Obama Re-elected Watch Out

When 47 per cent of the electorate depends to a greater or lesser degree on government largesse, the Democrats have only to target another four or five   per cent of voters to secure a majority.


Now there are some people for whom this will not sound like bad news. Many on the Left will finally have got the economy of their dreams – or, rather, the one they have always believed in. At last, we will be living with that fixed, unchanging pie which must be divided up “fairly” if social justice is to be achieved. Instead of a dynamic, growing pot of wealth and ever-increasing resources, which can enable larger and larger proportions of the population to become prosperous without taking anything away from any other group, there will indeed be an absolute limit on the amount of capital circulating within the society.


“My administration,” President Obama wrote on his first day in office, “is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government.”
Those were strong and hopeful words. Four years later, it is becoming more and more clear that they were just words.


Second terms tend to go off the rails

The second-term curse goes like this: A president (e.g., Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, etc.) wins re-election, but then his presidency implodes over the next four years — mired in scandals or disasters such as Watergate, Iran-contra, Monica Lewinsky, the Iraqi insurgency and Hurricane Katrina.

Apparently, like tragic Greek heroes, administrations grow arrogant after their re-election wins. They believe they are invincible and that their public approval is permanent.

The result is that Nemesis zeroes in on their fatal conceit and with a boom corrects their hubris. Or is the problem in some instances simply that embarrassments and scandals, hushed up in fear that they might cost an administration an election, explode in the second term?

Coincidentally, right after the election we heard that Iran had attacked a U.S. drone in international waters.

Coincidentally, we just learned that new food-stamp numbers were “delayed” and that millions more became new recipients in the months before the election.

Coincidentally, we now gather that the federal relief effort following Hurricane Sandy was not so smooth, even as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Barack Obama high-fived it. Instead, in Katrina-like fashion, tens of thousands are still without power or shelter two weeks after the storm.

Coincidentally, we now learn that Obama’s plan of letting tax rates increase for the “fat cat” 2 percent who make more than $250,000 a year would not even add enough new revenue to cover 10 percent of the annual deficit. How he would get the other 90 percent in cuts, we are never told.

Coincidentally, we now learn that the vaunted DREAM Act would at most cover only about 10 percent to 20 percent of illegal immigrants. As part of the bargain, does Obama have a post-election Un-DREAM Act to deport the other 80 percent who do not qualify since either they just recently arrived in America, are not working, are not in school or the military, are on public assistance or have a criminal record?

Coincidentally, now that the election is over, the scandal over the killings of Americans in Libya seems warranted due to the abject failure to heed pleas for more security before the attack and assistance during it. And the scandal is about more than just the cover-up of fabricating an absurd myth of protesters mad over a 2-month-old video — just happening to show up on the anniversary of 9/11 with machine guns and rockets.

The real mystery is why we ever had a consulate in Benghazi in the first place, when most nations had long ago pulled their embassies out of war-torn Libya altogether.

Why, about a mile from the consulate, did we have a large CIA-staffed “annex” that seems to have been busy with all sorts of things other than providing adequate security for our nearby diplomats?

Before the election, the media was not interested in figuring out what Ambassador Christopher Stevens actually was doing in Benghazi, what so many CIA people and military contractors were up to, and what was the relationship of our large presence in Libya to Turkey, insurgents in Syria and the scattered Gadhafi arms depots.

But the strangest “coincidentally” of all is the bizarre resignation of American hero Gen. David Petraeus from the CIA just three days after the election — apparently due to a long-investigated extramarital affair with a sort of court biographer and her spat with a woman she perceived as a romantic rival.

If the affair was haphazardly hushed up for about a year, how exactly did Petraeus become confirmed as CIA director, a position that allows no secrets, much less an entire secret life?

How and why did the FBI investigate the Petraeus matter? To whom and when did it report its findings? And what was the administration reaction?

Coincidentally, if it is true that Petraeus can no longer testify as CIA director to the House and Senate intelligence committees about the ignored requests of CIA personnel on the ground in Benghazi for more help, can he as a private citizen testify more freely, without the burdens of CIA directorship and pre-election politics?

It has been less than two weeks since the election, and Obama seems no exception to the old rule that for administrations that manage to survive their second terms, almost none seem to enjoy them.

The sudden release of all sorts of suppressed news and “new” facts right after the election creates public cynicism.

The hushed-up, fragmentary account of the now-unfolding facts of the Libyan disaster contributes to further disbelief.

The sudden implosion of Petraeus — whose seemingly unimpeachable character appears so at odds with reports of sexual indiscretion, a lack of candor and White House backstage election intrigue — adds genuine public furor.

