What the 2012 election taught us

What the 2012 election taught us

There are 10313 comments on the The Washington Post story from Nov 6, 2012, titled What the 2012 election taught us. In it, The Washington Post reports that:

We've been scouring the data for clues as to what we should learn from what happened tonight as President Obama relatively easily claimed a second term.

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Since: Feb 11

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#4378 Nov 30, 2012
TSM wrote:
OKB one thing I can say this President is Historic… the biggest Debtor in American History!!
Bush drove the car off the road and into a tree.

It cost money to tow it to the shop and have the frame aligned.

Bush was handed a budget surplus.

He used two wars, a tax cut, and two recessions to turn that around.
GhostofRaygun

Rochester, KY

#4379 Nov 30, 2012
TSM wrote:
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OKB2 Bush after 8 years debt stood at 10.6 trillion!! Obama after 4 years debt stood at 16.3 trillion!! I know Liberals/Democrats love to argue the Past for the Present but this is 2012 not 1929!!
OKB one thing I can say this President is Historic… the biggest Debtor in American History!!
Actually I know you Repubs cannot believe math, but Obama is the LEAST spending President in 60 years. Only a 1.4% growth in HIS spending.
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http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/state...
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Mililani, HI

#4380 Nov 30, 2012
Orangelion wrote:
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Then I take it you know what you are doing, if your as old as you claim. Obviously you view the world in an ammoral way, and have actually drained yourself of the beauty of the world.
lol! Oh I see.

So what bushie did in iraq is "pretty and humanitarian" in your eyes?

interesting!

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#4381 Nov 30, 2012
Eric Gustafson wrote:
No, the dissenting vote was 47%, exactly, In a democracy, 51%, trumps 47%, and more than 100 Electoral College Votes, the Votes which determines the outcome of an American Presidential Campaign.
An over whelming Electoral Landslide Victory, coupled with the 4 plus Million more popular votes leaves no question or doubt. At least Romney did better in the popular vote than McCain/Palin n 2008 also victims of a Landslide Victory. Which is a clear indication your politics, beliefs and philosophy are irrelevant in America.
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And all of what you say might hold water....if....it weren't for the fact that the American people left Republicans fully in control of the House of Representatives, providing a block to Obama's socialist policies.

You still must live with the reality that Obama has no mandate whatsoever, and coupling that with his lack of any kind of plan for the next four years, there is absolutely nothing to get excited about. Republicans will still fight Obama's thin agenda, with the support of nearly half of Americans.

That's YOUR reality. Live it, love it.

As for some of us, it's no matter who the President is. The fact that a slim majority bought into Obama's handouts to their specific needs doesn't change anything. Mitt Romney would have been a better President for this time in American history, of that there is no doubt, but pretty much anybody but Obama would have been a superior choice.

After we go off Obama's Fiscal Cliff, the military will automatically be cut. Your state, Virginia, will see the effect of cuts in military spending, while most of the nation will see no effect at all.

Personally, I have no issue with the fiscal cliff. It's the direct result of President Obama's arrogance. It's time to let the left fully own what they've sown.

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#4382 Nov 30, 2012
Eric Gustafson wrote:
No, the dissenting vote was 47%, exactly, In a democracy, 51%, trumps 47%, and more than 100 Electoral College Votes, the Votes which determines the outcome of an American Presidential Campaign.
An over whelming Electoral Landslide Victory, coupled with the 4 plus Million more popular votes leaves no question or doubt. At least Romney did better in the popular vote than McCain/Palin n 2008 also victims of a Landslide Victory. Which is a clear indication your politics, beliefs and philosophy are irrelevant in America.
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There's nothing "clear" about a 3% difference in the popular vote.

People need to know their votes count. The only way that is guaranteed is if the popular vote decides ALL elections.

If you were half as smart as you pretend to be you'd know the results of the 2012 electoral college represented nothing but the reality it needs to be changed.

Since: Mar 11

St. Croix valley

#4383 Nov 30, 2012
Cary L Nickel wrote:
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And all of what you say might hold water....if....it weren't for the fact that the American people left Republicans fully in control of the House of Representatives, providing a block to Obama's socialist policies.
You still must live with the reality that Obama has no mandate whatsoever, and coupling that with his lack of any kind of plan for the next four years, there is absolutely nothing to get excited about. Republicans will still fight Obama's thin agenda, with the support of nearly half of Americans.
That's YOUR reality. Live it, love it.
As for some of us, it's no matter who the President is. The fact that a slim majority bought into Obama's handouts to their specific needs doesn't change anything. Mitt Romney would have been a better President for this time in American history, of that there is no doubt, but pretty much anybody but Obama would have been a superior choice.
After we go off Obama's Fiscal Cliff, the military will automatically be cut. Your state, Virginia, will see the effect of cuts in military spending, while most of the nation will see no effect at all.
Personally, I have no issue with the fiscal cliff. It's the direct result of President Obama's arrogance. It's time to let the left fully own what they've sown.
why would Romney have been a better choice? What would he do different.?

why is it Obama's cliff? seems it is congress's cliff as they signed onto the deal and it was up to them to prevent it.
John from Texas

United States

#4384 Nov 30, 2012
Cary L Nickel wrote:
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And all of what you say might hold water....if....it weren't for the fact that the American people left Republicans fully in control of the House of Representatives, providing a block to Obama's socialist policies.
You still must live with the reality that Obama has no mandate whatsoever, and coupling that with his lack of any kind of plan for the next four years, there is absolutely nothing to get excited about. Republicans will still fight Obama's thin agenda, with the support of nearly half of Americans.
That's YOUR reality. Live it, love it.
As for some of us, it's no matter who the President is. The fact that a slim majority bought into Obama's handouts to their specific needs doesn't change anything. Mitt Romney would have been a better President for this time in American history, of that there is no doubt, but pretty much anybody but Obama would have been a superior choice.
After we go off Obama's Fiscal Cliff, the military will automatically be cut. Your state, Virginia, will see the effect of cuts in military spending, while most of the nation will see no effect at all.
Personally, I have no issue with the fiscal cliff. It's the direct result of President Obama's arrogance. It's time to let the left fully own what they've sown.
It's easy for you to have no part in ailments of the USA, right? Now that is arrogance! We all sink or we all swim. We are all responsible.

