Forty-seven Percent

7 12 2012
Photo: northjersey.com

Photo: northjersey.com

You know how life has a way of being funny sometimes? Well, let me tell you when I read that Romney’s final share of the popular vote from the Presidential Election was turning out to be forty-seven percent the other day, maaaaan I cracked the heck up. I mean, talk about irony of all ironies, right?

It couldn’t be scripted any better, actually. The comment that ended up being the nail in the coffin for Romney’s presidential aspirations and showed many Americans just how the presidential-hopeful felt about them came to bite him in the arse once again. Karma’s a you-know-what, folks. And that was definitely the universe’s way of giving him a final eff you.

But beyond the funny aspect of him gaining 47 % of the final vote after deriding 47% of the people in this country, it’s also pretty telling about our electorate. You know, we always hear talk about a split country, but really – 47% is less split than you might initially think. Sure it’s nothing ridiculous like 20%, but there’s probably several hundred thousand people that make up that 3% difference between 47 and 50 percent of the country, which says to me the electorate may be leaning a little more left than people realize.

Think about it: contrary to what many Republicans believe, people didn’t vote for President Obama because they thought they were going to get free gifts on their door the day after the election (jokes lol). No, most of the people who voted for him, voted because they believed in the issues, like equal rights for all, a woman’s right to determine her own health choices, fair healthcare laws for all people, and fewer entitlement loopholes for the rich (to name a few). And even if they didn’t believe in all of the so-called liberal points of views, they believed in enough of them to not vote for Romney, that’s for sure.

So it should be interesting to see how the GOP works to gain more votes in the next national election, because right now, it seems more likely they will continue to lose them rather than gain them back. We’ve already seen some tactics, I suppose, with  some folks all of a sudden now beginning to back more Latino-appealing immigration reform. What they don’t seem to realize is that it’s a growing sentiment to believe that Republicans are not to be trusted and that they are a party that represents the exact opposite of diversity.

How do you change that sentiment in a way that seems sincere and not calculating? I have no idea, honestly. But, as many people have pointed out before me, their lack of understanding of those electorates is starting to really have an effect. How else can you explain the complete shock Republican pundits had when they realized the voter ID laws galvanized a huge sect of the Black community to come out to vote in this election? Or that women would rally behind a President who has made women’s health issues a large platform in his presidency and his campaigns, all without needing a binder full of women to do so, mind you. That seems pretty obvious to many of us, but that’s because for the most part, we live in a diverse society and that diversity (or lack of it) shapes your perceptions about politics even without you knowing it.

Either way, one thing is for sure, if the Republicans don’t figure out how to tailor their message to more than one sect of the country (and you know, figure out how not to come off like condescending arses to the rest of us), they soon won’t have to worry about the comedy of errors that 47% conjures up anymore. That number will be much lower.

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