acquaintances more that 1% would go the other way out of sheer orneriness.  And while my time in the Philly area was when I was a kid, I don't think the area is so different from other places I have lived.

Regards  —  Cliff

Mr. Lynne said...

Chris Hayes nailed it this morning. The marketing strategy of the party has been to stoke the identity politics fears of white christians.

"The beating heart of modern conservatism is its visceral appeal to anxieties and fears of white Christians. This is a different statement than saying the beating heart of modern conservatism is white racism or white supremacy. It’s not, or not principally. It is simply white “identity” politics, with all of the pathos and ugliness that implies. And if you don’t believe that, go read some conservative comment threads, or click over to the Drudge Report or Fox News, two outlets with a preternatural sense of the deepest anxieties of the modern conservative base."

Renee said...

But some of our fears are real, the Catholic Church is suing the Obama Administration and what about this economy?

More from the African American Catholic

" He (Obama) should be held to the same analysis as anyone else who is asking for your vote. Perhaps he shares much in common with the movements and figures you’ve referenced–and I also can’t see how making these comparisons could be seen as racial in any way. While interesting fodder for reflection, I do think it might be a bit too complicated and other worldy, however. I think Obama is EXACTLY as Mark described him, “a garden variety secularized liberal Protestant from a politicized Black urban church tradition that sees the gospel almost exclusively in terms of “community organizing”.” No more, no less. So when I hear folks (certainly not you, but others) treating him like evil personified–it gets my back up. Here you have a man with ideas that are not good for America. Period!"

I know a lot of white people, again they're not happy with Obama. But you know Republicans are icky, all of them.

Obama isn't really that great. For the sake of our country I hope he does well.

It's OK to say that.

C R Krieger said...

I'm at Chili's, so I can't play the video, but that is an inversion of the message I hear.  But there are those who think that way, in both parties.

Regards  —  Cliff