It is a Republican article of faith that the weak economy makes President Obama vulnerable in the general election. Yet, he enjoys a healthy lead over Mitt Romney in most polls, and, in particular, a 19-point edge among women. What Republicans don’t grasp is that empathy may trump the economy this time around….
George W. Bush won the presidency campaigning on “compassionate conservativism” – which enlisted nonprofits and faith-based organizations to serve the disadvantaged and featured humane immigration reform. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Republican-turned-independent, gets elected in liberal New York City by forging partnerships with private philanthropists.
by Peter Morici