|A photo of 'Puter's Mom, circa 1967. Not|
really. 'Puter's Mom was too busy working
to hang out with the rich kid, self absorbed
hippies smoking weed and dodging the draft.
These two women are exactly the sort of female voters who made up President Obama's binder full of women in the 2008 Election.
Both are white, well-educated suburban women and mothers. Both had or have government jobs. Both live in states where conservative governments are something most people have heard exist in far off lands, but really don't believe it. Both vote religiously. Most importantly, both rarely, if ever, pay any attention to politics whatsoever. They are exactly the voters Obama needs to win in 2012 to keep his day job.
Mrs. 'Puter is an early forties chemistry teacher with an undergrad double major in biology and psychology. Mrs. 'Puter, by virtue of her choice to teach in public schools, was able to stay at home with our biological output until both biological experiments gone awry were of full-time school age. Mrs. 'Puter is now back at her gig as a chemistry teacher, and thanks to New York's closed shop laws, is a reluctant member of her local public employee union, a chapter of New York State United Teachers. Mrs. 'Puter is a moderate in all things political.
'Puter's Mom is a late sixties stay at home Mom (after 1972 or so, when she already had two kids in fewer than 13 months). She is also a college graduate with a math major who, before taking on the far more important task of raising four children (all successful adults with full time jobs), worked programming computers at Federal Government Employer Who Shall Not Be Named at the height of the Vietnam War. 'Puter's Mom, too, is a political moderate, at least by national standards.
Mrs. 'Puter has watched all three debates to date, mostly because 'Puter, 'Puter Jr. and Spawn insist on watching wall-to-wall coverage on MSNBC for its sheer Schadenfreude-liciousness. 'Puter's Dad reports that 'Puter's Mom has also watched the presidential and vice-presidential debates this year.
Both Mrs. 'Puter and 'Puter's Mom had the same reaction to all three debates. President Obama doesn't seem to want the job of president, and Vice President Biden is a scary man.
As Megan McArdle is fond of reminding us, the plural of anecdote is not data. But if 'Puter's correct that his wife and his mother are typical moderate women voters, their viscerally negative reactions to the debates, the first time they've paid real attention to the President and Vice President since 2008, would explain Obama's downward spiral.