Billionaires' Election Freak Show

In 2012 presidential campaigns were simpler. Politicians ‘mansplained’ women’s reproductive systems and attack adverts flooded the airwaves. Behind it all, a handful of billionaires spent millions on Mitt Romney. And it was not enough to stop Barack Obama from winning.

Denis G. Campbell explains how it all happened.

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In 2012 presidential campaigns were simpler. Politicians ‘mansplained’ women’s reproductive systems, cultural issues led the way, and attack adverts flooded the airwaves. But behind it all, a handful of billionaires spent millions of dollars on Mitt Romney. And it was not enough to stop Barack Obama from winning a second term in the White House.

Democrats learned in 2004 it wasn’t enough to be against George Bush, they had to be FOR John Kerry. Republicans were not as quick a study. They were against Obama, but they could not persuade enough people to vote FOR the Governor. Romney’s 47% remark came back to haunt him as he got 0% of the African American vote, lost Hispanics by 60 points, and women by 30.

Only rich, white men supported him, but he needed 62% of them to win and fell far short. We explain how it all happened.

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Pages

240

Imprint

Wordcatcher Publishing

MainBISAC

POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / National

PubDate

20180327

Series

World Politics Series

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