We are here at Busboys and Poets on 14th street, where Free Speech TV is hosting a panel discussion/dinner during a live broadcast of election night coverage. Interesting tidbits from the panel, below:
Midterm elections = an older and whiter turnout?
“Race is always a huge factor in the United States.”
The racial divisions that existed before Obama was President, existed after…and in some ways, are worse.”
If 2008 was the year of Obama, is 2010 about voters “demanding a recount”?
Discussion of how Obama built a movement around himself in ’08, but not in ’10, when some may have hoped to ride his coattails.
Is America a Center-Right nation?
– they are taking a break. a panel has been lowered…over the panel. –
Panel now discussing whether Obama was progressive enough. “He could be FDR or he could be Bill Clinton…he chose ‘Bill Clinton’”.
“This is a very ideological country. There is a very hard right wing in this country…there is a broad middle. We (progressives) have to become more ideological. That is one of the challenges.”
They had just started to discuss racism in the tea party, but they’re out of time for this segment.