In the weeds: Sources for “It takes an attitude adjustment”

In the interest of sharing “It takes an attitude adjustment” sooner rather than later, I took the unusual step of posting without providing hyperlinks to my underlying sources as I usually do.

Since so much of the post was a synthesis of information rather than direct quotes, not many statements can easily be linked to just one source; using footnotes would have been easier. But  this morning I tried. I went back and added links where possible to the online version of the post. (Full disclosure: In doing so, I noticed that I had originally misstated the source of the characterization of the 2008 election result as a “rejection of the Bush Legacy.” It was the New York Times, not the Washington Post.)

For those who might want to know the full set of sources I consulted for the post, here’s the list:

Poll: Obama’s losing support; Romney would beat him now

Wikipedia, U.S. Presidential Election, 2008,_2008

Obama Wins Election; McCain Loses as Bush Legacy Is Rejected

2008 Voter Turnout Same as 2004

Dissecting the 2008 Electorate: Most Diverse in U.S. History  

Young Voters in the 2008 Election

New Census Data Confirm Increase in Youth Voter Turnout in 2008

Obama spent record $740.6 million for his campaign

2008 campaign costliest in U.S. history

CNN Election Center 2008 Exit Polls

CNN Election Center 2010 Exit Polls

Clear Rejection of the Status Quo, No Consensus About Future Policies

Turnout: explains a lot

Youth Voters in the 2010 Elections

Trends in Political Values and Core Attitudes: 1987-2009 – Independents Take Center Stage in Obama Era

Promises Kept: The First Two Years in Office

Also, while not cited in the version of my talk I posted online, I did urge the group to read Ron Brownstein’s article in the January 17, 2011, issue of the National Journal titled “White Flight” – and I recommend it to you as well. Noting that “By any standard, white voters’ rejection of Democrats in November’s elections was daunting and even historic,” Brownstein makes the case that to win in 2012, Obama may have to rethink the traditional Democratic base.  It’s a thought-provoking article and worth the read.

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