Democrats Face Some Post-Election Soul Searching of Their Own

Monday, 12 Nov 2012 04:00 PM

By Newsmax Wires

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
While media attention has focused on the problems Republicans confront in the wake of their election defeats, Democrats face some issues of their own.
 
Among them is whether other Democratic candidates can do as well as President Barack Obama, especially among minority voters, The Hill reports. The 2008 and 2012 elections may prove to be aberrations, with Obama’s uniqueness defining the party’s victories.
 
Things can change in a hurry. For example, much is made of Obama’s 71 to 27 percent victory among Latinos, and rightly so. But just eight years ago, President George W. Bush garnered 44 percent Hispanic support.
 
Among, Asian Americans, Obama creamed Romney by 47 percentage points — 73 to 26 percent. But again Bush did much better in 2008 with this demographic, losing by 12 points to Democrat John Kerry.
 
Future Democratic candidates will have to work hard to maintain their advantage among minorities, according to Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons.
 
“I think the president was very good at turning out those constituencies because he energized them on things they care about,” he told The Hill.

“It is going to be important for other Democrats, white Democrats, to talk to those communities about things they care about, and not assume they are going to be there in 2016 or 2014.”
 
Democrats also have to worry about their lack of support among the elderly. Romney smashed Obama 56 to 44 percent among voters 65 and older. Clearly the attacks against the former Massachusetts governor over Medicare missed their mark. And this is a segment of voters that is only going to grow over time, as baby boomers age.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

NY State OK's $3.6 Million After Murder Conviction Tossed

Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 11:05 AM

A man whose New York City murder conviction was overturned after he spent over 20 years in prison is getting $3.6 millio . . .

For 1 Night on Stage, Embattled Cosby His Old Self

Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 07:49 AM

The protesters didn't show, the would-be hecklers didn't take the bait, the weeks of headlines about sexual assaults dis . . .

Obamacare Architect Gruber Loses Second Consulting Job

Friday, 21 Nov 2014 22:39 PM

Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, who publicly boasted about the healthcare law’s "lack of transparency" and credited . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved