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Letter to the editor: A look back at the general election

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 21st, 2012

The 2012 election was no mandate for anyone nationally. Barack Obama scarcely exceeded John McCain’s 2008 popular vote total and received almost 8 million fewer votes from whites, 1.5 million fewer votes among blacks, 4 million fewer from women and almost 2 million fewer from 18-29 year olds.

Obama’s share of both popular and electoral support declined from his first election, which hadn’t happened for a re-elected president since Woodrow Wilson, which is only the third time in history. Fifty percent of Catholics voted Obama, ultra-right conservatives and many ultra-right Christians didn’t bother to vote. Neither house of Congress changed appreciably.

On the state level, governors are now 60 percent Republican, so the public didn’t reject Republicans as the liberal press would have us believe – just as they lead people to believe Republicans gave us all the problems.

Since 1933, Republicans have had a majority in the Senate only nine times and the House only 13 times. When the media gives Bill Clinton credit for balancing the budget, they neglect to report he was dragged kicking and screaming by the House and Senate, which were both Republican majority for one of the very few times since 1933.

The last two years of President W. Bush, both congressional houses were Democrat majority. Freddy Mac and Fanny Mae, which in large part gave us the economic failure, were run unbridled by Democrat-appointed bureaucrats, many of whom became multi-millionaires. So who really gave us our now failed economic problems?

Mitt Romney needed simply five swing states, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina and Virginia, which Obama narrowly won in 2008, plus one more state, no matter how small, to become president. Obama spent over $1 billion on his campaign, and a great part was spent in those swing states. The Romney campaign believed the polls and didn’t spend sufficient time or money in those states. Lastly, some counties in Pennsylvania are reported to have had over 100 percent voter turnout. Other red states had similar anomalies.

The liberal media magnified Romney’s few faux pas, but Obama’s fiasco in Benghazi and Fast and Furious, just to name two of many, were virtually ignored by the liberal media. Compared to Obama, Romney is the personification of what qualities should be possessed by every great leader of nations, and yet he was rejected by mostly ignorant masses for a non-leader who reflects what satisfies most of them, mediocrity.

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