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Obama's Numbers Went Down, but Romney Never Inspired Voters to Vote

kathybgc Wrote: Dec 27, 2012 10:02 PM
Right, Johnson ran against Goldwater as a Dove and turned out to be a major Hawk. I've read that Johnson had some very colorful expressions. When asked why he invited a previous enemy into his inner circle he commented: "I'd rather have him on the inside peeing out than the outside peeing in".
In combing through the results of the 2012 election -- apparently finally complete, nearly two months after the fact -- I continue to find many similarities between 2012 and 2004, and one enormous difference.

Both of the elections involved incumbent presidents with approval ratings hovering around or just under 50 percent facing challengers who were rich men from Massachusetts (though one made his money and the other married it).

In both cases, the challenger and his campaign seemed confident he was going to win -- and had reasonable grounds to believe so.

In both elections, the incumbent started running a barrage...