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Low Information Voters

These are the sorts of people Barack Obama will have to win over if he wants to climb any higher in the polls than the 7%–8% lead he has now. The first video is from the hills of southeastern Kentucky, and the second is from a Sarah Palin rally in Strongsville, Ohio. Meanwhile, the stock market has declined 42% this year, worse than any other single year in history, including the Great Depression.

“When we’re at war with the A-rabs, we do not need a damn A-rab president. We want to vote for somebody with the name of Barack Hussein Obama?”

“Do you think he’s a terrorist?” “He’s got the bloodlines.” “What does that mean?” “Just think about it. Look at the name.”

UPDATE: Paul Krugman of the New York Times has this to say:

    A significant fraction of the American population, backed by a lot of money and political influence, simply does not consider government by liberals (even very moderate liberals) legitimate. […]
    What happens when Obama is elected? It will be even worse than it was in the Clinton years. For sure there will be crazy accusations, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some violence.
    The next few years are going to be very, very tough.


Comment from Youssef
Time: October 10, 2008, 07:13

well …As watching this video I was not really appaled by the way some Americans think…I guess that the poeple in the video know nothing about politics and as a consequence they have no idea about Obama …Plus they are ” stupid ( sorry if i call them so) but It is real…the republicsn actually are using such poeple to distort the image of Obama ..and I guess this is the very stupid means any party can use to win the elections…Althought I am afraid that a great many people think the same about Obama…but I am quite sure at the same time that the republicans have already lost the elections …for they have nothing to offer the americans but “wars after wars”!!and the months to come will show this …..

From a moroccan’s point of view

Comment from Wendell Dryden
Time: October 10, 2008, 08:17

I knew an political consultant who used to say “letters to the editor show the viewpoints of the kind of people who write letters to the editor.” I had the same sense watching these videos: for the most part they showed the viewpoint of the kind of people who enjoy arguing, shouting down, winning…. They certainly dominate the videos (as they have dominated talk radio in the past). The question is, do they dominate the polls?

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