THE DAILY BLADE: Independent Voters Are The Unicorns Of Politics Says Dem Pollster
In an interview with New York magazine, pollster and former Clinton adviser Stanley Greenberg deconstructs the myth of the “independent voter.” He contends that:
† Rather than being “better-educated, more ideologically moderate voters who sit back in their studies, read up on the issues, and come to considered judgments” independent voters are “less engaged and less informed”;
† “[B]i-partisan deficit-reduction groups that think because Democrats are reluctant to do Medicare cuts and the Republicans are reluctant to raise taxes, the independent voter must therefore be willing to compromise on both. There’s no evidence that that’s true.”; and
† “Independents are a hodgepodge; it doesn’t work to look at them as having any common worldview.”
Greenberg describes the “ideal candidate” to attract the independent vote as “a businessperson who’s not from the financial community, who has a strong anti-China current and a strong America-first current.” He adds: “I don’t see that person.”
Which is bad news for President Barack Hussein Obama, because he is not a businessperson, has bailed out Wall Street and famously does not believe in American exceptionalism. On the other hand, if Greenberg took another look at Herman Cain – this interview occurred before Cain’s FL straw poll win and subsequent bump in various polls – he just might see the candidate independents are looking for.
No Matter How Often You Ask, The Answer Is Still The Same …
No, not NJ Gov. Chris Christie's repeated disavowals that he is interested in running for president? This:
- The Washington Times, September 27, 2011
- The Washington Post, September 27, 2011
- The Washington Post, September 28, 2011
For The Want Of A Shoe
As The Stiletto Blog sits at the nexus between cut-throat politics and high-end footwear, she appreciated this exposition on “the rhetoric of shoes” by blogger Ann Althouse after President Barack Hussen Obama told the Congressional Black Caucus to “[t]ake off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes.”
For her part, The Stiletto thinks Obama will keep his worried shoes on for a long time to come (“I took my lucky break and I broke it in two/Put on my worried shoes”).