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Monday, September 26, 2016

WASHINGTON — Rick Santorum’s departure from the presidential race could not come soon enough for Mitt Romney. In proving himself more tenacious than anyone predicted, Santorum dramatized one of Romney’s major problems, created another, and forced the now inevitable Republican nominee into a strategic dilemma.

Republicans may condemn class warfare, but their primaries turned into a class struggle. Romney performed best among voters with high incomes, and was consistently weaker with the white working class, even in the late primaries where he put Santorum away. And Romney cannot win without rolling up very large margins among less well-off whites.

At the same time, Santorum’s strength among evangelical Christians pressured Romney to toughen his positions even as the Republican Party as a whole, at both the state and national levels, has pushed policies on contraception and abortion that have alienated many women, particularly the college educated.

This is Romney’s other problem: Among college-educated white men, Romney had a healthy 57 percent to 39 percent lead over President Obama in the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll. But among college-educated white women, Obama led Romney by 60 percent to 40 percent. This netted to a rather astounding 38-point gender gap, compared with a net 27-point gap among all white voters. (Thanks to Peyton Craighill of The Washington Post’s polling staff for extracting these numbers, which are based on registered voters.) Overall, the poll taken before Santorum left the race showed Obama leading Romney by 51 percent to 44 percent.

Thus the box the primaries built for Romney: He must simultaneously court evangelical Christians and working-class voters who have eluded him so far, but also reassure socially moderate women higher up the class ladder who, for now, are providing Obama with decisive margins. It’s not easy to do both.

  • ram1020

    This is not the same class warfare that one sees with the president’s agenda. In the Republican Party, it appears that the less well off and less educated are focused more on social issues, which led them to Santorum. In the general election, while the Republican may not be as far right on social issues as they would like, anyone will be right of the President. I don’t believe this will be an issue with them.

    It will be interesting to see how the gender gap plays out. The “war on women” seems to have only one front, that of reproductive health. Much of what the DNC is pushing is already available with many insurance policies, such as well person care and cancer screenings. It is the contraceptives issue that is the tip of the Pro-Choice/Pro-Life battle. It will be important for the DNC to try to keep that in the forefront, or women will realize that the odds of Roe vs. Wade being overturned are nearly zero, and it is all about the economy. This might be a tough challenge for the DNC and the Media.

    • scareygary

      “Class Warfare”? What did they call it when the top tax rates were CUT from 91% to 74% ,then to 39% by Reagan, then 35% under Bush II? Prior to these tax CUTS, we actually paid our bills, the country GREW from top to bottom, and we had plenty of ‘job creators’. These cuts correlate nicely with the trend towards DEBT in this country (as opposed to paying OFF WWII debt in the 50s), and the gush of money UP for the last 30 years. We were told it would “trickle down”, but I’m not seeing it, as the rich have been asked to sacrifice NOTHING while the middle class disappears, loses homes, pensions, jobs and benefits to Wall Street millionaires and billionaires. It’s all ‘trickling’ to Communist China; they’re doing very well, as are our CEOs in this country…..

      It’s unconscionable….

      • It’s the Republicans who are outsourcing American jobs, leaving American’s struggling to find jobs. I wrote letters of protests to a lot of Republican politicians
        and they all incurred it would help build more large corporations, with nothing said about American workers, like they don’t matter.

        • Jon

          I can tell you why jobs are so scarce, that it’s a right wing conspiracy and that we don’t need new factories. All that has to be done is to make the corporations return to an eight hour day. For over three years (when this crap came on the scene in force) Corporations fired or laid off employees en mass then mandated 10 – 16 hour days for the one’s who survived.. They would tell you that it was necessary in order to remain in business and that could have been true in the beginning but too soon it began to be a weapon to pressure hatred toward Obama for his inability to kick start the job market. Now it’s over due that this mandate be extinguished.. Bring back the eight hour day and millions would be working in short order. The Elite know this, their waiting for a change in leadership in order to kick start the job market and if that change doesn’t come then they will continue to obey the words that uttered from the Republican party leaders that, “We will pass no bills while this President is in office”.

    • The “contraceptive issue” is NOT the tip of the iceberg (or Pro Choice/Pro-Life battle). It IS the battle for equal rights for women–including the right to compete for good jobs, the right to child care support for women raising their children without a father in the picture, and the ultimate right to control one’s own destiny. Reasonable people who love their daughters want this battle to be won NOW!

  • As an Evangelical I have some news for you. Let’s take a look at a numerology chart and see what we find. This is used by Bible scholors to unlock the mysteries of the Bible.

