There are many fascinating political stories that are being ignored by the mainstream media. The point of this blog is to be ahead of the curve, to find out what is really happening out there and how it will affect the race politically. For today’s post I have decided to focus on some stories that have great importance, but may not be known widely yet. Lets take a look at some important stories you may be missing:
Obama Is Struggling With Jewish Voters- The Christian Science Monitor has a piece about how a once solid democratic constituency, Jewish voters, maybe softening and breaking away from Obama:
In a national survey released Sept. 25 by the nonpartisan American Jewish Committee (AJC), the Democratic nominee had the support of 57 percent of Jewish adults, 12 percent less than Sen. John Kerry at the same time in the 2004 campaign. Senator McCain had 30 percent, with 13 percent still undecided.
This election is going to be based, I believe, on enthusiasm and heavy base turnout. We keep hearing about how excited Obama voters are, but this is an important group and if Obama under performs with them, that can make all the difference in swing states.
Early Voting Weak In Ohio- Obama has the money, the media and the manpower, but for all the hype the results have not been that impressive. Take early voting in Ohio which just ended and you will see even with the help of ACORN fraudulently registering people, the Obama campaign busing in college kids, and “get out the vote” hype, not much happened. This is from the Campaign Spot:
And the anecdotal evidence was that the Obama campaign was readying the Mother of All Turnout Operations in this state. The Washington Post poll of Ohioans, 40 percent said they had been contacted by the Obama campaign either in person or by phone, an astonishingly high percentage. Bruce Springsteen was doing a concert at Ohio State University to get people out for early voting. Cuba Gooding Jr. was deployed to events in Dayton, Hamilton, Lima and Toledo.
So, with all of this buildup, the total early voter turnout?
Out of about 8.2 million registered voters.
That is a little bit more than three-tenths of one percent.
Time for a change indeed, maybe a change in staff perhaps? For all the hype of the “Obama Get Out The Vote Machine,” they don’t have much to show for it.
White Working Class Voters Unmoved By Obama- While the media continues to take the simplistic view that a bad economy equals an Obama victory, folks in Ohio don’t see it that way. This excerpt is from The New Yorker and is titled The Hardest Vote:
Four women of retirement age were sitting at the next table. All of them spoke warmly of Palin. “She’d fit right in with us,” Greta Jennice said. “We should invite her over.” None had a good word to say about Obama. “I think he’s a radical,” a white-haired woman who wouldn’t give her name said. “The church he went to, the people he associated with. You don’t see the media digging into that.”
“I don’t know anyone who’s for Obama,” said Jennice, a Democrat who supported Hillary Clinton and who won’t vote in November.
This is a fascinating piece by the New Yorker, it goes on to talk about how many lower middle class voters feel as if the “Democratic party has left us.” They have concerns about Obama’s health care plan and they believe the party has become “elite.” I am telling you, there is something going on out there among once solidly democratic voters that should have the party very worried.
Final Thoughts- I know the elite media, and I include some conservatives in this, have basically told you this election is over, but its not. McCain has about a month left to make his case to the many undecided voters out there. There is also new information about Obama that is set to be uncovered today, my colleague Scott Martin at Conservatism Today has the full story about Obama’s membership in “The New Party.” This could end up being a big story, expect it covered on many blogs and talk radio, so we will have to stay tuned. Also launching this morning is a scathing new ad from Team McCain about William Ayers, to which I say, finally. Until next time…