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Nov. 7th, 2012

03:19 am - Surprised

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I was expecting Romney to win last night. I think our whole liberal-leaning family was happily surprised when Obama won instead. We had been bracing for a loss. When we were all done cheering over Obama's victory speech, we switched channels from our favorite channel, PBS, to our least favorite channel, Fox News, to hear the Republican spin on Romney's defeat. I thought they gave a pretty fair analysis of why Romney lost. Here's what I got out of it:

The racial profile of the United States is changing radically. Soon, there will be more people "of color" than there are white people. The commentator said that one of the main reasons Romney lost was because he appeals mainly to white people who are not poor, and he said that any future Republican nominee will be doomed if they can't attract and represent a broader demographic, both racially and economically. We switched the channel back to PBS and looked carefully at the audiences for each candidate, and sure enough, Romney's audience was a sea of white faces. Obama's audience was multi-colored. The difference was dramatic.


Date:November 8th, 2012 03:14 am (UTC)
I didn't notice any color difference at all. Not to say it wasn't there, I just didn't notice it. What I did notice was a much younger crowd for Obama and a more middle age to older crowd for Romney. It's really sad that color would have any influence whatsoever. It means absolutely nothing.

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Date:November 8th, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
I didn't notice either until Fox News brought it up. And though it shouldn't matter, I really think it will. Just watch in four years how both the Rs and Ds will be scrambling for the Latino vote.
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