In quoting Salena Zito’s post on why Wisconsin is in play, Ann Althouse offers an insight into why some Americans continue to support the president despite the down economy:
At first, Jeff Millard was undecided about who to vote for in November.
“I am not particularly happy with Obama,” the retired auto-parts storeowner said of the man he supported in 2008.
His wife, walking beside him on the Military Ridge state trail, overheard him voicing doubt. She let him know it was not an option.
“What about my reproductive rights?” she asked, clearly upset. “No, we are voting for Obama!”
“How old”, Althouse asks, “does a woman have to be before she stops thinking first and above all about her reproductive rights?”
It does seem that when it comes to politics, a good number of people, when learning you’re a Republican, insist on talking about abortion (or, as the woman cited above puts it, “reproductive rights”). For those individuals, it seems, that social issue is the only issue that matters. And for others, another social issue dominates their discourse.
It helps explain although entrepreneurs in this town (Los Angeles — and I’m sure others) complain about state, local and federal regulation making it more challenging for them to run their enterprises, they continue to vote for — and sometimes even support financially — Democrats.
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