We are all trying to understand why more than half of our fellow countrymen voted for another four years for President Obama. The explanations I hear refer to general trends: you can't beat Santa Claus, there were get-out-the-vote glitches, etc.. But the votes were cast one at a time. We don't have 62 million Sandra Flukes and Obamaphone ladies ... do we?
Here is what I've heard from individuals. To me it ranges from head-poundingly stupid to misinformed. None of it could have been fixed by better Republican messaging, I fear.
From a community college student: I was afraid Romney would cut off student loans.
From a 60-year-old woman (with two grown children) who recently lost her savings in a short, disastrous second marriage and now collects disability for physical and emotional problems: I was afraid Romney would cut my disability and Medicaid.
From a radio show caller, who described himself as part of a couple earning $400,000/year: I am proof not all Obama voters wanted free stuff. Obama has been a good president. Obamacare is a good, necessary, and fiscally prudent law. We absolutely needed to stop those freeloaders without insurance from draining the healthcare system.
From a middle-aged housewife: They are all liars, I don't like any of them. My very smart friend thinks Obama is great.
From a young professional woman: Romney and Ryan want to force their religious beliefs regarding abortion on everyone.
From a bright 30-year-old: I have been fortunate in my life, and I think we should share with the less fortunate.
What have you heard? Did any of it make sense?