Barack Obama has a patriotism problem. According to a poll Rasmussen Reports conducted on 20 JUN 2008,
Forty-five percent (45%) say that Obama views our society as generally fair and decent while 39% think the presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee sees society as generally unfair and discriminatory.
One can assume a candidate has an electability problem when a majority of Americans (55%) do not believe that candidate views the society he desires to represent as “fair and decent.” This is especially the case when a strong majority of Americans believe his opponent reveres the country he served during the Viet Nam War. I quote:
Sixty-three percent (63%) of Likely Voters in the United States say that John McCain views American society as generally fair and decent. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 14% think McCain views the nation as primarily unfair and discriminatory.
Even worse for Obama is the following finding of the Rasmussen Reports poll:
Sixty-four percent (64%) of Democrats say that Obama views society as fair and decent while only 50% believe McCain holds that view.
Republicans by a 77% to 7% margin say McCain views society as fair and decent. By a 66% to 22% margin, GOP voters think Obama sees society as generally unfair and discriminatory.
More than one of three members of Obama’s political Party believe the candidate assesses American society in a manner that is overly critical and unfair. Either Obama has failed to consolidate support within his political party, or Rasmussen Reports has measured what can be called the PUMA effect. Perhaps Rasmussen Reports simply recorded the discursive effects of the following:
“Barack Knows What It Means”
“For the First Time in My Adult Lifetime I Am Proud of My Country”
“Our Flag Was Still There”
“You Feel Justified in Your Ignorance; That’s America”
“Black America Will Wake Up”
Why do you believe a majority of Americans do not believe Barack Obama loves the country he desires to represent? Does this render Obama unelectable? Please offer your thoughts in the comments thread.