Charlie Cook: "In the last election, when people
were asked to choose which quality mattered the most in deciding how
they voted for president, the top choice was 'has a vision for the
future' at 29 percent, followed by 'shares my values' at 27 percent.
Coming in third was 'cares about people like me' at 21 percent, and, in
fourth place, 'is a strong leader' at 18 percent. Romney scored higher
on three out of four of these qualities. Those choosing 'shares my
values' voted 55 percent for Romney and 42 percent for Obama. Those who
picked 'is a strong leader' as a key quality in their president sided
for Romney, 61 percent to 38 percent. Those who said 'has a vision for
the future' went 54 percent for Romney, 45 percent for Obama."
these numbers, one might assume Romney won the election. However, among
the one in five voters for whom 'cares about people like me' was most
important, Obama won 81 percent to 18 percent. That is a jaw-dropping
finding as Republicans search for the answer to the question, 'Why did
we lose?' Republicans need to think about these results as they decide
how to position their party for 2014 and 2016, lest they watch this
empathy gap cost them another winnable election."
Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire, one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.
Goddard spent more than a decade as managing director and chief operating officer of a prominent investment firm in New York City. Previously, he was a policy adviser to a U.S. Senator and Governor.
Goddard is also co-author of You
Won - Now What? (Scribner, 1998), a political
management book hailed by prominent journalists and politicians from
both parties. In addition, Goddard's essays on politics and public
policy have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country,
including the Washington Post, USA Today, Boston Globe, San Francisco
Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer and Christian Science
Goddard earned degrees from Vassar College and Harvard University. He lives in New York with his wife and three sons.
PRAISE FOR POLITICAL WIRE
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politics, but only a few actually do. Political Wire is one of them."
-- Chuck Todd, NBC News political director
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-- Stuart Rothenberg, editor of the Rothenberg Political Report
"Political Wire is one of only four or five sites that I check every
day and sometimes several times a day, for the latest political news
-- Charlie Cook, editor of the Cook Political Report
"The big news, delicious tidbits, pearls of wisdom -- nicely packaged, constantly updated... What political junkie could ask for more?"
-- Larry Sabato, Center for Politics, University of Virginia
"Political Wire is a great, great site."
-- Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC's Morning Joe
"If I were on the proverbial
desert island and had only one web site to access, Political Wire would
-- Dotty Lynch, CBS News political consultant
"Taegan Goddard has a knack for digging out political gems that too
often get passed over by the mainstream press, and for delivering the
latest electoral developments in a sharp, no frills style that makes
his Political Wire an addictive blog habit you don't want to kick."
-- Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post
"Political Wire is one of the absolute must-read sites in the blogosphere."
-- Glenn Reynolds, founder of Instapundit
"I rely on Taegan Goddard's Political Wire for straight, fair political news, he gets right to the point. It's an eagerly anticipated part of my news reading."
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