Poignant post-election pool report

From: Parsons, Christi [@latimes.com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 01:52 PM
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Subject: Pool 2 (potus)
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One of the people standing on the street corner in Kenwood, looking over the barricades toward the Obama house, is TyRon Turner, who traveled here from Inglewood, Calif., to attend the victory party.

First thing this morning, he said, he woke up and decided he wanted to applaud the president personally, if only as he passes by in a motorcade.

But as he stood on the sidewalk in a sweatshirt and blue knit cap, the small business owner said he couldn???t stop thinking about the challenges ahead.

The divisions in the country were so evident on television on election night, he said, as cameras panned the saddened faces of Romney supporters and the jubilant ones around him at McCormick Place.

The crowd shots at the Romney party were disproportionately white, he noticed, while the Obama party reflected the racial coalition that won the president???s reelection.

???We were all hugging each other, black and white,??? Turner said. ???I said to someone, ???Look at all the different races in this room.??? We were all together as Americans, as we should be. This is what America looks like.???

Obama could lead the country to a new conversation about the polarization, Turner said, but he can???t do it alone. Republican leaders have to be a part of it, too, he said.

???Both sides have to give up something,??? said Turner, a small business owner. ???We have to clear the slate. Start over.???

–Christi Parsons

Poignant post-election pool report

From: Parsons, Christi [@latimes.com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 01:52 PM
To
Subject: Pool 2 (potus)
??

One of the people standing on the street corner in Kenwood, looking over the barricades toward the Obama house, is TyRon Turner, who traveled here from Inglewood, Calif., to attend the victory party.

First thing this morning, he said, he woke up and decided he wanted to applaud the president personally, if only as he passes by in a motorcade.

But as he stood on the sidewalk in a sweatshirt and blue knit cap, the small business owner said he couldn???t stop thinking about the challenges ahead.

The divisions in the country were so evident on television on election night, he said, as cameras panned the saddened faces of Romney supporters and the jubilant ones around him at McCormick Place.

The crowd shots at the Romney party were disproportionately white, he noticed, while the Obama party reflected the racial coalition that won the president???s reelection.

???We were all hugging each other, black and white,??? Turner said. ???I said to someone, ???Look at all the different races in this room.??? We were all together as Americans, as we should be. This is what America looks like.???

Obama could lead the country to a new conversation about the polarization, Turner said, but he can???t do it alone. Republican leaders have to be a part of it, too, he said.

???Both sides have to give up something,??? said Turner, a small business owner. ???We have to clear the slate. Start over.???

–Christi Parsons

Another Nixon and Southern Strategy reference

From The Guardian:

The tension between the projection of a modern, inclusive, tolerant party and the reality of a sizeable racially intolerant element within its base pining for the restoration of white privilege is neither new nor accidental. Indeed, it in no small part explains the trajectory of the Republican party for almost the last??half century. In his diary, Richard Nixon's chief-of-staff, Bob Haldeman, described how his boss spelled out the racial contours of a new electoral game-plan to win southern and suburban whites over to the Republican party in the wake of the civil rights era. "You have to face the fact that the whole problem is really the blacks," Nixon told him. "The key is to devise a system that recognises that while not appearing to."

This could be the final hurrah for what became known as Nixon's southern strategy in what is shaping up to be the most racially polarised election ever. Black support for the Republican party literally cannot get any lower.

Help me ‘light the night’ for leukemia and lymphoma treatment and research

In June 2004 I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. At the time, I was scared to death. Lymphoma, after all, is cancer, and I'd never been sick with anything serious in my whole life.

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