Yglesias crunches the numbers here.
John Kerry won 41 percent of the (non-Hispanic — assume “white” = “non-Hispanic white” throughout this discussion) white vote, and Barack Obama improved to 43 percent of the white vote. But the white vote declined from 77 percent of the electorate to 74 percent of the electorate. As a result, 31.57 percent of voters were white people who voted for John Kerry in 2004. In 2008, the tally was very similar — 31.82 percent of voters were white people who voted for Barack Obama.
The big difference is that Obama increased the share of the black vote from 11 percent to 13 percent, increased the share of the “other” vote from 2 percent to 3 percent, grew his share of the black vote by seven percentage points, grew his share of the Hispanic vote by 13 (!) percentage points, grew his share of the Asian vote by five percentage points, and grew his share of the “other” vote by 11 percentage points. Consequently, while just 16.12 percent of 2004 voters were non-white for Kerry, fully 20.15 percent of 2008 voters were non-white for Obama. That 4.03 percentage point increase was the difference maker. McCain, despite the collapse in GOP party identification, despite Bush’s unpopularity, despite the economic crisis, held his own among white people. But he got slaughtered by a much bigger margin among non-whites, and his white base shrunk.
The price is you’ve got to listen to some real idiots. I am all for free speech, but some people need to shut up. #1 Joe the Plumber. A white working class, unlicensed, uninformed, tax-dodging, obama tax plan benefiting, rich-conservative ass kissing, sammy davis junior referencing, McCain-Palin supporting, Israeli foreign policy promoting, lying wannabe plumber. Dude, just shut up! Really! Read a book or a blog or something. Pick up a newspaper. Listen sometimes. Take a break from making conclusions. You are not very good at it.
Are you like me? Do you throw the remote at the tv because you are disgusted by all the news shows that allow Republican hacks to tell a bunch of lies with a straight face while the host and the Democratic hack let’s them get away with it? Well, save yourself a tv. I’ve got the solution:Ari Melber. This guy is great! I’ve seen this guy verbally rip 3 new Republican hack buttholes tonight. The priceless parts of these clips is the defeated look on each of his opponents faces when they realized that they were owned. I love it. Love it! Enjoy!
Ari Melber vs Amanda Carter
Ari Melber vs Joe Watkins
Ari Melber vs Brad Blakeman
John McCain is losing it. I don’t think he even knows what he is talking about. I know this video is old, but in these last 30 days with the economy headed over a cliff I want to remind people just how Out of Touch McCain is. Here he is claiming that Americans would refuse to pick lettuce for $50/hr. That’s $100,000/yr John. Not everyone can get on the marry-a-rich-blond-heiress economic plan. Jeez!
Another tip from Halcro here. Sarah nor her family seems to like the press reporting the truth. They make sure to push them around when they don’t like a story about the Palin Administration. Read the full article but here’s the gist:
This appears to be the Palin press plan; send your surrogates to attack the media, while Palin refuses to stand on her own two feet and answer questions on the campaign trail.
Last week during an interview with CNN’s Randi Kaye, she told me that CNN reporters and others on the Palin campaign plane have been so shut out from asking Palin questions, they are forced to shout them to her from thirty feet away. Palin’s response of course is to smile and wave.
Somethings never change. A lack of being able to answer tough questions and a rabid press response team trained to attack anyone who dares questions her.
I just finished reading the Alaska Legislative Digest here . Apparently, in addition to insulting everyone’s intelligence by claiming that you can see Russia from Alaska and that qualifies as foreign policy experience, she really sold Alaska’s importance in international affairs short. According to the article, if she had been in interested enough in those affairs, she would have known. From the article:
Gov. Palin blew the opportunity, perhaps because she is “incurious.” She didn’t know but should have known and described our many roles. For example, there are our fisheries, Japanese investment, our international markets, the hazards of shifting currencies. We are a majority player in the North Pacific Fisheries Commission. We have 63 percent of the coastline of the United States, participate in two huge offshore fisheries economic zones, the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea, the latter which we share with Russia. Then there is the Chukchi Sea and the Arctic Ocean, now in play internationally with global warming. We are a player in the International Whaling Commission, and a leader in the Circumpolar Conference of Arctic peoples.
Our University is a leader in polar geophysical science, marine science, and Arctic regions engineering. We are not just “near Russia,” we bring students from the Russian Far East to our University. Our tourist trade and timber trades are international in character. Our large mines bring international investment, principally from the Far East, Canada, and Europe.A huge portion of world air freight traffics through Anchorage International Airport. The sea trade of the Pacific follows the great circle route along our shores, and we know about the problems of dealing with pollution and accountability from shipping accidents by foreign carriers.