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Obama blames “scared” voters

Mickey Kaus says that Obama has returned to blaming voters for not agreeing with him, just like when he spoke of people in Pennsylvania that "cling to guns and God" during the 2008 election campaign.

At a recent fund-raising event in Massachusetts, Obama said: "Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we're hardwired not to always think clearly when we're scared. And the country's scared." As Kaus notes, "It's vulgar economic determinism: When people are afraid for their economic livelihood they do foolish things, like clinging to their guns and God or, in this case, voting in opposition to Obama's presidency. When they feel more secure, they'll come around."

Unfortunately for Obama, the people who are considered "hardwired", "scared" and deaf to "facts and science" are actually quite attuned to knowing when they are being patronized. And they vote. Obama should defend his party's record, and/or explain why they have not succeeded. He should not rely on a pseudo-psychology that blames people for supposedly not listening to him and his fellow Democrats.

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