After over 1000 days of campaigning “election day” was finally here. It was an especially long day for the nation let alone for the family and friends of the candidates. I was in a doctor’s office that day and the election was on everyone’s mind. Two older men in their 80′s were talking. One said “it’s election day.” The other one said “have you voted yet.” Election day, especially in this Election Day, it is important to all Americans. It has been called the election of the century.
Because of the different ideologies involved, the election was important because it could mean the direction that this country goes. Obama is the “transformable” president seeking to redistribute America’s wealth and turn America into a more European style government where the government supposedly takes care of its people from cradle to grave – the Julia model which was portrayed in a cartoon. This would be an America with great dependence on the American government.
Romney sees the future of America differently. He believes the key to jobs is growth and the private sector. He wanted tax cuts to put more money in people’s pockets and for America to tighten its belts and cut spending over a 10 year period.
Mitt Romney was a shrewd businessman, a skilled governor and an Olympic turnaround master, but on Tuesday his six-year quest for the presidency came to a crushing end. Despite the sluggish economy and a conservative backlash against President Barack Obama, Romney failed to build on his victory in a hard-fought Republican primary, or to alter the political map with a late tack to the center. Romney failed to counter the image that was stuck on him in the primary battles and beyond — that of a policy flip-flopper with awkward social skills and questionable concern for America’s struggling middle class.
In the campaign the multimillionaire businessman demonstrated a tin ear with a string of wealth-related gaffes that made it all too easy for opponents to portray him as out of touch with ordinary Americans. With Obama painting with a broad brush a class warfare and pitted the rich against the poor, Romney’s nice guy image was not up to the fight.
According to Romney, the loss will mark the end of a political career.
Aside from Obama’s strong ability to deliver a speech with a message that the people connected with, President Obama won re-election primarily because he did so well with two key, and expanding, constituencies: Hispanics and members of the Millennial Generation. According to CNN exit polls, millennials voted for Obama 60 percent to 36 percent and accounted for 19 percent of all voters, up from 17 percent in 2008.
Then there was the all-important ground game. Some believe the Obama campaign’s ground game made the difference. The number of Obama field offices in key primary season states outnumbered those of all his potential GOP challengers combined.
Obama prevailed upon the American people and won not only the popular vote but the all-important Electoral vote by 303-206 lead in the Electoral College. (not including Florida’s 18 votes since at the time of this writing it was not fully counted.
In the end, Obama did not even need Ohio because his wins in Colorado and Nevada put him over 270 electoral votes without Ohio. Later Virginia would also be called for the President.
Presidential elections are decided by the Electoral College, not by popular vote. Barack Obama earned the necessary amount of Electoral College votes for reelection shortly before midnight.
We still don’t know how the popular vote will end up. Obama is poised to win that too, though it may take some time before that’s official.
As of this writing, Obama had a 58,720,700 (50.1 percent) to 56,145,950 (48.4 percent) lead on Mitt Romney for the popular vote.
Our nation remains divided. As of right now, Romney has close to 56,000,000 votes nationwide. Be comparison, in 2008, John McCain had nearly 60,000,000 votes. In other words Romney did not bring them out like McCain did.
Obama’s victory was the largest for an incumbent president since Reagan in 1984.
In the end, the polls showing Obama had the edge in the key swing states were right. Of the 10 key swing states, Obama won nine. It was clear that Romney was in trouble when it took over two hours for North Carolina to be called after the polls closed in that state. Romney’s paths to Electoral College victory kept dwindling as he lost Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Romney’s hopes were completely extinguished when multiple networks called Ohio for Obama.
What now? In days we face the fiscal cliff, the Bush tax cuts expire, sequestration, which is currently the law, threatens deep defense cuts and cuts in social programs. Our current deficit is over $16,000,000,000 and it is projected that our debt will increase one trillion dollars a year as far as the eye can see. Americans will pay about $2 billion dollars a day in interest alone and it looks like gridlock in Congress again. Tough time ahead.
By D. Lindley Young