The election in black and white. Barack Obama’s inept economic policies have hit the black population hard, from Michelle Miller, CBS News :
The economy and jobs will be big issues in Washington again this coming week.
While unemployment among the general population is about 9.1 percent, it’s at 16.2 percent African Americans, and a bit higher still for African American males
Yet it is the working class white voters who are poised to throw Obama out of office, from Ruy Teixeira, New Pepublic :
Obama will have little to no room for error among his other constituencies. For example, even if, as expected, the share of minority voters increases from 26 to around 28 percent in the next election and Obama receives the typical 75 percent of that vote, while the share of white working class voters declines by another 3 percentage points, a 30 point hole in Obama’s white working class support would mean that the overall support he needs to win the election was teetering right on the knife’s edge. In such a scenario, Obama would have to hold essentially all of his white college graduate support from 2008 (47 percent, a historic high for Democrats) to be assured of victory.
Hat tip: Stacy McCain, Other McCain .