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  •  The ironic thing is that Obama has actually spent (1+ / 0-)
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    a lot of time down in the trenches helping the poor in Chicago. Obama grew up in a single parent family and feels the economy in his bones. Clinton had it a lot easier growing up, although certainly nowhere near as easy as Bush.

    The people you are talking about put Bush in office. He has no clue, just like his Dad who never saw a grocery scanner. He's amazed at how high gas prices have gotten. The voters you talk about should link the situation now with their votes then. Their lives would have been a lot better if they had gone ahead and voted for Gore, and that's regardless of the fact that Bush helped with steel tariffs.

    If you want someone to understand your problems, go with the one who knows from experience the most about how you live.   Obama has talked a lot about his economic plans, but  you honestly don't think he's getting the message through.  Any suggestions?

    "The only thing we have to fear - is fear itself." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    by orrg1 on Mon Mar 10, 2008 at 06:05:21 PM PDT

    •  agreed, and I think the diarist is... (0+ / 0-)

      making a good point that this should be addressed by Obama more often.  

      The tide will be turned as voters get to know Obama.  

      I find it interesting that Clinton supporters are less likely to vote for Obama in the fall, but remember that in the South a black candidate is still going to struggle with the white vote...a sad reality.  

      Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac. -Orwell

      by Fight or Die on Mon Mar 10, 2008 at 06:09:03 PM PDT

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      •  I think Obama can carry OH & PA (0+ / 0-)

        WV is probably a lost cause.

        I think he can do well among blue-collar and Appalachian voters if he can connect with them the way he has with his base.  These voters are angry and they are cynical.  They want concrete results and they want a fighter.

        Together, we will turn promises into action, words into solutions and hope into reality. Hillary Clinton for President

        by psychodrew on Mon Mar 10, 2008 at 06:14:52 PM PDT

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        •  Obama has reached beyond his base (0+ / 0-)

          This was part of the reason why he won such a crushing victory in Virginia, for instance. But I do think he needs to make a JFK-style appeal to people in Appalachia and reach out. It's pretty clear that Obama does better, the more people see of him. He has lost narrowly in states that he was supposed to get blown out in and he's won by larger margins than expected in states where he was ahead and then pressed his advantage.

    •  He needs to sound like a fighter. (0+ / 0-)

      People are really suffering here.  Edwards really tapped into that well.  The blue collar workers where I come from want a fighter, an advocate.

      Obama is really good at getting people excited.  I know that he can do this.  I don't know that he can do it without losing the "new politics" theme, though.  

      I've heard him speak and he is very appealing.  What he needs to work on, I think, is empathy.  Make the voters feel that he really understands them and wants to help them.  Right now, Hillary is casting herself as a fighter and it's working.  It's even resonating among voters who resent her husband over GATT and NAFTA.

      The people you are talking about put Bush in office. He has no clue, just like his Dad who never saw a grocery scanner. He's amazed at how high gas prices have gotten. The voters you talk about should link the situation now with their votes then. Their lives would have been a lot better if they had gone ahead and voted for Gore, and that's regardless of the fact that Bush helped with steel tariffs.

      A lot of voters where I live haven't forgotten the fact the Bush, not the Democrats, saved the steel industry.   My father and I discussed that irony just a few days ago and he reiterated his disgust for Al Gore.  My father was a low-level union officer and a life-long Democrat.  He won't tell me how he voted in 2004, so I'm assuming he went for Bush, in appreciation for saving his job and his pension.

      Together, we will turn promises into action, words into solutions and hope into reality. Hillary Clinton for President

      by psychodrew on Mon Mar 10, 2008 at 06:12:37 PM PDT

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