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Republicans won't beat Obama by alienating white middle-class voters

Business Times - 14 Feb 2012


Republicans won't beat Obama by alienating white middle-class voters

By LEON HADAR
WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT

ONE of Mitt Romney's electoral assets as a Republican presidential candidates has been what could be described as the 'nostalgia factor'.

A tall and fit white man, with broad shoulders and a strong jaw, exuding energy and optimism, the former Massachusetts governor reminds many white Americans of the baby boomer generation of America's post-1945 Golden Age, when political leaders and business executives who looked like Romney ruled America - and the world.

It was time of prosperity and you even didn't have to lock the door when you left home - a reflection of strong social solidarity.

Indeed, Romney, former house speaker Newt Gingrich and the other Republicans seem to relish in this Politics of Nostalgia, suggesting that they could revive the spirit of the good old days of the 1950s, make America militarily and economically strong a…