The Republican presidential challenger has zero support among blacks and is greeted with boos and snickering.
Read, ‘Mitt Romney is Capturing Zero Percent of the Black Vote, According to New Poll‘ in The Huffington Post.
The MSNBC poll details here, pdf.
NBC News senior political editor Mark Murray writes:
“Looking inside the numbers, Obama continues to lead Romney among key parts of his political base, including African Americans (94 percent to 0 percent), Latinos (by a 2-to-1 margin), voters under 35-years-old (52 percent to 41 percent) and women (51 percent to 41 percent).
Romney is ahead with whites (53 percent to 40 percent), rural voters (47 percent to 38 percent) and seniors (49 percent to 41 percent).”
Voters reflect people pattern
There are many polls on how Americans view both men — an aggregate of all the polls can be accessed at RealClearPolitics.
The MSNBC poll findings tally with the rest of the other polls regarding the general trend:
- Obama is more popular with women, Romney with men
- Obama is twice as popular with Hispanics
- Obama is more popular with the young generation, Romney with seniors, mirroring the non-white / white demography in the US, i.e. younger Americans are increasingly non-white whereas the ageing population is white
- Obama is popular in metropolitan areas (New York, Los Angeles, etc), Romney is popular in rural areas — see electoral map below
Map: Blue states went to the Democrats and red states went to the Republicans in 2008
Traditionally blue are the coasts (west-California, east-New York) while traditionally red are the Bible Belt, the Appalachian region (think John Denver’s Country Roads) and what are generally considered farming/ranching communities, including Texas.
The map shows an Amerika Syarikat split into two — red between blue sandwich. (Off the mainland, Hawaii is blue and Alaska is red.)
Besides Obama and Romney, other candidates who have thrown their hat into the ring are Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party), Jill Stein (Green Party) and Virgil Goode (Constitution Party).
Libertarians, Greens, Constitutionalists and others are sometimes referred to as the ‘Third Force’. However under the American electoral college system, the third wheel has not been able to get the same grip as they have managed in the UK.
American voters see themselves as:
Independents at 38 percent
Democrats at 32 percent
Republicans at 24 percent
Source: Pew Research Center via The Boston Globe
Blacks solidly for Obama
If you thought that the current 94 percent of black support for Obama is extremely high, it was even higher in 2008 when fully 96 percent of black voters supported Obama.
A regular commenter in this blog has pointed out that black Americans have been strongly supportive of Democrat candidates in recent years.
John Kerry, the Democrat party presidential candidate in 2004, got 88 percent of the black vote — CNN exit poll.
But still, Kerry’s 88 percent is some distance from Obama’s whopping 96 percent.
Furthermore, the blacks recorded a two percentage-point rise in their national turnout in 2008, meaning more blacks took the trouble to go out and register their vote for Obama compared with for Kerry.
Even Colin Powell who was a Republican Secretary of State crossed party lines to endorse Obama.
CNN interview with John Sununu
Adviser to Romney, John Sununu is the former New Hampshire governor and White House Chief of Staff under President Bush Sr. Sununu’s family originated from the Middle East (Beirut).
Piers Morgan (CNN): “Colin Powell has decided to opt for President Obama again, despite apparently still being a Republican. Is it time he left the party?”
Sununu: “I’m not sure how important that is. Frankly, when you take a look at Colin Powell, you have to wonder if that’s an endorsement based on issues, or whether he’s got a slightly different reason for preferring President Obama?”
Morgan: “What reason would that be?”
Sununu: “Well, I think when you have somebody of your own race that you’re proud of being President of the United States, I applaud Colin for standing with him.” — CNN, Oct 25
For saying the above, Sununu was slammed by a lot of the American liberal media for being “racist”.
Only “idiots” for Romney
When a black actress tweeted her preference for Romney, American Twitterverse reacted exactly like DAPsters, calling her “idiot” and such. One twit even told her “Kill yourself, you old hag”.
Another headline reported the uproar as thus: ”Stacey Dash Tweets Support for Romney, All Hell Breaks Loose‘.
Explaining the backlash, former news anchor Barbara Walters said, “The feeling is black people should not be voting for Romney.”
Whoopi Goldberg opined, “She’s being attacked because she has a different view from other people” — meaning Stacey Dash was attacked because she had a different view from the 96 percent of other blacks.
The Economist has projected that “four out of five non-whites will vote for Mr Obama”.
The New York Times, in its editorial last week said,”we enthusiastically endorse President Barack Obama for a second term”.
Newspapers clearly take sides.
NYT is blue through and through. Since John Kennedy, the New York Times‘ endorsements have been without fail for the Democrats — Obama (2008), Kerry (2004), Al Gore (2000), Bill Clinton (1996), Clinton (1992), Michael Dukakis (1988), Walter Mondale (1984), Jimmy Carter (1980), Carter (1976), George McGovern (1972), Hubert Humphrey (1968), Lyndon B. Johnson (1964), JFK (1960).
The Firster rhetoric
Obama is a favourite poster boy for the Malaysian Firster press gang.
They point to him as a model for slaying racism.
They say if a black man can become the American president, why can’t a non-Malay become the Malaysian prime minister.
Consider this: Nobody has ever heard Obama speak Swahili (or whatever the Kenyan dialect his father spoke). Lim Guan Eng insisted on Mandarin as the language of his first debate against Chua Soi Lek.
Christianity is the majority religion in the USA. Obama is a Christian.
Lim Guan Eng is similar to Obama in that the American president downplays his middle name ‘Hussein’ while Guan Eng downplays his Christian religion (assumed unless he clarifies to the contrary).
Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal converted to Christianity in high school. His parents emigrated from India and are Hindu. He’s known by his American name ‘Bobby’ and not by his birth name Piyush Jindal.
Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley converted to Christianity a year after she married her husband who is a Methodist. Her parents emigrated from Punjab and are Sikh. She’s known by the American-sounding name ‘Nikki’ and not her birth name Nimrata Randhawa (Haley is her married name).
Nikki Haley has revealed that she does not read Punjabi.
If the Firsters wish to tout the American minority breakthrough in politics, then the model most resembling Barack Obama, Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley is Ridhuan Tee.
Rhetorical question: Is it not strange that the Firsters vilify an ideal candidate like Ridhuan Tee so viciously?
A Reader’s Question:
Given that newspapers clearly endorse a candidate — NYT for Obama (example above) and even The Economist plumped for Obama saying “this newspaper would stick with the devil it knows, and re-elect him” – one regular reader of this blog wants The Star to clearly state its political position.
Does The Star endorse Barisan or Pakatan?
Who are the Star people?
The photo below was tweeted by Hannah Yeoh: “At DAP Sgor Convention @cmlimguaneng doing his pc with @tonypua @mpklang . Spot @reginalah pic.twitter.com/zCpmvyZj”
Hannah Yeoh has asked her jemaah Twitter comprising 52,367 followers (large following achieved through active promotion and lavish publicity given by The Star) to spot her good reporter friend Regina Lee in the photo.
Regina Lee is a Star reporter, formerly a Malaysiakini staff. Regina’s husband Teh Eng Hock was the Star-National Union of Journalists chairman, who on an assignment to cover a Rosmah Mansor function, had tweeted “Oi Big Mama. U r already 70mins late”.
The Star sent Regina Lee to cover the Lim Guan Eng DAP press conference.