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(The New Republic)   Obama will lose the election because he's abandoned the white middle class. Oh, sure, you think it's just Fox News saying this, but no -- the Wall Street Journal is saying it too   (tnr.com) divider line 180
    More: Unlikely, President Obama, plots, Ruy Teixeira, Wall Street Journal, News Corp., New Hampshire Union Leader, William McGurn  
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2012-08-22 01:57:40 PM  
Oh, so TWO News Corp properties are saying it?

Batten the hatches, Fartbambie. It's all over.
 
2012-08-22 02:06:18 PM  
Stay home on election day, Republicans. The backlash against Obama is so strong, your vote won't be needed.
 
2012-08-22 02:06:24 PM  
Is it me or does the GOP seem to be betting the ranch that swing voters are just not paying attention this election cycle?
 
2012-08-22 02:06:25 PM  
Fark is an echo chamber but national publications and TV stations owned by the same individual/company using the same exact talking points isn't.

The biggest threat to democracy are liberal sites like reddit and fark.
 
2012-08-22 02:07:28 PM  
Look, the cat's out of the bag, WSJ. People know that you're in the same category as Fox News now.

Your storied history as a pillar of journalism is over. You're now as reputable as a WWE commentator. The kind that gets in the ring with the 'athletes' for the sake of a good story.
 
2012-08-22 02:08:09 PM  
Conservatives got nothing.
 
2012-08-22 02:09:16 PM  
When will the right stop playing the race card?
 
2012-08-22 02:10:48 PM  
Obama abandoned the (racist, hate-mongering, bigoted, never would have voted for the blah anyway, resentful portion of the) white middle class!
 
2012-08-22 02:10:55 PM  

s1ugg0: Is it me or does the GOP seem to be betting the ranch that swing voters are just not paying attention this election cycle?


It's not really a bad bet. Undecided/swing voters are some of the dumbest people on the planet.
 
2012-08-22 02:11:26 PM  

Infernalist: Look, the cat's out of the bag, WSJ. People know that you're in the same category as Fox News now.

Your storied history as a pillar of journalism is over. You're now as reputable as a WWE commentator. The kind that gets in the ring with the 'athletes' for the sake of a good story.


That's not really very fair to good ole JR and Jerry "The King" Lawler.
 
2012-08-22 02:11:30 PM  

Infernalist: Look, the cat's out of the bag, WSJ. People know that you're in the same category as Fox News now.

Your storied history as a pillar of journalism is over. You're now as reputable as a WWE commentator. The kind that gets in the ring with the 'athletes' for the sake of a good story.


I guess Murdoch will have to buy some other well respected news paper/channel so he can trade on a century of it's built up respect and authority so he can try and get a few more people to believe his propaganda, now that the WSJ has run out of credibility for almost anyone with a brain.
 
2012-08-22 02:12:24 PM  

s1ugg0: Is it me or does the GOP seem to be betting the ranch that swing voters are just not paying attention this election cycle?


Gotta be honest with you, I'm never certain about "swing voters" this close to election day. I imagine the reason they are swing voters is precisely because they're not paying attention.
 
2012-08-22 02:12:45 PM  
Wait... if Obama is a horrible racist type individual... did he really ever 'abandon' anything white at all?
 
2012-08-22 02:12:56 PM  
I really, really hope that headline is a poor attempt at flamebait. Because otherwise subby is just terribly stupid, and that makes me sad.
 
2012-08-22 02:13:24 PM  
I feel so goddamn abandoned. If only Obama would just come back, he could lay me in his warm arms, hold me, hug me, tell me it's OK, maybe stick his penis into me, then I could feel fulfilled once again. Just one more sweet kiss, Obama. Just one more.
 
2012-08-22 02:13:47 PM  
So much derp today I simply can't keep up - and the election is still months away!
 
2012-08-22 02:14:28 PM  

Philip Francis Queeg: When will the right stop playing the race card?


Can you ask the right to stop playing the race card? Can you lasso a star from the sky? Can you say to a rainbow - Hey - stop being a rainbow for a second. No! Such is Mango.
 
2012-08-22 02:14:40 PM  
I won't believe it until I see it in the New York Post.
 
2012-08-22 02:16:28 PM  

s1ugg0: Is it me or does the GOP seem to be betting the ranch that swing voters are just not paying attention this any election cycle?


ftfy

Though they seem to be right too often for it to be funny.
 
2012-08-22 02:16:32 PM  
Subby, please. I bet next you'll be claiming that the New York Post is saying this too.
 
2012-08-22 02:16:46 PM  
desertpeace.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-08-22 02:17:08 PM  
Obama is smart. You don't need to waste too much time on older White voters if they represent a smaller and smaller portion of the electorate. He's got a nearly 20 point lead with women and will easily win every minority and youth voter so why pander?
 
2012-08-22 02:17:27 PM  
It's not like there's much middle class left to abandon anyway.
 
2012-08-22 02:17:42 PM  
This was addressed in the boobies, but WSJ is only a one step from being a print version of FNC
 
2012-08-22 02:18:02 PM  
Shakes tiny fist at CaptainCliche. ;)
 
2012-08-22 02:18:59 PM  

Vegan Meat Popsicle: It's not really a bad bet. Undecided/swing voters are some of the dumbest people on the planet.


This

kevstercsu: It's not like there's much middle class left to abandon anyway.


