The homemade sign for Mitt Romney in the yard of a well-manicured but modest home in Leadville, Colo., forlornly signals the fracture of another onetime supporter of Barack Obama.
If Romney wins the presidency on Tuesday, the national media, the Washington establishment and the bulk of academia will have missed something huge that happened in “flyover” America under their watch.
It is a story that few have told.
It reminds one of the famous quip by New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael following Richard Nixon’s landslide 1972 victory: “I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon.”
Two years after suffering a historic shellacking in the 2010 midterm election, Democrats astonishingly have ignored Main Street Americans’ unhappiness.
That 2010 ejection from the U.S. House, and from state legislatures and governors’ offices across the country, didn’t happen inside the Washington Beltway world.
It didn’t reflect the Democrats’ or the media’s conventional wisdom or voter-turnout models. So it just wasn’t part of their reality.
In Democrats’ minds, it was never a question of “How did we lose Main Street?” Instead, it was the fault of the “tea party” or of crazy right-wing Republicans.
Yet in interview after interview — in Colorado, along Nebraska’s plains, in small Iowa towns or Wisconsin shops, outside closed Ohio steel plants and elsewhere — many Democrats have told me they are furious with the president. Not in a frothing-at-the-mouth or racist way, as many elites suggest. They just have legitimate concerns affecting their lives.
Never once have Main Street Americans heard Washington elites ponder, “What did we Democrats do to lose the confidence of so many voters?”
On Tuesday we get to send a message to Obama and the Democrats:
“CAN YOU HEAR US NOW?“
I hate these time changes- the cats don’t live in a world where there are arbitrary things like that. Breakfast time is when THEY say it is lol.
On another note- adding a do over hour this week just plain sucks. I want this to be over.
Yup- I want to send my message to the power hungry corrupt sobs that inflicted the last four years of misery on us. Turn about is fair play- right?
More than fair !!Just and necessary !
A wise old Indian once said.
Only the white man thinks if you cut a foot off of the top of a blanket and sew it back on the top you will get a longer blanket. 😆
This was a fun read, I am just posting the conclusion
Tarnished Silver: assessing the new king of stats
by Colby Cosh
Very interesting article — thanks!
I may have to write Zito a fan letter. She provides a refreshing and lucid antidote to the Brett-propaganda from your previous post.
Correction: Brent. I shouldn’t try to touch type before 6 am.
I hadn’t returned to Brent’s propaganda after my first visit there. When I went back there this morning, I got a kick out of the 18 year old telling Cynthia that she wasn’t welcome in HER party. It’s so typical of an Obama supporter to believe she has more right to a say in the way a political party functions and what it supports two weeks after becoming eligible to vote than a woman who was a Democrat for over 40 years. I am really hoping on Tuesday we get to put adults back in charge.
From what I’ve read Cynthia Ruccia is too good for this brat’s party. And so are we all. The sheer stupidity of these self-referential, self-centered idiots is just hideous. Wonder who they’re using as a role model.
She’s on Twitter @SalenaZitoTrib
She’s good to follow as well.
I think Hillaryis44 also has her e-mail address.
I believe Mitt will win. For the last 2 weeks, the Obots at work have become silent. My sister has stopped posting Dem crap on Facebook. Last night, Mitt and Ann were calm and confident. I believe he will do this.
The Polico/GWU/Battleground has them tied at 48. Both Rassie and ABC/WaPo also show exactly the same.
I just saw an AP clipping from 1980. Reagan and Carter were tied a day or two before the election. Reagan went on to win 489 electoral votes.
Obama is so much worse than Carter. Believe!
MO’s Mirror has some pics of 1979 & 2012 posted side-by-side from the gas lines to the hostage crisis. The similarities are stunning.
Thanks! I need to believe! Having eyeore moment this morning.
Jill Stein arrested again, for trespassing when bringing food to pipeline protesters sitting in trees.
Great advocate and protester, good heart, and it looks like she’d make a really horrible president.
Yesterday I followed a link, claiming bias at WaPo thinking ‘Finally! someone notices’ – only to find that the piece was about … WaPo not going after Romney. Lol.
So this morning I wanted to copy/paste part of the piece – to share because it was so very odd; in the lol-sob kind of way – only to realize that it’s now nowhere to be found. I looked through my ‘History’ of clicks from yesterday and clicked a link that might have been the one I was searching for – only to see it turn into a different link before my very eyes and the original disappearing! Weird! 😯
The ministry of information got rid of it.
