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  •  What should he do? (0+ / 0-)

    With your understanding of the people you grew up with, what would you recommend Obama do to get his message across?  Or do you think his actual policies miss the mark?

    •  The people where I grew up (2+ / 0-)
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      votermom, En Passant

      are angry and cynical about politics.  Obama's talk about hope and change sound wishy-washy to them.  I checked the OH numbers for Southeast OH, near my hometown.  Hillary carried these conservative, blue-collar voters 70-30 in some places.

      What Obama needs to do is empathize with the voters.  They won't vote for him if they don't think he really understands them.  The other thing he needs to do is be a fighter, an advocate.  It will be difficult to make the fit in with the hope, change, new politics theme, but I think he can do it. He's a gifted politician.

      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 06:48:43 PM PDT

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      •  Cynicism (0+ / 0-)

        Does their cynicism derive from being burned by Bill Clinton's broken promises or is it a deeper cynicism with politics?  Do you think they're aware that politics over the last 25 years been played as a game of 50+1 and if their votes aren't needed, they get ignored?

        •  They aren't very found of Clinton (0+ / 0-)

          where I live.

          They are tired of being kicked around.  The want solutions.  If the Democrats won't deliver, they'll vote for McCain.  He's plain-spoken and he shares their views on social issues.  

          Oh, they follow politics very carefully where I'm from.  The attitude of these voters basically is, "I supported Democrats for all these years and they gave my jobs away.  I might as well vote for the Republican who agrees with my on abortion, gay marriage, and guns.  I know he'll screw me on economic issues, but at least he won't lie to me like the Democrats."

          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 07:17:11 PM PDT

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