Saturday, October 18, 2008
FiveThirtyEight.com has a telling story about America in the 21st century:
So a canvasser goes to a woman's door in Washington, Pennsylvania. Knocks. Woman answers. Knocker asks who she's planning to vote for. She isn't sure, has to ask her husband who she's voting for. Husband is off in another room watching some game. Canvasser hears him yell back, "We're votin' for the n***er!"The incident occured in Congressman John Murtha's western Pennsylvania district, not exactly easy country for Obama. As Sean Quinn says:
Woman turns back to canvasser, and says brightly and matter of factly: "We're voting for the n***er."
In this economy, racism is officially a luxury. How is John McCain going to win if he can't win those voters?
In fact, 47% thought Obama/Biden did better, only 19% voted for McCain/Palin, 6% thought it was a tie and the remainder hadn't watched the debates at all.
If McCain can't even persuade moderate conservatives, whom you would expect to be at least sympathetic, what chance has he?