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Obama Wins by Going Negative and Turning Out Base

Joe296 Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 8:35 AM
The Democratic strategy is simple. They have several groups they demagogue each election cycle, including: Women, gays, senior citizens, minorities and lower income/unemployed. They start a "War on Women", they come up with some event where gays are mistreated, they play the race card with minorities, they scare senior citizens with "the Republicans are going to take away your social security and medicare benefits" and they play the class envy card with lower income groups. These groups are easily demagogued and the Dems take advantage of it. When all you have to offer is hard work and individual responsibility you are at a disadvantage.
Lukewarm. That's the feeling I get from the election numbers.

Turnout was apparently down, at least as a percentage of eligible voters. The president was re-elected by a reduced margin. The challenger didn't inspire the turnout surge he needed.

Every re-elected president since Andrew Jackson has won with an increased popular vote percentage. Barack Obama didn't. He won 53 percent to 46 percent in 2008. His numbers as I write are 50 percent to 48 percent over Mitt Romney. That could go up to 51 percent to 48 percent when California finishes its count, which took five weeks in 2008.

Obama owes most...