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
    a b c d e f g h i
    j k l m n o p q r
    s t u v w x y z

    Do you see the mark of the beast? 666=FOX “network” that gives power to the anti-christ “Mitt Romney” a Morman cultist. Read Revelations.

    Enough said.

    • nhpoet

      Mitt Romney the anti-Christ? Where’s your evidence?

      • Mitt is a Mormon. Mormons reinterpreted the King James Bible with their own version of the King James saying the original was full of errors. The Word says, “The Word of God is Holy Spirit inspired and not to be privatly interpreted.”
        In their doctrine of blood atonement they say the blood of Jesus doesn’t wash away ALL sin (underminding the power of His blood) and goes on to say, some sin requires the blood of the sinner be shed. That’s murder. And they do it today with their bloody arms called “Avenging Angels.” Recently an entire family of Morman decenters were murdered. Of course it being Salt Lake City the case is still sweep under the rug (I mean under investigation).
        nhpoet, if God came down from heaven and told you Mitt was an anti-christ you wouldn’t believe. You’ll still vote for him because you are probably a closet racist.
        This Democrat isn’t a push over. I tell it like it is as long as I have breath.

        • nhpoet

          You confuse me with a Republican rebel. However, making assumptions like “you wouldn’t believe” God and “you are probably a closet racist” reveals your disdain for anyone who disagrees with your zealous ideology.

          First, you have no evidence that Mitt Romney is the anti-Christ. It may only be your imagination? Being a Mormon does not in itself constitute qualification as the anti-Christ. Strange beliefs maybe. In our country, we defend the freedom of religious beliefs, yes?

          Second, as a Christian man, I believe inspiration comes from God through our hearts and souls. A religious fanatic like you does not speak for God. My beliefs are not the subject of this inquiry, however. You made a statement, and I asked that you provide evidence to prove its truth.

          Third, how can you purport calling me a “closet racist” when you know nothing about me as a person? Are you projecting your own thinking and values with this charge? What I call the Republican fascist two-step? In fact, I worked for Barack Obama’s election; then became an Independent in protest against Mr. Obama’s many broken campaign promises; then registered as a Republican to vote for Jon Huntsman of Utah in the New Hampshire presidential primary; then, following Mr. Obama’s State of the Union address, I decided our president deserves a second term and I recently reregistered as a Democrat. (I grew up to be a Republican like my father, but changed parties originally after John Sununu was elected governor.)

          I am under no obligation to defend myself against your baseless remarks. However, I will say that my unfinished dissertation is a historical study of the nonformal, nonviolent education employed by the U.S. civil rights movement.

          I pray God will restore grace to your heart and mind.

          • God has no place for grace among cultist except at repentance. True Christians have known for years that Mormons are cultist, twisting my God’s Word and I have no tolerance for those that do, and for those who justify it. And I didn’t have to offer you proof, but I did. Not my Word but God’s. They are not Christians and their religion is from Satan, who appears as “the angel of light.”

          • nhpoet

            Sorry, Mr. Smith but quotations from any bible does not constitute proof that Mitt Romney is the anti-Christ.

            Your response that “God has no place for grace among cultist except at repentance” does not make grammatical sense, is not pertinent to this discussion, and is too apocalyptic to be relevant to reality. Speak plainly if you hope others will understand your words. And sorry, but how can you expect anyone to accept that you translate God’s Word for humankind to understand and obey?

            Your religious viewpoint about Mormonism is not relevant to political public discourse. Separation of church and state keeps religious fanatics from creating wars against their accused enemies. In other words, what you are writing does not matter in a political forum.

            Give it up Mr. Smith. For God’s sake, please stop embarrassing yourself.

      • If Mitt was the anti-christ, I believe he would have a better chance at the White House than he has now.

      • I’ve seen your posts and rather than provide proof, you keep the old Republican habit of saying anything that pops into your mind.

        • nhpoet

          Mr. Smith:
          Why are you persisting with your discriminatory accusations? One – I am not a Republican, but a recently reregistered Democrat (I became convinced by the State of the Union address that President Obama deserved reelection). Two, I completed all but dissertation of my PhD program with the Administrative & Policy Studies Department at the University of Pittsburgh – so I am not an uneducated buffoon ranting and raving off the top of my head.
          I think everyone posting comments here deserves to know if you are a Republican posing as a Democrat? And what are your credentials to pose as a political expert? Do you have a degree in Political Science like I do (May 1978 from the University of New Hampshire)? Since I do not have to provide proof for anything, I suspect you are practicing the fascist Republican two-step here.
          Political activists will no longer allow ideologues to get away with irresponsible, illogical, and unfounded contributions to public discourse.

