— Jon Stewart (via kristinastewartcolbert)
(NPR) - The big demographic story out of the 2012 presidential election may have been President Obama’s domination of the Hispanic vote, and rightfully so.
But as we close the book on the election, it bears noting that another less obvious bloc of key swing state voters helped the president win a second term.
They’re the “nones” — that’s the Pew Research Center’s shorthand for the growing number of American voters who don’t have a specific religious affiliation. Some are agnostic, some atheist, but more than half define themselves as either “religious” or “spiritual but not religious,” Pew found in a recent survey.
They are typically younger, more socially liberal than their forebears, vote Democratic, and now make up nearly 20 percent of the country’s population. Exit polls suggest that 12 percent of voters on Election Day were counted as “religiously unaffiliated.”
“This really is a striking development in American politics,” says Gregory Smith of the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. “There’s no question that the religiously unaffiliated are a very important, politically consequential group.”
The religiously unaffiliated voters are almost as strongly Democratic as white evangelicals are Republican, polls show.
Stewart hailed the overall air of bipartisanship that followed after the storm, praising New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and President Barack Obama.
Stewart heaped the majority of his praise on Christie, who he said “kicked crazy ass” for putting aside former harsh criticisms of Obama when he realized “he had a job to do.”
There was one moment, though, that caught Stewart’s ire. When Christie appeared on Fox & Friends, he was asked by host Steve Doocy if he was planning to invite Romney to tour the damage. Christie dismissed it quickly, saying he doesn’t “give a damn about presidential politics.”
“You kidding me, Doocy?” Stewart said.
Yeah, let’s not get complacent. I saw a recent poll that had Obama and Romney both polling at 47% between likely voters.
Romney could very well slip in a win if people don’t get off their ass and vote.
The above link has many hidden camera videos showing Romney’s true feelings on many topics. It is rather disturbing. Big money has absolutely taken over the Republican Party. Romney has some very candid responses to questions from the donors… have a look, it’s quite amazing.
Now I could be wrong about this, but I think Mr. Obama allows historical grievances — things like slavery, bad treatment for Native Americans and U.S. exploitation of Third World countries — to shape his economic thinking. Rather than seeing the U.S.A. as basically noble, he gives the bad things about America far too much weight, leading to his desire to redistribute wealth, thereby correcting historical grievance.
Mr. Obama is not a communist, he’s not a socialist. He’s a social justice anti-capitalist. That’s what he is."
Bill O’Reilly, giving us a healthy dose of WTF, topped off with a dollop of denial and sprinkles of American Exceptionalism.