Obama backers “Where are all the White Women ?”


Some fear Obama’s more aggressive tone could enhance her appeal among white, blue-collar voters.
By Peter Wallsten and Janet Hook, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
11:02 PM PDT, September 9, 2008
The emergence of Sarah Palin as a political force in the presidential race has left many top Democrats fretting that, just two weeks after their convention ended on an emotional high, Barack Obama’s campaign has suddenly lost its stride.

Obama has responded aggressively this week to Palin’s presence on the Republican ticket, using TV ads and campaign rallies to attack her contention that she is a political reformer who will take on the Washington establishment — a role Obama has long claimed as his alone.

But some Democrats are now worried about the perils of Obama’s strategy, saying that his campaign, instead of engaging the Alaska governor, should avoid any move that draws more attention to her and could enhance her appeal among the white, blue-collar voters who remain cool to Obama’s candidacy.

A series of new polls suggests that Palin has given a major boost to John McCain’s campaign, exciting the GOP base, winning over white women and all but erasing Obama’s lead.

Concern among Democrats was high enough Tuesday that Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), one of Obama’s strongest supporters, felt it necessary to cite historical polling data at a lunch of Democratic senators to convince them that post-convention “bounces,” such as the one that has followed last week’s GOP convention, have often faded in past elections.

To reassure nervous lawmakers, Durbin also reviewed Democratic registration gains this year in key battleground states.

Still, Democrats expressed anxiety about the new challenge suggested by recent surveys showing McCain has gained ground among independent voters and women, who could decide the race in states such as Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Tuesday, for instance, shows that McCain is now winning among white women 52% to 41% after having been statistically tied with Obama in that crucial category just a month ago.

“Whenever you see that kind of movement, you ought to be concerned; you ought to try to address it,” said Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), a strong Obama backer.

David Bonior, the former Michigan congressman who managed Democrat John Edwards’ unsuccessful presidential bid, called the new poll findings a “real concern,” adding: “We can’t lose white women and expect to do well in this race.”


4 Responses

  1. Palin has not even started to hammer them. She is going to call out Congress for all the problem and rightfully so. What will Obama do then?

  2. Yes, what cv said. Palin and McCain are going to attack the most unpopular Congress ever. Gas has skyrocketed under their watch and they still refuse to drill. Two reformers are going to call them out. And who does Barack pick for V.P., Joe Biden — a symbol of the do-nothing Congress. Meanwhile, Obama is still running against Bush. Plus, there are the Annenberg Challenge files and Rezko to come. Oh, and did you hear that — Obama just made another gaffe.

  3. “Where da white women at?”

  4. Let’s hope the Dems demonstrate their stupidity on energy again!

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