The resulting mix is toxic, and it may tax even the formidable Chicago-style survival skills of Obama and the fealty of a so far dutiful media.

Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.


This is a conclusive intelligence indicator. – decline.

President Obama vows ‘best is yet to come’ after Romney concedes



Following the expenditure of billions, the silly season is over for a few months. What has changed?

Republicans still own the House of Representatives. Democrats retain control of the Senate and the White House.

The election and re-election of Barack Obama affirms our national decline. If George Bush had been a successful president, prevented 9/11, avoided an unnecessary war in Iraq, and foresaw the collapse of the economy due to the profligate culture on Wall Street, the bean-pole lawyer from Illinois would have been trounced four years ago.

Farmers settled, established, and developed our country. The Continental Army established our democracy. The Grand Army of the Republic preserved it. At Midway and Normandy, sailors and GIs defended our democracy. On Guadalcanal and in German skies, marines and The Mighty 8th defended our democracy. What they fought for, has faded away.

America has an enviable choice when it goes to the polls tomorrow. The contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney isn’t just between a Democrat and a Republican: It is between two entirely different visions of the future of the world’s greatest power.

The choice is stark. It is between continuing a journey towards European-style statism and welfarism, which is what Obama is offering if he is re-elected, or reducing the size of the state and encouraging enterprise and individual responsibility, which is at the core of Mr Romney’s programme.

It is also a choice between more social liberalism – such as homosexual marriage – or reverting to a conservatism rooted in Christianity and traditional family values.


The enduring stalemate also confirms a failure of imagination, and of leadership, in both candidates and both parties. Both men ran timid campaigns, refusing to talk about the tough choices ahead and devoting most of their energies to rallying partisans who already supported them.

Obama’s attempt at outlining a second-term agenda amounted to too little, too late: a 20-page pamphlet full of photos sent to households in swing states in the campaign’s closing days. The content was mostly scaled-back and repackaged ideas from his first term.

This, though unimaginative, was slightly superior to what Romney offered: a five-point set of platitudes and a detail-free pledge to remake the tax code. Even that vague agenda was left in doubt after Romney’s last-minute rush to the middle, disavowing many of the positions he had taken during the campaign. Missing from both candidates’ pseudo-agendas was anything approaching a specific plan to avert a debt crisis.

Had one of the candidates risen above the caution and the timidity and used the election season to build a consensus for a governing mandate, the Election Day forecasts would have been easy to make. And that man would have deserved to win.


Four years ago Barack Obama promised to be a leader for all Americans. I remember listening to him in Chicago’s Grant Park as he talked about a country full not of blue states or red states but the united states of America.

What a load of baloney.

Though re-elected as widely predicted last night, the real lesson for Obama is that he has utterly failed to fulfill the promise of his neophyte campaign in 2008. The great 50-50 nation remains terribly divided, and the President’s ultra-negative campaign this time round was an attempt to exploit those divisions rather than heal them. He won by championing the very thing that he promised to end.


Barack Obama won a second term but no mandate. Thanks in part to his own small-bore and brutish campaign, victory guarantees the president nothing more than the headache of building consensus in a gridlocked capital on behalf of a polarized public.

If the president begins his second term under any delusion that voters rubber-stamped his agenda on Tuesday night, he is doomed to fail.


According to CNN projections, Obama surpassed the decisive 270-vote threshold in the Electoral College with victory in Ohio. The win gave him 274 electoral votes to 201 for Romney, based on CNN’s projections based on unofficial returns.


Obama wins reelection, according to network projections

By Robert Barnes, Published: November 6

A sharply divided America worried about the nation’s economy gave President Barack Obama a second term Tuesday, choosing him over Republican Mitt Romney, according to network projections.

Obama pulled out his narrow victory with a string of close victories in the nation’s battleground states.

Democrats also held onto thier majority in the Senate, picking up two seats in early returns with the possibility of a third.

By 11 p.m., Obama had already won the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Iowa and Wisconsin, the home of Romney’s running mate Rep. Paul Ryan

Other prizes — Florida, Ohio and Virginia — were still too close to call, but Obama appeared headed to victory because of still-to-be counted votes in Democratic strongholds there.

In Florida, Obama clung to a narrow lead, but Democrats were encouraged that the votes remaining to be counted come from South Florida counties where the president enjoys his strongest support.

Likewise in Ohio, thought to be the most closely contested state in the election, Obama had a slight lead with many votes still to be counted in the urban areas where he is strongest.

