Why Do Mama’s Boys Keep Winning Elections

Why Do Mama’s Boys Keep Winning Elections

Label: Mama's Boy Presidents | Author: Stanford Erickson
Oct 4, 2013

Not surprisingly, President Barack Obama, a Mama’s Boy, defeated Governor Mitt Romney, a Daddy’s Boy, to gain a second term as president.

As I write in my recently published book Mama’s Boy Presidents: Why Do We Keep ElectingThem, seven of the last nine presidents have been Mama’s Boys and in almost every case the Mama’s Boy defeated a Daddy’s Boy to become president. George W. Bush defeated Al Gore for his first term and John Kerry for his second term, both Daddy’s Boys. Bill Clinton, a Mama’s Boy, defeated George H.W. Bush and, for his second term, defeated Bob Dole, both Daddy’s Boys.

What is the advantage Mama’s Boys have over Daddy’s Boys in an election?

As our nation has aged, chronologically and demographically, we increasingly elect Mama’s Boys to be president. As we age, we want to be taken care of and Mama’s Boys are predisposed to care for others. Earlier in the nation, men alone voted for our presidents. Since women have obtained the vote, they increasing have voted for Mama’s Boys in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Obama won 56 percent of the women’s vote against Governor Romney. Finally, Mama’s Boys love to be the center of attention, just like they were in the eyes and affection of their mother. Campaigning is a joy to them. Daddy’s Boys do not have a similar compulsive need to be the center of attention and campaigning, to a degree, it is a bother.

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