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The 400,000 Votes That Tipped the Election

D G Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 2:45 PM
Try to be fair and actually look at the numbers instead of spouting off while pretending like you know something. Most of the growth in dollars of spending in the 2000-2009 Decade were for mandatory entitlement programs that were already in effect before 2000. Spending grows automatically for those programs because of inflation and the population. Nothing can be done unless the laws are changed. That means reform of entitlement programs. GWB did propose reform of Social Security. The AARP lied to its members and protested to Congressmen. All of Congress caved into the powerful AARP lobby. .... Neutering AARP should be a high priority objective for all conservatives.

Broad trends and the national political undertow can't be adequately captured in any single statistic -- but if Mitt Romney had managed to push the electorate in a handful of states a few clicks in his direction, he'd be the president-elect, rather than an also-ran.  Via Jim Geragthy:
 

Florida: 73,858

Ohio: 103,481

Virginia: 115,910

Colorado: 113,099

Those four states, with a collective margin of, 406,348 for Obama, add up to 69 electoral votes. Had Romney won 407,000 or so additional votes in the right proportion in those states, he would have 275...