I was wondering when someone would bring up 2010. Eveyone has been ignoring it as if it never happened. I think and believe 2012 will be 2010 on steroids. Since then Republican registrations have gone way up in many places. It will make a difference. I wil so enjoy watching the discomfort by mainstream media elites on Tuesday night.
Every time I see a comment you’ve written, I think, “Wait, did I write that?” I guess it’s because I’ve met so few Robertas. I’ve taught over a thousand students, but never had a Roberta in one of my classes.
Interesting. I taught school 11 years and never had a Roberta either.
I went through 11 years of my own schooling and I was always ony Roberta. In 11th grade there were 2 more besides me. Go figure.
I wish we could stop referring to the east coast people who run media and want to run our government as elites and start calling them what they are which is elitists.
I don’t know about 2010 on steroids because more Dems will be coming out for this election than they did for the mid-terms (as is traditional). Nonetheless, more Rs will be coming out too & there will definitely *not* be a repeat of 2008 D+7 advantage (which actually occurred more because more Rs — disgusted with the GOP but not willing to vote for the Dems) stayed home than there being *more* Dems than usual at the polls.
I base my guess on the article linked below. Of most importance are the pargraphs on page 2 under the chart.
Scotty started this avalanche 🙂
This is very good.
“Before the Election: Some Questions From a Liberal Former Liberal”
That is very good. I also like this in the comments:
More and more people are understanding that he is fascist. His outlook is authoritarian and very disturbing. The revenge crack he made is typical of a strongman view of himself as is his fascination with gangsters. He surrounds himself with sycophants who are drawn to this. After he is defeated the really weird disturbing stuff will start coming out and he knows it. That is why they are heading to Hawaii to hole up.
He’s a very dangerous man. I’ve been telling my kids that since 07, and they’re finally starting to believe me.
From Salena Zito on 8/5/12:
It’s nice to know there are others out there, across the country, who know exactly what happened, remember it vividly, and we stand together resolute against that injustice. I will never forget it or vote for him in any form whatsoever. He violated the very foundation of this country on that day–any other issue is secondary. The only thing that could redeem him would be a full detailed confession, and restitution. Never gonna happen. A relatively uninformed friend called me from the swingin’ state of Texas this week to hear my suggestions about who to vote for. I am in NY, so my vote is irrelevant in this blue-blue state. She is now voting Romney.
Obama is right about one thing: revenge is sweet.
Honk. Think Hillary’s 11 million women voters from the primaries ended up splitting 50/50 between Bronco and McCain in 2008. Then they skewed more Republican in 2010. Think that trend will be the same or amplified in the swing states this year. Though maybe not in the royal blue coastal states in the Northeast or West.
I’m also gratified to hear that other people remember that date and have not let the meaning or memory of it fade. When I stand in the polling booth on Tuesday morning, I will check my ballot for Romney in honor of May31, and with hopes for 2013 and beyond.
You’re Stupid If You Think It’s Close ! Headline to an article by Paul Krugman. Why all the namecalling?
Awww, playing the ‘victim card’ now. Lol.
And as proof linking to a piece at TPM that tries to ‘worm’ Obama’s “revenge” quote and turn it against Romney!
Lol, I’m always amused by people being on ‘first name only’ with their ‘partners in crime’. 😉
But … it does make me sad that this is Paul Krugman ‘speaking’. 😦
Krug has his lips permanently attached to Obama’s ass.
I don’t know what happened to him after that fateful WH dinner.
Like I said yesterday: the people trying to convince us that Romney is “flailing” and that Obama is “winning” are the same ones who are telling us that it is Romney (not Obama) who is talking about “revenge.”
That should tell you all you need to know about who’s really flailing.
You’re Stupid If You Think It’s Close !
Husband takes a sip of coffee, smirks, and replies, “ayup..”
Flailing their way right into PA, MI, and WI!
“You’re stupid if . . . ”
And on Tuesday, millions of people are going to vote against just this type of condescension and bullying. Millions will also vote for Romney.
