A potentially incredible resource for determining who will win the Presidency is being run by a local professor (and big ol’ Obama supporter) at NYU:
David Dent is an associate professor of journalism at New York University who is showcasing the 272 counties in the United States that were carried by George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004, and by President Obama in 2008, on a website called BushObamaAmerica.com. Dent has traveled widely across these Bush-Obama counties, conducting interviews with the voters who tipped the scales in 2008 and will likely determine the outcome of the 2012 elections.
This is right up my alley and possibly my favorite topic for this election. Who are these people that don’t obsess over every political utterance? Who are these people that tune in after Labor Day and kick the tires of the candidates before determining for the rest of us who will be our elected leaders? Professor Dent researched the people who voted for George Bush in both 2000 and 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008 and in an interview with the National Journal tells us a little bit about them:
The Bush-Obama population is so diverse in terms of socioeconomics and ideology that it is the core of what will happen in 2012. There’s a level of civility in places, where there is a swinging back and forth and where there is a large centrist population. In Ohio, we interviewed two best friends and business partners who started a company together. One is very strongly for Obama and one will vote for anyone but—and that’s Romney now, of course. In another, the chair of the Democratic Party is a history teacher and the chair of the Republican Party is his student. Their relationship is very collegial.
These people are generally more understanding, optimistic and feel less betrayed by the “hope” of 2008: