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Obama wins by going negative
and turning out base

Washington Examiner [DC], by Michael Barone

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 11/11/2012 9:47:36 AM

Lukewarm. That´s the feeling I get from the election numbers. Turnout was apparently down, at least as a percentage of eligible voters. The president was re-elected by a reduced margin. The challenger didn´t inspire the turnout surge he needed. Every re-elected president since Andrew Jackson has won with an increased popular vote percentage. Barack Obama didn´t. He won 53 to 46 percent in 2008. His numbers as I write are 50 to 48 percent over Mitt Romney. That could go up to 51 to 48 percent when California finishes its count, which took five weeks in 2008. Obama owes


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Reply 1 - Posted by: pinger, 11/11/2012 9:56:40 AM     (No. 9006878)

It is not a fine line between "going negative" and outright lying. Had Obama and his campaign simply gone negative, he´d be packing his bags today. And the problem isn´t the lies in and of themselves...that´s to be expected from from a Democrat pol. It´s the ignorance of the Obama voters who are dull to the point of not being able to discern the difference between truth and fiction.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: StormCnter, 11/11/2012 10:07:30 AM     (No. 9006906)

I have tremendous respect for Michael Barone´s opinions and analyses. The GOP voters let us both down when they didn´t turn up at the voting booth as they told pollsters they would.

But, if we can hold the country together until 2014 and then 2016, we may be able to begin a recovery in our nation and in our party of conservatives.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: lylacat, 11/11/2012 10:08:34 AM     (No. 9006908)

Yes, 0bama won by a very narrow margin in most states, but he won. Food Stamps are being given out in huge numbers, an all time high. Gun sales and ammo sales are at an all time high. Companies are laying off huge numbers of people due to his expensive healthcare plan. And very soon America will suffer its next Depression. Get used to it.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: gollyneds, 11/11/2012 10:09:51 AM     (No. 9006914)

whatever works, works. so whatever demoscum gets the 2016 nomination, be prepared.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: southron, 11/11/2012 10:10:45 AM     (No. 9006917)

If you look at the demographic groups that pushed Obama over the top you will see that they are not what you could call deep thinkers - primarily "single issue" people.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: navybrat, 11/11/2012 10:18:47 AM     (No. 9006937)

Without getting rid of Obamacare, I don´t know how we will make it as a free country. If a panel controls your healthcare and decides who will get treatment and who will not, what treatment is refused and to whom, who will live and who will die, they pretty much have you. One of the most unfair aspects is the the ruling class will be exempt from the negatives. Obama and family, Nancy Pelosi, the Bidens and Clintons will have the best of everything. They will skim off the top and we will be left to beg for the scraps.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ruready?, 11/11/2012 10:33:04 AM     (No. 9006968)

Obama would join the Tea Party if it meant hastening Israel´s demise.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: judy, 11/11/2012 11:08:26 AM     (No. 9007057)

Dems encouraged early voting & no ID´s for a reason....

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Reply 9 - Posted by: roger h. cook,MD, 11/11/2012 12:56:38 PM     (No. 9007291)

Rember forty percent pay no income tax and getall that"free stuff"Guess who they vote for?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: pgvoisin, 11/11/2012 1:39:10 PM     (No. 9007345)

Obama´s tax raising "mandate" came from 28% of the voting public.

26% not so much.

46% could not bring themselves to participate.

28% of the voters have seized "mob rule democracy” and have placed 26% of the voters on the Tax Slavery Plantation with the leadership of President-Elect Obama. We have to pay even MORE of our “Fair share" to Washington so they can continue to spend OUR money and borrow trillions more to stay in power.

There is no audit of the Fed.
There is no audit of the Federal Government.
No fraud, waste and abuse is even considered for elimination.
The Pirates who caused the “2008 Meltdown” are not in jail.
The Pirates who caused the “2008 Meltdown” are the ones in charge of “fixing” the problem.
Banks were bailed out.
Main Street went into foreclosure.

Children voted against their parents in this election and now Washington will seize their inheritance. Taxes are going up.
Employers are laying off workers because of ObamaCare.
Charities will be receiving receive less in contributions.
Washington will be confiscating that money.
And for what?

Hope & Change?
Let the Progressives and the corrupt Media continue to bankrupt America & future generations.

In 2016, the election will be "You build that, Progressives".
A storm is coming in America and it´s name is FREEDOM!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: jorgecito, 11/11/2012 1:41:21 PM     (No. 9007349)

#3, agree with your first line. I´ve long held Michael Barone in high esteem, and have lost no respect him now.

Barone´s post-election analysis is correct. There are two things that defeated us:
(1) The Dems´ "kill Romney" campaign of negative ads (yes, they were lies -- lies that worked)
(2) The Dems´ skillful manipulation of "early voting."

Point (2) deserves a little elaboration. What Obama campaigners did was to target weak and poorly informed potential voters with bribes (e.g. beer & pizza parties on college campuses; cigarettes to homeless people; cash to inner city ministers; free stuff for Somalian immigrants).

Few of these voters were as enthusiastic for Obama this time as they were in ´08. However they were still bussed en masse to early polling stations; and they pulled the lever for Zero.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: italianlooks, 11/11/2012 1:50:23 PM     (No. 9007365)

This election is the "Battered Wife Syndrome" being abused and staying until something really, really bad happens then it is too late.

The people who have lost the most are those who carried the election for Obama! Unfortunately they have invited us into this disfunctional family..

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Sheepfarmer, 11/11/2012 1:52:23 PM     (No. 9007368)

I truly believe this election was stolen. Obama getting 108 percent of the vote in some precinct? 99 percent in others? We´ve heard how easy it is to tamper with the election machines. They knew Mitt Romney would be gracious and not pull a Gore for the good of the country, so they knew they could get away with it.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: pickle1, 11/11/2012 2:40:53 PM     (No. 9007440)

No, he won through fraud. All these stories are nothing but distractions.

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