      • I’ve seen your posts and rather than provide proof, you keep the old Republican habit of saying anything that pops into your mind.

    • bmerbob

      How can you have evidence of something like that?

    • montanabill

      Wait a minute, I just consulted my Peruvian alphabetology chart, and Sidney R Smith comes out, ‘kook’.

      • Isn’t that where all the cocaine comes from? Looks like you’ve had your share. Wipe your nose. Oh…kook is 4 lettters, not 3. I’ve seen your posts and rather than provide proof, you keep the old Republican habit of saying anything that pops into your mind.

      • Isn’t that where all the cocaine comes from? Looks like you’ve had your share. Wipe your nose. Oh…kook is 4 lettters, not 3. I’ve seen your posts and rather than provide proof, you keep the old Republican habit of saying anything that pops into your mind.

        • nhpoet

          Mr. Smith, are you a broken record?

        • montanabill

          Just answered silliness with silliness. Want to see even more absurdity, read the stuff below about religion. Where in the world do people come up with this stuff?

    • This is very good, it proves that numerology is alive and well, and that numerology is a tool used by soothsayers and alchemists.

      • It’s origin was with Jewish Kabalist way before soothsayers perverted it.

        • nhpoet

          Still, it is irrelevant to the reality of 2012.

  • Whatever, Obama will be President!

  • nhpoet

    Mitt Romney has talked his way into this trap – and any attempt to talk his way out will just aggravate the situation. It will be a repeat of the 1964 Barry Goldwater debacle.

    The problem for President Barack Obama – avoid establishing political stands on the issues based on the politics of this general election. Obama needs to keep listening to the American people and keep working to restore the national economy and reform the tax system.

  • Can Romney actually be president? I mean he was born in Mexico. Scary huh? make him produce his birth certificate with the raised seal on it.

    • I am amazed that “Right-Wing Christians” would support a Mormon for president!!

      • They won’t because they think there should be a religious test for elected office, despite what the Constitution says. They also believe the misinformation of their preachers.

        • The Constitution forbids the federal government, and through the 14 Amendment, state and local governments, to apply a religious test. Voters are free to apply any test they want.

          • Are you aware of what they passed in South Carolina? The Republicans have a test for their candidates that require they be Christians, not divorced, to be abstinent before marriage and a lot of other far right wing conditions to run for any office as a Republican. What happened to separation of Church and state?

          • nhpoet

            Just because a state legislature passes a law does not make it constitutional.

          • Jon

            Scary…

          • Kay Bright

            What happened to their small government? Who is going to go meddle to make sure their candidates do indeed qualify for and to what they are attesting their allegience?

          • nhpoet

            I agree. It’s called political freedom.

        • nhpoet

          I would have to question their beliefs – for not being Christ-like. Does “right wing” mean one-winged?

    • refjack2

      Interesting dilemma for the Republican Party. Will they declare that Romney is not a US Citizen? Of course not!

    • nhpoet

      But wasn’t at least one of his parents an American citizen?

  • Sheldon H

    Added to this fact of Romney alienating the White working class is the Mormon stance on Blacks. Remember that Romney is a staunch Mormon, having served as a Mormon bishop. All one has to do is research online under the topic of “Black Mormons” and find the article done by a Black man which explains the “Curse of Cain” doctrine that is still on the “books” of the Church of the Latter Day Saints. This official Doctrine has NEVER been rescinded, nor apologized for and is being covered up by the Mormon Church. Nor is it being taught to nor discussed by Mormons today. One has to remember that a candidate’s upbringing, values, mores, and religious teachings affect and effect that candidate’s real stance (on all sorts fo issues) and belief structure, thus influencing the candidates decisions and policies. [The same holds true for any politician/office holder as evidenced by the skewed views of most Republicans currently in Congress who want to undo the protections for the American people in all sorts of areas such as polution, clean water, protection of our National resources, etc…in favor of more profits for big corporations and the wealthier Americans {as an aside, it would be interesting to do a survey and find out how many of the heads of corporations and how many of the wealthier Americans are staunch Republicans}]

    • ram1020

      The LDS Church changed that stance in 1978. It really isn’t a cover-up. We have had a few Presidents, who like me, were Presbyterian. If you read our Book of Confessions, you would expect that Catholics and Baptists would have been in big trouble, but I’ll bet you don’t even know (without going to Google) who they were.

