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

Kiffur Wrote: Dec 27, 2012 3:51 PM
During the entire campaign, I was yearning for Speaker Gingrich to be the person facing the POTUS. There's no power on Earth, could have "wussed" the Speaker down to the point where he'd have taken the left's "slings and arrows" and not fought back by giving as good as he got. Past history? Just that, PAST - and in most cases, proven to be partisan politics with no basis in reality. On the other hand, what about the CURRENT reality of Fast and Furious, Solyndra, Benghazi-gate, etc., etc., etc. *sigh* A pity those very real, very *now* issues were not given the prominence they should have received during the campaign.
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...