Obama’s Cross-Over Appeal: The Real Deal

In conversation recently with the parentals in S.C., they mentioned how moved and inspired they had been while watching Obama’s speech from S.C. – the speech that was televised nationally on many news channel the night he won S.C.

There is a very serious chance they would actually VOTE for Obama in a General Election. And that’s a sentiment coming from the kinda folk who, and I quote Gary Reese of Southern Political Report, voted for McCain in the primary “only because Mussolini wasn’t on the ticket.”

Honestly? I think there is a massive swell of backlash building underfoot against the divisiveness and scorn and downright hatred perpetuated from right wing talk radio. Witness the amount of concern and conversation on this one post alone. Or stories like this.

Folks are just sick and tired of partisan vitriol. It simply wears people down to a bone-felt weariness that they finally realize they have the power to shake-off.

And turn-off? That remains to be seen.


  1. juliobarrios says:

    After the anecdotal political analysis of your parents, it seems if we can get the racist white women to cross-over to Obama he’ll have it won.

  2. juliobarrios says:

    “downright hatred perpetuated from right wing talk radio.”

    A ignorant stereotype that continues to be perpetuated by intolerant people.

  3. IndyInjun says:

    “A ignorant stereotype that continues to be perpetuated by intolerant people.”

    Or anyone who listens to them for more than about 30 seconds.

  4. SpaceyG says:

    God Hates Trash, who BTW has been banned from PP for life, told me the Easter Bunny was real.

    And also BTW, if anyone has a problem with Erick banning folks off of here, in the words of the great @rustytanton (I think it was him), ” I’m running a f-in blog, not a democracy.”

  5. Doug Deal says:


    I think Erick is pretty fair minded on this blog, and should be commended. People who get banned here have pretty much deserved it.

    As for Obama, I would wait until he gains more appeal to whites and hispanics before proclaiming him a cross-over hit. Democrats get 90% of the black vote no matter who they throw up there, yet they still lose elections.

    Right now, he is running on what people want him to be, and nothing is real. He talks about “uniting” Republicans and Democrats by name programs (which lack details) that almost every Republican would oppose (universal healthcare). Sooner or later, reality will creap back into play. Whether that is during the primary or general election, it will happen.

  6. OleDirtyBarrister says:

    Come on, the only “sensible” and “enlightened” radio America ever had was Air America. That is why it was staffed by truly accomplished and empirically intelligent people like Al Franken and Janine Gralaffalo and why it performed so well financially. (Rolls eyes).

    The fact that people in this country are swayed by an empty shirt saying nothing like Obama explains why people like Brittany Spears and Milli Vanillin have careers.

  7. Ms_midtown says:

    I like talk radio listen through most of the day. But it has hit a ceiling on its influence and the hosts think the opposite.

    The problem started when right leaning talk radio went whole-hog in the tank for Romney. Talk radio had always been an ideas forum, not a candidate forum.

    I’ll let those poll numbers on Obama speak for themselves…there is a lot of road kill from both parties who ignored oncoming traffic.

  8. GOPeach says:

    Hey Obama –

    Looks like it could be between you and my man Huckabee!

    You are so adorable with that beautiful family… but you are way too young to be president Sweetie! You need to wait til those babies grow up.

  9. DMZDave says:

    Obama may well be able to put an end to the partisan bickering, but there is no evidence that he has ever stood up to the worst of his bitter partisan colleagues like Ted Kennedy, Harry Reid, Dick Durban, Hillary, Schumer or John Kerry all of whom can teach Rush Limbaugh a thing or two about hate speech. Rember John Kerry got to the Senate in the first place by “swiftboating” everyone who served in Vietnam

  10. jsm says:

    Who’s gonna cross over and vote for someone who has no accomplishments to campaign on? He looks like the big rock star right now, because he’s in a single-party contest. Emotion rules the day with democrats. When he faces someone with reall experience and a record of accomplishments, he’s gonna start looking pretty hollow.

  11. Doug Deal says:


    Wait until Ohio and Texas.

    He still doesn’t have a clear shot, as getting a majority without the help of superdelegates and without giving Hillary her Michigan and Florida delegates will be problematic.

    Democrats have a long history of not requiring ideas, just emotion to select their nominee, so it would not shock me to see Obama win the nomination, but he will be toast in the general. I still think it is Hillary’s to lose. As lacking in experience as Hillary is, Obama makes her look like the elder stateswoman.

    Independents are not going to look at him like he is the second coming in the GE, and his bubble will burst. Looking at matchup polls now to predict electoral success in November is a very foolish thing. If it weren’t we would wondering who the new President Walter Mondale is or if any of these candidates could fill the shoes of President Dukakis.

  12. Bill Simon says:

    “Democrats have a long history of not requiring ideas, just emotion to select their nominee, ”

    RIGHT, Doug. Republicans never operate on emotion for their decision-making, do they? 🙂

    In fact, whether you look at Congress, or you look at our own legislature, the “big ideas” from Republicans are to PASS MORE LAWS and GROW GOVERNMENT BIGGER.

  13. Doug Deal says:

    I am not defending Republicans, I am pointing out that Obama is a big bag of cotton candy. If he ever gets wet on the issues, he will deflate like an old air matress.

    Democrats, however, are reluctant to look realistically at their candidates. If you look at the Rep side, only a particular Hollywood actor had that type of following. If Obama had significantly less melanin in his skin, he would not even be notice as a candidate. He is nothing but a light-weight with a pleasant speaking voice, yet 20 year old Democrats will spontaneously weap as if witnessing the miracle of creation.

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