Democrats Can't Afford Complacency in 2012

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Writing at BlackAmericaWeb, Michael H. Cottman says that the Obama team has good reason to be concerned that some Democrats think — wrongly — that the president will cruise to re-election.


But less than seven months before Election Day, recent polls show that the economy is still an issue where Obama is vulnerable. Nearly two-thirds of people are concerned about paying for their housing, according to the CBS/New York Times survey, and one in five people with mortgages say they owe more than their homes are worth.

That also includes African-Americans who support Obama overwhelmingly. In fact, a Pew Research Center survey shows that 95 percent of blacks say they will vote for Obama – the same percentage as in 2008.

The problem for Obama will be convincing white male voters — and Southern white men in particular — that he can create jobs and put American back to work. Obama may need another historic turnout from African Americans, white women, college students, seniors — and a huge coalition of Hispanic voters to help offset the number of white men who are abandoning Obama to support Romney.

Read Michael H. Cottman's entire piece at BlackAmericaWeb.