White men shun Democrats -- Page 1 -- Times Union - Albany NY: "Millions of white men who voted for Barack Obama are walking away from the Democratic Party, and it appears increasingly likely that they'll take the midterms elections in November with them. Their departure could well lead to a GOP landslide on a scale not seen since 1994."
It only took a year or so for President Obama to alienate a huge chunk of the electorate. I don't think there is much he can do to get them back, either. People know who he is now.
He ran as a common-sense, centrist, outsider who was going to Washington to fix things. Nobody who knew him would have believed that for a minute, of course, but with the press declining to dig into his background much it worked with a lot of independents. The Republicans had cast themselves into a pit of disrepute and the McCain-Palin ticket was hopelessly inept, so Obama swept right in.
But now everybody can see that Obama is farther to the left than he let on. He is committing the federal government to vast deficits for decades to come, and he is loading up his administration with lefties who want to regulate every aspect of the economy to the point of making entire industries virtual arms of the federal government. With Congress on his side he can do all this, or at least most of it.
Jobs and fixing the federal budget are more important to many voters than they are to those in power in Washington. If the November elections bring a huge turnout of angry white people, watch out. Remember that Ross Perot got 19% of the vote in 1992. And he was an obvious nutball whose VP candidate couldn't even figure out why Perot chose him.