      Bringing candidates church preaching into the discussion really doesn’t help either candidate (God Damn America?) and is a smoke screen hiding the real issues.

    • The Mormon church has not changed it’s stance. It has only printed disclaimers on the internet to deceive people into thinking they are changing. They’re not. Yes Shelton, there are no black Mormons. It’s shaped Romney’s thinking and is why he is so fervently attacking Obama, because he’s black. You should listen to former Mormons, before the Avenging angels kill them.

  • EdC

    One of the things that this piece states that is discouraging, is that college educated men were not taught to think for themselves, speaking as one… We have seen the flip/flops and then lies about them already from Romney. How can anyone, Conservative, Evangelico, or just plain working stiff trust him, let alone women. Yet we know that brain washed, right wing, fox coolaid drinking, Limbaugh believers will follow right down his line.

  • i guess that begs the question, other than the fact that they have limited education, why on earth would white, male tradespeople vote for Romney over Obama. Oh. He’s black.

  • Let us be adult here. NONE of the candidates put forth by the Republican party were “electable”. None of them are “presidential”. What “open-mouth-change feet” candidates did was make everyone with half a brain realize that nut cases on the left or right really have no place in America today. Every civilized country in the world shakes their head in amazement at how sad the “world leader” in civil rights really is… because the USA has clearly shown the world that it is comprised of rude intolerant racists. Watch any channel and see “news” commentators call the president “Mr” instead of “President”. Disrespect and racism is alive in the USA and it is shameful. It IS TIME to vote ALL incumbent senators and representatives OUT.

    • nhpoet

      Time to vote out all incumbent senators and representatives that have been “bought and paid for” by corporations.

  • atp2007

    Romney chose to spend most of hs money savaging Gingrich and Santorum. Those millions will do nothing to improve Mitt’s positives in those states that have already voted and are essentially a waste when it comes to the November race. He has a chance now to convert his advertising buy in Pennsylvania to positive ads for himself and lay some ground work for the November campaign. For someone who portrays himself as a savvy businessman, he spent a hell of a lot of money to get little accomplished (i.e. beating a handful of mediocre candidates who had been losers before joining this campaign). Can’t wait to give him control of the federal budget

  • People’s views amaze me. Unfortunate I will have to vote for Mitt Romney, but unlike most here, I feel this way because I think he is too liberal. He has been switching views to please the evangelical Christians. I would love to see Ron Paul win this election but I just don’t think Americans in general have educated themselves on real issues to make this kind of intelligent decision. I truly can’t believe anyone would vote for Obama again. I voted once for him, but being stupid twice is just not acceptable. I know we don’t have great choices except for Ron Paul. Obama like Bush has taken away more freedoms and has given himself more power than any other President in the history of America. Do you really want a dictator. Even if you like Obama and his views, someone you don’t like may take power after him.

    • Ron Paul is a loose cannon and is a good candidate for a sanitorium.

      • nhpoet

        No, I disagree. He appears to mean everything he says. He’s an Ann Rand Republican egotist

    • nhpoet

      The problem with voting for Mitt Romney is that, through the Paul Ryan budget, he would run the nation’s economy into the ground.

      The only way to correct Obama’s mistakes is to elect independent-minded politicians to Congress – to end corporate-control of our federal government.

  • Read the facial expression, the whole personality, the depth into his knowledge as a leader of this great nation. What you got, empty. Look at the his effort to be stern and seriuos, he always struggle when it comes to the facts and truth of the matter. Newt, is much much better choice, or even, Jon Huntsman. It’s just his money, it’s all about money to become a president. That’s just very dangerous. Brace yourself, ladies and gentlemen, even the well to do who might elect him. He is not even comparable with George W. Busch, he believed what he says and respect people who have the same conviction.

  • I still can’t understand why White Educated Republicans want’s Mitt Romney as their President? Mitt Romney backers are Wall Streets Bankers, who is driving the prices of every thing people need to live on.

  • ram1020

    I can see where women have no chance to compete. In government, you will never see a woman in the Senate or Congress, much less in a cabinet position or with an ambassadorship. The Supreme Court? Never!

    In industry, women will never have the chance to lead major corporations. Would a women ever expect the opportunity to be the CEO of a company with the power of IBM? Not a chance.

    I am sure that from McDonalds to General Motors, contracts and pay scales are devised with women making a mandatory percentage less.

    These are all the result of laws passed by those waging a war on women.

