This is Dark Cloud on Wednesday, April 25, 2012.
President Obama came to Boulder yesterday to give a speech on the CU campus about student loans. It was, from all reports, a huge success and the Coors Events Center was packed, the audience raucous in support.
Before the speech, Obama stopped by the Sink, the iconic basement bar and restaurant that both Judy Collins and Robert Redford haunted in their days in Boulder, and he bantered with the students, who were rather gob smacked to be confronted with the President. Obama relates easily to people in general and young people in particular and he was a success. Then, off to the speech, back to work.
It's looking like Mitt Romney is going to be the Republican presidential candidate and Obama's main challenger this November. Among many other inferiorities Romney is nowhere near Obama in his ability to relate to other people. Romney, in Obama's stead last night, might try to lead young people in college in singing Davy Crockett, as he has in the past, because that's what young people sang when, well, he was young. And I was young. And that was sixty years ago.
Romney is not a people person. I'm not either, so I understand how frustrating and annoying and embarrassing it can be when trying to relate en masse and failing. Romney fails a lot at that sort of thing, and the debates with Obama I predict are going to be painful no matter how carefully staged by the Republicans and their shills or how few his team allows. Obama rises to the top in any gathering; if he's not the smartest guy in the room - although he often is - he's about always the most likeable and approachable. All alone in a room, Romney is neither.
It's painful to listen to the Third Rate White Men of America, an unofficial lobby group, focus their uninformed and sometimes blatantly racist distaste upon the President, and in the local paper today and all through the message boards, their whine is high and long. The days when the barely employable white guy could count on a decent job to retain his social status is gone. Since they are all at least minimally misogynist, he can't wrap his mind around the fact that women comprise over 50% of American workers.
Of the forty odd percent remaining, in his mind way too many jobs are going to ethnics: blacks and Hispanics and Asians. The only demographic in which the white Third Rates retain a majority are in the line at the unemployment office getting his check on which he totally depends. Even those who are not actually racist find it easy to look upon Obama and resent his position solely because it stands as an example of what is wrong with America today, at least as seen through the eyes of Third Rate White Men, a ranking with which they do not agree. In their minds, their life's advance was spoiled by the special benefits given minorities and women. It never occurs to them that there were so many hardwired advantages given white men in the past, many were never recognized for what they were.
As an aside, you want to find an underlying connection between the seeming abundance of white male serial murderers everywhere?
It's no secret that pandering to the Third Rate White American Male was mandatory for the American politician, at least in the past. Today, it's not so important. First, because they are depressed and not as likely to vote as previous, seeing - as black males did for centuries - no point in voting from a selection of candidates who neither need nor admire him. When they vote, it's against and not for somebody.
Absent everything but race, Obama is closer and more compassionate for white America - middle class and below - than any of the Republicans but most assuredly Mitt Romney, a man who actually seems to think his success was due to his own character and hard work. Period. Romney actually does not have a clue what it might be like to have to work, only what it's like to choose to work, and right away he's in the 1%.
Obama and his wife only paid off their student loans eight years ago. He was a highly successful attorney like his wife, and with two small children then could only get it together to retire their loans four years before he ran for President. He can well imagine how it might be if he and his wife had chosen less lucrative but rewarding professions, because they almost did. People recognize that, and it keeps Obama ranking high among potential voters.