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McCain's Problem With White Working Class Voters

By The Reverend Published: August 5, 2008

Why is John McCain having trouble gaining traction with white working class voters?

John McCain, we've been often told, appeals to the regular people, you know, "white people"(Chris Matthews),.....better than Barack Obama does. I suppose this narrative was pushed by the media because John McCain's personal circumstances are so much like the average white person's. The McCain's have 8 expensive homes scattered all over the country....just like regular white folks who work, do. The McCain's have a net worth of around $100 million.....just like regular white folks who work, do. The McCain's have access to their own personal-corporate jet.....just like regular white folks who work, you know, do.

McCain is just like the average white working class American. That's why regular folks, white folks, who work for a living, we've been told, "know" John McCain, but those same regular folks, white folks, who work for a living "just don't know Barack Obama", "don't know who he is".

We've been told by numerous white "regular folks", reporters that there's a disconnect between Barack Obama, and traditional, average, working class, common-sense-filled American voters. Obama is daily called an elitist....one who doesn't hold those regular guy, common sense traditional values like regular folks, white folks, who work, do.

If all that horsepucky was actually based on fact, rather than on "regular folks, white folks" prejudices and biases, why is it that the regular working class whites (making $27K or less per year) are now breaking for Obama by 10 percentage points?

Think they're being attracted by Obama's elitism? Or turned off by Johnny Mac's $520 pair of "regular folks" loafers? (Doesn't every regular folk, white folk, have a pair of $500 shoes?)

Or....maybe the regular working class white folks, the ones with the, you know, common sense....don't like the idea offered up by Mr. McCain to end employer sponsored health care altogether and replace it with partially subsidized health coverage......a plan that would only help the regular American money-cult guys. Maybe that's why those "common sensers" are rejecting McCain.

Or...perhaps those regular folks, white folks, with tons of common sense, are sickened by the thought of continuing Bush's deep tax cuts for the wealthiest, regular white folks.....while inflation, wages and a bad employment situation further erodes their own regularness.

Or...could it possibly be? Could it possibly be that Mr. McCain was never, ever, a regular guy? Could it be that all the "maverick" labeling and all the "straight talk" has been uncovered to only be regular, you know, bullsh*t?

Here's one former straight talk express riding, jelly donut eating addict's.....regular folk reflection....

In the middle of John McCain’s dopey Britney & Paris attack ad, the announcer gravely asks of Barack Obama: “Is He Ready to Lead?” An equally good question is whether McCain is ready to lead. For a man who will turn 72 this month, he’s a surprisingly immature politician — erratic, impulsive and subject to peer pressure from the last knucklehead who offers him advice. The youthful insouciance that for many years has helped McCain charm reporters like me is now channeled into an ad that one GOP strategist labeled “juvenile,” another termed “childish” and McCain’s own mother called “stupid.” The Obama campaign’s new mantra is that McCain is “an honorable man running a dishonorable campaign.” Lame is more like it. And out of sync with the real guy. […]

On the night of the 2000 South Carolina primary, I was in his hotel suite and watched Cindy weeping over what Rove and his goons did. Her husband was plenty mad, too. Now he’s got Rove’s protege, Steve Schmidt, running his campaign. Link

The regular folk "journalists", I realize, will not give us daily reports seeking to answer the question of why Mr. McCain is having so much trouble attracting white working class voters....you know, like they have done with Mr. Obama.....however, slowly but surely, Mr. McCain is showing himself to be what he's always been,....a regular Republican asshole.

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