Romney: Desperately seeking the white vote
A Republican strategist said something interesting and revealing on Friday, though it largely escaped attention in the howling gusts of punditry over Mitt Romney’s birth certificate crack and a potential convention-altering hurricane. The subject was a Ron Brownstein story outlining the demographic hit rates each party requires to win in November. To squeak out a majority, Mitt Romney probably needs to win at least 61 percent of the white vote — a figure exceeding what George H.W. Bush commanded over Michael Dukakis in 1988. The Republican strategist told Brownstein, “This is the last time anyone will try to do this” — “this” being a near total reliance on white votes to win a presidential election.
Is it possible to get 61% of the white vote? The men shouldn’t be a problem. The women might be a very serious problem. Last time I looked at polls, the break down was 54% Dem, 39% Repub. Of course, it all depends on which poll you look at and the election is really light years away. We are still in August.
There is just something about breaking down votes by white and non white that reminds me of a less desirable time in history.