I’m seeing a lot of action in Northern Virginia. Obama signs finally started popping up this week (still not a lot of bumper stickers) and my obot FB friend is posting about the huge crowd at Jiffy Libe Live for the Obama/Clinton rally. This leads me to believe that they are genuinely worried about losing VA. I’ll do my part and head to the polls to vote against the big zero.
They are coming to see Clinton, not Obama, I’ll bet. Some of us still love The Big Dog, but not enough to vote for a second term for Obama.
GMTA! My thoughts exactly.
Thank you for taking one for the team, gxm!
Remember the Evangelicals stayed home in 2008 and someone reported this morning that they are ENERGIZED for 2012.
SarahPac just donated $5,000 to Mitt’s campaign.
Ah, the bat signal has been turned on. 🙂
I’m so confident, Romney may grab 500+ electoral votes. Historic! (Uhm, how high does it go anyhow? 😉 )
Ralph Reed ran an Evangelical-herding ground operation in the swing states.
They’re all going to vote this time-
Jesus will be there for the Romney campaign.
Was there ever any doubt.
God does bless America. 🙂
Here are two statements from a letter from Bishop Jenky, Bishop of Peoria, that was in our church bulletin today:
“Since the foundation of the American Republic and the adoption of the Bill of Rights, I do not think there has ever been a time more threatening to our religious liberty than the present.”
“This assault upon our religious freedom is simply without precedent in the American political and legal system.”
If it wasn’t for TCH I wouldn’t have known about the heartbreaking, devastating situation on Staten Island. And I can’t find updates, as googling ‘Staten Island+Sandy’ only gets me links 2-3 days old. That’s just terrible!
Meanwhile over at the Rockaways :
Still finding bodies 😦
Meanwhile, Geraldo did piece on Staten Island last night & didn’t show any of that. Just heartwarming stories of private citizens volunteering to come in & help people in need there on their own initiative.
He briefly touched on the NYC Marathon controversy, with emphasis on Bloomberg finally canceling it. Minimal talk about resources diverted to prep for it, etc.
Despite his shortcomings, (there were a few stories – but only a few about the tragic consequences of this storm) he was still the only one even reporting on Sandy. (At least as far as I could find).Everyone is protecting TehOnce. We can’t know that he is truly the equal of GWBush r/t storm recovery – and so mant other areas.
That’s why I tweeted about it last nite.
Right now, Megyn Kelly is covering the situation in Staten Island and the coast line. She is saying, “What a nightmare”. She is right.
My oldest daughter is a marathon runner. She ran the NY marathon a couple of years ago. I know her and I know that if she had been in NYC for the marathon, and it had been canceled, she would be one of the runners donating her time, energy and supplies to those who are being so badly affected.
This neglect is unacceptable.
It’s all so terribly, terribly sad. Not only the devastation, people losing everything, far too many dying, but on top of that the impression they now have, that they have been forgotten; abandoned.
Did Bloomberg ever see to that the food, drinks, generators, tents, what have you, that was lined up for the far-too-late cancelled marathon, was distributed to those in need?
Marathon runners who came to NY from all over the world, have been donating and distributing their gear: clothes, shoes, snacks, sleeping bags! From ESPN:
And all the while we have to listen to pundits and ‘experts’ discussing whether Sandy helps Obama or not. Sheesh!
Not to mention the idiots who just couldn’t wait to explain to us how, in the long run, this would actually generate an economic boost! Now they are the real idiots – looking at you Professor Krugman!
Why do all these polls and pundits believe that all those Early Votes rendered by Democrats ARE for Obama and other Democrats? They can’t COUNT THE VOTES until Tuesday, and I for one, know NO ONE (except one person) who voted for Obama last time who are voting for him again.
Does anyone else think they are going to have a big FU by a bunch of Registered Dems (like me) who will not be voting for the tin calf?
Michele Malkin says this election will be decided by the Bitter Clingers ! Last I checked those were Dems like me 😉
FF, Have been saying the same thing for the past several day, not sure if the writers / posters are escapees from the mental hospitals or trying to frighten / goad people away from voting.
I remember in 2008 Dick Vigurie telling Lou Dobbs on CNN that they (Republican Right) might sit this one out as a way of reminding the Party of their philosophy / objectives. If I recall correctly that somewhere between 4 and 10 million Republicans sat out the last Presidential election.
My mom’s vote is one of those — she’s still registered Dem but voted for Romney (of course, she’s in a red state but nonetheless, they are more of people like her out there).
