Here’s another post about what has to happen before there can be a wholesale change in American political direction. Two of my friends here hold somewhat similar positions, positions that I think will both result in 4 more years of Obama.
One says don’t vote for the “progressive” Romney under any circumstances and the other says vote for Ron Paul.
Here’s what we are dealing with and it goes to my post about being stuck in the middle…
A recently released Pew poll shows that with 10 months to go, only 53% can even identify the state that Mitt Romney was governor of and only 44% can identify Paul as the Republican who opposes our war in Afghanistan. (h/t to Karl at Patterico’s Pontifications)
Many voters do not know basic facts about the Republican candidates running for president or the early primary calendar. While a sizable majority (69%) knows that Newt Gingrich served as speaker of the House, only about half (53%) identify Massachusetts as the state where Mitt Romney served as governor.
Fewer than half of registered voters (45%) identify South Carolina as the state with the next primary after Iowa and New Hampshire (the survey was conducted Jan. 4-8, before New Hampshire’s Jan. 10 primary). And while Ron Paul fared well in the early GOP contests, just 44% of voters identify Paul as the Republican candidate who opposes U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan.
The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press conducted Jan. 4-8, 2012 among 1,507 adults and 1,165 registered voters, finds even among Republican voters, many are unable to identify the state where Romney served as governor and are unfamiliar with Paul’s stance on Afghanistan.
In an example of how disconnected the younger voters are, notice that the absolute lowest knowledge is represented in the 18-29 bracket, with only 40% being able to identify Newt Gingrich as the former Speaker of the House. Only 32% knew that Romney was governor of Massachusetts, surprising to me was that number only rose to 52% in the 30-49 group. How can it be that less than half of the voters (combining the two groups) can simply not know this basic fact? It isn’t like it is some esoteric 1,000 year old fact only found in a dusty tome in the reference section of the public library (do we still have those?).
This is simply unbelievable to me that a politician who lead a tidal wave of Republican support a mere 18 years ago, one of historic proportions, is so unknown. This means that the only thing that these people are likely to know about Newt is what they hear in the TV ads…and these are the people that we expect to understand the difference between “conservative” and “classic liberal”? We are arguing amongst ourselves, forgetting that people like us are
Only 24% even knew that the South Carolina Republican primary was next (the poll was taken less than a week ago on January 4-8). This is not the picture of political engagement by a large group of potential voters.
How long have we been talking about this election? I’ll tell you – there are posts going back a year (this blog celebrates one year of life on Wednesday of this week), we have been discussing specific candidates for at least 6 months as they begin to sort themselves out.
This is what we face. A significant segment of America 1) doesn’t know what it believes, 2) apparently makes up its mind as it goes along, 3) thinks that elections are like the Olympics, somebody organizes them and they just happen every 4 years.
Culture first, folks. It is a long term deal and the only way to change.