Barack Obama, on white voters, via Ben Smith, Politico:
You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.
And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations
Cokie Roberts on Mitt Romney’s trip to Poland, via Ed Dristcoll, PJ Media:
Well, I think part of it was a desire to portray President Obama as something of a wimp, and say he’s abandoned Eastern Europe. But look, you remember well the Reagan Democrats. Those ethnic white voters who had been Democrats for many years; turned out for Ronald Reagan, and have been fairly predictable Republicans since then. Now it’s a smaller percentage of the population — of the voting population — than it used to be, but white voters are still much more Republican than any other group in the electorate. They went for McCain in 2008 by 55%. And I think that getting those ethnic voters excited is really what Romney has in mind here. It’s more for the folks at home — the descendents of the people that he will be speaking to — in Poland.
Both quotes refer to the same voting bloc. Whereas Roberts and the the entire LSM see no racism in dismissing any entire bloc of voter, Roberts see racism in attempting to appear to them.
Obama has gone the extra mile to make a concerted effort to alienate the Poles. Then, Obmaa just isn’t very smart. On the other mitt, it is smart politics to try pick up support from voting blocs, you opponent alienates.