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White identity politics doomed 2012 Republican effort — MSNBC

White identity politics doomed 2012 Republican effort — MSNBC | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

You've probably heard by now that Mitt Romney won white voters by a sizable margin, while Barack Obama ran up huge margins among African Americans and Latinos. * * * 

 

But almost no one has noticed what to me is the most shocking result, and that’s how the two candidates did with Asian-American voters.


Now, Asian-Americans made up a very small sliver of the electorate, just 3%, so a presidential candidate’s performance within that group doesn’t necessarily carry with it massive electoral consequences.
But Asian-Americans are also, according to the latest census, the fastest growing racial sub category in America. In fact, the census projects that by mid-century they will make up 9% of the country. And as it happens, Asian-Americans are also the nation’s highest earning ethnicity, with median incomes even higher than those of whites.


So you might have predicted that Mitt Romney would do well with them, since he won among voters making more than $100,000 a year.
But he did not. He got creamed, losing Asian-American voters 73% to 26%. This is a shocking result not only because just 20 years ago George HW Bush carried Asian-Americans comfortably, or because the margin is so wide,but because the entire category of Asian-American is so obviously a construction there’s little reason to suspect members of the group would vote with each other in any discernible pattern.


Think about it for a moment: What exactly do a Filipino nurse in Hartford, Connecticut, a Pakistani geologist in the oil fields of Texas and a 5th-generation Chinese-American cop have in common? The same could be said for Latinos, of course, and even African-Americans, heck, even—gasp—white people. That’s because race is a social construction, not something out there in the world, but something we as a society create the rules, rhetoric and identities for. And in the political process nothing more assuredly creates firm political group identities than the experience of prejudice, contempt, marginalization and condescension. That is: In American history, the racial identity of those not classified as white tends to be forged in the furnace of contempt by the majority.


That is the grand irony of this election and more broadly the predicament of the Republican party. Conservatives are creating their own electoral enemies. The beating heart of modern conservatism is its visceral appeal to anxieties and fears of white Christians. This is a different statement than saying the beating heart of modern conservatism is white racism or white supremacy. It’s not, or not principally. It is simply white “identity” politics, with all of the pathos and ugliness that implies. And if you don’t believe that, go read some conservative comment threads, or click over to the Drudge Report or Fox News, two outlets with a preternatural sense of the deepest anxieties of the modern conservative base.

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American elections feature an epic struggle between actual people trying to express their views in the face of fictional "people" (i.e., Corporations) trying to buy influence. I want to highlight topics such as corrupt money in politics, campaign lies and dishonesty, voter suppression.
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Here are 5 infuriating examples of facts making people dumber

Here are 5 infuriating examples of facts making people dumber | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
The notorious "backfire effect" has now been captured in multiple studies.
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This is depressing.  Presenting conservatives with facts can make them even more committed to their erroneously held positions.  I suppose this is related to some conservatives' tendency to reject science.

 

Two questions:

(1) to avoid this backfire effect, what strategies can be employed to try to shift opinions?

(2) are there similar studies showing this backfire effect and/or systematic ignoring of facts by progressives?

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GOP Congressman Lynn Westmoreland Denounces 'Our Enemy' In The White House

GOP Congressman Lynn Westmoreland Denounces 'Our Enemy' In The White House | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) attended a breakfast for the Cobb County Republican Party on Saturday where he denounced "our enemy," President Barack Obama.

“I think our enemy stands on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,” he said befo...
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Any wonder why Congress can't get anything done for the good of the country?

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Voting Restrictions Are Key Variable in Midterm Elections

Voting Restrictions Are Key Variable in Midterm Elections | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Eight states have narrowed early-balloting opportunities, and three of them feature Senate races that could decide which party holds a majority.
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How the Republicans hope to cheat to win the Senate.

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Scott Walker Approves Obscure Tax Break For Furniture Company, Quickly Collects Large Campaign Donation

Scott Walker Approves Obscure Tax Break For Furniture Company, Quickly Collects Large Campaign Donation | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
A Wisconsin furniture company won a $6 million tax credit that allows it to lay off nearly 2,000 workers. Weeks later its leaders gave to Gov. Scott Walker's (R) campaign.
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Dude is already being investigated for this kind of pay to play.  He obviously believes the corrupt system will protect him.

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The right’s “bombshell” deceit: Why the left’s defense of Perry reveals so much

The right’s “bombshell” deceit: Why the left’s defense of Perry reveals so much | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Tons of big-time liberals are saying Rick Perry's indictment looks weak. Can you imagine the right ever doing that?
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Interesting analysis of the "Hack Gap" -- that there are many more conservative bloggers/columnists/talking heads who are willing to say anything to advance the party line, no matter how ridiculous, than there are progressive ones.

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Fox News Claims that Obama is on Vacation More than George W. Bush | PoliticusUSA's Archives

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Fox News presumably has a high degree of confidence that their viewers will simply accept anything they are told, without verification and without being exposed to any objective or contrary points of view.  How else to explain them repeating this lie, which is SO far from the truth and so damn easy to disprove?

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Memo to Self: Do Not Run for Office

Memo to Self: Do Not Run for Office | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
A leak from a Georgia Senate campaign reminds us just how broken our political system is.
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This is depressing.

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Fox News and Fox News Latino Cover The Same Story, Hilarity Ensues

Fox News and Fox News Latino Cover The Same Story, Hilarity Ensues | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Each and every day, Fox News must walk the tightrope of both demonizing Latinos to appeal to their conservative, white audience and trying to get the growing Latino population to watch the channel,...
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Ugh!