Romney had a lead in another battleground state, Virginia, although the Democrats held onto the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Jim Webb (D.) Former governor and senator George Allen (R) conceded the race to another former governor, Tim Kaine, shortly before 11 p.m.

In early results, Obama won his home state of Illinois as well as Massachusetts, where Romney was governor and the place he still calls home. Maryland and the District of Columbia were put in Obama’s column as soon as polls there closed.

Romney was winning across the South, plus West Virginia, Indiana and Oklahoma — traditional Republican states in the presidential contest.

In the high-profile race in Massachusetts, Democrat Elizabeth Warren defeated Republican Sen. Scott Brown. Democrats also picked up a Republican seat in Indiana, where Rep. Joe Donnelly prevailed over state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. Mourdock had defeated six-term incumbent Sen. Richard G. Lugar in the May Republican primary, but his controversial comments about rape and abortion changed the tone of the general election campaign. In Missouri, Democrat Claire McCaskill held onto her Senate seat by defeating Republican challenger Todd Akin after he made controversial remarks about rape and abortion as well.

In addition, former Maine governor Angus King, an independent, won the Senate race there. He has not said which party he will align with, but Democrats spent money to oppose King’s Republican challenger.

After more than $2 billion in campaign spending, unprecedented hours of television ads and a record number of voters who cast their ballots before Tuesday, Election Day 2012 was told in timeless tableaus of lines outside schools, volunteers waving signs and Americans emerging with “I Voted” stickers attached to their jackets

Early exit polls showed, not surprisingly, that the economy was the most important issue for Americans who have lived through a devastating recession. They told pollsters that they were slightly more positive about the country’s direction than when they chose Obama four years ago. But their interest in a more activist federal government has been dampened.

Early exit polls showed, not surprisingly, that the economy was the most important issue for Americans who have lived through a devastating recession. They told pollsters that they were slightly more positive about the country’s direction than when they chose Obama four years ago. But their interest in a more activist federal government has been dampened.

The polls also suggest a slightly more Republican electorate than in 2008.

The polls also gave both men reason for concern, and cause for optimism.

Despite their worries, more people think the economy is getting better than getting worse, according to the polls, and more blame former President George W. Bush for the economic woes than Obama.

More people trusted Obama to look out for the middle class than trusted Romney, and more favored Obama’s prescription for deficit cutting, which involves higher taxes on the wealthy.

But about a third of the electorate appears to be made up of independents. Obama won their support four years ago, but the early results showed them breaking for Romney this time.

The prize of the night is Ohio — no Republican presidential candidate has ever prevailed without the state in his column. Early exit polls indicated the electorate might be slightly more favorable to the president.

Interviews with voters showed Obama with a strong favorable rating (55 percent), while more had an unfavorable view of Romney than favorable.

The electorate is also slightly more liberal, more African American and slightly less evangelical than four years ago, when the president won the state.

Both Obama and Romney reached out Tuesday to undecided voters and their bases of support, but the polls showed that about 70 percent of the voters decided whom to vote for before September,
Obama stayed close to home in Chicago on Election Day, visiting campaign workers, taking a turn at the phone bank

— reassuring those at the other end that it was, indeed, the president calling — and conducting several interviews.

After an acrimonious campaign far different from his 2008 message of hope and change, Obama saluted his Republican competitor. “I also want to say to Governor Romney, ‘Congratulations on a spirited campaign.’ I know his supporters are just as engaged, just as enthusiastic and working just as hard today,” the president said.

Then it was on to a traditional pickup game of hoops at the Attack Athletics facility, where he played with, among others, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, former Duke University player and Obama aide Reggie Love, and old friends Michael Ramos and Martin Nesbitt.

Romney seemed to have some nervous energy to shed as well, before awaiting the results in Boston.

“I can’t imagine an election being won or lost by, let’s say, a few hundred votes and you spent your day sitting around,” Romney told Richmond radio station WRVA early Tuesday morning. “I mean, you’d say to yourself, ‘Holy cow, why didn’t I keep working?’ And so I’m going to make sure I never have to look back with anything other than the greatest degree of satisfaction on this whole campaign.”

Romney and Ryan visited Richmond Heights, Ohio, and had lunch at a Wendy’s — burger and chili — before heading to Pennsylvania. At Pittsburgh International Airport, Romney was met by hundreds of supporters packed into the top and middle levels of a nearby parking garage, cheering the candidate’s arrival.

A visibly moved Romney, clad in a white shirt and slacks, stepped into the late afternoon sun and walked across the tarmac to a spot near a metal fence separating him from the supporters in the garage.

Afterward, a reporter asked how the moment made him feel. “That’s when you know you’re gonna win,” Romney said.

