Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
As it turns out the biggest loser in this election was President Obama! He received nearly 10 million fewer votes in 2012 than he did in 2008! That being said, Governor Romney received nearly 3 million fewer votes than McCain did in 2008. The startling fact is that if Romney had all of McCain's votes - he would have won, at least in the popular vote (maybe not in electoral votes, they're still trying to figure that part out). Romney COULD have won this - IF the Republicans who supported McCain had supported Romney the same way. It was ultimately those who stayed home who passively decided this election. Sad, but true.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
It's over... well, is it?
President Obama has won another four years in office, or rather Governor Romney lost the bid to take over. By all indicators Romney should have won, and won handily - so what happened? While the Romney campaign went with respectable ideals, they underestimated the Obama campaign's ability to get to the people they needed.
Look at the election map (courtesy of Foxnews.com w/Florida copied in by me) here:
Or a more detailed map here (courtesy of Freedom's Lighthouse) here:
Most of the country is actually "red" for Romney! Very few are "blue" - but where they are blue it is in more densely populated areas (with the exception of a couple sparsely populated counties in Arizona). The point here is that the Democratic machine out campaigned the Republicans in these key areas. They also did not so much campaign on ideals of what they wanted to do for the future, rather the focus was on scare tactics projecting (often lies) about what a President Romney would do. The "scare" worked. The "focus" worked.
Now, on the other hand - going back to President Nixon, notice the pattern!
When a Republican wins - he gets nearly the whole country, but when a Democrat wins, he only gets key states. Does that make you say "hmmmm?"
For those who may be too young to have known all these years:
2012= Obama; 2008= Obama
2004= GW Bush; 2000= GW Bush
1996= Clinton; 1992= Clinton
1988= GHW Bush
1984= Reagan; 1980= Reagan
1972= Nixon; 1968= Nixon (not pictured).
It is also interesting to note that every president since Nixon has been elected to two terms with the exceptions of Carter and GHW Bush. Carter lost due to extreme economic crisis and the Iran hostage crisis; GHW Bush lost in a three-way race where Perot took a good chunk of the votes which would have gone to him, allowing Clinton to get in for his first term.