Oh Yeah. I kept my D after my name cuz here in bitter clinger we have to have an affiliation to vote in a primary. (something to work on after this is all over- corrupt bastards control the whole thing start to finish)
They probably count me as a potential vote for asshat.
I know I am not alone. I wrote Hillary in in the primary. They did not apy attention.
After the 2012 primary in Ilinois, I am now registered as a R. We have to declare a party in order to vote in the primaries. The odd thing is that one of the poll workers remarked that I was one of many who had declared as R this time. My guess is that many Ds were voting for Santorum to try to tilt the numbers here. I continue to receive emails, flyers, calls from the D candidates running in this state/district. So I guess either they haven’t given up, or the change in parties was really not so unusual this time.
Little do they know . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
A Romney win would be truly historic. I hope the Democratic party doesn’t ruin Mitt’s chance of being a truly historic first Mormon president. 🙂
Amen to that! 🙂
You mean the way they walked all over the historic nature of Hillary’s primary?
I read that Mitt has been working to get the Hillary vote. What a novel idea! Obama shoved us out the door and told us to “get over it”, but to vote for him. 🙂
I hope Hillary supporters are smart enough to vote for Romney. Too many voted for Obama. Country b4 party!
It’s time for the Hillary voters to get their revenge!
Romney’s been talking about this at the end of his speeches. Saying specifically that he’ll find and engage the “good people of both parties” who care about the country more than their party and want to make real change. He’s not into demonizing. That’s one thing I respect about him.
Main Street policy? There is no Main Street policy in this administration…..in fact, there are very few mainstreets left int his country!!! They should still be the spine of our communities instead of the bane….if there is one thing that is of extreme importance to the turnaround of the American economy in 2013, it will be the revitalization of the mainstreet concept (or crossroads or plazas and town squares)….the rebirth of community, the celebration of community and the real revitalization of “place”….with all due respect to J.B. Jackson of La Cienega, NM who created the phrase, don’t give me any more of the “Sense of Place” drivel….we don’t need a “sense” of place, we need real places, with real local jobs, real local relevance and with real community confluence….
HONK! Romney has his faults, but he seems to have at least some gut-level understanding that it is our individual communities and businesses that are the spine of America.
Obama lives in a world of grand centralized plans from Washington that micromanage us into oblivion. Romney seems to “get” that federal govt can foster, encourage, and remove roadblocks, but cannot make it happen and control it. The process of thriving communities is too organic for that.
You’re exactly right, wmcb…..community places are intrinsically organic. All of the great places everywhere happened for some “organic” reason….commerce, religion, protection, geography, natural resources…whatever. Now “places” are mostly created by developers without any of that intrinsic value. It really is the local people in concert with local entrepreneurs and local regulators that need to be at the forefront of a new community revolution, if you will. As a community planner (don’t call me an organizer) all my adult life, I call it “spiritics”…..the revival of the “spirit” of a place.
I keep thinking about the “revenue sharing” program created by Nixon, of all people, in 1971 and supported a year later by Hubert Humphrey (the only person I ever voted for president until now). It was a really great idea that fell down because of local fraud issues and a threat of higher taxes and was, also ironically, discontinued by Reagan. But if any idea of “redistributiion of wealth” has any chance of being relevant again, it might be an evolved concept for getting revenue directly back into the economic well-being of our community places and letting the communities decide how to spend that revenue…..just thinking.
The mega-rich are getting richer in NYC, LA & Cambridge.Everyone else is getting poorer.
But Obama & Credit Card Joe (D-MBNA) are the ones “fighting for the middle class” because words, not deeds, are what matter.
That’s why I love Romney’s “closing” stump speech lines of “I don’t just talk about change. I’ve made it happen;” “records are earned;” and “I won’t just take office. I will take responsibility for the office.”
Hopefully, the majority of us in this country feel as we do.
So Obama wants to get revenge and Valerie wants payback. What’s the deal here?
OK, that sounds like a bit of a crazy right wing site, and that sounds like a rumor, but sadly it fits all to closely with how this admin talks.
In the 5 stages of grief there is denial and anger as one and two. In stage 2.5 is trash talking. I think that is where they are right now. Unable to accept that they are trending to lose and very pissed about it. Bargaining is next but they aren’t going to have squat to bargain with except ratting each other out. Then they can be depressed.
