Many Republicans seem ready to agree to Obama´s demands for tax increases -- after all, elections have consequences, and he won, right? Maybe, but before agreeing to anything, the GOP should probably look a little more carefully at just who elected Obama. Dr. Robert Vanderbei, a professor of Operations Research at Princeton, developed the visualization shown above by combining Democrat blue with GOP red according to popular vote proportions taken at the county level and printing the result as a 3D map in which apparent vertical height is a stand-in for the number of voters counted.
Comments: When you look at the map in the article it makes the win of 0bama even more depressing. The small pockets of blue in the huge sea of read determined the fate of this huge country.
Yes, but the small pockets of blue are where the majority of people live. Obama won not only the electoral vote but the popular vote too- more people voted for him. You can excuse Obama´s victory however you wish, but where people live made no difference; he got more votes period (even though the winner is determined by electoral votes).
I love American Thinker!!! It is just as we thought. A few counties with huge margins. Romney, and Republicans by extension, did not have a chance...it wasn´t an election; it was a Chicago mugging plain and simple.
It is sad that some Americans will sell their soul for some free handouts from the government. If they were more interested in the welfare of their country, they would pay attention to the consequences of selling out. All they have to do is look to the European countries to see their future.
The article nails it. I hope the Republican leadership is as curious and Mr. Murphy. The Republicans continue to reach across the aisle to the hand that slides further left with every attempt. Both parties have abandoned the mass of red.
It´s people like that Detroit council woman expecting their payday, expecting a bailout, expecting quid pro quo. In fact now demanding that he give them a piece of the pie. THose that have no concept of a free country only free they know is someone giving them something for free.
Two points: 1)Every election has become a contest about who can appeal the most to the least-productive members of society. The job creators are demonized and the average working joes are ignored. 2) The electoral college and the 2-senators-per-state rule were designed to prevent highly populated areas from amassing too much control. This worked as long as the high concentrations were due to working people living where the jobs were. Now the dependency class, which always supports the Dems, has taken control by the shear magnitude of its numbers. Thank you, LBJ, for giving away our nation with your war on poverty.
If we ever get the country back include these two rules:
1. No one who depends on a government paycheck for their livelihood (excepting military) should be voting. Only those who make their own way and contribute more than they take to the nation have skin in the game.
2. Special term limits. No one can run for any public office more than twice and no one can be in any branch of government more 10 years consecutively. In areas where there are fewer than a single candidate applying for a public office (since the main advantage of accumulating power is removed) a voter will be randomly selected to ´run´.
#2, America is not a GPS coordinate or a spot on the map. America is an idea; an idea that Man has God given rights that NO-ONE can take away, a place that venerates the Individual and holds the Rule of Law dear. The ´people´ who voted for Uhhhbama are NOT Americans, regardles of where they ´live´.
Who elected Him? The gimme-something-free crowd, coupled with the Honey-boo-boo know-nothing types who are deliberately uninformed/misinformed by our "unbiased" national "news" organiztions. That´s who elected Him.
The Administration has access to the welfare rolls in every precinct, county and state. All they have to do is task the ´community organizers´ to keep track of the takers and get them to the polls. That´s why you see the poll ´assisters´ checking everyone off on their I-pads at the polling stations. Welfare recipients are bused to the polls or whatever it takes to get them to vote in their own selfish interest.
The taker´s self-interest is an ever larger portion ´redistributed´ from our personal paychecks and savings accounts.
Here´s the question. How much longer are the working productive Americans who in fact pay for free phones, free healthcare, housing subsidies, food stamps and all the rest going to tolerate being called racist and greedy before they turn off the spigots. There´s approx. 160 million Americans who provide for not only another 160 million Americans but for most of the rest of the world including all the pukes in Washington.
When you realize that David Petraeus, who might have been conservative enough to check on the suspect eligibility of his criminal C.O.C. to be President, or follow up leads on the electoral fraud he had going, but was seduced with the idea of running for President himself [the Ailes story], only to misunderstand the enemy, end up as the mark for Benghazi himself, and play out his string doublespeaking and living off the low information sympathy of those who are smitten with him as their American hero -- you understand almost everyone voted for Obama.
The RNC is a collection of "idiots". They failed the conservative electorate completely by not vetting the criminality of Obama and his 35 czars. The RNC could atone by invoking the 12th Amendment and convincing 17 states to boycott the Electoral College on December 17th. Let´s see if they have more guts than they demonstrated during the campaign.