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The voter-fraud problem that plainly doesn't exist

The voter-fraud problem that plainly doesn't exist | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Voter-ID laws are intended to address a problem that occurs roughly 0.00002% of the time. That's a poor excuse for undermining American democracy.
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Definitive, comprehensive study of voter fraud finds ... essentially none.

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Beyond the war on science: Why the right embraces ignorance as a virtue

Beyond the war on science: Why the right embraces ignorance as a virtue | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Current efforts to nullify abortion coverage in Ohio and elsewhere can all be traced back to the Bush White House
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<<for modern Republicans, being downright proud of their ignorance has become a badge of honor, a way to demonstrate loyalty to the right-wing cause while also sticking it to those liberal pinheads who think there’s some kind of value in knowing what they’re talking about before offering an opinion.>>

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Fox News Quiet After Congressional Report Finds No Benghazi Scandal

Fox News Quiet After Congressional Report Finds No Benghazi Scandal | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
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Adventures in Fox News polling, Part VII

Adventures in Fox News polling, Part VII | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
The only reason for a purported news organization to word polling questions this way is to generate a result that reinforces a preconceived narrative.
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Absolutely pathetic.

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Texas GOP’s secret anti-Hispanic plot: Smoking gun emails revealed

Texas GOP’s secret anti-Hispanic plot: Smoking gun emails revealed | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Rick Perry and GOP state leaders go on trial today -- and the verdict could mean big things for Voting Rights Act
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keeping my fingers crossed.

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Sen. José Rodríguez: Texas continues history of voter suppression

Now that Labor Day has passed, campaign season is in full swing. However, instead of making it easier to vote, the state's leadership has made it more difficult. Consequently, there are several issues that impact voters this year.
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Texas was 49th and dead last in the nation, respectively, in voter turn out for the 2012 and 2010 general elections.  But this is not enough for Texas Republicans who want to suppress voting even further.

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GOPer Doubles Down On Excessive Black Voting Complaint: I Prefer 'Educated Voters'

GOPer Doubles Down On Excessive Black Voting Complaint: I Prefer 'Educated Voters' | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
The Georgia state senator who ranted about excessive black voting and vowed to fight a move to expand early voting in DeKalb County defended his remarks on Facebook, saying that he would rather have more educated voters than an increase in the total number of voters.
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Prefers "more educated voters"?  Does that mean he prefers that Fox News viewers not vote?

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It's Worse Than You Think: How the Party of Lincoln Suppresses Black Votes | Blog | BillMoyers.com

It's Worse Than You Think: How the Party of Lincoln Suppresses Black Votes | Blog | BillMoyers.com | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
The GOP, facing demographic headwinds, is rewriting laws to maintain its viability.
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Anatomy of a Fox News smear: Ann Coulter, Matt Drudge and the “dumbest person on the Internet”

Anatomy of a Fox News smear: Ann Coulter, Matt Drudge and the “dumbest person on the Internet” | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
How did Fox News run a totally bogus Ferguson story? Welcome to the truly slimy side of the right-wing hit machine
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A glimpse inside the right wing echo chamber.

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Missouri GOP leader calls Ferguson voter-registration drive 'disgusting'

Missouri GOP leader calls Ferguson voter-registration drive 'disgusting' | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Here's hoping those who are "disgusted" by the voter-registration drive will take a moment to consider a different perspective.
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The head staffer of the Missouri GOP is outraged that those wanting change in Ferguson are trying to register voters so that voter turnout among the African American community is higher than a measly 12%. 

 

Because rioting is a preferred method of advocating for change?

 

What more evidence do you need that the GOP supports democracy only when it can limit voting to its preferred voters?

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GOP launches fake news sites to trick voters and blast Dems

GOP launches fake news sites to trick voters and blast Dems | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Despite appearances, "Central Valley Update" is not a real website, a fact the GOP hopes voters don't notice
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More lies and immorality from the GOP.

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This May Be The Most Racist Campaign Mailer Of 2014

This May Be The Most Racist Campaign Mailer Of 2014 | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
At least one of the pictures depicted in the mailer is of gang members in Mexico.
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Even though this is unusually moronic, can it work in a Republican primary?

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Voter ID laws fix a fake problem by creating a real one

Voter ID laws fix a fake problem by creating a real one | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Voter ID laws do nothing about the actual voter fraud problems. But they do hurt thousands of voters.
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Actual cases of voter fraud tend to reside in the misuse of absentee ballots.  But the GOP does not want to tighten absentee ballot use because those ballots tend to be more popular among "their" voters.  Instead, they pass Voter ID laws trying to prevent the wrong kind of voter from exercising his or her franchise.

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Republicans Admit Voter ID Laws Are Aimed at Democratic Voters

Republicans Admit Voter ID Laws Are Aimed at Democratic Voters | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Republicans are confessing the true reasons for the voter-ID laws they’re pushing, says Jamelle Bouie.
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This is from last year but a decent summary of Republicans confessing the true aim of Voter ID laws and other efforts to reduce voting.

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ID law blocks 93-year-old voter in Alabama

ID law blocks 93-year-old voter in Alabama | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Willie Mims, 93, no longer drives. This morning, he was turned away from his local precinct, prohibited from casting a ballot.
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Shameful.

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125,000 receive erroneous notification regarding voting status

125,000 receive erroneous notification regarding voting status | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
The Virginia Department of Elections has erroneously mailed notifications to about 125,000 registered Virginia voters raising uncertainty regarding their voting status.
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Sometimes, 'What Would Reagan Do?' is the wrong question

Sometimes, 'What Would Reagan Do?' is the wrong question | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
The right doesn't seem to remember what Reagan did after a Russian fighter jet shot down Korean Air Lines Flight 007 in 1983.
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I know it is not exactly surprising that Fox News got it wrong again.  Still, the comparisons noted in this piece are stark and somewhat amusing.

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