Since: Mar 11

St. Croix valley

#4385 Nov 30, 2012
La Santa Muerte wrote:
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There's nothing "clear" about a 3% difference in the popular vote.
People need to know their votes count. The only way that is guaranteed is if the popular vote decides ALL elections.
If you were half as smart as you pretend to be you'd know the results of the 2012 electoral college represented nothing but the reality it needs to be changed.
why does it represent that? just because the candidate you backed lost? That's fairly juvenile, isn't it?

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#4386 Nov 30, 2012
Cary L Nickel wrote:
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And all of what you say might hold water....if....it weren't for the fact that the American people left Republicans fully in control
Fully in command?

Of course, the Democrats had more votes for the House than for the Republicans- the Republicans have gerrymandered districts to give them a numerical advantage in seats.

Redistricting is a two way street.

Stay tuned.

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#4387 Nov 30, 2012
woodtick57 wrote:
<quoted text>why would Romney have been a better choice? What would he do different.?
why is it Obama's cliff? seems it is congress's cliff as they signed onto the deal and it was up to them to prevent it.
Romney would have been a superior President because he's a free-market capitalist who understands what our economic system should be. Obama is the opposite of that.

It's Obama's cliff because he wanted to be President, ran for the office, and won. He wanted responsibility, he's got it. He's broken most of the campaign promises he's ever made, and continues to do so.

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#4388 Nov 30, 2012
Cary L Nickel wrote:
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That's YOUR reality. Live it, love it.
As for some of us, it's no matter who the President is. The fact that a slim majority bought into Obama's handouts to their specific needs doesn't change anything.
Disregard these fools claiming political mandates, party irrelevance, and that America has spoken.

They only keep repeating it to us so eventually they'll convince themselves.
John from Texas

United States

#4389 Nov 30, 2012
Cary L Nickel wrote:
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Romney would have been a superior President because he's a free-market capitalist who understands what our economic system should be. Obama is the opposite of that.
It's Obama's cliff because he wanted to be President, ran for the office, and won. He wanted responsibility, he's got it. He's broken most of the campaign promises he's ever made, and continues to do so.
You are a terrible debater. Your statement is rediculous. Go shopping Gary!

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#4390 Nov 30, 2012
woodtick57 wrote:
<quoted text>why does it represent that? just because the candidate you backed lost? That's fairly juvenile, isn't it?
Why?

Maybe you can tell me why a conservative would bother voting in California? What motivation would a liberal have to vote in Texas?

It's juvenile to claim the "electoral landslide" represented anything but an illusion.

One only needs to look at the numbers.

Electoral 62-38%* Popular 51-47%

“Ignore the trolls”

Since: Oct 08

Bath, UK

#4391 Nov 30, 2012
TSM wrote:
I find this hilarious Buyer’s Remorse: Obama Approval Drops to 49% are these the same stupid people that voted for him?
Hang on - Obama polled 50.4% of the popular vote. The type of poll to which you refer has a 10% inaccuracy factor. And you regard this as significant, hot news? Dear me, some Republicans are really clutching at straws!
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Mililani, HI

#4392 Nov 30, 2012
La Santa Muerte wrote:
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There's nothing "clear" about a 3% difference in the popular vote.
People need to know their votes count. The only way that is guaranteed is if the popular vote decides ALL elections.
If you were half as smart as you pretend to be you'd know the results of the 2012 electoral college represented nothing but the reality it needs to be changed.
lol! Really, unlike the 2000 election when bushie lost the popular vote?
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#4393 Nov 30, 2012
La Santa Muerte wrote:
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There's nothing "clear" about a 3% difference in the popular vote.
People need to know their votes count. The only way that is guaranteed is if the popular vote decides ALL elections.
If you were half as smart as you pretend to be you'd know the results of the 2012 electoral college represented nothing but the reality it needs to be changed.
lol!... in spite of the concerted effort by cons to redistrict and limit early voting... except for the military?

I think it was exceptional in SPITE of conservatives!
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#4394 Nov 30, 2012
La Santa Muerte wrote:
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Disregard these fools claiming political mandates, party irrelevance, and that America has spoken.
They only keep repeating it to us so eventually they'll convince themselves.
lol! It's interesting how Obama won despite the effort by cons to sabotage the election system.

I don't know about you, but I'm impressed!
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#4395 Nov 30, 2012
La Santa Muerte wrote:
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Why?
Maybe you can tell me why a conservative would bother voting in California? What motivation would a liberal have to vote in Texas?
It's juvenile to claim the "electoral landslide" represented anything but an illusion.
One only needs to look at the numbers.
Electoral 62-38%* Popular 51-47%
lol! So much for people's votes having to count!

Sounds like something Romney would have done... switching positions!

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#4396 Nov 30, 2012
Cary L Nickel wrote:
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Romney would have been a superior President
WAHHHH WAHHHHHH!

Tea Bagger war cry.

Draft dodger couldn't get elected.

Nuff said.

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#4397 Nov 30, 2012
Yeah wrote:
<quoted text>lol! Really, unlike the 2000 election when bushie lost the popular vote?
Sorry, I don't know what "bushie" refers to.

My point is the electoral college needs to go.

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