The Kentucky and West Virginia primary results should be a warning sign to Democrats. After all, it says a lot about a candidate that large portions of the voting public still refuse to cast their ballots for the “presumptive nominee.” These voters have been told for weeks that “the race is over.” Yet, they persist in voting for the other candidate. What is it about Barak Obama that causes hundreds of thousands of loyal Democrats to simply throw their votes away? The easy answer is race, but that’s too simplistic. All these people can’t be closet members of the KKK.
I wonder that the answer isn’t that large numbers of the voting public still do not believe that Obama shares their values. His comments in San Francisco make him look like the classic Ivy League elitist. His twenty-year association with Jeremiah Wright as well as his friendship with Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers make him look like a blame-America-firster.
Obama compounds the image created by these facts with an rather odd insistence on writing off large parts of the electoral map without a fight. It’s bizarre that the presumptive nominee simply will not visit states in which he trails. His effort in Pennsylvania was half-hearted and belated. He refused to go to West Virginia. He took a complete pass on Kentucky.
Instead of spending election night in one of the states with actual elections, Obama decided to have a rally in Iowa. This rather dismissive approach could come back to haunt him. When the general election rolls around, voters in the border states have to be asking why they should cast their ballots for a guy who won’t even condescend to ask for their votes.
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