Later, he, too, had kind words about his opponent. “The president has run a strong campaign; I believe he is a good man and wish him well, and his family well,” Romney said. “He is a good father and has been a good example of a good father, but it is time for a new direction. It is a time for a better tomorrow.”

With hours of voting left to go, the campaigns searched the battleground states for signs.

In Florida, Republican Party strategist David Johnson told GOP leaders that the Democrats’ huge 2008 early voting advantage had shrunk to a more manageable level. Four years ago, 354,374 more Florida Democrats than Republicans voted early or absentee before Election Day, and the margin this year is down to 161,884, Johnson said.

In Cleveland, officials estimated that more than half of the registered voters in crucial Cuyahoga County had cast ballots by 2:30 p.m., and Democratic Party officials were hoping to push that number significantly higher to get Obama the edge he needs in Ohio.

“When this gets north of 60 [percent], I’ll breathe a little easier,” said county Democratic Chairman Stuart Garson. “I’d like to see it cross 70” percent.

While crowds had eased at some polling stations by mid morning, other voting sites reported near-record turnout, a sign that the country had listened when both candidates told them that this election represented a crucial choice between two starkly different visions at a critically important time.

“This is unusual. Usually you’re out in 20 minutes,” said Patty Hicks, who faced an hour-long wait at 10:30 a.m. at a school in the swing state of New Hampshire. “I think people realize how important this election is.”

Bonnie Argeropoulos, an exit poller stationed at the school, said she didn’t know what she would do if the lines continued. “I’m going to run out of surveys,” she said. “I’ve never seen it like this.”

In storm-ravaged New Jersey, voters displaced by superstorm Sandy were being permitted to apply for mail-in ballots by fax or e-mail, raising concerns about possible hacking and fraud. Officials said so many requests poured it that it was hard to keep up, and some voters would not receive their ballots until Friday. Dozens of polling stations in New Jersey and New York had to be relocated because of storm damage.

In Massachusetts, the White House race and a high-profile and tightly contested U.S. Senate contest between Democrat Elizabeth Warren and Republican incumbent Scott Brown was driving heavy turnout. Lines crawled down hallways of schools, outside firehouses and around community centers in the Boston suburbs of Cambridge, Somerville and Braintree.

“I just totally buy into her message of wanting to work for the little people and make sure working families get a fair shake,” said Emily Kathan, 41, a Warren supporter in Somerville.

At a polling place at a community center in the suburban town of Braintree, voters spoke of Brown’s charm and willingness to vote with Democrats as reasons for going red in a very blue state. “Brown’s a regular guy driving a truck — he relates to everybody,” said Ron Bonigli, 71. “I think Warren leans way too Democrat.”

In Washington’s Maryland suburbs, Latino voters turned out in force to support the state’s Dream Act, which would qualify illegal immigrants in the state to pay in-state college tuition.

“God gives us this freedom to contribute to change,” said Francisco Javier Mercado, 42, a Salvadoran immigrant who was voting for the first time. “As a citizen, I feel for the thousands of young people who came here looking for opportunity and have difficulties affording a college education.”

12:23 AM EST
Sheldon Adelson passed out in his wheelchair!

12:23 AM EST
ATTENTION Please : every one please to to bed so Romany can come out and concession speech

12:23 AM EST
How long will it take Mitt to write the concession speech….
This tool should have written on this morning.


ontheotherhand… at 12:49 AM November 7, 2012
Try again. Obama also the electoral college AND the popular vote. By both measures Americans slected Obama over Romney. Deal with it.

zerses at 12:35 AM November 7, 2012
There are no winners today/tonight.
Americans lost so much when they “chose” Obama with an electoral college from antiquity that just doesn’t show the reality of the popular vote.
Obama just won another four years to party-hearty and do nothing while blaming others.
You could have had massive prosperity Cali… but you just can’t care enough.


woobie at 1:07 AM November 07, 2012
Hey Romnzie, Obama’s yo Mama.

Obtuse at 12:46 AM November 7, 2012
Where are all the right-wing commenters who absolutely *knew with certainty* that Romney was going to win?

billpeet at 12:59 AM November 7, 2012
Drunk in the gutter.