    The truth is that, in addition to all of the above being false, there are more women owners of small business than ever before. With S Corporations, these will be included in the “rich” with an income of over $250,000 that will see a tax increase in a terrible ecomomy. This is where the war on women, or anyone looking for opportunities to improve their economic standing, is taking place. It also constrains these businesses ability to afford additional accomodations for employees.

    You do have a good point about child care. The number of single parent families is increasing, and there needs to be some resource to address child care so the parent can work. I don’t think this can be accomplished legislatively. It seems that community groups and (gulp!) churches have been the first to offer these resources for what, if anything, the parent can afford. With the demographics showing women receiving higher education in greater numbers, I am sure that, unless constrained by government regulation, child care could become a more common benefit to attract the required talent.

    So, Barbara, reasonable people who love their daughters will do what they can to give their daughters opportunity to prepare to succeed in the areas where their talents and intrests lead them. We do that for our sons, too. We do not need government interference to make us do that, but we also don’t need government to create an environment where those opportunities are limited for both our daughters and sons by inane fiscal policy.

    In this day and age, other than in the area of “reproductive rights”, the war is on everyone who looks for opportunity, not just women.

    • nhpoet

      What’s with you ram1020? Your first paragraph is absolutely incorrect.

      • nhpoet. You seem to think that you alone are the authority on everything. You should be embarassed but you’re too full of yourself. You never comment on an article, you just cut down everyone else. So you have a PhD. So did Timothy Leary! I’m sorry I only have an Associates of Arts degree so I’m an uneducated fool. “God chooses the foolish things to confound the wise.”

  • When they take these polls rick, ron, had a part of the percentage. And I hop women are smart enough that the election should not be about birth control but about JOBS, ECONOMY AND
    HOUSING INDUSTRIES AND THE NATIONAL DEBT (which China owns most of)
    i just don’t think women are that stupid to focus something so meaningless compared to what our country is going through.

    • ragtop97

      Dear Phyllis, birth control and all other issues dealing with a woman’s health or reproductive capabilities is a matter of economics, jobs, housing, health care and the national debt. They are approximately fifty percent of the workforce and population … try taking everything away from them and putting them back in the kitchen and you will really see this country fail. When you try to make such an important issue minimal and meaningless, you insult the intelligence of all women. No, we are not stupid and we vote! Some women, like yourself, may vote with those that would contrive to once again make you less than you are today thanks to many self-sacrificing women who fought for your rights, but I am equally sure that you will not equal 50% of anything! Those of us that appreciate the efforts of other women on our behalf will show them the respect they deserve by voting against those who choose to stand against us. It is the same voting power that was, and is once again, used against us in the past by men!

  • One of the most cynical (though perhaps realistic) pieces imaginable. It assumes (correctly) that Romney has no core beliefs, but simply must find a way to say what his audience wants to hear. Of course, this his nothing to do with how he would act as President.

  • who cares? they are both lying sacks of …………

  • Fair is fair, I want proof of Mr. Romney’s birthplace if I’m going to vote for any canidate. “And it must be authentic.”

  • howa4x

    Romney’s biggest problem is that the base changed after the o8 election. Fox and friends has made them angerier with help from Rush, Glen Beck , Sara Palin, and all the tele-evangelist preachers. They are far more conservative than what McCain had to face, and far more vocal about it. The Tea party was small back then, and unfocused, till former Rep. Dick Armey(Tx) took it over. The rise of the religious right in the party has shifted it rightward on social issues. The party is loosing it’s moderate center which is the place that Romney would have loved to run from. He dosen’t have a conservative record as governor and this amalgam of groups don’t trust him because they know that, and will try to hold him to what he said in the primary campaign. As a sign of this Haley Barbour of Miss. won’t come flat out and endorse him, either will Kusinich. If he tacks to the center it will be a problem keeping these groups envolved and active. Hated of Obama will carry him so far but if he becomes more like him it won’t. Remember there were more conservative votes against him than for him.

  • Of course he will have trouble with the middle class, everything he has done in his adult life was geared around screwing them over so he could make 250 million instead of 200

  • You could “trap” Romney with a dollar bill and a paper bag.

  • Mitt Romney: THE OXYMORMON !

  • Kay Bright

    The problem is the republican brand is soooo bad because alllllll they care about is taking AWAY RIGHTS: women’s, children’s, poor and middle class, seniors, minorities, immigrants, LGBT’s, college students, working poor, unemployed, etc. They think they can tell us anything and we will all believe it without question. The feigned indignance against Hillary Rosen and trying to put her words in President Obama’s mouth are RIDICULOUS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW IT! Stop making everybody out to be stupid. That’s YOUR following – NOT THE MASSES!