The Chair Won

Remember when Clint Eastwood addressed an empty chair as a prop, channeling his inner Obama during the RNC? Well … the chair won the election because the Republicans came up empty with the burgeoning minority populace in this country.  Romney captured 60% of the white vote to Obama’s 38%.  Obama actually slipped 5% in the popular vote among whites compared to his 2008 totals, garnering the smallest share of the white vote since Walter Mondale lost in a landslide to Reagan in 1984.  Something tells me that Chris Christie won’t be showcasing Clint Eastwood when he likely gets the Republican nod in 2016.

We are rapidly approaching a tipping point when Caucasians in this country will be categorized as non-ethnic, rather than ethnicities being categorized as minorities.  Obama carried the black vote by 80%, the Hispanic vote by 40%, and surprisingly – to me at least – the Asian vote by nearly 50%.  This election was a dead heat in popular vote and a lopsided win in electoral votes.  Press 2 to hear this in English if you don’t grasp the significance of that.  The quilt that is the electoral vote represents a lopsided distribution of diversified populace in states with greater representation.  Even Newt Gingrich has recognized that the Republicans need to cast a wider net.

In his acceptance speech, the President did some channeling of his own, promising in Sinatra-like fashion that the best is yet to come.   A more sobering analysis of the challenges he faces is presented here.  Let’s hope that the optimism fueling the electoral college to re-up the President for four more years translates into positive action.  For our collective sake, the chair cannot afford to come up empty.

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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2 Responses to The Chair Won

  1. doctuhdon says:

    Excellent analysis, Len. Forget Christie as a national Republican figure. His over-the-top embrace of BHO after Sandy will not be forgotten or forgiven.

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