Xalm1983 at 1:26 AM November 7, 2012
I have my theories…
- Coming up with conspiracy theories about how Obama won this through voter fraud
- Creating more fake birth certificates
- Declaring that the GOP’s new, sole objective for the next 4 years is to make Obama only a 2-term president (hehehehehe)
- Completely forgetting about their promises to move to Canada if Obama wins
- Whine about how “close” we are to Socialism(well, only if you’re wealthy)…
Or, realistically, they’re, yeah… drunk in the gutter, LOL
Prepare for another 4 years of BITTER commentary. ^_^


Timothy D. (desertdink) 2 hours, 11 minutes ago
It is not asinine…the Obama enthusiasm was a FRACTION of what it was in 2008. A blind person could see that. I heard and interesting comment that Obama is the only 2nd term president that was ever re-elected by a smaller margin than the margin of his 1st term election. Still…he did win, I guess, but hardly with much of a mandate with such a razor thin margin.
As I commented elsewhere, we essentially have the SAME Republican House (give or take), the SAME Democrat Senate (give or take), and the SAME Democrat President that will somehow need to muster up the mojo of compromise to do something COMPLETELY different than the last two years of crippling gridlock and entrenched partisan politics. Good luck…because Boehner and the Republicans that won re-election are still just as committed to the positions that got them elected as Obama and the Democrats are to theirs.
Perhaps Obama will be forced to resign over Benghazi to avoid impeachment and save us all the trouble? Maybe it will be Watergate all over again, with Biden taking over as president and pardoning him? Buckle your seat belts, folks….

Jonathan U. (5214) 1 hour, 52 minutes ago
Always bet on the masses to do what they know. Men who are inherently corrupt leading the sheep down a pernicious road.

Josie M. (JosieM) 1 hour, 40 minutes ago
Congratulations to President Obama and all those who worked to get the message out. Governor Romney fought hard but he just wasn’t the right guy. In the end his campaign lies did Romney in. I think the Republican party has a lot to learn on how to work effectively for the American people.

Mike A. (The Real Deal) 1 hour, 25 minutes ago
In the end, it was the welfare state that got Obama elected and nothing else. Keep getting your free phones and food stamps and voting for Obama. Jobs and good economy can’t compete with Obamaclaus.

Roger W. (rogwallace) 20 minutes ago
Here comes the tax man.


4:11 AM on November 7, 2012
This smile ;-) is for all those racist Republicans that have problems with minorities. That would be the vast majority of Republicans. For you animals (the bottom crawlers of the Republican Party) still using the race card as long as it is true, I will say it.

4:11 AM on November 7, 2012
I am no longer longer proud of my country . we are a nation in decline .

4:01 AM on November 7, 2012
A very bright spot is that the Obamacare is safe. Great for America and our families.

3:59 AM on November 7, 2012
I came here to gloat. I won’t. Instead I will thank my lucky stars to live in this country and have the right to vote that my father fought for in the 2nd world war and other readers parents may have fought for in Selma. God bless this country and god bless all it’s people.

3:53 AM on November 7, 2012
“Romney, who grew wealthy in business…” – Right. If the business was Being Born. He inherited his fortune.

3:37 AM on November 7, 2012
Several people have asked a compelling question. If, during a time of record unemployment, the Republican Party can not defeat an arrogant, elitist Kenyan Muslim terrorist who faked his birth certificate, and faked his college diplomas….how would they ever beat any white Christian Democrat with a REAL birth certificate, and a REAL college diploma?
The GOP has built itself around Wall Street money, and a voting base of white anglo “Born Again” Christians living in the South and the Plains states. Great way to lose elections.
I get on the bus, and I am the only elderly white male. I am surrounded with people whose familes came from India, China, Viet-Nam, Mexico, and El Salvador. Men with Sikh turbans. Women with Muslim headcovers. Mother’s in Indian Sari’s. THAT is America in 2012 and THAT will be America in 2016 and 2020.
The GOP needs to stop hating the new America and start loving it. I will never go back to eating what my mother served when I can have fajitas, or Indian cooking, or those great Vietnamese spring rolls.

3:21 AM on November 7, 2012
“The best is yet to come” yes if you are a freeloading mooch or union member maybe. Or a drug cartel member waiting for your next gun shipment from Eric Holder. I think that 47% number must actually be well above 50% I bet Obama can get the deficit well above $20 Trillion before he heads off to Hawaii in 4 years..

2:55 AM on November 7, 2012
Wow!!! Where are all those conservative Republicans that were bashing Obama on this website every chance they got??? I guess they’re at home licking their wounds after another Obama beatdown!!

2:43 AM on November 7, 2012
Hey Mitt, about those tax returns?…oh, forget it…

About Jerry Frey

Born 1953. Vietnam Veteran. Graduated Ohio State 1980. Have 5 published books. In the Woods Before Dawn; Grandpa's Gone; Longstreet's Assault; Pioneer of Salvation; Three Quarter Cadillac
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