Now Time magazine has exposed another demographic that the rest of us have been too polite to mention:
On his syndicated radio program this afternoon, Rush Limbaugh went after TIME‘s selection of President Obama, arguing that the pick was made because the re-elected president now symbolizes the “low-information voter,” or as Limbaugh bluntly called them: “stupid people.”In case you think that Rush is distorting Time, here is the transcript:
“Richard Stengel, who is the editor of TIME Magazine, explaining why they chose Obama. [He] essentially says that they chose Obama because he is a symbol, the champion, of the new low-information American. It’s kinda funny to listen to it,” Limbaugh began before playing Stengel’s explanation as follows:
STENGEL: Our Person of the Year for 2012 is ... President Barack Obama.This 15% low-info voter block cannot be reached with debates and rational political argument. They just don't know enough about what is going on, and vote like zombies.
GREGORY: Oh, wow!
STENGEL: He won reelection despite a higher unemployment rate than anybody's had to face in 70 years. He's the first Democrat to actually win two consecutive terms with over 50% of the vote. That's something we haven't seen since Franklin Delano Roosevelt. And he's basically the beneficiary and the author of a kind of new America, a new demographic, a new cultural America that, ummm, he is now the symbol of.
Gregory said, "Well, what about some people who've pushed back on that this year, saying it was more about the lesser of two evils in the course of the campaign? A lot of circumstances seem to be bigger than the president compared to when he was first elected."
STENGEL: Our story by Michael Scherer, our White House correspondent, really probes deeply into the "data folks" at the White House who really help make it happen. And one of the things they found out is there's about 15% of voters who actually don't care about politics. These are the people we didn't know who are gonna show up at the polls who actually like Barack Obama, in the sense they feel like he's outside of politics.