There is a real, airtight bubble in this election, but it's not Obama's. As a middle-aged white man, in fact, I'm breaching it. White people—white men in particular—are for Mitt Romney. White men are supporting Mitt Romney to the exclusion of logic or common sense, in defiance of normal Americans. Without this narrow, tribal appeal, Romney's candidacy would simply not be viable. Most kinds of Americans see no reason to vote for him.
I find this quite amusing: Without that tribal appeal, Romney couldn't win. A spectacular number of blacks (90%+) voted for Obama four years ago and yet the "tribal" tag is being put on Romeny for appealing to 60% of whites.
Of course, if you support Romney, then you're a racist. For example, here's what Scocca has to say about Romney's "47%":
In white people's political English, "personal responsibility" is the opposite of "handouts," "food stamps," and particularly "welfare," all of which are synonyms for "niggers." This was Ronald Reagan's rallying cry, and it was the defining issue for traumatized post-Reagan white Democrats.
Wow. At least when Scocca was writing about most whites voting for Romney, he could use the racist angle. But now, when the issue is largely economics, it's also because those whites hate niggers!
It seems Obama is winning the majority of the asshole vote.