Obama, Romney of the left?


That is a comparison that came to me recently, Romney had a very well funded campaign and it wasn't only due to his personal fortune. The fact is that the Mormon community is very proactive at promoting (and funding) its candidates, there is nothing special about that, it is ethnic politics 101 as it is played in the US.

Obama suffers (and benefits) from "ethnic biases", on one side he receive a degree of support from his community that is WAY beyond what he should get on the issue only (this is a huge advantage that I estimate at an average of 25-30% since the black community is almost one third of the democratic base), the flip side of it was plain clear yesterday, no matter how much money he would throw, despite his aura of ineluctability and incredible coverage from the MSM, he just couldn't win Pennsylvania. "ethnic biases" will be much stronger in the majority as a whole (Rep, ind, Dem), but not as strong as in "other" minorities like Latinos, I guess everything is a contest, again, ethnic politics 101.

However, unlike Romney, the demographic and ethnical profile of the democratic primary electorate as a whole plays in his favor. That is why he will probably win the nomination. After that, all bets are off, elections are won on the margin and the difference between getting 80% and 90% of Hillary's voters may be the difference between winning and losing.

I didn't use the R word in this diary because I consider it totally inappropriate in that instance.

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Re: Obama, Romney of the left?

Obama is a centrist, not a leftist.  Try again.

Clinton has teh morre "socialist" universal health care paln, and I applaud her for it.

Both Clinton and Obama are slightly left of center on most issues.

by TomP 2008-04-23 02:56PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama, Romney of the left?

I don't understand how Clinton's plan is more "socialist".  Trust me, that word is not a problem for me.  I just don't see how requiring people to spend money to buy corporate insurance is "socialist".  I think both plans suck, but are improvements.  They are a step in the right direction.  I am not personally a big fan of mandates, as I think they are unpopular and coercive.

by nwgates 2008-04-23 03:14PM | 0 recs
Romney wasn't winning.

Like, say, Obama is. You folks really need to wrap your heads around that: he's beating you.

by MBNYC 2008-04-23 04:05PM | 0 recs
Re: Romney wasn't winning.

me? what do you me me? us? who's us?

by TaiChiMaster 2008-04-23 04:09PM | 0 recs
Good lord...

These pieces just get increasingly inane...

by Bob Johnson 2008-04-23 04:29PM | 0 recs
Obama more like Huckabee, Hillary more like Romeny

I have been saying in conversation that Hillary is the Romney. They share the polished politician style and language, along with the relentless attack methodology. Romeny was criticized for being to negative and Hillary is criticized for being to negative. Hillary often was accused of twisting the truth as was Romney. Romeny like Hillary ran on his EXPERIENCE as an Executive and past accomplishments rather than lofty rhetoric. Like Hillary Romeny was considered the SENSIBLE CHOICE.

Obama like Huckabee was into the "NEW POLITICS" bottom up people powered campaign. Obama and Huckabee were personality canidates that people just liked cause they seemed non threatening to some extent. Obama and Huckabee were idealistic and empathized with peoples disatisfaction with the political process rather than specific policies. Also like Huckabee Obama folds up on the issues and likes to avoid them.

by edtastic 2008-04-23 07:32PM | 0 recs
Obama more like Huckabee, Hillary more like Romeny

Ok, that's one waytoo see it, and Edward is the McCain of the left. I have to give it to the republicans, unlike us they picked the most electable very quickly.

by TaiChiMaster 2008-04-23 08:34PM | 0 recs

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