Make that stage 1.5.
LOL! I love it “trash talking stage” of grief.
It’s how narcissists react when they feel threatened.
And Michelle is going to roll out her ‘list’ and demand ‘years and years of payback’. 😯
I can’t wait to see that list . . . . .
For those who don’t follow FB Romney Democrats, Uber liberal New York Daily News and Newsday just flipped their endorsements from Obama 08 to Romney 12. THIS is a BFD 😀
Business Insider points out the Jim Cramer idiocy I was talking about
Cramer says it’s because he’s starved for attention
Zito’s article is quite good, and I think the analysis is spot on. This is exactly what I see: I work in this kind of insular and frankly parochial environment (higher ed gated community in flyover country). Everyday, I’m surrounded by people who are disdainful, condescending, smug, and elitist — all the while claiming that they’re morally superior to their intellectually inferiors. They’ll be shocked — shocked, I tells ya! — come Tuesday. They never saw it coming. Best case scenario for them: Mitt only wins the popular vote and BO squeaks by with the ev’s.
They never saw it coming. No, they never saw it coming. Well, they couldn’t see it because they remain sealed in their echo chamber and can’t tolerate any other point of view. And the more they marginalize and silence anyone beyond their magical circle, the more people feel it and push back. As I see it, many people have simply opted out of “mainstream” discourse because there’s nothing there for them.
Krugman represents this condescending crowd perfectly.
Seen on the way home from church – on a vehicle with Fl plates- here in NW PA- Soaped on the back window-
“BenGhazi Barry Must Go”
Other windows proclaiming “Vote him OUT!”
They were getting honks and thumbs up from everyone!
I like that nick name- BenGhazi Barry! Works for me!
You know what else the MSM isn’t covering because it hurts TehPrecious? Benghazi. Yesterday the CIA had a press conference call on it & guess what? Just like that press call from the State Dept. the day before the congressional hearing, FOX was excluded! Once I could buy it was an oversight, but twice the Obama administration has EXCLUDED the one network that is ACTUALLY covering this story? BULL FUCKING SHIT. If you needed more prove something in the milk ain’t clean, this is it as far as I’m concerned.
Jennifer Griffin reports:
Read more here: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/11/04/what-laser-capability-did-benghazi-team-have/#ixzz2BGehWeJh
I’m not impressed with Gov Cuomo, sigh, he was one of my “hopes” for the future of the Dems. His pressers have been limp at best, then I saw his girlfriend Sandra Lee on Fox whip her sponsers (Sears/Kmart) into action with dozens of trucks arriving in NYC with food and water.
Moments ago, President of the Red Cross whined on Fox “we’re there now”. Blamed local red tape for the delays for taking a week to show up on Staten Island. Why? Thought Obama cut the red tape?
Marathoners stranded in NYC because Bloomberg didn’t cancel the marathon soon enough. He should have at least postponed the race, a week ago, when airlines and hotels were giving “no penalty” cancellations. There ya go, out of touch 1% billionaire.
Trying to help the local relief efforts in NYC area. Had to laugh at the Breezy Point Community (where the 100 homes tragically burned down) trying to reach a 500k goal to rebuild their community. Really? ONE home in that neighborhood is at least 500k.
I gotta say, I’m not impressed with Cuomo either 😦
dennis miller is talking a lot of sense on twitter:
I love this one too:
i posted more of his tweets, but my comment with them in it is stuck in moderation. i didn’t post that one, though.
More than one “link” in a post & it goes to moderation.
Twitchy has them all compiled here:
More than one “link” in a post & it goes to moderation.
would it have worked if i put one link in each post and posted several in a row, or would that trigger a spam filter?
Maybe he’s thinking of a late nite show out of Hawaii. That would make sense of the posts by Hillbuzz re the estate in the islands. Let’s send him there forever on Tuesday.
Hello Crawdad Hole! I’m finally back after nearly a week of no internet, phone or TV. Luckily we have a generator so we had light and heat. Got loads done around the house … amazing how much time I waste on the computer. Doh!
Hope everyone on the east coast is getting back to normal.
Glad to hear you and yours are well and made it through safe and sound!
Glad you are OK!
So glad you’re ok!
ME TOO 😉
Welcome back. Hope everything will be back to normal for you really soon.