NOTE: MY QUIET SUBURBAN MIDDLE CLASS NEIGHBORHOOD IS ALMOST DEVOID OF POLITICAL SIGNS.
4 AND 8 YEARS AGO, NEARLY EVERY YARD HAD A SIGN OF SOME KIND.
JUST WHAT THIS MEANS IS HARD TO TELL:
ARE PEOPLE TERRIFIED OF THE THUGOCRATS?
ARE VOTERS UPSET BY THE RACE MONGERING?
DO VOTERS WHO DO NOT CONSIDER THEMSELVES RACIST UPSET AT THE PLAYGROUND BULLIES?
THE ENTIRE DEMOCRAT PARTY IS RESPONSIBLE - THEY ARE COWARDS, LIARS AND THUGS
HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE NOT DECIDED YET?
SOMETHING UNUSUAL IS GOING ON, BUT WON'T KNOW UNTIL NOV 5.
The Patriot Room
They Whisper To The Priest, “Father, I’m Not Going To Vote For Obama”
Before you moonbats flock in and drop your rhetorical guano, this is not a Christian v. Muslim thing.
But there is a reason they have to whisper.
From Father Jonathan Morris at Fox News.
In recent weeks I have spent a good amount of time crisscrossing the country.
Something very unusual is taking place.
From Seattle to San Diego, from Burlington, Vermont to New York City, from New Orleans to Texas and Midwest towns like Cleveland, I am hearing hushed admissions of a terrible sin: “Father, I’m not going to vote for Obama.”
Then I look at the polls. Nationally and in battleground States, Senator Obama is thrashing Senator McCain.
So what gives?
Pollsters would tell me it’s all very simple. Anecdotal evidence, like my experience on the road, isn’t really evidence at all. It is not trustworthy because it is not scientific. The divergence between what people are telling me and the polling data must be that I run in closed circles. People of like minds talk to me; the others don’t.
Very logical…unless…unless people don’t want their neighbors (or pollsters) to know they aren’t voting for Obama.
So, are we talking here about the “Bradley Effect”, that well-documented racist phenomenon of people telling pollsters one thing and then doing the opposite in the voting booth simply because the candidate is black?
No. I am referring to something else — the fear of talking to pollsters, or to your neighbor, or to anyone else about not wanting to vote for Barack Obama because of what he stands for.
Do you have doubts? How would you like to get up in front of a crowded theater in a mixed neighborhood and say you are going to vote for McCain? What respectable person wants to risk being considered a racist or a war monger or a fan of President Bush or an enemy of change? Many good people would like to see a black man as our president, or even a Democrat to be our president, but don’t want Barack Obama.
Yes, this race is different in a way that defies the scientific nature of polls. Do you remember the hushed admissions? Why do people feel obliged to speak quietly? Will these people agree to talk to a pollster? I don’t think so. I wouldn’t.
Eight years ago in 2000 and four years ago in 2004 my parents’ Ohio neighborhood was filled with political yard signs. For every two “Gore” or “Kerry” signs there were at least two “Bush” signs. And there were many, many signs, I assure you. Not so today. When I asked local McCain workers in Summit County the reason, they answered quickly: we go to the doors, people wink at us in approval, and then refuse to allow us to place a sign in their yard. A significant number of voters may prefer McCain, but don’t want to show their disapproval of Obama.
What will this mean on November 4th? I don’t know for sure. I do think the election will be closer than the polls suggest.
And I think it all has much more to do with Obama, the candidate, and his plans to “spread the wealth,” nominate very liberal federal judges and bow to Planned Parenthood, than with his ethnicity.
Father Morris has it right, but he didn’t quite nail it down. In Democratic states, towns, and office buildings, people will not say they are voting for McCain because liberals are nasty, intolerant, and insulting of anyone who would even think of such heresy. They examine you from all angles, looking for an outward sign to account for such mental derangement and they openly wonder how the hell such a freak managed to get so close.
I know this from growing up in Massachusetts. You are made to feel ashamed of being a Republican, and God forbid, a Conservative. Picture a life where you can literally walk around for a week and never meet or see another conservative, or for years at a time (pre-internet at least) and never read a non-liberal article in a newspaper. Liberals openly mock Republican politicians and policies anywhere they go, in any sized crowd, and it never enters their head that anyone within earshot might disagree. Conservatives in deep blue states know exactly what I am talking about. It is a suffocating intolerance. You would never mention in a random group of people that you are a Republican, because you will be laughed at and there will be nobody around to get your back. Should you by chance run into another conservative, you share a knowing, surreptitious look and secret bond, like two random Americans running into each other in a crowded Moroccan bazaar. A safety net. The buddy system.
Here is a 12 year old girl who has already learned this painful lesson (H/T lgf). She had the Audacity of Hope to wear a Sarah Palin tee-shirt to school, and was called a racist.
When you see the media’s abusive behavior toward Joe the Plumber, conservatives from blue states recognize that as the professional version of the treatment received by average conservatives every day. Father Morris is right that people will not put out Republican signs in these areas because it is not worth having your tree toilet-papered, your car keyed, or your house egged. And if you did risk a sign, you would just have to replace it after the trespassers take, deface, or destroy it anyway.
Here’s a nice example of that from Moonbattery.
The Obama Truth Squads, comprised of police and prosecutors who vow to take action against anyone who “lies” about Obama, are the Government version of the intolerant liberals in your neighborhood and the professional liberals in the media. They aim to silence critics, not debate them.
There is one truth, the liberal truth, and dissension and free speech pose a direct threat to their entire liberal world, from the halls of power right down to their personal domestic tranquility.
So when regular people won’t tell a pollster they won’t vote for Barack Obama, and regular people won’t put out a yard sign, it is because liberals are intolerant and disrespectful of their opinions, feelings, and lives, not because they are racists.
So we sit quietly.
And even the score on Election Day.