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The End of the Reagan Era?

Samwise24 Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 10:14 PM
Lets not forget that Obama was elected with 9 million fewer votes than he got in 2008. Oddly, Romney also got roughly 2 million fewer votes than McCain. What is the lesson from this? It's not that the era of Reagan is over, or that Obama is somehow an unstoppable force. The lesson is that we need a candidate who can confidently, forcefully, and gleefully espouse conservative principles in the same way that Reagan could. Of course, no one will ever do it like Reagan did, but it would be nice to at least finally get a Republican candidate who is not some wispy-washy moderate.
Samwise24 Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 10:41 PM
Here's the final popular vote count (according to Wikipedia):

2008
Obama - 69,498,516
McCain - 59,948,323


2012
Obama - 65,899,660
Romney - 60,929,152

So again, I was a bit off in my initial assessment, but Obama still did get nearly 4 million fewer votes than he did in 2008. and although Romney did apparently get more votes than McCain, the difference was less than 1 million. Frankly, with Obama's record, Romney should have done MUCH better than he did. But again, he was washy-washy. Neither he nor McCain are rock-ribbed Conservatives who know how to take he fight to the Chicago political machine!
Samwise24 Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 10:25 PM
I posted accidentally before I could check the numbers (which is why I find it annoying that Townhall will not allow editing of remarks).

You get my point though. Obama managed to get re-elected despite much less enthusiastic voter turnout.
weardley Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 10:19 PM
Samwise, besides a messaging problem the leadership as you have pointed out leaves much to be desired. As a matter of fact, the leadership needs replaced.
Samwise24 Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 10:46 PM
Agreed! I was hoping that Boehner would get the boot. He's horrible! He also purged many of the Tea Party candidates from their leadership positions. With friends like him......

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at American Spectator.

With Barack Obama’s second inauguration, liberals are touting an altogether new epoch: the end of the Reagan era.

Unfortunately, I believe they are largely correct. We are witnessing a period of left-wing ascendance, marked by gay marriage, forced taxpayer funding of abortion, an exploding government class, and