POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Rich (NYT): Republican leaders have no idea what “real America” is

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 27, 2008

Frank Rich writes in the NYT …

  • Republican leaders have no idea what “real America” is.
  • In the eight years since the first Bush-Cheney convention pledged inclusiveness and showcased Colin Powell as its opening-night speaker, the G.O.P. has terminally alienated black Americans, immigrant Americans (including the Hispanics) and the extended families of gay Americans.
  • Subtract all those players from the actual America, and you don’t have enough of a bench to field a junior varsity volleyball team, let alone a serious campaign for the Electoral College.
  • As we saw first in the Democratic primary results and see now in the widespread revulsion at the McCain-Palin tactics, white Americans are not remotely the bigots the G.O.P. would have us believe.
  • Just because a campaign trades in racism doesn’t mean that the country is racist.
  • The McCain campaign is so dumb that it bought into the press’s confirmation of its own prejudices. Even though registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by 1.2 million in Pennsylvania (more than double the 2004 gap), even though Obama leads by double digits in almost every recent Pennsylvania poll and even though no national Republican ticket has won there since 1988, McCain started pouring his dwindling resources into the state this month.
  •  In the latest New York Times/CBS News and Pew national polls, Obama is now pulling even with McCain among white men, a feat accomplished by no Democratic presidential candidate in three decades, Bill Clinton included.
  • The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey finds age doing more damage to McCain than race to Obama.

Read the entire column at … http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/26/opinion/26rich.html?_r=1&ref=opinion&oref=slogin

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