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Obama Wins by Going Negative and Turning Out Base

MoreFreedom Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 2:54 PM
I'd characterize Barone's lament as wishful thinking. He doesn't address why turnout was down so much, especially for Republican voters. Perhaps it had something to do with a liberal running on the Republican ticket. I say Romney's liberal because of his record, and his and Ryan's budget which planned to INCREASE spending by 3.1% each year (more than population+inflation). What fiscal conservative wants to vote for more government? At least Obama and Democrats will get the blame for the lousy economy in the 2014 midterms, and we should get more fiscal conservatives in Congress. And the RINOs might actually stop Obama with gridlock, but I doubt it. They couldn't even bring themselves to stop funding the Dept. of Energy handouts.
gungy Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 4:10 PM
Are you sure they won't still blame Bush in 2014--and get away with it? The Celebrity-in-Chief may actually gain in the House and Senate in 2014. This country has gone not only center-Left but socialist. At least the part of it that can carry elections.
gungy Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 4:10 PM
Are you sure they won't still blame Bush in 2014--and get away with it? The Celebrity-in-Chief may actually gain in the House and Senate in 2014. This country has gone not only center-Left but socialist. At least the part of it that can carry elections.
wiseone Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 3:13 PM
"What fiscal conservative wants to vote for more government?"

Indeed, what conservative of any kind wants more government?

1992 - Bill Clinton promised to balance the budget. He got elected.
1996 - The budget was balance. Clinton got re-elected.
2000 - GWB ran as a "compassionate conservative" from the party that balanced the budget. He got elected.
2004 - GWB gets re-elected because his tax cuts INCREASED revenue to the Treasury, thus reducing annual deficits.
2008 - Obama promises to "cut the deficit in half" and gets elected.
2012 - Obama promises to raise taxes on the rich to deal with the debt and gets re-elected.

The voters have been searching for fiscal responsibility in DC since around 1990.
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...