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Does Race Still Matter in the 2012 Presidential Sweeps?

Original post made by Tom Cushing, Danville, on Dec 13, 2011

I predict that this week’s epistle will cause a bit of a ruckus. I’m not sure, though, since I have been surprised on several occasions already over these twenty-some weeks. Last week, for example, I thought I was mostly just describing an interesting demographic phenomenon, only to be accused of inciting something like class warfare. So, we’ll see – I’m guessing this one will elicit a few howls of indignation (real or feigned), and attacks on both process and conclusion. But, well, it’s my blog until it ain’t, so here goes.

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Posted by Other bigots
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 14, 2011 at 11:39 pm

As a country we accomplished a great deal on the racial front.
However, an incidious religious bigotry has reared it's ugly head in recent years. Our founders created a country allowing for all religions, and established there is to be NO religious test to be President. In recent years, we have degenerated. Our founders would be saddened.

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Posted by underdog
a resident of another community
on Dec 17, 2011 at 4:57 pm

It would seem the last presidential election was more about the catastrophic implosion of the prior administration's poor performance than it was about race. As the tea party added seats by marketing itself as distanced from that inept insider image, recent recalls and referendums suggest those may have been short term gains. Seems voters want something more substantive than intractable posturing and indifference to constituent concerns. Oddly, that still may not bode well for Obama/Biden, even with a weak opposing field. Despite the president's zeal, his successes in foreign affairs, enacting reforms and stablilizing a vast array of problems, voters seem driven by an impatient dimentia for dramatic change. So race and even candidates aside, 2012 may be more about the negatives of which voters do not show up at the polls or which party is more fractionalized or suffers the greatest perception of failure (real or imagined) than the importance of actions, policy or issues. Interesting subject matter, but as the bias of race breaks both ways, my vote says it isn't going to be a deciding factor in the upcoming election.

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Danville
on Dec 19, 2011 at 1:07 pm

It is shameful that several of the Republican contenders have alluded to racial sterotypes in their descriptions of Obama and his policies. It remains to be seen whether this appeal to prejudice and bigotry will sway enough voters to matter.