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Mass Minority, 12/6/2012 10:11:21 AM (No. 9051421)
This map shows why any non leftist candidate for nationalk office has such a huge hurdle. California, illinois and New york control 104 electoral college votes. Those states elections are mor and more being determined by the votes of LA/SF, Chicago and NYC. Add in MA and Boston and you have a permanent lock on 40% of the electors required to win the Presidency.
Combined population of those 5 cities 13.5 million or 4% of the US population.
So 4% of the population can reliably deliver 40% of the required electors. Thats a huge hill to climb. The left only really has to win 166 electoral votes while the Republican must win 270. Talk about stacking the deck. And its actually worse, in those dense inner cities it takes very little effort to round up hundreds of ignorant morons, hand them pre filled out registrationa dn absentee ballot forms and then collect said properly (ie Dem voted) absentee ballots and mail them in. Try doing that in rural Illinois, or PA or the Great valley.
Republicans focus now needs to shift to state races, our only real hope is strong Republican/conservative state governors and state legislatures. The cities cannot vote in the rural districts, those elections cannot be stolen by busloads of inner city ignoramusses.
Assuming taxes are eventually raised, why not put an expiration date on them as was done to the Bush tax rates? Have them expire on Election Day 2014 so the GOP can use them to show the country they didn`t do a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g positive!!
Obama is president, the people elected him. It makes me sick to my stomach but that´s the reality.
And by the way, while there is truth to what you say about America being "an idea", that is the very problem. It´s been too much of an idea and not enough of a real country lately. The problem is, when a country is nothing more than an idea, it tends to become somebody else´s idea of what it should be. And that´s our problem.
What needs to be done is breaking all the electoral votes into individual vote and no more "Winner takes all." That would stop the politicians from targeting welfare monies and programs to specific communities, collect their debt in the form of votes. Yep, what we need to do is target the electoral college and crush their strangle hold on our country.
Who, indeed? 1) Democratic precincts, in which Republicans are not allowed to interfere in any way. 2) Labor unions: they polled individuals, selected those who would not vote, and brought in ringers by bus to vote for them. 3) Inept and corrupt voter lists. Too many dead people voted for Obama. 4) Precincts in which 100% of registered voters voted 100% for Obama. Statistically impossible. 5) Mentally incompetent persons in nursing homes, who had votes cast for them by staff.
This election, like many before, was stolen, pure and simple.
Purple thumbs would fix the problem, but that can´t happen here. Union power is dependent on stolen fixed elections.
Yes, more people voted for 0bama. More dead people, more illegal immigrants, more felons, more multiple voters, more non existent voters, more pets and more cartoon characters. Now that the libs have established this as the norm the only way it will ever be fixed is the hard way.
Small wonder Obama and his ilk want to hurd us all into huge cities with a 200 sq ft living space for each family, no car, using public transport. The "Rich" means anyone who is not totally dependent on the government. The "Rich" are the few people left who could pay off their share of the national debt until Obama takes it and squanders it ! They are the enemy to this administration. This is insane.
28% voted for Big Government, more taxes, and more spending. 26% voted for smaller government, less taxes, and less spending. 46% refrained from voting because they did not want any responsibility for their future.
In 4 years, all of us will ask "Are we better off now than we were 8 years ago"?
If we are, more of the same.
If we are not, we will need to be the "Change" we´ve been wating for.
Creating an oratory of lies, using his race and faux-amiable demeanor to appeal to the most uneducated segment of society who rely on government handouts—Free Stuff--to function.
Appealing to venal progressives who hate and fear Republicans more than they value the future of their own country and who don´t know--or care--that Obama’s campaign slogan "Forward" is a traditional Marxist term.
Buying union votes with the $447 billion American jobs act that adds a half-trillion dollars in new debt for American taxpayers while reducing our Gross Domestic Product output and pushing our unemployment rate even higher.
Concealing the terrorist murder of four Americans at our diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya—and leveraging the Petraeus Affair--as a political expedience.
And by stealing the election with traitorous levels of corruption that may be never fully known.
If the election results can be trusted, then Obummer bought the Presidency with taxpayer money giving away free cell phones, gift cards, and bussing in votes. I agree with the author. Additionally, the dumbocrats want compromise because every compromise draws us closer to their stu-topia. I cannot understand how a duly elected congress can allow such flagrant disregard for the Constitution by an incompetent, inelligible, and unqualified, narcissist.
...Narcissit to continue to violate his oath to protect the Republic and the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC for he is the enemy to our liberties. He is the manifestation of the Manchurian Candidate or, if you prefer, the Anti-Christ. The Bible foretells of false Prophets. He is all of. The above. For the preservation of our liberties and way of life we cannot compromise with the enemy. We cannot allow ourselves to be drawn one inch further into the abyss.
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