Or am I being picky-picky because of the use of the phrase, "unmarried women"? Which reminds me a little of the phrase, "those people."
Oh well, let's see what those unmarried women are up to these days. Let's also figure out if Obama finds himself in the position of being piled on from all sides, including campaign strategists and pollsters.
Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg is not known for flinching from delivering bad news to Democratic politicians, and his new diagnosis of Obama’s slippage in the polls is no exception. ...Greg Sargent, Plum Line,WaPo
I just want to remind you that this slippage comes in pretty small doses if you look closely at the numbers. Like, in some places his 9-point lead is now a 5-point lead. He's not dead yet. All this hand-wringing seems a little premature.
That doesn't prevent "unmarried women" from noticing that they didn't get to see him focusing on them.
"Me! Me! Me! I'm over here! Why aren't you smiling at Me?"
Greenberg told me in an interview that his new research persuaded him that Mitt Romney beat Obama in the debate for a simple reason. Unmarried women — a critical piece of Obama’s coalition — did not hear Obama telling him how they would make their lives better. By contrast, they did hear Romney telling them he’d improve their lives.
Greenberg says the research also indicates a clear route to winning reelection, however. “This is a major turning point and an opportunity for the president,” he says.
Greenberg did dial sessions among Colorado swing voters during the debate, and also conducted post-debate questionnaires. He found that unmarried women didn’t respond to Obama’s vow to improve the economy — which they found lacking in a clear overarching message.
“They heard nothing there that was relevant to them,” Greenberg says. “They were not hearing about issues or problems or things that Obama would do that affect their lives.” ...Sargent, WaPo
God, that's so awful. Poor "unmarried women". I'm so grateful Obama at least mentioned "Texas rancher/bloggers" and waved at me out here on my scrubby ranch high up on north-facing hill in west Texas. It was a little hard to see him, but I waved back and will rush to early-vote for him the moment the polls open.
Romney, however, succeeded in communicating with unmarried women, Greenberg says, by prefacing talk of his five point plan with an extended discussion of the economic strain of middle-income Americans — which Greenberg calls an effective “set up that gave his details meaning.”
“When Romney talked about what he is going to do for the middle class, his five point plan, they were very responsive,” Greenberg says. “The president had a lot of detail but didn’t have the set up in values.” ...Sargent, WaPo
Aw jeez. I may have to give up my citizenship if we don't stop with that awful word, "values." It wasn't always an awful word, but then along came the people who defined values as money and religion which weren't (to be honest) much more offensive than the '60's "values" of "sharing" and "self-esteem."
"Do unto others.. " would be something nice to return to.