And this
 
2012-08-22 02:19:07 PM  
more white people are on food stamps than any other race.
 
2012-08-22 02:19:57 PM  
Good thing for Obama is that he has already obliterated the middle class across all ethnic lines in the last three years so this group is growing smaller and smaller.
 
2012-08-22 02:20:20 PM  
Take FNC, but print it instead of broadcasting it, and try to dress it up a little, and that's the WSJ.
 
2012-08-22 02:20:47 PM  
Liberals wrote off the white middle class a long time ago. Obama had little to do with it.
 
2012-08-22 02:21:07 PM  

Citrate1007: Conservatives got nothing.


They dont:

i2.cdn.turner.com
 
2012-08-22 02:21:28 PM  
Yes, because when you're being somdomized with a broken bottle and the guy you asked to help you leaves the room, OF COURSE you'll immediately turn around and vote for the guy shoving the bottle up your ass.

This is what Republicans legitimately believe
 
2012-08-22 02:22:16 PM  

Ned Stark: Liberals wrote off the white middle class a long time ago. Obama had little to do with it.


Citation?
 
2012-08-22 02:22:23 PM  
its mostly uneducated southern whites. not sure if they count as people.
 
2012-08-22 02:22:51 PM  

pacified: more white people are on food stamps than any other race.


Maybe the wiggars and methheads, but I would like to see a citation on that kind of nonsense. Everyone I see on food stamps drives and Escalade and gots their nails did.
 
2012-08-22 02:23:28 PM  
or maybe the GOP shouldn't have abandoned Hispanics, blacks, and women FOX NEWS.
 
2012-08-22 02:23:29 PM  

s1ugg0: Is it me or does the GOP seem to be betting the ranch that swing voters are just not paying attention this election cycle?


Given past events, it's a fairly safe bet.
 
2012-08-22 02:24:04 PM  
News Corporation. The most Orwellian named Corporation ever. Also two words that do not belong together.
 
2012-08-22 02:24:35 PM  
No big deal, I heard they were fat, stupid and unlikely to vote anyways.
 
2012-08-22 02:28:42 PM  

Vegan Meat Popsicle: s1ugg0: Is it me or does the GOP seem to be betting the ranch that swing voters are just not paying attention this election cycle?

It's not really a bad bet. Undecided/swing voters are some of the dumbest people on the planet.


Sometimes I think they are only undecided because they're too goddamn lazy to pay attention to what is going on until about a month before the election. I guess it's better than the aggressive ignorance and truthiness that some people use to decide what team they will vote for, but not by much.
 
2012-08-22 02:29:33 PM  
i3.kym-cdn.com
 
2012-08-22 02:29:41 PM  
Hey, go to Obama's website or his YouTube channel and look at the message -- it's NOTHING BUT middle class values, ensuring that the middle class continues to exist, health care/jobs/education/opportunity for the middle class, etc.

DNRTFA but if it's anything like the Fark headline, the "journalist" is either very very bad at his craft and needs to lose his job, or he's outright lying which ought to be grounds for taking his job away for anyone employed by an honest newsmonger ... but, hey, this being NewsCorp, probably gets the guy a bonus.
 
2012-08-22 02:29:50 PM  
Well if I trust any News source in their understanding of the Middle Class, it'd definitely be the Wall Street Journal.
 
2012-08-22 02:30:14 PM  
Came here to see if anyone would remember that Rupert Murdoch (he of Fox News) had bought the WSJ.

BTW - anyone but me remember that Fox went into court and SUED FOR THE RIGHT TO MAKE UP LIES AND STILL CALL IT NEWS?

It was a Florida court, so they won.
 
2012-08-22 02:30:25 PM  

NateGrey: Ned Stark: Liberals wrote off the white middle class a long time ago. Obama had little to do with it.

Citation?


Just pull up the voting numbers and see how much of the white vote Republicans sweep. Or hell just look in this thread to see em condemned as bigoted, racist, ignorant, etc.
 
2012-08-22 02:30:44 PM  
He hasn't abandoned them at all. He's looking to add them to the huge number he's already got dependent on the government.
 
2012-08-22 02:30:48 PM  

NateGrey: Citrate1007: Conservatives got nothing.

They dont:

[i2.cdn.turner.com image 475x284]


Can that chart be put into context?
 
2012-08-22 02:31:42 PM  

Ned Stark: Liberals wrote off the white middle class a long time ago. Obama had little to do with it.


Really? I wrote myself off? Of course, I'm only a liberal because I noticed that the Republican party is nuts, not because I'm actually a liberal.

As a liberal, I could vote for Romney though. He's in favor of abortion rights, gun control, and universal health care. His running mate voted for government bailouts of GM and the banks, and has never had a real job. Good guys, the both of them.
 
2012-08-22 02:33:41 PM  

NateGrey: Citrate1007: Conservatives got nothing.

They dont:

[i2.cdn.turner.com image 475x284]


What is that even measuring? Support for candidate by income? Didn't anyone ever teach you to label your graphs adequately?
 
2012-08-22 02:33:52 PM  

NateGrey: Citrate1007: Conservatives got nothing.

They dont:

[i2.cdn.turner.com image 475x284]


I have stared at this chart for some time now and I have no idea what I'm looking at. It's as if somebody accidentally the whole caption.
 
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