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The 400,000 Votes That Tipped the Election

TaxFree1031 Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 4:07 PM
The debt ceilings have had to be raised throughout recent history due to Congress not doing their job in passing an actual budget. That happened in the Reagan years, as well as the past 4 years of Obama and the Dem Senate. Look what happened to the markets the last time we almost had no agreement. Is that what you want again?
Elizabeth420 Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 4:30 PM
Cult of Nor Luap: A POTUS has veto power yes, but a super majority in Congress
can override a Presidential veto, or were you not aware of that?
RhondaPaul Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 4:11 PM
Reagan practically BEGGED the Dems to raise it...don't forget that little tidbit...

He could've just VETOED spending, but that would've hurt his re-election chances and 'legacy', though...couldn't have that!

Broad trends and the national political undertow can't be adequately captured in any single statistic -- but if Mitt Romney had managed to push the electorate in a handful of states a few clicks in his direction, he'd be the president-elect, rather than an also-ran.  Via Jim Geragthy:

Florida: 73,858

Ohio: 103,481

Virginia: 115,910

Colorado: 113,099

Those four states, with a collective margin of, 406,348 for Obama, add up to 69 electoral votes. Had Romney won 407,000 or so additional votes in the right proportion in those states, he would have 275...