Is it still “the economy stupid”?

This very old post is from early spring in 2008. Some groups: “White men, blue-collar workers, socially conservative Democrats and older women were especially receptive to her message”, but today some of her 2008 supporters have been reported to have left the Democrats and Hilary Clinton to support Republican Mr. Trump, especially the white men and blue-collar workers at least that’s the crowd journalists have been denigrating because of their educational deficiencies. The interest in the economy has certainly not gone away since Mr. Clinton used “it’s the economy stupid” slogan way back before Mr. Bush, 9’11 and Ross Peraux’s efforts to get people concerned about America’s financial predicament.

By March, her options limited, Clinton adopted the persona of a tenacious fighter for the middle class. She powered successfully through primaries in states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, West Virginia and Kentucky, showing grit that earned her valuable political currency.

White men, blue-collar workers, socially conservative Democrats and older women were especially receptive to her message, and her strong showing with those voters exposed Obama’s vulnerabilities among those groups.

Democrats whose No. 1 concern had been ending the Iraq war at the campaign’s outset started worrying more about the economy. That was a switch from Obama’s strength to hers.

Patsy Arceneaux, a Democratic National Committee member from Louisiana who had a friendship with the Clintons, was persuaded early this year to support Clinton. But when Bill Clinton made what she perceived as racially inflammatory comments in South Carolina, Arceneaux said she developed serious misgivings about her support for Hillary Clinton.

switching sidesAfter she switched her support to Obama two weeks ago, the Clinton campaign bombarded her with dozens of phone calls, she said. “I stopped picking up my phone,” she said.

Debbie Marquez, a superdelegate from Colorado, said she had made up her mind to shift from Clinton to Obama largely because he had opposed the war in Iraq from the start. The former president called and talked to her for 45 minutes, she said.

“When people talk about the finger-wagging and lecturing in his speeches, I kind of felt that was going on over the phone,” Marquez said.

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