Republican Brand Hurts Romney While Obama Wins Culture Wars
July 10, 2012 - 1:14 pm
If Romney came out promising to decriminalize marijuana (yeah right). (I’m hoping Obama will do it at the start of his second term.)
If Obama imposed a military draft. (Not likely unless we get invaded by someone other than Mexico…)
If the Rominee converted to Tibetan Buddhism, vowed to sanction China completely, and learned to levitate by Halloween…
Honestly I am trying here, but this is an extremely unlikely proposition. The Republicans, with the help of the Boehner, Rove, Koch Inc, and their incessant campaigns against Planned Parenthood, gun control, the failed drug war, etc., just seem to have pushed themselves into an intractable position that is utterly unappealing to anyone educated outside of a fundamentalist / conservative church, or a bank… Lol. They don’t make sense to the majority of secularized, liberal whites, and virtually represent the Enemy to all racial minorities with darker skin.
It is not so much Romney, as what he represents as the Republican candidate.
Lol — no I actually voted McCain (although now I’m leaning Obama for sure).
I like Romney — but Obama hasn’t done anything that I strongly disagree with… he’s played the fence pretty well. If he went off the partisan deep end, I would probably reconsider.
Certainly, this is not a scientific poll, but what this group of responsible adults in their mid-30s are basically saying is social issues will keep them voting for Obama and, in the last case, strongly leaning toward Obama.
So what is the take-away from this little bi-section of Obama voters? It is that culture war issues coupled with a negative view of the Republican brand are playing a much larger role in the Obama vs. Romney campaign battle than anyone in the GOP cares to admit.
Therefore, it is not just “the economy stupid,” it is “the culture bro” that these voters in their thirties have grown up in. They now believe it is Republicans and Romney who represent a threat to their values.
So while Romney keeps talking about jobs, jobs, jobs to these white upper-middle class voters who now have good professional jobs, and who, I believe, represent millions of voters born in the ’70s and ’80s to baby-boomer parents, the economy is not of paramount importance.
Obama will get their vote, regardless, because in the words of one of the respondents, Republicans “don’t make sense to the majority of secularized, liberal whites, and virtually represent the enemy to all racial minorities with darker skin.”
This attitude does not bode well for Romney’s prospects or for the future of the Republican Party.