A view from the UK: Obama’s quiet revolution

Crossposted on Daily Kos.

From The Independent:

In the wealthiest suburbs of Virginia, a quiet revolution was under way yesterday as life-long republicans switched sides to vote for Barack Obama in the Democratic primary.

So deep is the disillusionment with George Bush, so uninspiring the choice offered by the Republicans, that many life-long conservatives are abandoning the Grand Old Party to support a liberal black candidate.

Think about how powerful that is.

Hardcore Republicans are voting for Obama because their candidates are so bad. As the article states, wealthy Republicans are voting for a black liberal.

That’s not to say that Republicans will turn out in droves to support Obama in November (assuming he’s the nominee), but if Obama can just pull 5% of those Republicans, while another 5% of the GOP base stays home because they are uninspired by McCain and can’t imagine voting for any Democrat, then we have a GREAT shot to see President Obama sworn in on January 20 next year.

More from the same article:

Laura DeBusk, 37, a “stay-at-home-mom”, is one of the refuseniks who turned out yesterday for Mr Obama across Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC. In the past two presidential elections she voted for George Bush in the belief that he could best protect America from terrorists. It is a choice she now bitterly regrets.

And:

But if Mr Obama is denied the nomination, Ms DeBusk will not be supporting Hillary Clinton. “She is just too polarising, too divisive,” she said. “I will vote for McCain instead. He’s a decent man even if he is less inspiring.”

This has been one of my arguments all along. Obama has the ability to inspire, GOTV, and gain GOP votes.

Hillary..not so much.

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5 responses to “A view from the UK: Obama’s quiet revolution

  1. I hate what’s happening this election with the whole black/white male/female thing.

  2. Yeah, I get your point.

    The media seems to ask: What candidate do albino dwarfs prefer.

    It gets silly.

    But I am impressed by Obama’s ability to pull in people who have not traditionally been Democratic voters.

  3. I’ve been watching the Obama/Clinton contest with great interest from the UK (I’m English).

    I deerly hope that the American people vote for Obama nomination and then into his Presidency, and I think thats the general hope from most of Europe.

    He is imspiring and not “dirty” from previous administrations, Clinton goes on about what she has done, I’ve checked she has not done a lot and the last BIG thing she tried (Global Health Care) she failed missabliy, says alot.

    Also it would be a sad case for the “Free and Democratic” world leader to go: Bush (GW), Clinton (W), Clinton (W), Bush (W), Bush (W) and finally Clinton (H), two decades of the same family, sounds like a Ruling Class to me.

    And wont it be nice to have a leader of the current greats world power to be intelligent, articulate, positive , environmentally friendly and some one who has seen the world and comes from a non-elitist family.

    He could change the world perception of the USA being the “Evil Empire” and change it into thee “Good Alliance”

    Go Obama.

    Mr Bags
    UK resedent.

  4. Mr Bags –

    Thanks so much for your cheering on Obama from the UK. It’s greatly appreciated and I echo your thoughts.

    One of the major reasons that I support Obama is that I think if the US elects him, the perception of the world will change over night and we can work to begin to repair the damage that the Bush regime has caused. The same would probably be true with Hillary to a certain degree, but it would just be a continuation of the Bush/Clinton narrative and the drama level domestically would remain quite high.

    Thanks again!

  5. I live in one of these suburbs – the West End of Richmond. We’re talking hardcore Republican territory. I lean center-left, and I’m in a very small minority. Eric Cantor, our rep, typically takes 60+% of the vote with little or no effort.

    But I’m seeing the same thing The Independent reports. Lifelong Republicans – activists, even – are moving away from the GOP and toward Obama. My next door neighbor is typical of most people down here – runs a private equity firm, voted for Bush in ’00 and ’04, gives to the Republican party and Republican causes. I nearly fell over about one month ago when I ran into him at an Obama fundraiser. I spoke to seven (7) disaffected Republicans that night, all there, checkbooks in hand, to support Obama.

    All of that is anecdotal, but here’s the heart of it: people like my neighbor will vote for anyone before they vote for Hillary. Anyone. He’ll vote *for* Obama. And he’ll vote *against* Hillary by showing up for McCain. I think there are a lot of people like him down this way. And if that’s true in my neck of the woods, something really remarkable is taking shape.

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